Report of meeting 31/01/96 at Windhill Vicarage
The meeting was convened to discuss the formation of a `Legend Users
Group' and was attended by eleven Legend users and two representatives
of Legend Internet as follows:
Nigel Wadsworth firstname.lastname@example.org
Harri Nyman email@example.com
The Revd Geoff Percival firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Wright email@example.com
Robert Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Smith email@example.com
Daniel Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Banahan email@example.com
Conrad Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Moulding email@example.com
Simeon Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Dillon email@example.com
Nigel York firstname.lastname@example.org
Liquid refreshment was provided by Legend
The session was introduced by Geoff Percival who explained the purpose
of the meeting and described the discussions that had led up to the meeting.
There was no formal agenda, but he posed the questions:
Do we want a User Group?
What format should it take?
There was swift agreement that a User Group was a good idea - and that
meetings should normally be held close to purveyors of ale and curry.
Nigel Wadsworth spoke briefly of Legend's progress since its official
launch in September 1995. In addition to its corporate customers there
are now some 300 dial-up subscribers, of whom about half are probably 'home' users.
Legend have recently ordered an increase in the bandwidth of their link
to the London-based Linx backbone from 64k to 256k and are currently prioritising
their further development. In particular he commented on the short loss
of service on the previous day and said that providing the extra bandwidth
was more significant than, say, installing generators to cope with infrequent
black-outs. Another development under discussion includes a new backbone
link, probably to the Continent that would further improve the reliability
of the system.
Legend are an unusual Service Provider in that their site comprises
their own network of systems. This means that they are able to provide
a new `box' to host a User Group server that will not compromise the essential
security of other user's data. This extra UNIX server should be available
online by the end of February. The intention is that the server would be
available for non-commercial purposes only, and be largely maintained by
the User Group itself.
Geoff spoke of various Voluntary and Charitable organisations who would
also be keen to use the facilities of such a server. He said that the core
functions of such a system would be to provide Web space, to give a site
for FTP transfers and, in the future, a facility for serving mail lists.
Nigel agreed that the system that was to be installed would be easily
capable of handling the amount of use that could be anticipated.
A potential problem concerning CGI scripts was raised. It was swiftly
accepted that, as these executable scripts were potentially very risky
to the server (a badly - or maliciously - written script could reformat
the hard disc!), no user would be allowed to write his own. A pool of `official'
checked scripts could, however, be provided for members to use in their
own Web pages.
More practical details were then discussed.
It was agreed that the User Group would need to elect an executive and
that among them should be a small group of technically able members who
would administer the User Group server.
It was agreed that there would need to be a levy to cover the running
costs - five pounds per annum was a figure mentioned (but not discussed
or agreed upon).
Following discussion as to whether shareware writers would be able to
use the space, it was agreed that the User Group would need to compile
a charter and an Acceptable Use Policy. The User Group executive, with
responsibilities to both the users and to Legend, would need to police
the use of the server. It was axiomatic that all member of the User Group
would be subscribers to Legend.
In order to preserve the separate integrity of Legend and the User Group,
Nigel proposed registering a separate domain name. It was strongly felt,
however, that the domain name should reflect the ties between Legend and
the User Group and that the generosity of Legend should be recognised in
this way. The suggestion of legend.org received universal acclaim. The
activities of the executive were discussed.
In addition to the technical work needed to maintain the server, members
would be needed to help to support new users. They would also have a crucial
role in keeping the executive committee's feet firmly on the ground. It
was seen as being crucial that the User Group was easily accessible to
all Legend subscribers and that it did not turn into a clique for technical
The format of meetings was discussed briefly. It was suggested that
they begin with a lecture or talk from some competent speaker. This could
be followed with a social gathering on licensed premises.
It was finally agreed that a working party be set up. This group will
normally meet electronically via a mailing list administered by Geoff Percival.
The first task for the Working Party is to enable a wide discussion
and agreement of a suitable name for the group. LUG (Legend User Group)
was thought to lack a little charisma! Discussion of this will be enabled
particularly through Local Chat, but the importance of using Email was
stressed, particularly for those who do not spend significant time sifting
As well as a name, a suitable constitution is to be drawn up. Geoff
Percival has experience of this and will undertake that task.
Once the Working Party have completed their task, an inaugural meeting
will be called at which the constitution will be adopted and the officers
and executive will be elected.
The meeting ended, coffee was served and those present spent some time
chatting with each other before departing homeward.
Last Updated - 01/02/96 24:00:00