drew craig on 31 May 2012 12:04:29 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] May Speakers?

It's summer time.  Good time to be even less formal.  possibly discussions on some fun configuring / tweaking type stuff.  Ideas could be...

- .Xdefault / .Xresources file config 
- WM's.  What's out there?  Tile or Stack?  Getting started and tweaking
- share your conky config
- other CLI apps used in place of the GUI option.  more config files...

I guess, you can see a pattern here.  I'm sure we all tinker with our set up right?  Let's share our configs.  Or how to's for getting started.  Understand that some of these topics may not be suitable in a meeting environment, who knows, but thought I'd throw it out there.  Maybe it will spawn something else.  


On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM, Sam Gleske <sam.mxracer@gmail.com> wrote:

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Jay Dobies <jason.dobies@redhat.com> wrote:
On 05/31/2012 02:10 PM, drew craig wrote:
I think that is a great idea.  Plus I would like to add that although
seasoned or not, if a skill is not used often enough, it tends to get a
bit rusty.  I have always found that re-visiting once established
skills, can at times be very enlightening.  Plus it may engage more
discussion, which would even more so benefit someone who does not
already have that particular skill set.

Topics like vim/emacs and git kinda never get old. No matter how long I've been working with them I'll still pick up on new things I never knew of that others do.

Maybe the vim one could be an introduction followed by a collaborative thing where a handful of people demo the less common tricks they use on a regular basis. Same for git; a coworker of mine uses a billion different aliases to do things I never knew possible.


On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 1:55 PM, Rich Freeman <r-plug@thefreemanclan.net
<mailto:r-plug@thefreemanclan.net>> wrote:

   On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 4:47 AM, Sam Gleske <sam.mxracer@gmail.com
   <mailto:sam.mxracer@gmail.com>> wrote:
    > As far as meeting topics go I can cover a variety of topics.
    > Bash Introduction:
    > vim Introduction:

   I liked a bunch of topics on your list, but I wanted to call attention
   to your most basic ones.  I'll admit that both of these would be
   snoozers for me (well, I'd likely catch on to a few new things).
   However, every other meeting it seems like we have a few new people,
   and since most of us are seasoned they likely struggle to keep up.

   Would it make sense to try to fit in some newbie-oriented content
   every once in a while?  Maybe it shouldn't be the sole topic of the
   night, but perhaps every other meeting we might cut short discussion
   by 15min and have somebody present more fundamental material before
   the main talk.  Perhaps we might even keep a deck of standard
   materials handy and just have somebody wing this presentation if there
   are newbies in the audience, and skip it if not.  It is hard to plan
   for whether there are new people around, so I'd hate to see people
   travel to give a presentation on bash 101 and find that everybody has
   been using linux for 10 years.

   Any thoughts here?  We might hang onto newcomers with a broader
   approach, but I don't want to become irrelevant for the majority of
   seasoned participants either.

I agree with these comments.  When I was thinking about an introduction to vim/bash I remembered some basic scripting questions in other threads where users had questions.  Recently I had some RedHat training and found out that many sysadmins use the GUI (where I mainly use headless environments) so I thought it wasn't impossible that some of our PLUG users cling to a GUI.  I thought it would be a good time to show off the power of using a CLI environment to show common tasks which can be accomplished.

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