User Groups - Introduction
Technology may have moved on since then, but there are still a good number of Acorn (or indeed RISC OS!) user and enthusiast groups around the world (45 as at 8/12/00)
What Is a User Group?
|A User Group is a community of Computer Enthusiasts who band together to learn, to share experiences and to spread the 'Acorn Word'
|Provide Education on Computers and Software
Using your computer more effectively
social activities with fellow computer enthusiasts
General and SIG meetings
Charities and educational groups
your friends experience and share yours!
Computer or user groups bring together people with a huge range of abilities and experiences, from the complete beginner who might only use !Draw and !Paint, to the hardened techie who's probably a Foundation Member and has every RISC OS system in existence!
User groups allow people to talk - which is probably the most important and productive thing user groups offer. I know from my experiences with DARC (Derbyshire Acorn Risc Club) that just getting together and discussing experiences and problems with other RISC OS users can provide you with a wealth of information and advice.
Being a member of a usergroup, you will also benefit from the advantages your usergroup has by being a member of the Association of Acorn Usergroups. These include a central discount scheme, access to all the other usergroups, RISCOS Ltd, and many RISC OS developers and suppliers.
|Meet other users in your area
|Most have regular newsletters
|For people who don't have a local group or are too busy to attend meetings
|Have a vast knowledge-base in a particular area of RISC OS computing
Most user groups have a monthly newsletters informing members of the latest developments in the RISC OS world and most also organise guest speakers to come and talk about a particular subject or software package, and then perhaps offer it to members at a reduced price. All the usergroups also offer their members discounts on various RISC OS products through the AAUG central discount scheme - many have also negotiated further special deals with local suppliers.
There are also a number of groups who are postal or internet-only, such as the ARM Club and Acorn Enthusiasts Group if you can't spare the time to attend meetings.