[sf-lug] SF-LUG for Fall 2006 at SF State

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Aug 22 13:13:36 PDT 2006

Looks like SF state is starting its fall semester, and here's
a request for SF-LUG to participate with IMSA: the proposal
so far is for a once-per-month meeting at SF-State.

Note I've copied previous sf-lug emails on this topic below

Begin forwarded message:
> Dear Jim,
> As the new school year starts I was hoping that we could continue 
> having SF-LUG
> meetings in SFSU.  However, instead of having an open forum, I believe 
> that we
> should have some directed discussions in order for us to more easily 
> pitch the
> idea to students.
> Here are some topics I think would go well with the student audience:
> 1) How to set up a VOIP system
> 2) Testing Network Security using security tools
> 3) Installing multiple OSes
> 4) How to setup an apache web server.
> Please let me know if you are interested in co-hosting some of these 
> events with
> IMSA and the days and times SF-LUG is available.  I would like to 
> schedule them
> ASAP so that we may start getting people interested in the events.
> Thank you,
> previous SF-LUG email follow:
> ----------------------------------------
>     Sameer from sf state university (19th and holloway)
> showed up at our last meeting at the Javacat and
> brought up the idea of sf-lug having a meeting at sf
> state. (a couple of months ago LX and I went there
> for a meeting with the IMSA student group.)
>     We've suggested the second thursday of each month
> as our sf state meeting, probably 7 to 9 PM, probably
> three meetings each semester.
>     We need a format and topics so's to present a
> seeming bona fide presentation and justify getting
> a room.
>     Here's my idea for a format:
>     7 to 7:15 introductions and stalling waiting for late-comers
>     7:15 to 7:45 one to three "jelly bean" topics--linux related and 
> brief
>     7:45 to 8:30 main topic
>     8:30 to 8:50 Q'n'A
>     8:50 to 9 goombyes and teasers for next meeting
>     Here are some ideas for linux-related topics
> --> Jelly bean topics:
> best magazine stands in SF,
> best book stores in SF,
> best computer stores in SF,
> computer museum type places,
> developments in {music, video, graphics, clustering,
>     storage, laptops, hand-helds, CPUs and silicon,
>     linux distros (there are a lot: puppy, pebble, DSL,
>     gentoo..., as well as RH, debian, *ubuntu...),
> databases....
> --> Primary topics:
> some of the jelly bean topics would also be appropriate as
> primary topics:
> what is a distro,
> what is linux (the kernel),
> the gnu toolkit,
> CLI tutorial,
> shell scripting tutorial,
> how to compile a kernel,
> anatomy of an /etc tree,
> get a speaker from planetCCRMA (linux music stuff),
> get sameer (prof at sf state) to speak,
> get stan osborne (prof at sf state) to speak,
> get one of you guys to speak,
> ----------------------------------------
> Yesterday, on my way home from work, I stopped in Stacey's. I picked 
> up a copy "3d World" magazine. It is by the folks who put out 
> "Caomputer Arts". It had an interesting article on OpenSource and 
> Linux in the VFX world. It was the last in a series of articles. 
> Basically it said that Linux and OpenSource software are taking over 
> the industry. The points that it brought out were: 1. OpenSource and 
> Linux are not hardware dependant. 2. The lag time between development 
> and deployment is shorter then with commercial software. 3. Commercial 
> software has a lot of useless features...They mentioned ILM. Maybe we 
> can get someone from ILM to talk about OpenSource, Linux and VFX. They 
> are in the city?

> http://www.ilm.com/companies.html
> ----------------------------------------
> Linux on the desktop. Deploying linux as the main desktop to
> manage what employees can do with it.
> Linux in the backroom (Samba, mail servers doing the actual
> lifting for exchange, Apache as a webserver, SugarCRM, Asterisk
> for a PBS/VoIP solution, OpenExchange,  the list goes on...)
> Low cost of the deployment.
> Looking at TCO of linux. Requires more knowledge which means
> a linux admin will cost more, but lasts longer with less down
> time so you aresaving money by not being down.
> Most important of all it is fun.
> ----------------------------------------
> 1. Various Linux desktops
> 2. Case studies of deploying open source vs. proprietary
> software (how it saved the company/organization money)
> 3. overview of different open source technologies (databases,
> languages (PHP, Perl, C, Python) - which language is best for
> doing the task at hand (for example C/C++ is great for making
> your web apps run as fast as possible (executes faster than
> PHP or other interpreted language) but you'll spend a lot of
> time debugging the code!  PHP is great for developing web
> apps that run reasonably fast and are easy to maintain. 
> But is Python faster? Under what circumstances? When should
> you use Postgres over MySQL?  What about object-oriented
> databases?
> 4. different open-source licensing models and when to apply them.
> 5. examples of unusual uses for open source (eg. Nokia device
> we saw last Monday, embedded applications and robotics.
> ----------------------------------------
> My name is Jones and just graduated from SFSU this past May.  I spoke 
> to Professor Sameer and he told me about linux groups, specifically 
> about SF-Lug's, along with other topics.  I'm very interested in 
> getting more technical skills and getting more familiar with Linux in 
> general.  Due to my schedule, I probably would not be able to make a 
> thursday night meeting at SFSU.  Is there a way you guys could do a 
> podcast or something for each meeting?  Audio-only would be great.  
> The topics listed seem to be general linux with a local 
> twist.  Knowing what's in the city would be very helpful.

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