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April 26, 2012

Ian Ward
excess
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» Gerbi CMS

Gerbi CMS (nee django-page-cms) is a multilingual content management system written in Python and based on the Django web framework. It's currently my favourite CMS software and use it for a number of web sites I administer.

I'll be giving a talk about Gerbi CMS at the next OCLUG and OPAG meetings resembling this article.

May 20, 2011

Ian Ward
excess
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» Python 2 and 3 Slides

Catching up on some more old business: here are the slides from the Python 2 and Python 3 talk I gave at last month's OCLUG meeting.

I am also preparing some Python tutorials for the upcoming 2011 Linux Symposium in Ottawa June 13-15. Hope you can make it.

May 14, 2011

Ian Ward
excess
excess.org - News
» IPv6 Summit Summary

I'm late with this update (busy catching up on other work that I neglected last month) but I must report that the Ottawa IPv6 Summit went far better than I had hoped: Great turn-out, great venue, great talks and great food.

Pictures are now available from Richard Guy Briggs and we're working on putting the talk videos online with the help of ISI Global Webcasting.

The space at Telfer School of Management was ideal, and the Telfer volunteers got everyone registered helped everything run really smoothly all day.

It was tons of work, but I look forward to doing it again. Maybe I'll even catch more than a couple talks in person next time.

April 14, 2011

Ian Ward
excess
excess.org - News
» Ottawa IPv6 Summit Early Registration

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the early registration discount.

The preliminary schedule has been posted. Register now!

April 4, 2011

Ian Ward
excess
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» Python Talk at OCLUG on Tuesday

I will be giving a talk on Python 2 and Python 3 at the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group meeting on Tuesday. Hope to see you there.

March 26, 2011

Ian Ward
excess
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» IPv6 Summit Speakers Posted

The nearly-complete list of speakers for the Ottawa IPv6 Summit is now available. Register by April 15 for the best prices.

March 11, 2011

Ian Ward
excess
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» Ottawa IPv6 Summit

Registration for the Ottawa IPv6 Summit has just opened. Also if you want to present a talk (in particular something suitable for the business/management stream) there is still some time to submit a proposal.

The summit will be held Friday April 29 in downtown Ottawa at the new Desmarais building in the University of Ottawa campus. There will be some great talks, a good lunch, fast wireless, power at every seat and plenty of interesting people. I'll post again when the schedule is available.

The conference is being organized by a small group of volunteers, including myself. If your company is willing to sponsor the event please contact the Ottawa IPv6 Summit. The money will go directly into making the conference better for everyone attending.


October 20, 2010

Ian Ward
excess
excess.org - News
» OCLUG Web Site to Become a Wiki

The Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group board of directors has decided to retire their Django meeting announcement web site and replace it with a plain wiki.

But, it's been a great run for close to 4 years:

  • 69 meetings posted, always up-to-date
  • 65 speakers
  • 34 local Linux jobs posted
  • hundreds of members' blog posts aggregated
  • zero maintenance time (removal of old meetings & jobs is automatic)
  • zero reported defects
  • zero down time

April 24, 2009

Pythian
pythian
» End of School with Linux; Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Hi folks. I am back for the second in what will eventually be a long line of infrequent updates. Did you miss me?

End of School with Linux

OCLUG (The Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group) is putting on an event called—you guessed it—End of School with Linux. This is happening on April 28, 2009 starting at 11am at the University of Ottawa in the SITE building, room C0136. The purpose of the event is to help people with their Linux systems, install Linux, fix issues, and just generally help out in the community. Your humble blogger will be there, manning the booth from 1200-1600, so come on down. And tell a friend, too.

More details can be found at the CSSA’s page. Click here for a map of the campus.

Also check out the OCLUG home page.

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Ubuntu 9.04 was released today. I have not yet looked at any reviews of the release candidates, but I am on my way out to pick up some new hardware on which to install it tonight.

If you were not on the sites downloading it early today you may have to wait, as most mirrors are very busy. If you have a newsgroup account then check out alt.binaries.cd.images—the ISO for 32-bit and 64-bit are there in both desktop and server flavours. For some reason, the Kubuntu and Edubuntu releases are not in the newsgroups, but you can always install the meta-packages after installing from the main ubuntu dist using apt-get install kubuntu.

