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[Discuss] BLU Desktop GNU/Linux SIG Meeting - TMUX + Lightning Talks - Weds, Nov 2, 2016

When: Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 - 8:30PM

  Akamai, 150 Broadway (8 Cambridge Center), Cambridge, MA

  Also easily accessibly by T.


  1) Please note the location
     is different from BLU's
     standard MIT meeting location.

  2) Akamai has generously
     agreed to provide space and
     'free as in food' for this
     meeting.  Thank you to our

  3) RSVP is not required, but
     helps me plan food. You can
     RSVP by emailing me or
     RSVP'ing on


Window management for your terminal, with tmux!

Plus, bring a lightening talk (5 - 10 minutes) as we'll be leaving time
for lightning talks after the main presentation.

tmux - a "terminal multiplexer" - is free software under a BSD/ISC
license (

Tmux can be used to run various applications in multiple panes and
windows within just a single containing terminal window. This provides
many benefits in many categories, such as:

* improving usability with features like clipboard support, and being
able to see output from multiple programs at once.

* improving stability: work done on remote systems can be easily resumed
after a network disconnect, also local window managers bailing don't
kill local sessions.

* just plain-old "neat tricks" like synchronizing input to multiple
systems, displaying a clock, and even multiple users attached to the
same tmux session.

Terminal multiplexers such as tmux (or GNU Screen, if you prefer) are
indispensable tools for console management that no frequent terminal
user should be without. This presentation will cover everything from
getting started with tmux, to configuration, and of course using it for
a variety of tasks in a few usage scenarios, focusing mostly on
single-user console application management.

About the presenter:

Chris Thompson is a hacker/activist and partners with Agaric, a web
development worker-owned cooperative. Chris has spent several years
using various GNU/Linux systems as a hobbyist and now as a professional,
programming custom applications with Python. Chris really enjoys playing
with various desktops/window managers, and favors the KDE and Cinnamon
desktops. As a result of productivity improvements from using tmux,
Chris is now considering new adventures in a window manager such as the
i3 window manager (

About the Lightning Talks

Have an interesting idea or project to share?  Or a question to pose to
the group?  Bring it along!  We will reserve at least 30 minutes for
lightning talks.  The following rules apply:

* relate to free software

* strict time limit per talk/question (5- 10 minutes depending on number
of participants)

* selection at organizers' discretion

* no need to send talk ideas in advance (register to give lightning talk
at event)
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