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Why don't I have to agree to the GPL when installing Linux?

2010-06-15, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Why don't I have to agree to the GPL when installing Linux?

This is a lightning talk (five minutes in duration) that was held at the KunterBuntesSeminar in the summer of 2010.

In it, I addressed the differences between a EULA (like a lot of proprietary software use them) and a permissive license like the GPL, which is used, among others, by the Linux kernel. Most importantly, I explained why there's no "accept the GPL" screen during a Linux installation.

Ubuntu bug #248619

2010-06-15, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Ubuntu bug #248619

This is a lightning talk (five minutes in duration) that was held at the KunterBuntesSeminar in the summer of 2010.

I introduced the symptoms of famed ubuntu launchpad bug #248619 and its duplicates and examined the cause of the problem.

Introduction to LaTeX

2009-11-19, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Introduction to LaTeX

This talk was held in the KunterBunteSeminar, a workshop conducted by the students of the Computer Science department, University of Hamburg.

It was conceived as a general introduction to working with LaTeX for absolute beginners. I gave an overview of how LaTeX documents are structured and how packages are included. Next, I spent a lot of time going over the most important and well-known packages (such as KOMA-Script and Beamer). Also included were some handy tips and tricks that hopefully help making LaTeX fun instead of daunting.

At the end, we had a look at the LaTeX code of some example documents I prepared: a simple official-looking letter, a term paper, and the very slides for this presentation.

Polyglots

2009-06-24, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Polyglots

This talk was held during the Lightning Talk session in the KunterBunteSeminar, a workshop conducted by the students of the Computer Science department, University of Hamburg.

Explaining a rather simple example step by step, I introduced the participants to the idea of polyglot programs. I showed how some typical polyglot techniques work by highlighting them on a hybrid C/PHP/bash program that fits on one slide.

After that, we briefly looked at some rather frightening examples of polyglot programming combining many languages.

This talk was aiming for amusement over learning. As such, it was rather light-hearted, though well-received. Trivia: It set that day's record for most slides to successfully go through in 5 minutes (50 slides in this case).

Alternative Operating Systems

2009-04-29, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Alternative Operating Systems

This talk was held in the KunterBuntesSeminar, courtesy of the computer science students of University of Hamburg.

Rather than delving into details, I conducted a fast-paced overview over the alternative and hobbyist operating system landscape. Well-known projects like the BSDs were covered, as well as niche projects like MenuetOS.

After we were through the slides, I invited the audience to play with the various systems in VirtualBox. Some wouldn't boot, but most of them could be studied first hand.

Together with the last few interested people I was kicked out by the janitor at 9 PM...

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