[Wolves] Linux talks for day job.

John Alexander acontractornow at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Sep 27 09:41:31 UTC 2023

  Good one Simon, I would say that unless you are super interested in a subject then 30-45 mins is the max useful time for a talk.
Splitting it up to supporting topics keeps the time down and helps you focus on each in turn rather than it been a storm of tech poo that washes over them.

A talk normally needs to be at a basic tech level otherwise you loose folk and loose traction for your talks.

After what is it, the most important thing is why do I want/need it, describing the usecase and benefits engages those listening keeping them with you.
Avoid your own nerdy interests and see it from their point of view and deliver to that.

Good luck .. John

    On Thursday, 21 September 2023 at 20:48:44 BST, Simon Burke via Wolves <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:  

On Thu, 21 Sept 2023, 19:57 Carles Pina i Estany, <carles at pina.cat> wrote:


On 21 Sep 2023 at 09:45:23, Simon Burke via Wolves wrote:

> Long time no post.

I don't post much (I'm a bit more active in the Shropshire group...)

> So I've been convinced to help run a series of talks at work relating
> to Linux in general.

I'm just going to write some ideas, but I don't know what's relevant in
your work :-) (but, that, you can work it out :-D)

> My topic of choice is 'Linux for Windows Administrators'.
> I have the basic outline, but I thought I'd post and ask for suggestions of
> what kind of things to include?
> (The majority of people attending are considered 'academics' which should
> be factored in).
> Initial ideas are along the lines of:
> * Disk layout (not going into great depth, but touching on 'everything is a
> file')
> * Updates and patching.
> * Powershell and bash. Plus some command equivalencies.
> * Dare I touch text editors, as a lifelong vim user?

Because you mentioned academics, only perhaps about free software
history and philosophy. And Linux history and philosophy as well.

And because of "for Windows Administrators":
-Docker (or Podman, lxc...)
-ansible (or alternatives)
-Perhaps Terraform and other systems like that one?
-Monitoring of systems (whatever might fit their use case: from big
things like monit, cactus? or something simpler like simplemonitor)
-Logging (where to find logs, how to get notifications, rotation of
-If it was of interest: Mail servers (my "choice" is Postfix+Dovecot)
(add other tools used there like spamassasin, filtering, etc.); or Web
servers (Apache, nginx?), etc.; other type of servers...
-Steps of booting on linux

I'm sure that there are courses like this, perhaps some inspiration can
be taken!


Thank you for your suggestions. 
I do have a mail talk in mind, as people not understanding email is one of the many banes of my existence right now. 
I would probably do follow-up talks about the usual services (Apache/nginx, myself/postgres, haproxy). But for now I'd be looking as a general intro for someone with zero Linux knowledge, only having experience of Windows. 
So permissions (briefly touching ACLs), disk layout, sssd, basic firewall (ufw/firewalld, nftables), service management (probably just systemd), and editing files. Along with man and info pages, and finding support etc. 
But I think this might be a lot to cover in about 20-30 mins.
I daren't touch monitoring where I am due to it being a contentious subject at the moment. 
I imagine we could probably fill half hour on just a brief history and philosophy of Linux. But I'm not sure how many people would be interested in all honesty. 

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