[kwlug-announce] Meeting Monday: git!

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sat Jul 3 04:30:48 EDT 2010

Stop me if you've heard this one before: once upon a time, a bright
youngi[0] Finnish programmer defies expectations and good sense by
deciding to write a major piece of software from scratch. He writes
it, humbly names it after himself[1], then releases that software to the
world; in response, world (or at least a certain nerdy subset of the world)
embraces the new project with open arms. Soon the software is usable
by mortal humans, and before you know it it has become a standard in
its field; its proponents loudly proclaiming its virtues, and its
detractors quietly plotting strategies to stay competitive. 

Of course, I'm talking about the git version control system. Version
control helps you track and manage changes to files. Although this
sounds rather abstract, keeping track of change is useful in several
different contexts. This month Chris Frey will share some wisdom
about using git to take advantage of what git has to offer. As usual,
this presentation will start at 7pm. 

I guess it is appropriate that we are celebrating the VLC media player
as this month's FLOSS Fund nominee; the bill C-32 brouhaha reminds us
what a gift this excellent open-source media player has been. You can
learn more about VLC at http://www.videolan.org . If you
would like to contribute to the donation but won't be making the
meeting, get in touch and we can make arrangements for you to

I'm sure there are many more announcements to make, but nobody told me
about them and you've probably stopped reading already. Maybe I'll
fill your e-mail with announcements next month. (Amongst other things
a petition is in the works.) 

Here's where we meet: 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria Street North 
(Corner of Weber and Victoria(

There are maps and photos on the website. As always, helpers are
welcome to help set up (hopefully we will have doors open for 6:15pm). 

- Paul

[0] 35 is still young, dagnabit.

[1] Yes, I know. But he didn't fight the folder name. Or he didn't
win, anyways. 


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