Preaching to the choir

Yours truly gave the talk yesterday at the Felton Linux Users Group meeting at 1 p.m. at the solar-powered Felton Fire Station (how Californian is that?) on the topic of “An Intro to CrunchBang,” which is the best distro you’ve never heard of. It’s not a new presentation — to be honest, I updated the slides from the SCALE Birds of a Feather meetup, which were updated from the slides from the talk I gave last year (and will submit again this year) at Linux Fest Northwest — and it was very well received, though a little long in the tooth, so to speak.

There were about 15 folks in attendance — a record since we moved the meetings to Sundays (and, finally, I’m able to attend meetings of a group I co-founded) — and it looks like we’ll be staying with the second-Sunday-of-the-month schedule from here on in.

In any case, CrunchBang was very well received during the talk, and rather than talk and then field questions, I let folks who had questions just jump in during the talk, which provided some interesting discussions and enhanced the presentation. The best example of this was one of the Felton LUG members is a Fluxbox user and he gave a much better answer than I did on the difference between desktop environments and window managers (an answer, incidentally, from which I gleaned a lot of information for future presentations).

Of special interest to some of the folks at the meeting were both Conky and Openbox, and lengthy discussions ensued on both topics. I had a chance to discuss our wide range of Conky setups in the forum (which led to a good segue to talking about how great the CrunchBang forum is), and showing off some of what you can do with Openbox.

It was a good warmup for Linux Fest Northwest, which will feature a CrunchBang table for the second year in a row, and which will hopefully also feature a presentation about CrunchBang if the LFNW gods smile upon my submission in the Call for Papers.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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