April: Evangelising & Fruit in a Blender

Date
Wednesday 10 April 2019

Evangelising Linux in the Workplace
Speaker: Bob Bailey
Bob Bailey will outline two campaigns he waged in two separate workplaces: one failed completely, but one resulted in significant adoption. He will analyse the differences in approaches and share what he has learnt about about selling the penguin!

Non Photo Real rendering in Blender
Speaker: John Flower
John Flower will demonstrate creating stylistic renders with the newest version of Blender (2.8).

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March Meeting

Date
7pm, Wednesday 13 March 2019

State of the Gaming Union
Speaker: Nick Skarott
Basic (and free) games such as the beloved Tuxracer used to be the staples of gaming in Linux. In 2013 the game development company Valve changed the landscape bringing their digital games distribution platform STEAM to Linux, and with it a buzz word – SteamPlay – highlighting cross platform games that work on Linux from small independent studio titles, to huge AAA titles from the likes of Square Enix, and beyond. Recent developments have changed things for the better in Linux, and Nick has been looking at them in great detail. Could 2019 truly be the year of the Linux Desktop from a gamers point of view?

Text Editor Miscellany
Speakers: Tom Ryder, Giovanni Moretti
Tom Ryder and Giovanni Moretti will show a few tricks with the venerable text editors Vim (Vi IMproved) and GNU Emacs, respectively.  If you don’t already use one of these editors, and you’re curious to try one, this might be useful to you.  (These presentations may be somewhat off-the-cuff!)

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February: Chronicles of GNU Linux, Fediverse, & AGM

Date
Wednesday 13 February 2019

The Chronicles of GNU Linux
Speaker: Tom Ryder
Tom will give us the story of how we got Linux from Unix and it’s unlikely marriage to GNU libraries and user space tools. He will cover the tension between Linus Torvald’s pragmatism and Richard Stallman’s idealism and Linux’s expansion in the 90’s.

The Fediverse Alternative: Distributed and Federated Social Networks
Speaker: Giovanni Moretti
Google has decided to shut down Google+ leaving its two million+ users looking for another home. This decision illustrates how vulnerable users of centralised social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter are to arbitrary changes by those running the site. Giovanni will discuss alternative distributed social networking options such as the Fediverse and the IndieWeb that free users from centralised control.

Annual General Meeting
Nominations for club officers are:-
– President – Nick Skarott
– Vice President – John Flower
– Treasurer – Joseph Calkin
– Secretary – Tom Ryder
– Sgt-at-Arms – Richard Barlow
– General Committee Member – Don Esslemont

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