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Welcome to Southend Linux User Group(SoSLUG)

We are a Linux User Group(LUG), that is, we promote Free & Open Source Software(FOSS) alternatives to closed-source proprietary software; most commercial software packages fall under this category. Proprietary software often has unnecessary restrictions on users and their files, while FOSS affords the user maximum freedom with their computing. FOSS (e.g. LibreOffice office suite, GIMP image editor, Firefox web browser and Linux operating systems) is built voluntarily by professionals and hobbyists alike, collaborating through the worldwide connective power of the Internet; that's how it's (mostly) available at zero cost. While Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu are rare and "alternative" on desktop PCs, they are very popular for other uses. Linux is used on the majority of web servers and lots of embedded systems (e.g. televisions and cable TV boxes) due to its rock-solid reliability. LUGs exist all over the world, as a support network.

Our last big event: (well done everyone!)
Southend Raspberry Jam #3


About us

We have expanded our horizons since we formed in 2004, and now encourage all things Computing. This ranges from our involvement with the Digital Housing Hub: helping the elderly and others learn how to use computers for everyday tasks, to our Raspberry Jams and related events. These showcase the power of the Raspberry Pi, a small computer released in 2011 intended for educating children about computing. The Raspberry Pi is small, flexible and low-cost, has a huge community behind it while running Linux and lots of Free & Open Source Software; it is an excellent platform for teaching or hobby technology projects. There are similar Raspberry Jam events held all over the UK, including Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge. We are becoming involved with local schools, offering help with all things Raspberry Pi / Free & Open Source Software on PCs. Many of us have now signed up as STEM Ambassadors.

Some past events:

Love Southend: Raspberry Jam Event 1st March
Love Southend: Open Electronics Day 31st May
Love Southend: Raspberry Jam Event 21st June
Love Southend: Raspberry Jam Event 16th August

Our Weekly Meetings...

We meet every Monday at 7pm in Southend-on-Sea in a space with internet access and other good facilities. You can come and say hi for free. We discuss all things Linux and Computing and can help you get started or with any FOSS related problem. Scroll down for more information.

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Temporary Arts Project
North Road
Southend, Essex
Nearest rail station: Prittlewell
Nearest bus stop: Blue Boar, Victoria Ave
Please be aware the Nelson Pub on the map has now been turned into flats

Every Monday from 7pm - 10pm or later

Why should I attend?

  • Perhaps you want to start a project and need help.
  • You are interested in Linux, Programming, Design or Hacking
  • Seek the advice from members for the latest Linux OS software or applications
  • Embrace or improve your skills base and / or help others
  • Get involved with our club, Southend on Sea Linux User Group
  • Have fun being geeky, nerdy or techy with people who like you for who not what you are
  • Build projects for the Raspberry PI, Arduinos, Robots, Bitcoin mining rigs, Solar powered and Solar tracking Arduinos, 3D printing and much more besides
  • Gain expertise on the Internet, Wireless, Openmesh, SSH, SCP, HTTPS, Amazon AWS for free

What happens at SoSLUG

What do I bring

At our weekly meeting, members and non members can hang out socialise, collaborate and participate, you can bring your laptops, PC or your projects and or any interesting ideas. All you really need bring is yourself and of course any friends. Many people often bring snacks with them to share on the night, presumably to feed the enthusiasm.

Who will be there

Everyone is welcome, both members and non-members and of almost any age. It tends to be a nice mix of regulars, irregulars and some new faces, this is most definitely not an all male domain, we do have at least one female member as well.

You can look around for free, talk with members of the club at your discretion, our Membership is £24 per year and whilst we would welcome your support it is not essential, especially if you're limited in funds.

You can attend any one of our weekly meetings. The format is informal, so you don't need any computing skills to join.