[Novalug] November Meeting (Possible) Topics
plarsen at famlarsen.homelinux.com
Mon Oct 18 20:49:23 EDT 2010
On Mon, 2010-10-18 at 18:06 -0400, Nino Pereira wrote:
> > It's interesting (to me) to see that there's very little interest in
> > actual software development topics vs. all the system administration and
> > conceptual topics.
> FWIW, I am definitely interested in learning more about linux
> basics, i.e., the stuff I struggle with all the time (and, often get great
> help on from this list: thanks!).
To me it's broader than that. It's open source. Granted, if there's a
Linux twist to it, it's really interesting. And open source is alot
about the process of development too. It's what makes Open Source such a
success. Not that it's "free" as in beer, but that it's free (as in
liberty) to see, modify and use. But when you add thousands of
contributors it complicates things, so the genius of folks like Linus is
how they managed the projects.
> I realize that most regular attendees are software professionals
> who walk on linux boxes without getting their feet wet, and
> can tune up a system without getting their fingers dirty and
> sometimes even in their sleep.
I am not sure I see a lot of "software professionals" if by that term
you mean programmers. I see a lot of systems folks in particular looking
at the list and the subjects that are touched upon. There are times we
hit subjects like regular expressions, but in most cases it's printers,
SELinux, firewalls etc.; far from the real of a software developer.
> I can't. Often I find most
> rewarding the casual comments that someone makes, about
> some standard linux software that I didn't know existed and
> does something neat.
That's one of the things that makes this list great. We all have those
moments were we pick up interesting tidbits of the conversations. I
doubt it matters if you've done Linux for 10 days or 10 years.
> I then go back home energized and try
> it out immediately (albeit with mixed results).
Practise, practise, practise ....
> Therefore, I'd favor a more 'back to basics' approach for the
> meetings, and hope that the experts will still attend,
> either for the opportunity to shine or, as some seem to have
> preferred in the past, to score points off the other experts.
How do you define "basics"?? Suggest topics, put them out there. Also,
as Greg so often says at the meeting, you don't have to be an expert to
talk about a subject. If you have discovered a cool thing you didn't
know about before, that's an excellent subject to "show and tell" about.
So suggest some subjects that are "back to basics". With or within
software development - doesn't matter.
Wise words of the day:
<|ryan|> I don't use deb
u poor man
apt-get install task-p0rn
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