Meeting Topic for August?

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for sort of "rushing" you out of the meeting last night. Normally I could hang around for how ever long the meeting may run over, but I really had to get going by 9:00. Anyway, I would have liked to chat longer with you guys & was really glad to see some new faces. Also great talk on SNMP and MRTG by Mr. Hoefer last night, and we had great turn out!

Now back to the topic of a presentation for August. Ideas thrown out at the meeting:

1. Mr. Jonkman said he'd be willing to present about SPAM filters and a Bleeding Snort update. He gave a Bleeding Snort presentation in February.

2. Someone mentioned another update on Linux Gaming? The last presentation on this was by Mr. Lesh last August I think.

I thought I'd search through the posts on this forum and summarize the interest on other presentations:

3. All newbies session? There were 3 people who said YES this would be good. Perhaps we could select a few basic topics like how to setup basic services on a couple different distros and/or Linux Bash scripting and/or basic commands? There was also a request to explain distro differences, maybe we could tie this in to this topic as well. If we had a few different presenters doing the same set of talks on the same tools from different distros like an RPM one (Fedora? SuSE?), a source one (Gentoo?), a tgz one (Slackware?), and of course the Debian packages.

4. I've thrown out a request for programming related discussions. I could maybe give a C programming intro, but probably not at the next meeting.

5. LTSP - We've been waiting for a presentation on this one for a while! :wink: There has been other posts on using Linux as an X-terminal as well.

6. Any experts on Linux Cerification programs to give a little chit-chat?

Anyway, more discussion on this would be nice. I really like idea #3, have like 3 or 4 people giving the same basic demo on different distros. I might be able to get a KVM switch or something and we could bounce between the 4 presenters as you go. Like have an outline of installing and setting up ssh, one guy/gal could give the bulk of the common stuff and then all four could show the steps on their specific distro to do it. Then move on to another item and the next guy/gal could give the bulk of the details, then jump through how it is done on the 3 or 4 different distros, etc.

I could do Fedora, Michael could do Debian, anyone else think this would be cool? It would take some pre-planning to coordinate the presentations and presenters.

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Basically here is the outine that someone needs to be able to speak to during the presentation (so far), so if you want to help give this demo post your reply here!

1. How do I set up my network after an install?
2. Once up on the network, how do I get the Java and Flash stuff working with Mozilla or Firefox?
3. How do I install additional software?
4. How do I turn off/on and configure services?
5. How do I add users?
6. How do I set up my printer?
7. How do I share files with NFS, Samba, etc?
8. How do I play music video?
9. How do I write CDs/DVDs?
10. Open Office, and Open Discussion on "How do I do that in Linux?"

This is a fluid outline, so for the next week or so it will solidify until posted on the meeting notice by Mr. MS. That's Michael Schultheiss not Microsoft. :lol:

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Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? We could use a gentoo or slackware person? We are discussing on the board mailing list what exactly we will cover. We'll post it on the meeting announcement and this list, and if anyone wants to join in, speak up and we'll add your name to the presenter list on the meeting announcement.

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Do we have any confirmed speakers for the Newbie session? Dave and I have volunteered for Fedora and Debian - anyone else want to help out?

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I would be willing to give a presentation on Damn Small Linux in the upcoming months if people would be interested. I run it almost exclusively and write howto docs for the DSL Community. It's argueably the most versatile distro out there.

Chris

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Make sure you cover postscript. Not all printers have support and it makes a mess if still send it (voice of experience). ggv, acrobat 7, are helpful, too.

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I almost forgot something everyone needs to do...setup cups printing?

