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General Meeting Basics (starts at 6:30pm) Main Presentation
October 11, 2017
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cwm (Calm Window Manager)
by Brian Bilere
Basic Networking
by Dave Forrest
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General Meeting on Wednesday - 11 October 2017
The St. Louis Unix Users Group (SLUUG) general meetings are usually on the second Wednesday of each month.

We start the general meeting with a basic session (usually focused on personal commputing); which may include either amazing graphical packages, blinking lights, command line wonders, demonstrations of useful applications, displays of newly discovered web sites, major resolution of long standing anomalies, quantum discoveries, superb tutorials, or shifts in both time and space. Then we will have our usual quick welcome, introduction, administrative announcements, and a Questions and Answers Period. After all that, we take a break before our main event (usually focused on enterprise commputing).

Basic Session

The BASIC portion for October will be a tutorial on cwm (Calm Window Manager) by Brian Bilgere.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
cwm (Calm Window Manager) is a stacking window manager for the X Window System. While it is primarily developed as a part of OpenBSD's base system, portable versions are available on other Unix-like operating systems.

cwm is a stacking window manager oriented towards heavy keyboard usage,small footprint and ease of use. While it lacks explicit virtual desktops functionality, it can be emulated by using the window groups mechanism.
cwm does not draw window decorations except for a 1-pixel border around windows.

cwm includes several menus:

  • exec menu (launch an application)
  • window menu (search for a running application)
  • ssh to menu (start a Secure Shell session)
  • exec wm menu (switch to a different window manager)
  • All these menus operate in a "search as you type" manner.
    cwm allows raising, hiding, switching between, and searching for windows using just the keyboard, making it suitable to use as terminal emulator multiplexer. Furthermore, it allows manipulating pointing devices, such as mice, with the keyboard.
    Additional key bindings and configuration options can be specified in the configuration file ~/.cwmrc.

    cwm is generally well received in software minimalist communities.
    cwm is noted to be used mainly due to its status of one of the default window managers in OpenBSD, though other reasons are sometimes cited.
    cwm is also praised for its flexibility, ability to interact in a non-disruptive way and in having no dependency on using a mouse.

    This tutorial might show factors common with both personal and enterprise computing.


    Brian Bilgere is interesting and informative.

    Main Event

    The MAIN presentation for October will cover Basic Networking by Dave Forrest

    Dave will explain and review changes in Basic Networking made since the days of strings and tin cans.

    Networking at OSI levels one and two between routers, switches, WAPs, and MAUs. Describing new protocols and emphasizing firewalling in the routers and vlan setups using Ubiquiti devices.

    If you wanted wires and wiring, take a quick break. If coding is your high, it might be a tad more interesting.

    This is all magic smoke and mirrors. Dave will also wave a rubber chicken.

    This is too much technology for normal human beings. So, send a robot to take notes. There will be a test afterwards.


    David Forrest is interesting and informative.

    ++ Posted 9 October 2017

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