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Promoting Open Source

Postby James » Thu May 15, 2008 12:30 am

So, When I went to Big Blether I wasn't sure what I could talk about ... but then someone mentioned Open Source software round the camp fire, and I offered to do a talk about it. Sunday evening I spent a hour telling two newbies about it in practical and ideological terms, and trying to stop one other computer guy scaring them off ... ("You can use Zen to ..." "Um, they don't want to hear about that").

But you know, how about starting a open source lab thing in the action room? Two hours in the evening every fortnight, to give help to people and promote o.s. software? Every week some theme - Gandolf suggested this, he was there - like Gimp, video editing, Firefox and Thunderbird and PGP, CMS Websites (with the drupal guys?)

Unlike Infoseed, which arguably tried to do to much at the end, just focus on promoting the use of Open Source software. eg No hardware work. If people want Open Source on Windows, fine, but no supporting windows.

Would people be up for this?

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Postby milk » Thu May 15, 2008 2:37 am

me most certainly
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Postby James » Sun May 18, 2008 3:55 pm

OK - we are going to take over a Tuesday evening slot in the action room.
1st & 3rd tue of each month - 6 to 8
(although chances are I can only be there at 6:10pm sometimes as I come from work.)
On the 1st Tuesday of every month there is another booking starting at 8pm, so we would have to be out sharpish.
So dates up till august with suggestions:

3rd June
Firefox and anonymous web browsing
Thunderbird and encrypted email
(Tom?)

17th June
graphics - Gimp, inkscape and scribus
(martin)

1st July
Maybe session on website software ... Drupal in particular, if The Forest is about to start using it. Could be good for forest peeps to turn up and learn a bit about it before we switch to it? (milk?)

15th July
?

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Postby James » Mon May 19, 2008 12:13 am

I want these to be practical introduction sessions to get people into things ... not sure about the 3rd one now. Might it be to specialist and complicated? But maybe the 4th could be Ubuntu itself?

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Postby martinmckenna » Mon May 19, 2008 2:10 am

an intro to ubuntu would be useful to people .

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Postby milk » Mon May 19, 2008 2:19 am

sounds cool. as per our discussion earlier james, having live cds for people to take away to try might be an idea. kim, who was also there at the time, mentioned he'd like to escape windows and i feel there'll be others who'd like to do the same but are unaware how to.
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Postby James » Mon May 19, 2008 12:08 pm

Ubuntu itself as the 4th workshop then.

as I said to milk last night, (lets replay the whole conversation!) I'd be happy to hand out Ubuntu CD's at a session on Ubuntu, but I wouldn't want to hand them out without telling people about it first. Don't want them to get scared off if it's all to new .....

Kim mentioned a guy who was trying to convert him .. maybe I'll ask Kim to put him in touch with me and see if he would help out.

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Postby davzor » Wed May 21, 2008 11:10 am

Another workshop i'd be really interested in running would be one on information and intelligence gathering using a program called Maltego.

Maltego is a really cool app that can search a huge range of sources for whoever or whatever you're looking for and display the links between that information visually. Its kinda hard to explain, you really need to try it to understand what it does, but the description from the website helps a little:

Maltego is a program that can be used to determine the relationships and real world links between:
* People
* Groups of people (social networks)
* Companies
* Organizations
* Web sites
* Internet infrastructure such as:
o Domains
o DNS names
o Netblocks
o IP addresses
* Phrases
* Affiliations
* Documents and files

If anyone's interested the site is at: http://www.paterva.com/web2/maltego/maltego-2.html

Ignore Maltego V2, as its the newly released commercial version and costs big £££, its the open-source JS1 release you'll want.

To get a better idea of how it looks there's a couple of screenshots here:
http://www.paterva.com/web2/maltego/mal ... shots.html

...and a couple of videos here:
http://www.paterva.com/web2/maltego/maltego-video.html

I'd imagine many activists would be quite interested in this, although it should be useful to anyone doing any sort of research. Frankly its pretty easy for anyone to get sucked in and waste many many hours just playing with it, as i've done many times in the past ;)

I think an intro to this could easily be done in a 2 hour evening session if anyone thinks people might be interested...

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Postby Gandhi » Wed May 21, 2008 12:32 pm

It's like God's vagina!

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Postby Gandhi » Wed May 21, 2008 1:42 pm

It's like God's vagina!

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Postby beev » Wed May 21, 2008 4:59 pm

great place to get open source software for your mac:
http://www.opensourcemac.org/

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Postby swithun » Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:32 pm

I can show people how to do a few things with Audacity on Tuesday. I've used it for removing vocals from tracks, recording stuff and editing things. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but it is the kind of program where you can figure out how to do things once you know the basics.


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