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[quote="db"]Cool if we do it we'll use yours (KVM) we'll also need a 4-port switch or hub. [/quote] I've got that too. I have a couple 8-port switches and/or hubs readily available and can bring a 24-port switch if necessary. [quote="db"] The newbie topics would be not necessarily how to install, but now that you have an installed system. What do you do with it, and how do you tune it. If you had 4 presenters...fedora (me) debian (michael) gentoo (?) slackware (?) etc...we could each present an equal number of "things a user would like to do" to setup or tune or enhance this system upon initial installation. One presenter can give the ultra detail and the other 3 can just go through the motions on their machines and show slight differences between the distros. How do I add users? How do I setup my network card? How do I install/update software packages? How do I turn on/off services/daemons? How do I setup ssh and sftp? How do I play mp3s (xmms)? How do I play DVDs (xine)? How do I get email (Evolution)? How do I run Apache? How do I write CDs/DVDs? How do I install Java/Flash to work with Mozilla or Firefox? How do I read from USB drives and/or digital cameras? How do I multi-boot with GRUB or LILO? How do I setup a firewall? How do I connect through VPN? How do I mount Windows filesystems (local) or with Samba (remote). These might be getting too deep, but we should leave some time for open questions on how to do basic stuff, and then give demos on how to do it real quick with one or more of the distros.[/quote] We could always leave it open for questions and anything that doesn't get answered at the meeting could be answered here in the forums or on our mailing list.

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Cool if we do it we'll use yours (KVM) we'll also need a 4-port switch or hub. The newbie topics would be not necessarily how to install, but now that you have an installed system. What do you do with it, and how do you tune it. If you had 4 presenters...fedora (me) debian (michael) gentoo (?) slackware (?) etc...we could each present an equal number of "things a user would like to do" to setup or tune or enhance this system upon initial installation. One presenter can give the ultra detail and the other 3 can just go through the motions on their machines and show slight differences between the distros. How do I add users? How do I setup my network card? How do I install/update software packages? How do I turn on/off services/daemons? How do I setup ssh and sftp? How do I play mp3s (xmms)? How do I play DVDs (xine)? How do I get email (Evolution)? How do I run Apache? How do I write CDs/DVDs? How do I install Java/Flash to work with Mozilla or Firefox? How do I read from USB drives and/or digital cameras? How do I multi-boot with GRUB or LILO? How do I setup a firewall? How do I connect through VPN? How do I mount Windows filesystems (local) or with Samba (remote). These might be getting too deep, but we should leave some time for open questions on how to do basic stuff, and then give demos on how to do it real quick with one or more of the distros.

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[quote="db"] Now back to the topic of a presentation for August. Ideas thrown out at the meeting: 1. Mr. Jonkman said he'd be willing to present about SPAM filters and a Bleeding Snort update. He gave a Bleeding Snort presentation in February. [/quote] He actually volunteered to give an anti-spyware talk. [quote="db"] 2. Someone mentioned another update on Linux Gaming? The last presentation on this was by Mr. Lesh last August I think. [/quote] Yep - Mark Lesh gave a gaming presentation in August 2004 (I was out of town so I missed it). [quote="db"] I thought I'd search through the posts on this forum and summarize the interest on other presentations: 3. All newbies session? There were 3 people who said YES this would be good. Perhaps we could select a few basic topics like how to setup basic services on a couple different distros and/or Linux Bash scripting and/or basic commands? There was also a request to explain distro differences, maybe we could tie this in to this topic as well. If we had a few different presenters doing the same set of talks on the same tools from different distros like an RPM one (Fedora? SuSE?), a source one (Gentoo?), a tgz one (Slackware?), and of course the Debian packages. 4. I've thrown out a request for programming related discussions. I could maybe give a C programming intro, but probably not at the next meeting. 5. LTSP - We've been waiting for a presentation on this one for a while! :wink: There has been other posts on using Linux as an X-terminal as well. 6. Any experts on Linux Cerification programs to give a little chit-chat? Anyway, more discussion on this would be nice. I really like idea #3, have like 3 or 4 people giving the same basic demo on different distros. I might be able to get a KVM switch or something and we could bounce between the 4 presenters as you go. Like have an outline of installing and setting up ssh, one guy/gal could give the bulk of the common stuff and then all four could show the steps on their specific distro to do it. Then move on to another item and the next guy/gal could give the bulk of the details, then jump through how it is done on the 3 or 4 different distros, etc. I could do Fedora, Michael could do Debian, anyone else think this would be cool? It would take some pre-planning to coordinate the presentations and presenters.[/quote] I've got a four port USB KVM switch I could bring along. If there's enough interest, I wouldn't mind helping present on a newbie topic.