[nSLUG] Re: Non-install stuff that fits installfest lessons

Chris Jordan cjordan at cs.dal.ca
Wed Jan 17 08:17:24 AST 2007

Hey guys,

The Installfest is January 27 from 1:00-5:30 pm at the Dalhouse  
Computer Science Building. All the information is at: http://wiki.dal- 
acm.ca/InstallFest. If anyone is planning to bring in a system please  
send events AT dal-acm DOT ca an RSVP including your system specs and  
what you want to do. As well, anyone bringing in a system, it would  
make our lives easier if you also brought in a power bar and long  
ethernet cable; we always seem to run short on those.

See you there,


On 17-Jan-07, at 2:07 AM, Rich wrote:

> On Wed, 2007-01-17 at 00:07 -0400, Mike wrote:
>>> I'd like to solicit suggestions for a topic (other than
>>> installation) that really suits a one-on-one, shoulder-to-shoulder,
>>> Linux teaching/learning encounter like the installfest offers.  Some
>>> of the things that mystify me that maybe watching and doing with an
>>> experienced Linux hacker might be: compiling a kernel, adding
>>> software which isn't in the standard repositories....
>> Well, I'd like to see how someone cleverly and quickly gets  
>> ZoneMinder
>> running under Slack 10.1.  I keep bumbling along.......
> This is cool, I saw this when it was in it early stages.  Making  
> motion
> detectors sampling image comparison.
> Is there a particular problem you are having?
> Or just starting to get into it?
> I don't have a webcam to play with to help you, but I can check over a
> few things if you list the problems and any error messages.
> What date is the installfest?
> I can offer help in just about anything:
>   - customizing and compiling kernels from kernel.org
>   - adding bitmap boot screens and creating your own
>   - gimp editing
>   - patching kernels
>   - adding motherboard/fan sensor options in kernel
>   - alt sysrq commands
>   - install NVidia kernel drivers
>   - configure X
>   - compile additional software or libraries
>        show how to track down missing libs or outdated ones
>   - adding music editing software
>   - adding dvd editing software
>   - burning cdroms and dvd
>   - use k3b for making DVD archives
>   - setup printers, networks, scanners, firewalls
>   - setup apache and squid (caching web pages, like all good cable
> companies do, just kidding. if you have a lot of users, adding a web
> page cache can speed up surfing)
>   - DHCP, FTP, SSH
>   - configuring wine
>   - use imagemagick tools
>   - setup gphoto for you camera (patching it for over 1024 photos)
>   - svn (just started playing with this, a lot like Perforce)
>   - used CVS a bit
>   - editing lilo - geometry settings and making dual boots
>   - repartitioning shares
>   - just getting into fractal generators now :P
>   - inkscape has really improved, works a lot like Corel Draw, playing
> with that now too
>   - help with web scrapers
>   - open office, firefox, flash9 (nov beta work great)
> Just let me know, I can prepare and help edumacate :)
> Rich
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