What gets you out to a PLUG meeting?
nick at leippe.com
Thu Dec 11 12:00:54 MST 2008
Some more ideas:
- livecd/bootable usb creation
- nagios alternatives, what are they, can we see demos,
example configs, scalability/usability comparisons...
(my relationship with nagios is a love/hate, with mostly hate)
small tricks/advanced topics:
- things you didn't know you could do with iptables
(such as mangle-marking to make filter decisions earlier and thus quicker)
- advanced networking tutorials (bridging, bonding, vlan, stuff out of lartc)
- qos traffic shaping
- ha router/firewall w/keepalived + conntrackd + iptables (+ openvpn even)
- ha file sharing w/nfs + drbd + heartbeat
Most of these already have online tutorials, documentation, and complete user
communities around them. But seeing them in action or having a local resource
for help can be beneficial, and could be enticing for meeting attendance.
You'd probably have to conduct a poll to see what topics people are interested
enough in to convene a meeting over...
The feeling I get from the plug, is that most of us here are compentent, very
resourceful people, and getting help from someone else is usually a last
resort--we've already researched for ourselves and hit dead ends. Or, we know
the research is going to be long and bet that someone else here has already
done it recently and we can get a quick jumpstart into it by posting here
Additionally, most of the projects that we'd do that would involve a deep
topic like one of those I've listed, would require far more research and
detailed fiddling than could be covered in a group meeting covering the topic
in a general way--so as far as technical need, our meetings don't really feel
in high demand. But, for professional networking, yes, I think they can be
great. We could always reformat the meetings as workshops instead of
Now, on the contrary to my very last statements, there are some huge
exceptions. For example, when Jay Pipes came out from MySQL and drew a large
crowd, despite the majority of us being seasoned in SQL (be it
MySQL/MSSQL/Postgres/Oracle), it was very informative, instructional, and good
to stay abreast of what's going on at MySQL. I can say similar about Aaron
Anderson's presentation about scalability planning (have those slides been
posted?). Both broad topics that do affect or have concerned at one point most
of us on the list.
In short, just as Hans said, it comes down to content first.
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