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These are just some semi-random topics of discussion some might find valuable as a presentation or group discussion.

 

Multimedia in Linux: MP3 and DVD ripping, burning, and playback

Gaming in Linux: Wine, TransGaming, Native, nVidia/ATI, OpenGL, etc.

Introduction to Emacs

Introduction to the Android SDK (for programmers)

Popular Linux hacking tools: nmap, Wireshark, Nessus, Metasploit

Pretty Good Privacy...so good it's illegal in some countries: E-mail encryption with gnupg and Enigmail add-on for Thunderbird

Virtualization, because it's in style: Virtualbox, VMWare, XEN, Win4Lin

The Worst Web Page in the Universe: a quick and dirty LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP) stack on your laptop

WYSIWYG: KDE, Gnome, and the "others"

 

I was thinking a managable format would be a one-hour presentation supported by projection and handwritten board, followed by Q/A and group discussion, ultimately degrading into Gnome vs. KDE flamefests.

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Awesome topic ideas.  Can you present on any of these?  Anyone else volunteer or have a speaker in mind?

 

About the only thing I can speak on is Clonezilla for making disk and/or partition backups.  I'd be happy to, use it all the time on my laptop partitions.

I'd be happy to teach any of these.  I'll plan to give a talk next meeting.  LAMP might be a good topic to start out with.

 

Never heard of Clonezilla...must google...

Awesome, maybe we should wait a few days for other suggestions and then do a poll to see the most desired topic for July?

 

Clonezilla is awesome.  It does a bit-for-bit backup (as far as I know), to an image file, allowing me to recreate an entire partition or entire disk quickly (after I screw them up for any reason!)  I make semi-monthly backups of my system partition; and do it immediately prior to something major like a distro upgrade.

Great list of topics!  I'd give my vote for the multimedia lesson.  One of my big problems has been watching Apple movie trailers.  And PBS Frontline on its website.

This sounds totally awesome!  

We've had some of the same discussions under HI Capacity (http://www.hicapacity.org).  We're going to start a series of talks directed at developers.  We've been focusing on electronic hardware, specifically, the Arduino.  With that said, we have a small schedule of talks planned:

 

1. Git/Github (Scheduled for May 24th)

2. Advanced Git

3. How to switch to vIm

4. Node.js

 

We should definitely chat about how we could help unite the developer community under a few (active) roofs.  

 

As a side note, we're using Google Moderator (http://bit.ly/hicapacity-moderator) as our polling mechanism. :)

Marcus,

 

I would recommend trying VLC (aka VideoLAN).  It's lightweight, compatible with almost everything, cross-platform, and open source.

 

That failing...Apple's MOV format isn't exactly friendly to Linux.  YouTube usually has trailers in HD...

Marcus Sortijas said:

Great list of topics!  I'd give my vote for the multimedia lesson.  One of my big problems has been watching Apple movie trailers.  And PBS Frontline on its website.

Ryan,

I'm definitely excited about HI Capacity.  Actually got myself an Arduino Uno for a Christmas present to myself.  Do you guys have a calendar?  Can you update your calendar?

LUG Nuts only has a few members who are interested in programming.  Without consensus, we should not shift focus away from Linux towards programming.  From what I've seen, HI Capacity is intended to serve a broad range of technology-related interests; LUG Nuts focuses specifically on Linux.

 - wjh

Ryan Kanno said:

This sounds totally awesome!  

We've had some of the same discussions under HI Capacity (http://www.hicapacity.org).  We're going to start a series of talks directed at developers.  We've been focusing on electronic hardware, specifically, the Arduino.  With that said, we have a small schedule of talks planned:

 

1. Git/Github (Scheduled for May 24th)

2. Advanced Git

3. How to switch to vIm

4. Node.js

 

We should definitely chat about how we could help unite the developer community under a few (active) roofs.  

 

As a side note, we're using Google Moderator (http://bit.ly/hicapacity-moderator) as our polling mechanism. :)

John -

 

We have quite a few HI Capacity members who would be interested in hearing some of your presentations.  I know there's quite a number of members who are avid Linux users (myself included), so we'll definitely be in touch.  We haven't updated our calendar just yet - since dates aren't confirmed.  We'll actually be doing that this weekend. We do have a talk lineup that's pretty in-line with what's hot in the technology community.  We're also pretty young as an organization so we didn't want to flood the local community with events until we could figure out the demand for them.  Depending on interest, we're planning to have them once a month for the first month or two, but probably increase or decrease them accordingly.  The Google Group is pretty active and there's a core group of us who are active on IRC if you'd like to chat about how we could work together and help push out talks across a variety of channels.

Ryan,

I'll talk to you outside this discussion thread to avoid veering too far off topic.

I believe, for both HI Capacity and LUG Nuts as a matter of leadership and organization, a flexible calendar may appeal to those interested but not committed.  Plainly stating Git/Github discussion on May 24 (when/where?) allows some of us to arrange our calendars.  Recommend three-month outlook, with firm time/date/location/activity, future planning to occur during third month.  Additionally, HI Capacity and LUG Nuts should deconflict schedules.

 - wjh

Ryan Kanno said:

John -

 

We have quite a few HI Capacity members who would be interested in hearing some of your presentations.  I know there's quite a number of members who are avid Linux users (myself included), so we'll definitely be in touch.  We haven't updated our calendar just yet - since dates aren't confirmed.  We'll actually be doing that this weekend. We do have a talk lineup that's pretty in-line with what's hot in the technology community.  We're also pretty young as an organization so we didn't want to flood the local community with events until we could figure out the demand for them.  Depending on interest, we're planning to have them once a month for the first month or two, but probably increase or decrease them accordingly.  The Google Group is pretty active and there's a core group of us who are active on IRC if you'd like to chat about how we could work together and help push out talks across a variety of channels.

John,

 

Thanks for the tips.  VLC player is great!  I've been using that for a long time.  Yeah, I don't stress about the Apple movie trailers too much.  I know it's their problem, not Linux.  Now I watch movie trailers at ComingSoon.net.  Had better luck there.

John Holden said:

Marcus,

 

I would recommend trying VLC (aka VideoLAN).  It's lightweight, compatible with almost everything, cross-platform, and open source.

 

That failing...Apple's MOV format isn't exactly friendly to Linux.  YouTube usually has trailers in HD...

Does anyone else want to suggest a topic or speaker for the July meetup?  I will post a survey to see which we should plan on.

 

Thanks, John for volunteering so many ideas!

I definitively would be interested in Emacs, Xen and Android SDK. :)

 

Cheers,

Stephan

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