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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)
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

Description:
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

Description:
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.

Fediverse/Mastodon - https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate

Thursday's topic is Introduction to Nextcloud by der.hans
This is a remote meeting.  Please join by going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx at 7pm on Thursday October 14th

der.hans: Introduction to Nextcloud

Description:
Nextcloud for private, secure cloud features such as collaboration tools, Enterprise File Sync and Share and phone syncing.

Your data, your cloud.

Nextcloud integrates with Collabora Online for collaborative office suite.

In addition to the Nextcloud Talk for video calls it integrates with Big Blue Button for full classroom and meeting style video conferencing.

Nextcloud also has options like phone contact and file sync, web forms, project management and password management.

Nextcloud is used by large, enterprise organizations, but can also be self-hosted at home for personal use. There are commercial vendors that offer hosting and some Free Software organizations offer hosting as well.

Nextcloud was created to be Free Software. Using the AGPL helps ensure it will remain Free in the future.

Attendees will learn about:

* Basic features of Nextcloud
* Integrations with Collabora Online office suite and Big Blue Button
* Nextcloud apps
* Nextcloud history
* Hosting options

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, 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 a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket. Public statements are not representative of $dayjob.

Fediverse/Mastodon - https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate

This month we'll have "Thank You" from der.hans.
Attend the meeting on by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx on the 8th of July at 7pm MST

Description
Thank you to all the developers, translators, documentors, artists and maintainers who make Free Software.
Thank you to all the project managers, mailing list admins, SREs and toolsmiths who enable the making.
Thanks to the people who use Free Software and do amazing things with it.
This talk will use stories and anecdotes to explore the thanks we can have for the Free Software community.

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, 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 a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket. Public statements are not representative of $dayjob.
Fediverse/Mastodon - https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate

We'll have 2 persentations for this month "MySQL 8.0 Indexes, Histograms, and Other Ways to Speed Up Your Queries" and "My Presentation Creation Stack with AsciiDoc"
Attend the meeting on by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx on the 8th of July at 7pm MST

Dave Stokes: MySQL 8.0 Indexes, Histograms, and Other Ways to Speed Up Your Queries

Description:
Improving the performance of database queries is often seen as a Harry Potter-ish dark art. In reality it is simple engineering and revolves around providing the query optimizer the best information about your data! And how do you do that? Well, you can start with properly planned indexes and histograms. We will also venture into some other areas that will help you speed up your queries.

About Dave:
Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle and the author of 'MySQL & JSON - A Practical Programming Guide'.


der.hans: My Presentation Creation Stack with AsciiDoc

Description:
Creating information rich presentations in AsciiDoc is easy.
AsciiDoc was created as a markup for making DocBook books.
Since it is plain text, AsciiDoc lends itself to writing, editing and using revision control.

The presentation introduces AsciiDoc and covers both advantages and disadvantages of using it for presentations.
I will also cover some of the presentation tools I've used previously.
Then I'll illuminate why I now prefer AsciiDoc and some suggestions when using it for presentations.

About der.hans:
der.hans is a technologist, Free Software advocate, parent and spouse.

Hans is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), chair for SeaGL Finance committee, founder of SeaGL Career Expo, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch. He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SeaGL, SCaLE, LCA, FOSSASIA, Tübix, CLT, LFNW, OLF, SELF, GeekBeacon Fest) and many local groups.

Currently a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket. Public statements are not representative of $dayjob.

Fediverse/Mastodon - https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate

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