We've been a bit distracted and forgot to add some meetings to the
website, so here is an update!
*NOTE: If anything changes we'll let you know, but you can keep an eye
on the calender here <https://staffslug.org.uk/calendar/>.*
You've probably heard me say it enough, but tomorrow is (although with
this snow, who knows!)...
*Tuesday 11th February 2020* - Topic: Introduction to CAcert
* An introduction to CAcert <http://www.cacert.org/>
from one of
their UK volunteers Alex.
* We'll also cover SSL in general for anyone unfamiliar.
* Time for assurances (for free certificates with CAcert, you'll
need this), to participate in this you'll need to bring some
form of ID as mentioned here
Passport and Driving License).
* Being joined by people already using CAcert who'll be able to
help issue points during the assurance part.
Then in two weeks I'll be covering Wine which was requested at the last
"End of quarter" meeting in December.
*Tuesday 25th February 2020* - Topic: The World of Wine//
* What WINE is and what it is not (the clue is in the name!).
* When not to use WINE and why it should be a last resort.
* Forks of WINE including unofficial ones like Cedega and official
ones like Crossover and Proton.
* Front ends for WINE like Crossover, PlayOnLinux and others.
* Windows dependency hell and how 'winetricks' can help.
* Scripts to get Windows applications installed perfect every time.
After that will our 2nd "Social" since the relaunch, this'll be like the
one we had in November. No particular agenda except to be down the pub
and chat... we're hoping to do one of these every quarter.
We'll send an e-mail around to gather an idea of who is coming, mostly
so *a)* we'll know it's worth it and *b)* if we need to book the
*Tuesday 10th March 2019* - KPA Clubhouse from 6pm onwards
After that (since it'll be the end of the first quarter of 2020) will be
one our usual end of quarter round up meetings... I've also made it a
bit clearer what these are meant for below!
For the lightning talks, please do chat away on
about what you're wanting to hear about and might talk about :)
*Tuesday 24th March 2020* - Topic: End of quarter activities
* Updates on any previous workshops for that quarter.
* Show off your latest gadgets and discovered software to the group.
* Generally share knowledge with the help of PCs being there to
jog your memory rather than a pint to hamper it!
* Lightning talks of 5 to 10 minutes if anyone has anything they'd
like to share with the group. You don't need to be too prepared
for these, but it may help to talk on the mailing lists first.
* Plan out who is available to what workshops for the upcoming
Then... nothing. Many people will be doing stuff with their kids as
it'll be Easter. So we're intentionally doing nothing for a break :)
*Tuesday 7th April 2020* - NOTHING - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING :)
This one we're hoping to do a version of... maybe 2, 3 or even 4 times a
year, so this'll be our first time...
*Hopefully* it'll be our main source of bringing new people in to the
group who have only ever *messed* with or *never* used Linux before.
If nothing else, think of it as '_/Bring your spouse/daughter/son to the
LUG/_' day! The tone of these will be basic enough that everyone should
I'd like this to be heavily promoted and spread far and wide - if
everyone could help to do that.
*Tuesday 21st April 2020* - Topic: Getting into Linux//
* Practical reasons why you should care about running Linux on
* Lab activity where we'll have blank desktops and laptops ready
to be installed with pre-prepared installer USB pens.
* Cross platform applications you already use on Windows and macOS
which also run on Linux natively!
* Linux applications that can be used as equivalents of Windows
and macOS applications.
* Ways of running non-Linux applications through things like
abstraction layers and emulation.
* Handy reference of basic commands and their Windows equivalents
(macOS users will find this easier as they're mostly the same).
* Conventions you'll need to rewire your brain for... such as the
lack of a "Drive C:\" and or things like the Registry.
* Intentionally basic for average person off the street, bring
anyone and everyone you can convince to come!
After that... who knows... but you can always offer to do a talk :)
I hear it's Darren's birthday around then, maybe we'll let him talk Arch :P