[nSLUG] nSLUG Digest, Vol 327, Issue 1

Chris Thompson chris at ncsnetwork.net
Fri Jul 19 19:46:17 ADT 2013


I relate this much toward a different scenario.

If our only form of communication was IRC, I would simply not be able to easily have people realistically interested in Linux come and join that forum of communication in order to participate and learn and share.

If the goal of this group is growth and sustainability, we must have the ability to evolve and go where people are! driving people to join a mailing list, albeit tried and trusted form of communication has become arcane and a bit outdated, I myself rarely make the time to come and check the e-mails that are sent. 

1. Determine what the goal of this group is
2. Identify our target market
3. Identify the options:
  > google +
  > FaceBook (or however it's spelled)
  > Meetup
  > LinkedIn
  > Twitter
  > any others that I have missed

make this a smart goal and gage and measure the success of the decision toward the goal in a set amount of time after doing the due diligence. Don't simply say "we won't do this because I don't like it"..... that's against the growth of the group and does not in any way provide a solution to the problem, and to be clear, the problem here is: "NSLUG is not reaching or interacting with it's potential target market to promote growth and understanding"

Answer the above problem with suggestions and not be negative toward change and we may in fact move forward onto something that may be even more exciting.

That's all I have.

Christopher


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Today's Topics:

   1.  Virtual Linux Groups (Georges Rodier)
   2. Re:  Encouraging participation and reaching out into the
      community (Frank Geitzler)
   3.  Re: Mounting USB stick during Slack install session: how?
      (Mike Spencer)
   4.  News from the trenches: nslug.ns.ca server upgraded squeeze
      -> wheezy (mostly) (Ben Armstrong)
   5. Re:  News from the trenches: nslug.ns.ca server upgraded
      squeeze -> wheezy (done!) (Ben Armstrong)
   6. Re:  irc (Kenneth)


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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:40:13 -0700
From: Georges Rodier <georges.rodier at gmail.com>
To: nslug at nslug.ns.ca
Subject: [nSLUG] Virtual Linux Groups
Message-ID: <1374111613.1892.8.camel at Leysin>
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I am NOT, repeat NOT recommending that NSLUG adopt either of the
following media but I do want to indicate that other LUGs are using
media other than eMail lists to reach potential participants.

For example, there are presently over eighty Linux Meetup groups in the
world and more than ninety Google+ groups in the world.

VanLUG does use its website and its Meetup as well as its eMail list to
communicate with both present and potential attenders regarding
upcoming meeting and events but most conversations among members near
and far still takes place in one or another of its eMail lists.

When Meetup was first proposed and during the six months trial there
was much opposition from long-time members. However, since the
raison-d'?tre for any Meetup group is to arrange face-to face meetings
it has shown itself to be a good way to attract new folk to the
meetings.

Granted that the only tweeting that goes on at our house is done by the
birds outside, please do give NSLUG Twitter six months to a year to
demonstrate if it can enhance, encourage and facilitate not only
interaction among current members but to attract new attendees/members
as well. By the way, does anyone know just how many LUGs do have
Twitter accounts?

And, even were NSLUG to be the first, if it proves useful then that
would be a great thing too.

Hoping for continued health and growth for NSLUG,

Georges




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Message: 2
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:41:09 -0300
From: Frank Geitzler <frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca>
To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group <nslug at nslug.ns.ca>
Subject: Re: [nSLUG] Encouraging participation and reaching out into
        the community
Message-ID: <1374118869.1825.7.camel at frank-laptop>
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On Wed, 2013-07-17 at 14:46 -0300, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> On 07/17/2013 02:40 PM, Douglas Guptill wrote:
> > That would be nice.  But I get 'Page not found'.  Any suggestions?
>
> Brain fart. Of course the real URL is http://twitter.com/NSLUG (which
> Mike indicated early on in the original thread, I think)
>
This just shows my lack of knowledge of new technology.  I don't own a
'smart' phone -just an old Nokia cellphone, with a display large enough
to show the number of an incoming call.  I am pleased to learn that
Twitter is available, at least on my computer, although I don't expect
to be a very active participant.  I concur that we need to attract as
large an audience as possible -many viewpoints improve any project.
Frank
>
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Message: 3
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 04:05:00 -0300
From: mspencer at tallships.ca (Mike Spencer)
To: nslug at nslug.ns.ca
Subject: [nSLUG] Re: Mounting USB stick during Slack install session:
        how?
Message-ID: <201307180705.r6I750V15444 at nudel.nodomain.nowhere>


Stephen Gregory  wrote:

> # mknod /dev/sdb1 b 8 16

That worked. Had to re-run the usb script in /etc/rc.d to get it mounted.
All well.  Files on the thumb drive readable. Annnnnnnddd...

The Slackware setup/install scripts failed to see it. Install
completed in record time with exactly 0 packages installed.

I ended up running the package installer script manually for 10 or so
directories of files. The boot config script also failed so I hadda
rewrite lilo.conf and create fstab, then run lilo.

There may still me some flaws but the Eee pc boots into Slack 12.1 and
runs Emacs.  The rest should be a piece of penc^H^H^H^H cake as
usual. :-)

> This special file is usually created by udevd.

Yeah, only udev isn't running in the stripped system loaded at install
time.  Many handy (e.g. lsusb) tools are missing.  It's the only time
I ever use vi.

Thanks for the pointer.  I got the same suggestion on a.o.l.slackware
but without the example line of code.  Actually, following your
pointer and while it still wasn't working, I did:

# mknod /dev/sdb  b 8 16
# mknod /dev/sdb1 b 8 17

based on the observation that things are always that way in /dev.  I
don't really understand as much as I'd like about /dev/*.


Tnx,
- Mike

--
Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~.
                                                           /V\
mspencer at tallships.ca                                     /( )\
http://home.tallships.ca/mspencer/                        ^^-^^


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Message: 4
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:39:45 -0300
From: Ben Armstrong <synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca>
To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group <nslug at nslug.ns.ca>
Subject: [nSLUG] News from the trenches: nslug.ns.ca server upgraded
        squeeze -> wheezy (mostly)
Message-ID: <51E81A51.7000107 at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

Over lunchtime, I upgraded the nSLUG server from Debian squeeze to
wheezy. It is mostly upgraded now (i.e. all of userspace is upgraded,
but to be on the safe side, Rob will do an *attended* reboot to the new
wheezy kernel later this afternoon) and it all went very smoothly.

Just thought I'd inform you all in case you noticed anything odd after
the upgrade. Please give me a shout if you think you see a problem.

Ben


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Message: 5
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:28:07 -0300
From: Ben Armstrong <synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca>
To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group <nslug at nslug.ns.ca>
Subject: Re: [nSLUG] News from the trenches: nslug.ns.ca server
        upgraded squeeze -> wheezy (done!)
Message-ID: <51E841C7.4080500 at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

On 07/18/2013 01:39 PM, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> but to be on the safe side, Rob will do an *attended* reboot to the new
> wheezy kernel later this afternoon

Now, with Rob's help, we've not only confirmed we're up and running OK
on the wheezy kernel, but also fixed the vps configuration so that on a
crash or reboot, the vps will restart. So, a big thank-you to Rob ..

Ben




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Message: 6
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:04:32 -0300
From: Kenneth <kenneth.evoy at gmail.com>
To: nslug at nslug.ns.ca
Subject: Re: [nSLUG] irc
Message-ID: <51E88290.5040009 at gmail.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

> Can you suggest another, or others?
I am chiming in a bit late, but I really like weechat. It's a good
compromise between irssi and xchat.


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