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Using GnuPG with Thunderbird and Mutt

Abstract:
Andrew Cant will demonstrate and discuss using GnuPG with the Thunderbird and Mutt email clients. After the presentation the attendes should have enough information to go out and use Thunderbird or Mutt to sign, verify, encrypt and decrypt their email.
The presentation is intended for beginner/intermediate.

Understanding the X Window System

Abstract:
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

Abstract:
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

Abstract:
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

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

The GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

Abstract:
Richard will provide an introduction to photo-manipulation with The GIMP. The GIMP is a pixel-based image program. This introduction will cover a few basics and a few examples.
We'll look at GIMP tools and actions with useful examples.
Demonstrations may include, redeye reduction, contrast improvement, masking and cropping, merging and separation.

Blender - 3D graphics modelling

Abstract:
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

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

GRASS and GIS

Abstract:
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.

A night with Dr. Peter H. Salus. UNIX and Linux: Anecdotes you haven't heard.

Abstract:
Dr. Peter H. Salus will amuse and inform us with anecdotes from the history of UNIX and Linux. And Peter experienced much of this history of UNIX and Linux first hand. He has suggested the following stories to whet our appetites:
  • Whose face was on the water tower and where's the stencil now?
  • How do you spell UNIX?
  • Who invented | [pipe]?
  • What happend to Bill Joy's car?
  • What is line 2240?

If you haven't heard Peter present before, you must, must, must see him. His speaking style is a delightful combination of Professor and Favourite Uncle. We'll be entertained and educated at the same time. We'll also have the pleasure of surprise topics, as Peter generally weaves surrounding stories in with the main issue.

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