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Meeting Announcement

Thursday May 07, 2020


Linux-Ottawa Jitsi Server starting right after the AGM

As this server is being built about an hour prior to the meeting to keep the operating cost down, the URL will be announced on IRC after the AGM is completed..

Meeting Agenda

Annual General Meeting

Once a year we must “elect” a new Board. In recent years we have not had to refuse any nomination, since we have some flexibility in our numbers. This year all current Board members have indicated a willingness to remain. Our duties are fairly light:

  • Maintain the website
  • Maintain the mailing list
  • Organize meetings and speakers (our biggest task)

The current Board slate is oclugboardelection2020

To at least pay lip service to the AGM requirements, we need 25 people who are online to direct message our secretary with their email address either before or during during the AGM. His nick should be talesian.

If that doesn't work, we will try something else in June.

So rather than spend time writing things out at the AGM, we have the same people willing to be in the board. If someone else wants to be on the board, feel free to self-nominate prior to the AGM, or at the beginning of the AGM. There will be an opportunity to do so.

A single item for voting on at the AGM:

  • Reduce the size of the quorum for an election. Given how much begging we have had to do in the past to get the 25 names, I want to reduce it to 10. If we can't get 10 people to attend the next AGM in person, then we have little reason to continue as a registered non-profit corp. That is a potential discussion item for the future. We consistently get 10+ people at physical meetings but not always 15. That makes 10 a reasonable number to manage.

After the AGM, we will have a “normal” meeting. Given the uncertain state of future meetings, I am thinking that we will end up on an open source platform for meetings for quite some time yet. We are going to use jitsi this month for the talk portion. In order to make it easy for the presenter, the service will be moderated. The info will be given on the IRC channel after the AGM.

The AGM will be held on the #oclug channel

Pick a nickname and join #oclug


This will be our first video meet, so we are going to be less ambitious than usual.

  • Tug Williams has a talk for us. We have some new protocols for that, so there will only be a single talk this month.

Your output video and audio will be disabled when you join. In order to make sure the experience is a reasonable one for all involved, the presenter will share their screen/window/whatever they are comfortable with and you will see it quite clearly if the test we did are any indicator. Since we do not know how many will be viewing, it will be a little hard to manage questions, so if you have them, feel free to ask them in the chat window. Since the person doing the presentation will not be reading the chat window, the moderator will read the questions out.

This should keep it manageable. After the representation is finished, I'll stop muting all but the presenter. We can even try enabling video to see how good/bad it is. There will only be the one talk this month, as we don't know how well it will go.

This format is subject to evolution, as I expect that video conference software will undergo some rapid improvement over the next few months given the demand currently out there. Not that I'm recommending them, but I saw a note that Zoom is currently processing just shy of 280PiB of data/month. I have no idea what services like Netflix and Disney+ are processing, but the demands have gone up considerably.

In June, we may give big blue button a try. That take a little more effort to install than jitsi, so I went with the easier of the two for the first attempt.

Club Calendar

20180318 todo list

  • 2018 presentations (JN) – partial
  • new logo (JN) - done
  • mailing list subscription (done)
  • migrate meeting history (SM) - done
  • More should you use linux (JN and others) – first pass done
  • links line - done JN
  • How to edit wiki – mainly for us. Under Board and Tux (JN) – done
  • Rationalize files into namespaces, e.g., :board ?? need better tool!
  • Migrate board meeting minutes
  • Add a link to the mailing list in the “Steps to Have Your Technical Question Answered” section on the “About Us” page (SM) - Done

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