Over the next few days I will be doing an install of the 64-bit version on my hefty(ish) new system, and a 32-bit install on my sorely-outdated laptop. I will post results.

Don’t forget to check out the Ubuntu web site.

One final thought

Did I mention I am going to get new hardware tonight? It’s been years! I am blogging and doing work, but all I hear in my head is “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”! It’s a wonderful kind of feeling.

Till next time.

September 7, 2008

Ian Ward
excess
excess.org - News
» Running a User Group Web Site with Django 1.0

This is a recording of the presentation I gave to the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group (OCLUG) on September 2 about their Django-based web site. I covered the server and virtualhost configuration for OCLUG, and two new features recently added to the site. I also presented some general information about how Django handles requests and discussed some of the code for the new features.

September 1, 2008

Ian Ward
excess
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» OCLUG Web Site Upgraded to Django 1.0 Beta 2

Just in time for my presentation tomorrow I have upgraded the OCLUG web site to Django 1.0 beta 2. I have also added a media file listing page and an Ottawa area Linux/OSS Job board application.

August 25, 2008

Bart Trojanowski
jukie
Bart's Blog
» Kernel Walkthroughs - booting

Ian just posted the screen casts of the Linux Kernel Walkthroughs that I ran last week.


Ian Ward
excess
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» OCLUG August Kernel Walkthrough: The Boot Process

This is a recording of the second Kernel Walkthrough given by Bart Trojanowski for the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group. This time Bart covers the x86 boot process in Linux. He gives a presentation with Q+A in the first hour. In the second hour he walks thorough the Linux C and assembly code itself.

We were generously hosted again by TheCodeFactory, a local hotbed of high-tech startup companies.

Special thanks again to Richard Guy Briggs for help with this recording.

August 14, 2008

Bart Trojanowski
jukie
Bart's Blog
» Linux Kernel Booting

I will be running another Linux Kernel Walkthrough for OCLUG at TheCodeFactory next week. This time the topic is "booting".

I am frantically preparing slides using (slightly modified) Rusty's svg to png presentation scripts. The svg's are naturally created in Inkscape, and the png's are useful because I can display them in a regular image viewer like gqview. I'll write more on this later.

July 4, 2008

Bart Trojanowski
jukie
Bart's Blog
» Linux Kernel Walkthroughs posted

Ian just posted the screen casts of the Linux Kernel Walkthroughs that I ran last week.

Here is the same video on google/video... it's a lot lower rez :(

July 2, 2008

Bart Trojanowski
jukie
Bart's Blog
» Linux Kernel Walkthroughs

I will be kicking off a new series of talks at OCLUG later this month. The idea is not mine, but a copy of a similar series ran by Silicon Valley Linux Users Group. Kudos to them!

Here is the info on the first Kernel Walkthrough: Source Tree Layout. I will start off by covering the tree structure and talk a bit about the components, before handing control of the talk over to the audience and let them drive the types of things they would like to explore.

We are being hosted by the TheCodeFactory, which is a very cool concept. From the website:

"TheCodeFactory is a collaborative work space located in downtown Ottawa at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, above the Green Papaya Restaurant. TheCodeFactory is a clubhouse or water cooler for the Start-up community in Ottawa."

In short they are a place where startups can meet and collaborate way before they have any office space of their own. Ottawa being such a hotspot for startups, this is clearly a good idea.


Ian Ward
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» OCLUG June Kernel Walkthrough

This is a recording of the first Kernel Walkthrough given by Bart Trojanowski for the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group. He starts with a presentation introducing some Linux development background, file layout and data types. The code walkthrough covers some important files and Linux list and bit modification APIs.

The talk was hosted by TheCodeFactory, a new meeting place for high-tech startups right in downtown Ottawa. This is the first time we used the space and I look forward to returning.

July 15, 2007

Ian Ward
excess
excess.org - News
» Changing the host name in Mailman lists

Mailman had me scratching my head for some time this weekend while I was trying to figure out how to change the URLs generated it its administration site. It turns out that Mailman copies configuration information into its list data at list creation time and then ignores changes to its main configuration file.