[sf-lug] Linux Users' Group of Davis, June 18: "Wikimedia and Wikipedia"

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Thu May 24 12:36:07 PDT 2012

The Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD) will be holding the following meeting:

  June 18, 2012
  7:00pm - 9:00pm


  "Wikimedia and Wikipedia"
  Trevor Parscal and Roan Kattouw, Wikimedia Foundation

    Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit organization behind
    Wikipedia and several other online collaborative wiki projects.
    The foundation's goal is to develop and maintain open content,
    wiki-based projects and to provide the full contents of those
    projects to the public free of charge.

    Wikimedia currently runs on dedicated clusters of Ubuntu Linux
    servers, with a pair of OpenSolaris machines for ZFS.  There are 400
    servers in Tampa, Florida, and 60 in Amsterdam, as well as 450 in
    Virginia that are still being built out.  The operation of Wikimedia
    depends on MediaWiki, a custom-made, free and open source wiki
    software platform written in PHP and built upon the MySQL database.

About the Speakers:

  Trevor Parscal has been working at the Wikimedia Foundation since
  2008, focusing his engineering and design efforts on the front-end of
  MediaWiki.  Key projects he's worked on include redesigning the look
  and feel of Wikipedia and creating ResourceLoader which optimizes the
  way JavaScript, CSS and image resources are sent to the client.
  His most recent work has been building a visual editor for Wikipedia.

  Roan Kattouw has been a MediaWiki developer since 2007 and has been
  working for the Wikimedia Foundation since 2009.  Roan has worked on
  usability improvements for Wikipedia and on ResourceLoader, a front-end
  resource delivery system, and is now working on building the visual
  editor with Trevor.  Roan also works on various small things, ranging
  from JavaScript code review to MediaWiki backend hacking to deploying
  code on the cluster.

This meeting will be held at:

  Yolo County Library, Mary L. Stephen's Davis Branch
  Blanchard Community Room
  315 East 14th Street
  Davis, California 95616

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About LUGOD:

  The Linux Users' Group of Davis is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
  dedicated to the Linux computer operating system and other Open Source
  and Free Software.

  Since 1999, LUGOD has held regular meetings with guest speakers
  in Davis, California, as well as other events in Davis and the greater
  Sacramento region.  Events are always free and open to the public.

  Please visit our website for more details:  http://www.lugod.org/

Bill Kendrick
pr at lugod.org
Public Relations Officer
Linux Users' Group of Davis

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