With over 250 members CovLUG is an active, friendly, fun and sociable group of people with an interest in Open Source software, hardware and operating systems, such as Linux, and is part of a vibrant local and international community.
Come and join us, we welcome you as novice, expert, home, academic or professional user to benefit from on-line help, advice and discussion via our active mailing lists.
More About Us
The membership of the group is diverse - we include people using Open Source at work in a professional capacity as well as those who enjoy using our favourite OS as a hobby. The levels of experience range from beginner to expert. If you are an Open Source user or just interested in finding more about Linux or Open Source software, hardware or projects and why you should consider using it, you'll be welcome to come along.
Membership of CovLUG or any other LUG offers you discount on O'Reilly books, or you may get a free book if you write a review about it for O'Reilly. Please ask on our mailing list if you would like a book for review, or further information.
Our interests are much broader than the name of the group may suggest:
Open Source Operating Systems
The primary interest of the group is the Linux operating system and derivatives, but members interests also cover Android, BSD variants, Haiku, ReactOS, RiscOS Open, eyeOS and other less open systems of Apple Mac OSX and unix products such as Solaris/OpenIndiana & Irix.
Open Source Software
With the many thousands of OSS projects there is plenty to interest members. Interests also cover open source programming languages such as Python, Octave,R and include web programming, development and mobile apps.
Open Source Hardware
There are open source hardware interests too such as the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the multitude of projects that can be created with them. There is even a mobile phone project, Openmoko and a tablet computer WeTab.
Other Open Projects
Perhaps the most famous 'open project' is OpenStreetMap.org and there are a multitude of others.
Of course, there are always discussions on all aspects of free and Open Source projects.
As a group, most of our activities take place on our mailing lists; with occasional - by arrangement - meetings or talks on a particular subject that may interest the group.
We are part of a lively, active and growing open source community throughout the Midlands, the UK and the world. There are several local conference style meetings throughout the year.
CovLUG was formed in August 2001 and had the first meeting in May 2002.