Requested Topics

Do you have a great idea for a presentation topic at a future meeting? Add your topic suggestion to this list by creating a new presentation topic entry.

A presentation topic suggestion should give some indication of the type of presentation you are suggesting. Is it for beginners, super-geniuses, or somewhere in between? You should also indicate if you are willing to present the topic yourself.

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Open Source for fun and profit: Making a career out of free software

Thinking of ditching that dull corporate job?

Sick of writing proprietary software and not sharing your work?

Heard about this open source thing and wanted to jump in but still hesitant?

Not to worry, Open Source is here to the rescue!

This session will motivate participants to dive into Open Source as a fun way of making a living.

AGENDA

  • Open Source / Free software overview
  • The two license types
  • Selling a solution
  • Sell services (development, building, theming, tuning, training, …)
  • Open Source projects
    • The software product
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Where is my money going? Using Gnucash to track it

GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
... GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses.

I'll show you how to create accounts, how to import transactions from your bank, Do transfers and generate reports.

GnuCash has a special place for me as it was my epiphany to the value of Open source:

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Lightweight/Tiling Window Managers

*Cough* Is X making your computer slow? Perhaps moving away from the the "desktop environment" is your solution.

This will be a presentation about tiling window mangers, particularly StumpWM, xmonad, and perhaps dwm if the presenter (our very own Kyle Spaans) can take some time to learn it.

This presentation will consist of quick and dirty demos on how to use and configure these kinds of window managers, and a discussion of their pros and cons. Honorable mention may be made of Fluxbox and FVWM.

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What's that noise? A history of sound on *nix and Linux

From the era where the only sound a computer would make was the terminal beep character to modern sound server technology, I will touch on it all from a historical perspective in a short amount of time. Whenever I am talking about something that is still of relevance to the average Linux user I will pause and discuss the details of its function and the basics of configuration. The presentation will wrap up with a couple of complete examples of useful sound hardware/software configurations for typical (and at least one not so typical) home and business/educational uses.

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What does this button do? The Linux boot process.

Presentation request / proposal

This presentation covers the boot process. What happens after you press the power button to start your computer? We'll look very briefly at POST and BIOS, then concentrate on what happens once Linux is in control.

  • POST
  • BIOS
  • MBR
  • LILO / Grub
  • kernel
  • initrd
  • runlevels
  • login managers
    if we are lucky we'll hear about some new stuff in development for faster booting
  • Coreboot
  • initng
  • upstart
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Introduction to OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them; the project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

An introduction to the Who, What, Where, Why of OSM will be followed by a demo of the steps in collecting, categorizing and contributing data to OSM.

This topic was originally presented at HOSUG on 12 December 2006.

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Linux in Education

On the Feb 2008 meeting sheet, Sarah-Beth Doner suggested that somebody present the use of Linux in educational settings (for example, in an English class at the University of Waterloo).

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How to compile kernel and applications from source code and release binary .deb

This presentation would cover how to take source code and port it to a platform where binary's are not available.

For example porting an application in a way so that it is usable on a platform such as maemo for the nokia 770 which runs debian and uses an ARM cpu.

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How to contribute to a OSS / Open Source / whatever project?

It appears that projects have a particular way and lingo all their own
that they require to be adhered to. That way can be _very_ daunting to a 'newbie' contributor. What's this stuff all about, how does one typically participate, and what are the common 'things' that surround it?

 

Participation can take many or any forms, including testing, bug reporting, documentation, marketing, web / content creation, proselytizing, etc., etc. There was a list thread a while back how bug reporting has a whole system around it, etc., etc.

 

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kwlug.org, Drupal @ - What's here, how is it organized, and how is it used?

At the March 2007 meeting we had an excellent presentation on Drupal. A nice high-level overview of what Drupal is, what it can do, and how it's being used in various places.

Could we have a presentation on the next step please? How is Drupal being used at kwlug.org? How does one participate / contribute content to kwlug.org, as an individual, or as representatives of K-W LUG?


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