You are going to do a live demonstration of the software / whatever as part of your presentation.

Understanding the X Window System

Chris Frey will demonstrate and discuss the X Window System from a user's point of view, focusing on the common tools that come with X, regardless of which desktop system you choose to use. The following topics are planned:
  • X configuration overview
  • The X startup process
  • Connecting to your X server
  • X managers
    • The display manager
    • The window manager
    • The session manager
  • Cut and paste
    • What's the difference between the current selection, cut buffer, and clipboard?
  • X toys
  • Poking around the X window system
  • X fonts
  • X authentication
  • X forwarding
  • Security recommendations and conclusion

The presentation is intended for intermediate audiences.

Introduction to VoIP for SOHO

This introduction to VoIP is aimed at small office / home office users. John will cover hardware, software and configuration issues at the introductory level. The interested attendee will learn what options they have, and what steps to take to implement their own VoIP system. Expect to hear about VoIP phones, analog telephone adapters, telephony cards, Asterisk, TrixBox, and VoIP providers.

Linux Top Ten Commands

Glenn Simpson, from Hamliton Linux User Group will deliver a presentation of (his) Top Ten Command line tools for Linux. Here's a little secret for you, Glenn's Top Ten includes many more than ten commands. There will be something in this presentation for everyone.

HOWTO Write, build and run kernel modules

Rob will demonstrate the Who, What, When, Where, Why, How of Writing, Building and Running kernel modules.

Blender - 3D graphics modelling

Chris will demonstrate and discuss Blender.
Including basic navigation, making a toilet, game engine, examples of what can be done.
The presentation is intended for beginner.
Blender's "Elephants Dream" was nominated for the UK Linux & Open Source Awards 2006. On Oct 26 it was announced that it won, making Dreamworks’ Over the Hedge and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Monster House bite the dust!

Make your web site cooler (and simpler to maintain) - The Drupal content management system

Evan Leibovitch will demonstrate and discuss the Drupal Content Management System.


Geographic Resources Analysis Support System
Commonly referred to as GRASS, this is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Understanding the's XDG menus specification

Raul Suarez will explain the's XDG menus specification including how the menus work, how you can modify them, what tools there are to work with them and how you can take advantage of the XDG structure for other purposes. Raul will demonstrate how he is implementing them in a linux distribution to dynamically update the menu when new applications are installed regardless of the Window manager used.
The XDG menu structure is currently being used in Gnome and KDE and it is supported at various levels by many other window managers.
The presentation is intended for all audiences. It will include some practical concepts along with some code.

Vector graphics with Inkscape

Charles will dicuss and demonstrate Inkscape for the crfeation of vector graphics.
Presentation Material:
Place the presentation here, perhaps after the meeting.

Return of MythTV

By popular demand, and no small amount of begging, Robin has agreed to reprise his MythTV presentation. We're told the the new MythTV box includes more goodies now, so prepare to have serious geek-envy.
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