Another idea is open source robotics. I have a lot of experience with this at this point and would love to share.
One more idea would be talking about making and using custom Java JNI. have a library that's awesome but hate writing applications in C? JNI is a way of exposing these libs to Java. As an example I wrapped a v4l2 frame grabber and was able to get framerates 2-4 TIMES faster then OpenCV's frame grabber. Getting started with JNI is full of "gotchas" that keeps most developers away, which I think is a shame.
If anyone is interested in applying for the open Network Engineer
position at WPI, please email me at cra(a)wpi.edu
Position Title: Network Engineer
Department: Computing and Communications Center
Location: Morgan Hall - Network Operations
Grade: Exempt - 820
Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions
Provide support to the satisfactory operation of the WPI network and
facilitate its use by members of the WPI community.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Maintain and support the data network system including switches,
routers, wireless access points and battery backup systems
- Maintain data wiring and fiber infrastructure.
- Evaluate and beta test emergent technologies and code maintenance
- Coordinate with Helpdesk and other departments in the
troubleshooting and resolution of data network error conditions and
provide end-user support for communications and connectivity issues.
- Document the data network including topology, connections, and
appropriate billing information.
- Support physical plant renovations as they relate to the voice,
data, and video CATV infrastructure.
- Administer and backup of all Network Operations servers.
- Program and maintain network databases, documentation, inventory,
and monitoring applications.
- Provide 24/7connectivity for users of the data network including
adds/moves/changes and wireless connectivity.
- Supervise and support the student network assistants.
- Other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or
Computer Science in order to provide the necessary understanding of
communication technology and computer architecture with 4-5 years
professional experience in similar or related work.
- Experience with network hardware, cabling, and network management
software including experience in network troubleshooting.
- A thorough knowledge of Ethernet, wireless Ethernet, and TCP/IP
- Experience with Juniper Networks equipment preferable.
- Experience with computer programming and scripting languages.
- Experience with Linux systems administration.
- Ability to communicate clearly with all network users.
I would like to, by I do not have intimate knowledge of it. I know its an
improved version of gentoos baselayout 1 RC system. Its written in c instead
of scriptss, can do some parallel startups, but nowhere near anything like
systemd. And I can write simple init scripts for it. I, for one, would love
to hear more about systemd.
On Mar 30, 2011 8:38 AM, "Chuck Anderson" <cra(a)wpi.edu> wrote:
> I can talk about SysVInit, Upstart, and Systemd. Do you want to talk
> about OpenRC? We could try to fit it into one meeting.
> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 08:22:57AM -0400, Jason Couture wrote:
> > How about a discussion of init systems in general, pros and cons of
> > (I'm an OpenRC fanboy myself.)
> > On Mar 30, 2011 12:07 AM, "Gregory Avedissian" <avedis.g(a)verizon.net>
> > > Yes.
> > >
> > >
> > > On 03/29/2011 10:57 PM, Chuck Anderson wrote:
> > >
> > >> Would people be interested in a talk on Systemd, the replacement for
> > >> SysVinit and Upstart?
> Wlug mailing list
Any ideas what people would like to do for a topic for April?
We'd talked about doing a distribution bake off... Does that still have any
I am leery of the allegiances of any politician who refers to their
constituents as "consumers".
I am setting up a new laptop and trying to decide on which distro to go with...
Probably the same list of finalists as everyone else in no particular
order (Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora / Ubuntu / Gentoo / others).
Has WLUG done a disto comparison night meeting?
I think it might be interesting.
Each person bring in a laptop with their favorite mainstream distro
(possibly 3 or 4).
Spend 20 to 30 minutes on each, showing the major differences
(installs / apps handling / etc) and why they like it.
Probably not a new idea.
If it's been done of late then please disregard as I cannot make as
many meetings as I once could.
(This is due to my personal schedule not due to lack of interest.)
"Ward, aren't you being a little hard on the beaver?"
I don't believe I shared my personal Gentoo opinion. Instead I mused
about a hilarious website and Gentoo's popularity growing and fading
like a wave...
