Phil Shapiro, Public Geek at the Takoma Park Maryland Library, which offers 28 Linux stations to the public seven days a week, will explain the many different ways he has created bridges to open source in the Takoma Park community -- introducing a wide variety of open source solutions to individuals who had seldom used them before. He will also explain exciting opportunities for future bridges to open source. Time will be allowed for group input, brainstorming and shared storytelling on this topic.
As a preview of this presentation, see how Phil lends out his Macbook, formatted with Linux, to the public at his public library job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpsiyKgSYAk Phil loves to explain, "By the way, there's no Mac on this Macbook, but this laptop runs really well." People not only get a positive experience using Linux this way, they're able to explain to their friends, families and neighbors that Linux runs great on unexpected hardware -- made by Apple!
Over the next few months, we'll be upgrading the NoVaLUG website to Drupal 7. As part of that update, we'll be looking at the everythign from the look and feel of the site to the features on the site to integration with other services.
As part of that update, we'd like some feedback from you, the NoVaLUG community, about what is good about the site and what is not so good, what you find useful, and what you find to be lacking.
This survey has five free response questions. You may answer any or all of them.
We are looking for a logo. Please submit your ideas. If you aren't artistic, talk with a friend who is. We will use the logo on the website and make it available for purchase on items (at cost).
One of our junior sys admins told me he was trying to figure out how to modify his monitoring script during maintenance windows (the monitoring script is called automatically by the monitoring agent on the box.) I told him to use a "stop file."
At or near the top of your script (a simple bash script,) put a block like this:
if test -f /tmp/do_not_run
Then, during maintenance windows, create the /tmp/do_not_run file and the script will simply exit without attempting to perform any actions against the system. When the maintenance window is over, remove the file and everything goes back to normal.