K.S. Bhaskar on 5 Jul 2012 09:10:57 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] July and August speakers needed!

+1 for SELinux, especially if you can present at PLUG West - I'll volunteer to give you a ride between the FIS office and Paoli station, if that helps.

-- Bhaskar

On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM, Sam Gleske <sam.mxracer@gmail.com> wrote:
I've said this before but I'm willing to present. Here's a quote of topics I've said I can present on in the past. I do know that there's a few people who expressed particular interest in hearing more about Gimp, Icinga, and SELinux. As well as some of the simpler topics. As of right now I'm only participating in PLUG central at USP.


As far as meeting topics go I can cover a variety of topics. I can't do the month of June as I have a night class on Wednesdays but I'll be off for the summer. So I should be good after June to present at PLUG. Topics in which I can present include...
  • Data Storage Practices: RAID with mdadm; mirroring drives using rsync (recommended options); Large Volume Management to create one drive from many other drives; interrogating the S.M.A.R.T. controller on hard drives in order to possibly predict a drive failure or diagnose potential problems currently experienced. I could also talk about ways to use them together. I can even cover how I personally utilize the techniques for my own personal data integrity.
  • System Monitoring Part 1: How to effectively set up Icinga (Nagios fork) and write plugins so you're informed of the information you may desire most. https://www.icinga.org/
  • System Monitoring Part 2: How to historically monitor system performance. This is most useful for looking at performance trends. I can cover either munin or PNP4Nagios. I can also discuss how to integrate them with Icinga so that you only need one interface to interact with them both. http://munin-monitoring.org/ or http://www.pnp4nagios.org/
  • Apache Virtual hosts: Good practices for setting up Apache virtual hosts with Large Installation System Administration in mind.
  • JBoss Administration (can be a multi-part in depth presentation): I'll dive into JBoss AS 7 and show you the power which sets RedHat JBoss above the rest. There's a lot I can cover here so I'll try to decide on topics which would be most useful during a presentation. I'll even give you a short comparison of JBoss EAP 6 which is the enterprise equivalent of JBoss AS 7. http://www.jboss.org/ or http://www.redhat.com/products/jbossenterprisemiddleware/
  • Basic SELinux Administration: Troubleshooting applications against SELinux and getting your apps running along size SELinux enforcement. I'm still relatively new to SELinux but I think I can bring some troubleshooting techniques to the table which you may find useful. http://selinuxproject.org/
  • GIMP Presentation: I can discuss graphic editing with the GNU Image Manipulation Program. In this discussion I can give an overview of most of the tools and dialogs as well as their usage. I can discuss certain graphics concepts and best practices. Topics and concepts can include: Channels, Layers, Masks and Selection, Recommended plugins and some basic usage, Recommended sources for brushes and patterns, organizing the interface, cut out a web template for designing a page and creating image maps, or possibly others. Features and changes in the new GIMP 2.8 since GIMP 2.6 and older if you have previous experience with it. I can discuss exciting future developments of GIMP which will be planned.
  • Bash Introduction: Navigating the filesystem through a terminal. A discussion behind the logic of bash, using one liners, and stringing together utilities to accomplish a goal. Topics can include: What Configuration scripts are used and how, environment variables and parameter expansion, introduction to a common set of utilities which will likely be most useful when solving problems, writing scripts, regular expressions/patterns, whatever else I think of if this presentation is chosen. This is a relatively broad topic as you're only limited by your imagination when it comes to using the system utilities and bash logic.
  • vim Introduction: I've been using vim for a couple of years now and have picked up some useful tips and tricks along the way. I can give an overview of the command modes, useful shortcuts for quick navigation and editing, window and tab management/navigation, command execution from within vim, how to effectively use the help documentation, user customizations on the fly and persistent customizations, anything else I can think of while presenting (maybe touch briefly on vim plugins?).

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