Approx. 4 years ago I tried Gentoo once for a few days and discovered
it wasn't for me.
"Hi... My name is Joel and I'm a "Distro-XYZ" user." Sounds like a
support group intro to me.
No axe to grind, it is just my personal preference.
I prefer not to drink instant coffee also, so I merely go elsewhere
for my warm, slightly burnt, caffeinated goods.
As always your mileage can and will vary...
Actually I was mostly amused with the odd autos makes me want to do
the following to 15+ year old Honda Civic showing lots of rust:
put a rear wing with a half sheet of plywood held on with drywall screws
Spray the home-made wing neon yellow spray can to not match the car
(don't mask the car first)
remove the exhaust with a sawzall at the headers (loud with real flames)
leave a pair of custom exhaust pipe tips out the rear (leaving the
labling of Folgers coffee).
hood scoop made with a sawzall duct tape and a Cheerios box
replace all the wheels with 4 "donut" spares.
drive it up and down the street with a really bad car stereo
blasting "Tom's Diner".
Anyone have a spent, near end-of-life donor car in their driveway?
(on second thought, nevermind)
From: Gary Hanley <gary(a)hanley.net>
Subject: Re: [Wlug] Gentoo
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Where is Barbara Billingsley when you need her? :-)
On 03/24/2011 04:27 PM, joel d wrote:
> I have never been to Gentoo is Rice before.
> That guy has some issues but I missed why he was so upset ;-)
> Was very entertained by the highly visually modified but still stock
> underpowered autos.
> Pics are a "People of Walmart" for the auto world.
> That Gentoo's install numbers are fading:
> everyone that wants it is upgrading as Jamie mentioned
> dying due to Ubuntu adoption/popularity from the article
> developers numbers dwindling from the article
> no longer the cool distro for techies or average users (we want to
> be cool too)
> some other reasons...
> or is it the end of it's technology "wave"
> IMHO, most technology comes and goes in 1 to 8 year waves.
> A technology wave example is the Slackware disto.
> Who else remembers running Slackware (back when it was rather cool)?
> Not sure I even know if they still release Slack anymore (I did just
> go there and yup they do).
> Three related waves which took longer admidedly were
> centralized processing and dumb terminals of the simpler good old days
> modern servers and intelligent desktops with processing power
> back to virtual machines (and thin clients which are really akin to
> fancy terminals)
I have never been to Gentoo is Rice before.
That guy has some issues but I missed why he was so upset ;-)
Was very entertained by the highly visually modified but still stock
Pics are a "People of Walmart" for the auto world.
That Gentoo's install numbers are fading:
everyone that wants it is upgrading as Jamie mentioned
dying due to Ubuntu adoption/popularity from the article
developers numbers dwindling from the article
no longer the cool distro for techies or average users (we want to
be cool too)
some other reasons...
or is it the end of it's technology "wave"
IMHO, most technology comes and goes in 1 to 8 year waves.
A technology wave example is the Slackware disto.
Who else remembers running Slackware (back when it was rather cool)?
Not sure I even know if they still release Slack anymore (I did just
go there and yup they do).
Three related waves which took longer admidedly were
centralized processing and dumb terminals of the simpler good old days
modern servers and intelligent desktops with processing power
back to virtual machines (and thin clients which are really akin to
On Wed, 23 Mar 2011, Joshua Demallistre wrote:
> I was thinking about giving Gentoo a try. It would be nice for some one in
> the group could give me a hand.
Another distro to consider is Arch. I haven't used it, but it appears
to be similar in spirit to Gentoo. Looking at the beginner's guide,
it contains a lot of relatively low-level configuration stuff that one
would not need to know for a plug-and-play distro. So as a "learning
Linux" platform, Arch does looks promising.
I was thinking about giving Gentoo a try. It would be nice for some one in
the group could give me a hand.
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> 1. My Ubuntu Remix CD... (Andy Stewart)
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> From: Andy Stewart <andystewart(a)comcast.net>
> Subject: [Wlug] My Ubuntu Remix CD...
