Stephen Cross

at Talking Drupal

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Increasing Your Productivity With a Tiling Window Manager

40% of developers use Linux for professional and personal computing.  "Choice" in selecting the operating system components is one of the reasons Linux is popular with developers.   You can choose the Linux distribution, the desktop environment, and the software components that work best for you.  With MacOS and Windows, you don't have choices.

If you are new to Linux, you probably have not heard of Tiling Window Mangers.   A Tiling window manager is a desktop focused on productivity and efficiency.  Linux users are polarized about tiling window managers, those that use them will never turn back.

A tiling window manager is the single feature that could convince you to give Linux a try.  

In this session you will learn about Linux and how a tiling window manager can make you more productive.  Topics covered:

  • Anatomy of a desktop operating system
  • Types of tiling window managers
  • How a tiling window manager works
  • Common features
  • Popular tiling window managers
  • Demonstration of QTile
  • Tiling window options for MacOS and Windows

Microcontroller Introduction with Raspberry Pi Pico

"From light displays and IoT devices to signage and manufacturing processes, the Raspberry Pi Pico series gives you the power to control countless home, hobby, and industrial operations." -

Microcontrollers are everywhere: in your washing machines, cameras, security alarms, smart devices, traffic lights, and more. The Pi Pico is Rasberry Pi's microcontroller development board, making computing accessible and affordable.

This 1/2 day training is a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises. You will learn the following:

  • Basics of a microcontroller
  • Capabilities and features of the Raspberry Pi Pico
  • Ways to use a microcontroller in your home
  • Basic electronic and physical computing concepts
  • How to control the Pi Pico using Micropython
  • How to write simple Micropython programs and install them on a Pi Pico

Pre-Requisite: This is a beginner's training. There are two requirements to attend. 

  1. Wifi enabled laptop with a USB port running the latest version of your operating system. 
  2. Desire to learn.

Materials provided that you can take home and continue the fun:

  • Raspberry Pi Pico
  • Breadboard
  • USB Cable
  • LEDs, Jumper Wires, and Resistors.