Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that joining a new social group can be intimidating, so we have produced the following FAQs to help you mentally prepare yourself for your first meeting.

  1. Where do you hold your meetings?
    Our meetings are held at the Lincoln Bowl. The venue kindly provide us with the use of one of their party rooms.
  2. When do you hold your meetings?
    Our meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Meetings start at 7pm and finish at 10pm. See our meetings page for more information.
  3. Do I have to stay for a whole meeting?
    No. Whilst meetings officially start at 7pm and finish at 10pm, you can arrive and depart whenever you like. We use the term "meeting", but it's more like an informal gathering.
  4. How much does it cost?
    Meetings are free to attend and there are no membership fees. The venue is kindly provided for free, but attendees are encouraged to use the venue’s bar - there is a good selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  5. Should I bring a computer?
    It is not required, but many members choose to bring a laptop, tablet, phone etc. Some members have been known to bring their desktops!
  6. Can you fix my computer?
    Whilst the LUG is not a free computer repair shop, some members do enjoy a challenge and will happily try to help other users with issues. That said, if you do require help with broken software/hardware, it might be a good idea to contact the group first via our mailing list.
  7. Is there Wi-Fi available?
    The venue provides a free Wi-Fi connection.
  8. Do I need to be a Linux user?
    No. We are a non-discriminatory group and welcome users of all operating systems. Members are welcome to bring their Windows, macOS, Chrome OS and BSD (other operating systems do exist) machines.
  9. Is food available?
    Yes. Lincoln Bowl have a good menu selection, it is reasonably priced and the quality is excellent. Ribs and burgers are a LUG favourite, but vegetarian options are also available.
  10. How many members attend?
    The LUG sees a varied attendance, but we average around 10 – 12 attendees per month. We would like to see these numbers increase, so please come along to our next meeting, and bring a friend!
  11. Is the LUG kid friendly?
    Yes, children are welcome, so bring your kids and make it a family outing.
  12. What do you talk about for 3 hours?
    The central topic of the LUG is Linux, but discussion topics vary. As with any social gathering, you should prepare yourself to hear views on a range of topics, some of which you may not agree with. We encourage healthy debates and aim to keep our meetings civil.
  13. How old is the LUG?
    The LUG was started by Becky Newborough and the first meeting was held on Tuesday 27th September, 2011.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch.