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Portland Linux/Unix Group: The Transit Appliance Project

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Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Chris Smith
What: The Transit Appliance Project
Where: Zoom, flawed as it is, link below
When: Thursday, January 6th, 2022 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

This talk will explore the history and future of the Transit Appliance project, an open source project which makes use of TriMet and other public web services to display transit arrivals on fixed location screens in apartment and office lobbies, cafes, schools and other community locations. The project is hosted by the non-profit Portland Transport and currently operates more than 60 screens around the region. The project relies on Raspberry Pi processors and a variety of cloud services to provide a minimal cost solution to the display of transit and micromobility information.

About Chris Chris Smith is the lead developer of the non-profit, open source Transit Appliance project. For two decades his day job was leading web architecture for Xerox. He serves on the board of Portland Streetcar Inc. and also served for twelve years on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. His passion is the intersection of technology and sustainable urban policy.

Returning to Zoom for now

PLUG aims to dogfood free and open source technologies whenever possible and Jit.si had a good run. It is quirky and very difficult to manage as a moderator, but it is free software. Recording meetings proved unworkable but thank you Vincent for spinning up a Jit.si VM during a meeting and removing the watermark. Many colleagues have reported that web-based Zoom is working better than ever with free and open source desktop operating systems and for the success of PLUG and my sanity as a moderator, I need to use the best tool for the job. Please continue to send your ideas for better tools and I would not rule out moving to a solution that someone is willing to take ownership of, as Vincent did with the Jit.si VM.


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