Fall meeting topic suggestions

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jasonw
Fall meeting topic suggestions

Since we're breaking for the summer, I want to give you guys some homework. Don't worry, it's not that hard. Please come up with meeting topics - distros you'd like to see presented, specific programs you'd like to know more about, problems you've had, hardware you'd like know more about, pretty much anything as long as there is some Linux or even Unix connection. Cross-platform software, assuming it runs on Linux, is great, too. Post your thoughts, dreams, and so on, in this topic thread.

If there's something you'd like to present, all the better, but if you can't, that's okay too. I've just run out of ideas other than programming topics and we'd love feedback on what you guys enjoy. If you have trouble thinking of topics, think about presentations we've had in the past and what you liked or didn't like about them to generate other ideas. I'll be doing the same, too.

If you liked the coffee, donuts and pizza, let me know if you'd meetings other than June and Christmas to have some or all of those items included. Would you like other snacks? Coffee, pop or tea at meetings?

buster
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The food is sometimes a negative for me. I eat better at home.

One series of topics I would love to hear about - the various apps! Everone in the club does things with their computer, and they have to decide which of the many applications does that particular thing best. Some are fairly complex choices, and require an analysis of what is available. And most of us know very little about why some are better that others except, "This is the one I like. Always use it."

Photo software - Does anyone process images in Linux? What software do you use? Why do you use it? What else is available?

Music manipulation - I would love to shorten and blend some relatively older music from 'better' times (at least I was younger, and that makes them better!) and burn them to CDs as gifts for friends who are ancient. What do you use, and what are the choices?

Email programs - why and what's available/

Desktop - Which, why, and what are the differences.

Etc. - which, and why, and what's available.

Any of these could be done by anyone, and they might just be a part of any evening. The underlying Linux system is pretty stable, an I'm not sure it matters what you use. But the apps are often quite diverse.

jasonw

Thanks for your suggestions, buster. Hopefully your comments will encourage others to post throughout the summer. As a start, perhaps people could post some of their favorite programs here. Somebody might go, oh wow, I never heard of that, or never tried it and it could become the seed of a presentation.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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(1) Word processing apps. I can probably do something on this by the time fall rolls around. I have now installed and tried (to various degrees): LibreOffice, WPS writer, TextMaker and MS Office 2010 running in Play on Linux.

(2) I can certainly give a talk on the use of a Macintosh to run Linux (including the challenges), along with a demo.

(3) I can talk about 3 or 4 email programs I have tried, most notably Thunderbird and Evolution, but also Geary and Claws Mail.

I would be interested in a review of photo software for Linux.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

Thanks, Mike. Many good potential presentations in that lot.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

buster
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Good Linux Photo Processing Software!

I'd like to see someone demonstrate some Linux photo software they use, with some demonstrations. Probably not Gimp.

Like to see things like straightening, increasing decreasing contrast, removing red eye, slide show etc.

Ones I've tried are too limited, or seem very heavy on resources. Anyone out there to do that?

mfox
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I recently tried Darktable after it was recommended on the Linux Action Show. Seems pretty good for basic functions of the kind you mentioned.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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Another topic suggestion: cloud storage options for Linux. I just posted something on this concerning Dropbox, Google drive and copy.com. I could do a presentation comparing these and some other options I looked into.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

buster
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I have installed Linux Lite 2.6 on an old Vista laptop. Suits it really well. 10 minute max I think for a presentation. Put Cairo-Dock on it and it works very much like any linux OS I suppose. Enthusiastic forum. Smooth, solid. Works well on old hardware.

Nothing unique, but it's comfortable and quick. And designed to work on old equipment. Goes like stink apparently on new computers.

Based on Ubuntu. Does very well on VMWare too. One of our members from Lindsay has installed it too, but I can't find his name in my brain. (However his wife wants to go to Italy - family and history.)

jasonw

Would you like to show it off at a future meeting, Harry?

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.