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I have created a public chat room for the 10th anniversary lessons:

Join the Classroom

All lessons will be held there. This post is for scheduling the lessons.

If you would like to give a lesson, please post an answer with the topic for your lesson and the provisional timing (please give the UTC time, or if you are giving your local time, give the time zone).

The actual date of the anniversary seems to be 10/10/2020 which is a Saturday, so I suggest lessons should be scheduled any time between Friday 9th October and Sunday 18th October.

Anyone giving a lesson will be made an owner of the room. This provides some useful privileges:

  • Add/remove events in the room's schedule
  • Freeze the room to get everyone's attention (prevents anyone from adding messages)
  • Move messages to other rooms
  • Control feeds to the room
  • Read deleted messages

Mods will do our best to support. I will try to attend all the lessons if I can expect to be awake when they take place.

If you want to offer a lesson that has not been mentioned yet, please feel free to go ahead and post it here in the schedule. If you prefer to gauge community interest first, or you want to request a lesson rather than offer one, you can post here or just make a new meta question about it.

Sign up for scheduled classes here

Thanks a lot to anyone participating!

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  • If there is an optimal time for scheduling a software-installation lesson on Saturday 10/10/2020 then I would reserve a schedule for approximately that time. – karel Sep 26 at 5:53
  • @karel tbh I don't know what time would be optimal, but if you go for some time between 1400 and 1600 UTC I guess many of the people in US will have woken up, many of the people in the East Asian region will not have gone to bed yet, and everyone in between will also be OK, but someone somewhere will miss out (Pacific area?) – Zanna Sep 26 at 6:09
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    Between 1400 and 1600 UTC on Saturday 10/10/2020 works for me. – karel Sep 26 at 6:12
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    The Classroom chatroom has been automatically deleted for inactivity a few hours ago. It needs to be refreshed or reopened by a moderator in order for people to be able to post in it again. – karel Oct 4 at 6:12
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    I prepared the first revision of my lesson. It has 2581 characters that don't require much special formatting and an additional markdown file (2970 characters) that has special formatting which will be included as a screenshot and also uploaded to Ubuntu Pastebin as markdown text. Do you think that's long enough or should I add more content? – karel Oct 4 at 7:19
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    @technastic_tc yes, apologies for that - inactive chatrooms with less that 15 messages get deleted, but we can easily undelete them. I have the room in a pinned tab so I will keep undeleting it as soon as I'm online every time it gets deleted – Zanna Oct 5 at 8:53
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    @Zanna Although not required, I recommend adding the following link to the post: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/info/113418/classroom?tab=schedule so people can register to the event. As an organiser, it can give you an idea on how many people may show up and/or are interested in showing up. – Dan Oct 5 at 14:31
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    @Dan thanks! Actually I only remembered today when I looked at the schedule that people can sign up for chat events! – Zanna Oct 5 at 14:51
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    @Zanna Will people that don't know about Meta (I think they are the majority of users) get informed somehow about the anniversary events? – BeastOfCaerbannog Oct 5 at 15:58
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    @user3140225 we did get a banner linking to the events post in the end :D – Zanna Oct 10 at 4:44
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    @zanna It looks great! Thank you! See you at the lessons! – BeastOfCaerbannog Oct 10 at 5:45
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    I suggest to bookmark the transcript of lessons held in chat room and link it back to the respective answers here. – Pandya Oct 21 at 2:00
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    @Pandya Great idea - done! Also added the bookmarks to the Happy Anniversary post with the single post schedule – Zanna Oct 21 at 7:59
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    @Zanna Nice. Thanks :) – Pandya Oct 21 at 8:14
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    Thank you @Pandya & Zanna. I missed all of them, that's make it easier to find them. – user.dz Oct 21 at 9:05

Beginner-level introduction to command line (Part 1*)

Sunday 11th October - 15:00-16:00 UTC

*Haven't prepared Part 2 yet though O.O...

In case you missed it: lesson transcript

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Introduction to software installation

Saturday October, 10 14:00-16:00 UTC

In case you missed it: lesson transcript

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  • Is it about .deb packages, apt, synaptic, compiling software and other related stuff? – technastic_tc Oct 5 at 7:36
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    It's about all those topics, and there is also some interesting material that hasn't been posted at Ask Ubuntu that I wanted to showcase. – karel Oct 5 at 7:38
  • Can you bookmark the chat lesson transcript and post a link here? – Pandya Oct 21 at 1:59
  • @Pandya Software installation lesson transcript – karel Oct 21 at 4:35

Beginner level introduction to command line (part 3*)

Sunday 25th October 2020, 14:30-15:30 UTC

* It's technically still part 1 - I guess we'll be doing this until Ask Ubuntu's next birthday...

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Beginner-level introduction to command line (Part 2*)

Sunday 18th October, 15:00 - 16:00 UTC

* actually it's still Part 1 as we didn't finish it, but I can just call it Part 2 and nobody will ever know I still haven't prepared the real Part 2 yet ^_^

In case you missed it: lesson transcript.

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Introduction to SSH, Rsync and Cron

Sunday 25th of October, 16:00 - 17:00 UTC


  • Basic SSH usage
  • Basic Rsync CLI usage
  • Basic usage of Rsync with cron
  • Using SSHFS to mount remote folders
  • Taste of advanced Rsync script (if there is time)
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