[phillylinux] Re: Greetings and Meetings

  • From: Eric Wetzel <thewetzel@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: phillylinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 07:56:58 -0400

I don't think I'm going to be able to make it tomorrow night. Perhaps
next month.

But to take Paul's idea and run with it, I will introduce myself and
my areas of 'expertise'.

I'm Eric. I've been using Linux since around 1998 or 1999, starting
with Slackware (between 2.0 and 3.0). My first Linux was installed and
configured by Paul. I use Gentoo primarily, but I have also used
Slackware, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and I installed openSUSE once. My
non-Linux experiences are slightly more eclectic, including KolibriOS
and Haiku (a rewritten BeOS). By training, I am an electrical
engineer, but my trade also includes embedded software.

My focus recently has been on embedded platforms and open source
firmware. I do not have as much useful knowledge as Paul, but I'd be
willing to talk on the following subjects (even if the talk is
primarily a chronicle of my mistakes):
- gcc cross toolchains
- linux on embedded architectures (ARM/ucLinux)
- open source firmware (Canon digital cameras, routers, mp3 players)

Best regards,

On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM, The Nut <thenut@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> With our upcoming meeting set for Wednesday March 25th, I thought I'd
> throw this out to the group and see what everyone thinks.  Our last
> meeting was a little free-form and while that's nice sometimes, I got
> the feeling that a lot of us would like a little more structure.  We
> talked briefly about topics for the next meeting, but I dont think we
> really settled on anything (correct me if I'm wrong).
> I think Eric was prepared to present some information about installing
> linux on the wrt54g line of linksys routers if people are interested in
> that.  I recently set up the "open-ish" dd-wrt firmware on one of these
> and was floored at how much is has to offer in terms of enterprise-type
> features.  I think this would be very worthwhile if he is still willing
> to do this and people are interested.
> I also figured I would run through a list of things that I'm
> knowledgeable about in case anyone here would like to see those
> presented at a future meeting.  With that, I suppose a bit of an
> introduction is in order.
> My name is Paul DiSciascio and I've been using linux since around 1994,
> starting with Slackware 1.   I've been a Unix admin professionally since
> 2003.  Thus far, I have experience with Slackware, Debian, Redhat, Suse,
> and Gentoo distros of linux as well as FreeBSD and openBSD, and AIX.
> My distro of choice is Gentoo, but I'd be the first to admit that it's
> not for everyone; we can get to the holy wars later.    Here is short
> list of things we might want to consider as future topics on which I
> would be willing to lead discussion:
> - LVM and RAID - we had a brief conversation about this at our last meeting.
> - PGP and Encryption - there seems to be a good bit of misunderstanding
> of this in the group, and perhaps some people could benefit from some
> more information on the subject(s)
> - Compiling the Kernel - streamlining for specific tasks, what hardware
> support you need and what you dont.
> - writing udev rules - i just recently started writing my own rules to
> name usb devices, automount stuff, etc
> - shell scripting
> - Nagios
> - SSL concepts  - creating a CA, self-signed certs, client certs, etc
> - openLDAP
> - getting your LAMP architecture set up (Linux, Apache, Mysql, PHP/Perl)
> - vi - it's the only editor you're guaranteed to find on a Unix system,
> you really should know a little about it.
> I would also encourage people to post any current problems they are
> having so that maybe we can try to drive out more topics that way as well.
> I apologize for the lengthy email, but the list has been fairly quiet,
> so hopefully this will get the ball rolling a bit.
> ~Paul

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