March 2012 Meeting

Unity is the new desktop environment for Ubuntu, having first premiered in
version 11.04, significantly enhanced with version 11.10, and very much the
cornerstone of the upcoming 12.04 release.

A striking departure from Gnome 2, Unity has been seen as a source of
controversy in the Linux world.

This talk will outline some of the design goals that Unity addresses, noting
strengths, weaknesses, and improvements across the three versions of Ubuntu in which it's been included.

While Unity offers many usability affordances, some Ubuntu users prefer to
customize it for their specific workflows. Linux is famous for its
customizability, and Unity is no exception if you know which tools to look

This presentation will outline some of the tools available through the Ubuntu
Software Center to show you how to customize the Unity interface.

Speaker Bio: Richard Gaskin is President of Fourth World, a software design
and development consultancy in Los Angeles. Since founding the company in
1994, he's developed dozens of commercial and open source applications used by a wide range of organizations, including FedEx, AOL, the US Library of
Congress, and hundreds of universities around the world.

Although he started his career with Mac OS, Richard has since delivered
applications for Irix, every version of Windows, and has been developing for
Linux for the last two years.

Richard has spoken at more than a dozen tech conferences, including UbuCon,
LiveCode Developer Conference, and MacTech where he had the distinction of
being the only presenter using Linux.

Date: Thursday March 8, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

February 2012 Meeting

Matt Cambell and Miguel Hernandez will talk about Drupal and their experiences with using it to revamp the SGVLUG website.

Date: Thursday February 9, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

January 2012 Meeting

Topic: Horror Stories and Trouble shooting!

The idea is to have a fun meeting with some scary stories and trouble shooting lessons to be learned. Depending on how quickly the presentation goes we may
have time to share more, so please feel free to bring your horror story and
what you did to resolve it.

Date: Thursday January 12, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

December 2011 Meeting

Topic: Virtual Private Servers: On a Budget

Christefano who was going to present Redmine is unavailable so we will try to

Virtual Private Servers: On a Budget - We will discuss a class of virtual
private servers available at a low price point allowing individuals to get
many of the benefits of dedicated hardware without the cost thanks to
virtualization technologies and a competitive marketplace.

James McDuffie has worked for JPL for over 10 years and has been using Linux
since at least kernel version 1.3.

Date: Thursday December 8, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

November 2011 Meeting

Topic: VPN: Keep the Spies away!

PPTP (with a demo on DDWRT) along with OpenVPN, L2TP, and IPsec Presenter: Dan Buthusiem

Date: Thursday November 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

October 2011 Meeting

SGVLUG meeting 9/8 7-9pm

Command Line "Tips and Tricks"

Lan Dang spends the majority of her working hours monitoring and
troubleshooting data processing systems on Linux-based computer clusters. She
has accumulated a number of tips and tricks to deal with the command line. Her arsenal includes: GNU screen, awk, sed, shell scripting, remote ssh command
execution, bash command history, and a variety of system utilities. This talk
will cover useful one-liners and the small set of useful commands that will
get you started using these tools or using them in new ways. Whether you're a
newbie or a command line guru, you'll probably pick up something useful for
the next time you're at the command line.

Date: Thursday October 13, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107