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LXF reader round table

On Monday 20th October (2008) I attended the Linux Format Round Table and had an excellent time.

Despite my initial concerns over security (and my friends' supportive suggestions I may be rogered and left in a ditch!) I was picked up by Graham Morrison the Reviews Editor who I had never met previously! I live in Chippenham and Graham lives in Calne, so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for getting me to Bath and back - it was a very generous thing to do, and is much appreciated.

For those of you who don't know, the LXF Roundtable was just something the guys at Linux Format cooked up to talk to LXF readers and to produce some material for the mag. It was a great evening filled with free food, a heck of a lot of caffeine (in my case anyway!), plenty of Linux banter, heated debates and even a faint mention of MikeOS...! Graham Morrison, Mike Saunders, myself and 5 other Linux fanatics (two of whom had come all the way from South Africa!) were around a table with a bar on hand to keep things running and two tape recorders to keep things on record.

Topics ranged from which Linux distro was the best to what our first distros were, Linux security to fallacies in education and even a heated debate on the open-source mentality.

All in all it was a great night, and I eagerly anticipate reading about it in next month's issue of Linux Format (on a 6-page spread, whoo!). It was great to have such a range of ages and expertise present, and was an opportunity for those of us who had never been to LUGs before to talk about Linux without sending people to sleep while learning a heck of a lot into the bargain...

All that remains is for me to thank the LXF team for a great night and to thank my fellow participants, it wouldn't have been the same without them.