This is a list of ideas and suggestions for meetings. Various sources have contributed over the years. This list includes both topics (subject matter) as well as techniques (how to go about having the meetings).

There is MeetingSpeakers page that lists people who are willing to give presentations on specific things.

This list is by no means exhaustive! If you have an idea, add it! If you have a prepared presentation, attach them to your new topic.

Some of the ideas that have been floated for meetings are:

  • The Basics
    • A "From the Ground Up" Installation session. Maybe with different distributions, how to do dual/multi-boot systems
    • Some answers to the "Now what?" feeling one often gets after a successful Linux install
  • Hardware
    • How to choose hardware
    • How to choose hardware that works well with Linux
    • Neat hardware
    • Using a Palm Pilot with Linux
    • X10 - control your home/office from your Linux box!
    • Laptop sleep/standby/hibernation
    • USB Support
  • User environment
    • screen - commandline terminal tool to maintain multiple persistent terminals across unreliable/disconnected connections
    • Customizing Emacs/vi
    • NX - remote terminal services for Linux
    • VNC - cross-platform remote GUIs, Virtual Network Computing, including RealVNC and other variations
  • Communications/networking
    • IPV6: what is it, will it ever arrive, and how to deal with it when it does.
    • Mail filtering (complete and end-all)
    • Conferencing software (Video, whiteboard, audio, etc.)
    • Cablemodems: tricks of dealing with (Ben Boulanger ben@blackavar*REMOVE*.com)
    • Apache Configuration (Rich Cloutier 20 Apr 2002)
    • Sendmail setup/configuration
    • Different Mail clients (compare/contrast (X)pine, mutt, (n)mh/exmh
    • Video conferencing
    • CollaborationTools - an overview of Linux based collaboration tools.
  • Fun, entertainment, education
    • Gaming (and games) on Linux
  • Systems stuff
    • System Administration Techniques and practices
    • Realtime
    • Linux Clustering - Making several Linux boxes perform as one.
    • Virtual Machines and Linux
  • Generalized meeting ideas
    • Demo night of various small applications (organization needed)
    • Favorite packages (everyone has their own, maybe a Show'n'Tell?)
    • General "help solve problems" meetings - I'm trying to do X, and need help
    • Linux on the desktop - We tend to focus on server/admin stuff
  • Advocacy, politics, legalities, etc.
    • Marketing Linux to: Your Boss, Someone Else's Boss (Maddog will take this on)
    • Licenses of Open Source (what do they mean)
  • People (as topics, or potential speakers?)
    • alan cox
    • esr
    • rms
    • doc searles
    • ken coar
  • Programming
    • Intro to Unix development tools (automake/autoconf, make, cscope, etc.)
    • perl (Ben Boulanger ben@blackavar*REMOVE*.com) [break the topic up]
    • IDE tools - Kylix
    • JAVA - IBM
    • Java on Linux (Paul Courchene; 4 Jan 2002)
    • Guile
    • Glade
    • PHP - rasmus
  • Security
    • PGP/GPG and key signing
    • Cryptography
    • intro to security (Ben Boulanger ben@blackavar*REMOVE*.com)
    • Introduction to Firewals - An intro to the new IP Tables firewall code in the 2.4.x kernel series
    • Anti-spam/Virus techniques - How can you deal with Spam/viruses
  • Misc Applications
    • E-commerce
    • Accounting software
    • Lilipad: Music typesetter
    • Office Automation - Linux Office applications.
    • Favorite Tools and Productivity applications
    • LyX - The WYSIWYM Document Processor
    • GIS software
    • CAD Software
    • Factory Automation and Bar Coding (Kurth Bemis (kurth@usaexpress*REMOVE*.net), carl@helmers*REMOVE*.com)
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