[TriLUG] presentation ideas
jc.jones at tuftux.com
Tue Jun 16 12:25:49 EDT 2009
Is there anyone in our group or can we find someone to give a
presentation on Data recovery from various devices, floppy drives,
flash drives, hard drives, etc
On 6/16/09, Scott Chilcote <scottchilcote at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Alan Porter wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> > So here's a chance for you to shout out an idea, or perhaps even
> > volunteer yourself for a presentation.
> > Just so you know, the pipeline right now has one confirmed speaker
> > (for September), and a lot of "TBD".
> > And if that's not enough motivation for you, if a meeting date
> > approaches and we still have not found a speaker, you guys will
> > have to sit through an hour of me talking about PAM, Pluggable
> > Authentication Modules.
> > Alan
> Thanks Alan,
> I think that the LUG would draw a fair amount of attention from outside of
> our own community if we introduced a few topics of general interest.
> We have an opportunity right now due to the public reaction to Windows
> Vista, to demonstrate the continually improving value of Linux as a
> alternative desktop platform.
> One or more meeting topics that objectively survey the viability of the
> current set of productivity and business oriented applications would be an
> easy choice. Looking over the last year and a half of meetings, I think
> this popular topic is overdue.
> Google has done a lot of recent work on applications for Linux that are
> popular on Windows. People may not be aware that they can switch to Linux
> and continue using Google Earth, Picasa, G-talk and others. Several desktop
> apps are pretty amazing now as well, like BitPim, GIMP, Audacity, blender,
> and Scribus.
> You can read a lot of articles about how good Linux is doing as a desktop,
> but if we give people an opportunity to come and see it for themselves and
> ask questions we'll be providing a real service to the general public.
> Idea #2: Software development tools for Linux. Software still keeps much
> of the Triangle's professionals employed. A survey of the current state of
> software development tools for Linux would provide another useful workshop
> to help people in the region discover what they can accomplish
> professionally if they consider migrating to Linux.
> Granted, people who develop for proprietary, operating system specific
> environments are not in a position to consider Linux as an alternative. But
> much software development is platform independent now, and tools for
> platform agnostic software development continue to improve for Linux.
> The Eclipse and NetBeans IDEs are flagship examples, supporting several
> programming languages and providing large libraries of plugins.
> MySQL and PostgreSQL and their associated tools, Subversion, QT4, Screem,
> Quanta, Geany... Some of these I've only heard about. The viability of
> Linux as a development platform has never been in doubt from my perspective.
> But there are a lot of software professionals who have not used anything
> but Windows, and may be interested in seeing what's available now.
> Idea #3: This topic has come up before, but I've yet to see it addressed in
> one of our meetings. There is a fair amount of GIS, Geographical Mapping,
> and GPS related software available for Linux now. Including my cell phone,
> we currently have five different GPS appliances in our household. The only
> obvious way to take advantage of these devices is with proprietary software
> that only runs on commercial operating systems.
> By asking people and searching around, I have come across a few programs
> for Linux that provide some of the capabilities of these proprietary
> programs. Every so often I hear about another project that intends to
> provide more capabilties.
> I'm not sure how large the audience for this kind of information would be,
> but I'm very interested in finding out more about the state of GIS, Mapping,
> and GPS applications for Linux. GIS is also a career area for me, so it
> would help professionally as well.
> Since these are areas I would like to learn more about, I can't claim to
> have the knowledge level necessary to present one of these topics. If
> someone else feels capable, It's not my intention to reserve them. Another
> possibility would be to join forces with someone else for a shared
> The first two of these topics are overviews, so they might be effective to
> present as a roundtable discussion with a few experienced presenters and a
> Thanks for asking.
> Scott C.
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