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Meeting Subject Wishlist

Here are topics that LUGOD members have shown interest in. If you're interested in something not listed here, please e-mail the webmaster and we'll add it to the list!

If you are interested in, and capable of, talking about any of these subjects (or, if you'd like to speak about something not listed here), please mail the Public Relations Officer so we can schedule a meeting date where you can speak. For more, see Speaking at LUGOD.

Once speakers have made themselves apparent, if they picked a meeting date, the topic will be moved to the Upcoming Meeting Schedule - if they haven't confirmed a date yet, they'll be listed on the Meetings To Be Scheduled list.


  • O'Reilly and Associates
    They've been doing Unix books forever!


  • BASH Prompt Customization
    How to set up a cool and useful prompt.
  • Advanced BASH Features
    Functions. Tab-compltion. Etc.
  • Ebooks
    How to convert a document to EPUB and other ebook formats, and how to read them with Linux, and/or sync ereading devices with Linux.


  • Android Development
    Developing apps for Google's Linux-based Android mobile platform.
  • Arduino
    "Arduino is an embedded system platform based on a simple open hardware design for a single-board microcontroller, with embedded I/O support and a standard programming language. The Arduino programming language is essentially C/C++. The goal of the Arduino project is to make tools available that are accessible, low-cost, low capital investment, flexible and easy-to-use for artists and hobbyists, particularly those who might not otherwise have access to more sophisticated controllers that require more complicated tools.
  • Compiler Design
    How something like a C compiler is designed and implemented.
  • Functional Programming
    Languages like Scheme, LISP, and ML.
  • Tcl
    The programming language.


  • Gentoo
    A build-from-source distro.


  • procmail
    procmail is an e-mail filter which can be used to create mail-servers, mailing lists, sort your incoming mail into separate folders/files, preprocess your mail, start any programs upon mail arrival, or selectively forward certain incoming mail automatically to someone.
  • sendmail/smail/qmail
    How to set up and configure a mail server.
  • Spam - Avoiding and dealing with it
    Scripts, tools and tricks one can use (both under Linux mail clients, and using Linux mail servers) to deal with unwanted e-mail.

Linux Internals:

  • Kernel Hacking
    Specifically, how the PIC and page protection works, and how the scheduler works.
  • Linux Boot Process
    From power-up to login-prompt: LILO, modules, init scripts, logging, etc.
  • Linux vs. Other Unix'es
    How does Linux compare to Unix (which it was trying to be like)?
  • Linux vs. Windows
    How does Linux compare to the different MicroSoft Windows OSes that are (for some reason) still so popular today.
  • Memory Utilization under Linux
    How Linux uses RAM.


  • Xara Xtreme
    Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program.
  • Multimedia under Linux
    Playing video files (MPEG, ASF, QuickTime, Real, etc.), encoding and streaming video, ripping audio CDs, burning audio CDs, setting up streaming audio, etc.
  • Sound: ALSA
    The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
  • Software Defined Radio>
    e.g., gnu-radio. (Perhaps someone from Yolo Amateur Radio Society would be willing to come talk?)


  • Apache Load Balancing
  • Filesharing: Gnutella
    Gnutella is a filesharing system (not unlike Napster) that isn't centralized (unlike Napster).
  • Postfix
    Mail transport agent

Windows(tm) Solutions:

  • VirtualBox, a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.
  • Vagrant, open-source software for creating and configuring virtual development environments. It can be considered a wrapper around VirtualBox and configuration management software such as Chef, Salt and Puppet. Although written in Ruby, it is usable in other programming projects such as PHP, Python, Java, and C#.
  • VMWare, a product that allows you to run another Intel OS (like Windows, Linux, OS/2, etc.) under Linux or WindowsNT on an Intel system.
  • WINE, an implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top of X and Unix, (a Windows compatibility layer).


  • Cryptocurrencies
    A cryptocurrency is a digital medium of exchange. The first cryptocurrency to begin trading was Bitcoin in 2009. Since then, numerous cryptocurrencies have become available.
  • SSDs (Solid State Drives)
    Using them and getting the best performance.
  • Security: Basic Linux Security
    A talk focused on users new to Linux; topics such as file permissions, choosing passwords, securing LILO and your PC's BIOS, etc.
  • Support: Getting help online
    Websites, mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups, and IRC channels we should all be aware of.
  • Raspberry Pi
    An inexpensive system-on-a-chip that runs Linux.

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