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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)
We've got Robots and Relics for this months meeting.   William Lindley will give us a history of computers with various items of historical significance that he's acquired over time and then Scott and Wendy Rose will introduce us to SUNI the robot.

William Lindley: 75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes


Description:
The roots of modern digital computing go back nearly two hundred years, and through a series of pass-around artifacts from the past century, we will explore how the pioneers of the field and their groundbreaking decisions and technologies have led us -- for better or worse -- to today's Internet-enabled world.

About William:
Mr. Lindley has been in the computer industry since he sold his first program (a printer driver for Heathkit HDOS) in 1980. He has used system from the earliest 8-bit microprocessors, through the PDP-11 and VAX, up to IBM mainframes, and has managed to write programs that did not crash on most of them. Mr. Lindley has been a GNU/Linux user since 1992 and has been free of proprietary software since 2001. Most recently he has been pleased to be an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.


Scott & Wendy Rose: SUNI the Robot presents STEM in America open source addition

Description:
Team Suni will discuss the future of Robotics through Stem in America and the future jobs it will create. Discussion will center around Suni's open-source programming using Linux Ubuntu OS and Robot Operating System.

Biography:
SUNI the robot is cutting-edge robotic technology from across planet internet, creating a truly unique educational experience. And the creative ideas that power SUNI’s adventures to AI are a worldwide collaboration.Team SUNI knows how to creatively inspire and we built SUNI the Robot to prove it.

STEM drives our world, our economy, our lives. It builds brighter futures for the 100% of us. STEM is all around us, every minute, of every hour, of every day. We’ve captured the magic of STEM within a robot as an instrument of inspiration, learning, and wonderment. Winning thousands of hearts and minds along the way. And SUNI’s adventures continue…
For our March meeting William Lindley will present to us "75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes"

William Lindley: 75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes
The roots of modern digital computing go back nearly two hundred years, and through a series of pass-around artifacts from the past century, we will explore how the pioneers of the field and their groundbreaking decisions and technologies have led us -- for better or worse -- to today's Internet-enabled world.

About William
Mr. Lindley has been in the computer industry since he sold his first program (a printer driver for Heathkit HDOS) in 1980. He has used system from the earliest 8-bit microprocessors, through the PDP-11 and VAX, up to IBM mainframes, and has managed to write programs that did not crash on most of them. Mr. Lindley has been a GNU/Linux user since 1992 and has been free of proprietary software since 2001. Most recently he has been pleased to be an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.
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
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Sat Apr 20 @10:00AM
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Sat May 04 @10:00AM
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Thu May 09 @ 7:00PM
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Sat Apr 20 @10:00AM
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Sun Apr 21 @ 9:00PM
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(Canceled) Linux Installfest/Workshop
Sat May 04 @10:00AM

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