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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.

Various topics ranging form beginner's to advanced, user to administrator.
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Currently we are only meeting online at https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx , please check if there is an announcement with an alternative address.  We hope to start meetings in person again soon.

What to expect(For in person meeting):

  • 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 is a remote meeting. Please join by going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx at 7pm on Thursday April 14th

der.hans: Jekyll static site generator

Jekyll is a simple to use static site generator.

For easy, low maintenance, low resources like a blog, a static site generator (SSG) avoids complexity.
An SSG allows low effort content creation and easy deployment.
SSG can be hosted by a simple web server.
No need to setup programming languages or lots of modules.


About der.hans:
der.hans is a Free Software, technology and entrepreneurial veteran.

Hans is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG); BoF organizer, jobs board maintainer, and jobs night organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE); and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch along with the Stammtisch Job Nights.

Currently leads a database support engineering team at ObjectRocket, most likely anything Hans says publicly was not approved by $dayjob.


This is a remote meeting. Please join by going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx at 7pm on Thursday Mar 10th

Robin: Ready Upon Ignition

Goes over a project I have been making, showing how one might automate configurations or validate them without ever running a command.
Then will be showing how the information can be used to automate system setup with Ignition files.

Systems admin that automates deployments of services and make them easy enough for most people to use.

der.hans: Privacy Discussion

PLUG will host a privacy discussion. Join us in our private hosted Big Blue Button instance to participate.

The meeting is Thursday, February 10th at 7PM Arizona time (UTC-7)


Steve Litt: Beginning and Intermediate Inkscape

Online meeting at https://meet.jit.si/phoenixlug
To stick to the 2 hour maximum, meeting will begin precisely at 7pm Mountain time, so please get there early to make sure your microphone works. This presentation will be fast paced.

For most people in most situations, by far the best tools for creating graphics are vector graphics editors. In the world of Linux, the most widely used full-featured vector graphics editor is Inkscape. Inkscape has the additional benefit of creating files in the standardized and widely used SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphics) format, so your graphics can be used directly in websites and/or eBooks, or converted to other formats.

In this presentation Steve will explain Inkscape fundamentals and then walk through the creation of a book cover graphic

Steve will also briefly demonstrate creation of block diagrams.

Among the topics to be emphasized and quickly demonstrated will be:

  • Templates
  • Node editing
  • Arrows
  • Text
  • Alignment and distribution
  • Colors
  • Block diagrams
  • Gradients
About Steve:
Steve was a contributing author in Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed and the main author of Samba Unleashed. He co-founded Linux Enthusiasts and Professionals in Orlando, and founded Greater Orlando Linux User Group. Steve has authored several pieces of Free Software, including the widely used VimOutliner. His troubleshooting courseware and books have been used in many Fortune 500 companies, and his Troubleshooters.Com is known worldwide for its Linux/FOSS content.

der.hans has 2 topics for this Thursday's meeting "Intro to jq: grep for JSON" and "Command Line Quiz Time"
This is a remote meeting.  Please join by going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx at 7pm on Thursday November 11th

der.hans: Intro to jq: grep for JSON

Want to parse JSON on the command line?
Want a pipeable inline tool for JSON manipulation?

jq is a powerful tool that's easy to fit into your data pipeline.
It can parse, search and manipulate JSON documents.

This talk will cover an introduction to jq and using it to search JSON objects similar to how grep is used for plain text.

Attendees will learn:

* basic parts of JSON
* key search
* value matching
* string match
* using variables with jq
* conditionals
* regular expressions
* prettified JSON output

der.hans: Command Line Quiz Time

Audience participative community building exercise sharing geekly knowledge in short question and exercise format.

About der.hans:
der.hans works remotely in the US.
In the FLOSS community he is active with conferences and local groups.

He's chairman of PLUG, chair for SeaGL Finance committee, founder of SeaGL Career Expo, RaiseMe career counselor, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He speaks regularly at community-led FLOSS conferences such as SeaGL, Tux-Tage, Penguicon, SCaLE, LCA, FOSSASIA, Tübix, CLT, Kieler Linux Tage, LFNW, OLF, SELF and GeekBeacon Fest.

Hans is available to speak remotely for local groups.

Currently leads a support engineering team at Object Rocket. Public statements are not representative of $dayjob.

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