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> HI gang,
> I recently remixed an Ubuntu 10.10 CD for the Linux ham radio users (and
> there are many!). I am not yet distributing it widely, but I would like
> to get a couple of people to try it. It is a Live CD that can also be
> installed to the hard drive.
> If you are interested, please download the ISO file from this location:
> My target hardware is an older computer, 256MB of memory, and 1GHz
> processor, at a minimum. This started from the Ubuntu 10.10 server
> edition. I added icewm and a bunch of programs for amateur radio. One
> can see these programs in the "Amateur Radio" menu.
> Even if you are not an amateur radio operator, you might find the
> software selection interesting.
> I am mostly concerned about the sound system, which seems to be changing
> yet again(!), this time to pulseaudio. An easy program to try is xcwcp
> which will simply beep morse code at you. If that works, I expect other
> apps will work also. (xcwcp -x /dev/dsp should work, or invoke it from
> the menu).
> Also, if you attempt to install it to a hard drive, please do it in a
> computer with no valuable data or other operating systems, just in case.
> If you try it, please send me some feedback.
> Andy Stewart (KB1OIQ)
> Founder: Worcester Linux Users' Group
> Founder: Chelmsford Linux Meetup Group
> President: PART of Westford, MA (WB1GOF)
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On Wed, 23 Mar 2011, Eric Martin wrote:
> On 03/23/11 12:19, Joshua Demallistre wrote:
> > I was thinking about giving Gentoo a try. It would be nice for some
> > one in the group could give me a hand.
> What sort of help are you looking for? There used to be a
> disproportionately large Gentoo user base in WLUG, although I don't know
> how large it is anymore. I use it at home and work and I'd be glad to
> help you out. For me, the great thing about Gentoo is the learning
> experience; I learned a lot about GNU/Linux by doing my first Gentoo
> installs, and I'm still learning. If you haven't already, grab the
> install discs and peruse through the install docs. If you have a 64bit
> machine, I suggest grabbing the 64bit disc. Maintaining Gentoo x64
> isn't terribly hard, and you can use memory more efficiently.
Gentoo user here, too. Although I haven't done a fresh install in
quite a while, I just keep updating.
What I like best about Gentoo is picking and choosing which packages
to include and leave out, both applications and libraries. For
example, the other day I wanted to install "gtkpod", but I really
don't want to have Mono or QT4 installed on my system, for various
reasons. Doing a test install, I can verify that they are left out:
# emerge -ptv gtkpod
These are the packages that would be merged, in reverse order:
Calculating dependencies... done!
[ebuild N ] app-pda/gtkpod-1.0.0 USE="aac flac mp3 ogg -curl" 1,856 kB
[ebuild N ] media-libs/libgpod-0.8.0 USE="gtk iphone python udev -mono -static-libs" 975 kB
[nomerge ] media-libs/libgpod-0.8.0 USE="gtk iphone python udev -mono -static-libs"
[nomerge ] sys-apps/sg3_utils-1.30
[ebuild N ] sys-apps/rescan-scsi-bus-1.48 21 kB
[ebuild N ] sys-apps/sg3_utils-1.30 863 kB
[ebuild N ] app-pda/libimobiledevice-1.0.4 USE="python" 404 kB
[ebuild N ] app-pda/usbmuxd-1.0.6 57 kB
[ebuild N ] app-pda/libplist-1.3 67 kB
[ebuild U ] dev-util/cmake-2.8.3-r1 [2.8.0-r2] USE="ncurses -emacs -qt4 -vim-syntax" 5,310 kB
The USE= "-mono" and "-qt4" flags indicate that the listed packages
will be built without that support. Gentoo handles that by passing
the necessary options to "configure" when it builds the package, and
that is IMO the main point of using a source-based distribution.
If you *did* want support for mono, you could edit "/etc/make.conf"
(system-wide) or "/etc/portage/package.use" (package-specific), add
the "mono" flag (or remove "-mono"), and try again.
For better or worse, I think gentoo kind of peaked in popularity
several years ago. Related article,
But it still meets my needs on several of my computers.
And finally, yes, I am aware of "http://funroll-loops.info/", and I
don't care. :)