Meeting Topic For November? EDS Meeting Space Comments?

We had about 20 folks show this time and quite a few new faces I hadn’t seen before. I would estimate if everyone showed that attend regularly we'd have about 40 or so people in total that could possibly show each meeting...almost the limits of the room. To much testosterone though ;> Michael has mentioned to the board that that he'd be willing to give yet another presentation...this time on ubuntu - http://www.ubuntulinux.org/ See also http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/27/201202 A couple other topics that have been kicked around on this discussion board are LTSP and Linux Certification. Also at the meeting last night some other topics were proposed, so please post the details here so everyone can comment on them. Thanks. Also, please comment on the EDS facility last night and anything we could do to make it better. I will look into getting another datashow, or ask how that one actually works??? Why it was coming up in 640x480 and then sometimes working correctly was a puzzle. My comments on the meeting space: 1. It has everything we need I think, although security is a bit of a hassle. Internet worked well, space is decent sized, free parking, etc. 2. Sorry, but I don't think Pizza is an option. My comments on the meeting/topics: 1. Although there was some good “discussion,” during and after the presentation perhaps we should have a regular agenda item that opens the floor to people who have linux (or related) questions or that need help on something or what not. 2. I would rather not see "another" "distro" presentation. We have had several presentation on this vein ... General distro topic of pros/cons, Fedora Core 2, Live distros, etc. Although it is interesting to see them I think it would be better to have something more in depth on a particular piece of software/server or a particular piece of a single distro...we had a discussion on debian's apt package once and I think we taked about XFree86 once, but something along those lines would be time better spent. Okay, feel free to hack away at my comments and we'll get agreement on a topic for Nov.

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Re: Meeting Topic For November? EDS Meeting Space Comments?

[quote="db"]We had about 20 folks show this time and quite a few new faces I hadn’t seen before. I would estimate if everyone showed that attend regularly we'd have about 40 or so people in total that could possibly show each meeting...almost the limits of the room. To much testosterone though ;>[/quote] I was impressed with the turnout, especially since we were meeting at a different location. Our attendance usually drops when we switch locations. [quote="db"] Michael has mentioned to the board that that he'd be willing to give yet another presentation...this time on ubuntu - http://www.ubuntulinux.org/ See also http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/27/201202[/quote] Dave mentioned that it might be too soon to do another distro demonstration. I could always demonstrate Ubuntu at a later date to allow for topic variety. I was trying to think of something new and interesting to present on. [quote="db"] A couple other topics that have been kicked around on this discussion board are LTSP and Linux Certification. Also at the meeting last night some other topics were proposed, so please post the details here so everyone can comment on them. Thanks. [/quote] The LTSP idea was proposed by Lars Noldan - I asked when he wante dto present and haven't heard back from him. I'll try to get ahold of him again. [quote="db"] Also, please comment on the EDS facility last night and anything we could do to make it better. I will look into getting another datashow, or ask how that one actually works??? Why it was coming up in 640x480 and then sometimes working correctly was a puzzle. [/quote] Aha - that's what you mean by datashow :) Yes, a projector that works in 1024x768 reliably would be helpful. [quote="db"] My comments on the meeting space: 1. It has everything we need I think, although security is a bit of a hassle. Internet worked well, space is decent sized, free parking, etc. 2. Sorry, but I don't think Pizza is an option. [/quote] I think the space worked out very well. As for pizza, one option would be having a post-meeting get together at a restaurant, although our meetings tend to get our rather late so that might not be a viable option. [quote="db"] My comments on the meeting/topics: 1. Although there was some good “discussion,” during and after the presentation perhaps we should have a regular agenda item that opens the floor to people who have linux (or related) questions or that need help on something or what not. [/quote] It's on the agenda - we just don't seem to follow it to the letter - I'll be sure to open the floor to discussions (like it says on the agenda :) ) [quote="db"] 2. I would rather not see "another" "distro" presentation. We have had several presentation on this vein ... General distro topic of pros/cons, Fedora Core 2, Live distros, etc. Although it is interesting to see them I think it would be better to have something more in depth on a particular piece of software/server or a particular piece of a single distro...we had a discussion on debian's apt package once and I think we taked about XFree86 once, but something along those lines would be time better spent. [/quote] I work with Branden Robinson, the Debian developer who packages XFree86 for Debian. A few days ago he wondered why he was never asked back to present again - I'm sure he'd be willing to present if we asked him. Other than Ubuntu, I don't really have anything new that I could present on but I could update some of my old presentations. I just got my [url=http://www.mythtv.org]MythTV[/url] box working again and MythTV has added quite a few new features since I last presented on it. [quote="db"] Okay, feel free to hack away at my comments and we'll get agreement on a topic for Nov.[/quote] I like to send out the meeting announcements two weeks before the meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for November 3 so I'd like to have the November topic decided by October 20. That gives us 13 days to come up with a topic.