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This is our main meeting.  This meeting usually takes the form of 1 or usually more presentations.  We try to keep a good balance of novice and advanced subjects so that nobody will be overwhelmed of bored.  Just show up, and we hope you learn something.

If you would like some examples of what to expect at this meeting, check out some of the videos that have been made of our presentations.

Topics:
Various topics ranging form beginner's to advanced, user to administrator.
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Desert Breeze Substation: 251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

What to expect:

  • 6:30 - mingling/networking and last minute setup
  • 7:00 - Formal meeting starts with announcements and other PLUG business
  • 7:15 - Presentation(s)
  • 9:00 - Clean up and CAT (Chat About Technology) at a local restaurant. (We sit around and talk about Linux and other geeky stuff over food) We usually meet up at BJ;s in the Chandler fashion center mall located at:
    3155 W.Chandler Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ  85226 (Map to BJ's)
This month we have a theme, graphics.  We will be getting a preview of some of talks that will be given at the Southern California Linux Expo's (SCaLE) libre graphics track which will happen on March 7th through 10th.

Brian Cluff: An introduction to the Hugin Panorama Stitcher

Hugin is a powerful program to combining multiple overlapping images into panoramas. It is easy to use, but needs quality input images to work correctly. This presentation will give an intro to using Hugin as well as advice on how to take high quality input images with minimal paralax distortion so that your panoramas will always turn out perfect.

This presentation will also cover masking out unwanted items in your panorama, using hugin to create HDR images, rerendering individual images into architectural projections.


Phillip Waclawski: Krita basics, drawing assistants and G'Mic

Krita is an amazing drawing/painting program. This talk will cover the basics of Krita, including layers, selections and more. It will also dive into some of the amazing drawing assistants that come with Krita, and really help out folks, like myself, that are artistically impaired.

Additionally, Krita comes with a set of powerful filters and tools known as G'mic  (Greyc's Magic for Image Computing) that is also available in many other programs (GIMP, Inkscape) and we will cover several of them during this talk.
der.hans: Software Management for Debian and Ubuntu

Description:
Debian-based package management has been rock solid for many years.
Still, there are complexities and nuances to explore.

This talk will be a tour of distribution provided software management tools and features in Debian and Ubuntu.

Attendees will learn about:
  • Common software management tools
  • Features of debian packages
  • Parts of debian packages
  • Helper tools
  • Configuring and reconfiguring software
  • Prioritizing and pinning software
  • Upgrades
  • Snaps
  • Some differences between Debian and Ubuntu

About der.hans:
der.hans is a Free Software consultant, community veteran, presenter and author. He is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG).

As a technology and entrepreneurial veteran, roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LibrePlanet, LFNW) and many local groups.
It's December and time for our annual end of year pot luck. Bring friends and family.

It's a pot luck, so bring some food or drinks to share if you can.

As it's a holiday party, we'll likely have tons of snacks and deserts. This presents an opportunity to bring a main course, salad or veggie side dish. Or cupcakes or pie if you prefer .

We still meet at Desert Breeze.

Since we're eating for the party, we will not go out to a restaurant afterwards.

No alcohol.

As always, the PLUG east side meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Desert Breeze Substation
251 North Desert Breeze Blvd,
Chandler, AZ 85226
This month we will get an introduction to the command line from Ryan Hermens.  This would be a good meeting to bring friends and family that have an interest in Linux.

Ryan Hermens: Command Line Tools Seminar

Description:
This seminar will be an interactive presentation on core command lines tools. It is aimed at the beginner to help users make the jump from GUI tools to using the power of the command line. Examples of some of the subjects covered include package managers, linux permissions, users and groups, navigating the file system, creating and editing files, background and foreground job management, linux signals, and more. To get the most out of this seminar, please come with a laptop with Linux already installed.

Biography:
Ryan has 7 years of experience doing devops work, ranging from full stack development to cybersecurity operations. He has worked for Microchip, Intel, and Charles Schwab. Currently, he works with Truveris acting as lead security engineer. He holds degrees in both Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude.

This month der.hans will present "ActivityPub: Decentralized Social Networking" for us.

Description:
ActivityPub is a decentralized social networking protocol for allowing various services to interact.
For instance, a long form blog engine can use an external microblogging service for comments.
ActivityPub is based on the ActivityStream 2.0 data format. It provides client to server APIs and server to server APIs for server to server federating.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Why decentralized social networking is useful
  • The history of ActivityPub
  • The history of decentralized social networking
  • Overview of some activities available through ActivityPub
  • List of services implementing ActivityPub
  • Now what?

Biography:
der.hans is a Free Software community veteran, presenter and author. He is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG).
As a technology and entrepreneurial veteran, roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.
He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LibrePlanet, LFNW, Tübix) and many local groups. 

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Sat Mar 02 @10:00AM
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Thu Mar 14 @ 7:00PM
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