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Thursday
Oct 26
BSD Pizza Night
Deno's Pizzeria

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

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Thursday
Oct 1, 2009
Portland Linux/Unix Group: BSD Virtualization
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

Michael Dexter from Linux Fund/BSD Fund will give his EuroBSDCon 2008 presentation:

Zen and the Art of Multiplicity Maintenance: An applied survey of BSD-licensed multiplicity strategies from chroot to mult.

Topics of this survey include chroot, jails, Xen, sysjail, SIMH, NetBSD/usermode, kauth Jail, QEMU/kQEMU, GXemul, vkernel

Website
Thursday
Nov 5, 2009
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Unit Test Your Database!
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
  Given that the database, as the canonical repository of data, 
 is the most important part of many applications, why is it 
 that we don't write database unit tests? This talk promotes 
 the practice of implementing tests to directly test the 
 schema, storage, and functionality of databases.

 David E. Wheeler, Founder of Kineticode and Co-Founder of 
 PostgreSQL Experts hacks Perl, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, and Ruby. 
 I believe David is also the lead developer and maintainer 
 Bricolage which is a well known CMS. 
 David lives in Portland.
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Wednesday
Dec 16, 2009
PLUG Advanced Topics: DRDB HA Clustering on Commodity HW
Roots Organic Brewing [Out of business. *Sigh*]

Using DRBD to Build High-Availability Clusters on Commodity Hardware

Charlie Schluting of LINBIT will explain how DRBD works and how people currently use it, with enough information to get you started building your own clusters.

DRBD stands for Distributed Replicated Block Device, and as the name implies, allows you to replicate block devices over TCP. DRBD is extremely flexible due to the fact it is a block device, and as such is used in a variety of situations. At the most basic level, you can replicate data between two servers to provide synchronously replicated storage redundancy for either failover or disaster recovery purposes. In active/active mode, you can also run GFS, OCFS2, or other clustered file systems.

Topics that will be covered: - How it works, history, and future exciting news regarding mainline kernel inclusion - How it is used: HA-iSCSI, HA-NFS, Virtualization, Apache, Samba, etc. - Cluster Resource Manager options and recommendations, and news about the confusing changes in the Linux-HA / Clusterlabs communities.

And the majority of the time will be spent on: - Example cluster configuration: hardware setup, installation and configuration, and cluster manager integration.

Come with questions!

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Thursday
Jan 7, 2010
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Drupal! What is it good for?
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                             PRESENTATION

                                Drupal
                         What is it Good For?

                                  by

                              Lev Tsypin

 Drupal is growing leaps and bounds these days, powering everything 
 from ma and pa brochure sites to Obama’s recovery.gov. Does this 
 mean it’s a great fit for any website? Not exactly.

 Drupal has been defined as many things, including a content 
 management system, a web application framework, and community 
 plumbing. In some ways, this is both a blessing and a curse; 
 there’s so much you can do, in so many different ways, that new 
 users are crushed under the weight of the options and lack of 
 clarity. In addition, all of that flexibility does come with a cost, 
 in terms of performance and conciseness.

 This presentation will cover some Drupal basics including history, 
 core concepts, and system structure. From there, we will dig into 
 Drupal’s strengths and weaknesses, finishing off by discussing the 
 types of projects Drupal is best suited for, including specific 
 examples for each case.

 My hope is that developers new to the platform will gain a better 
 understanding of when to approach a new project with Drupal, more 
 experienced developers will gain a bit of insight on when not to 
 use it, and non-techies will have some help in choosing a platform 
 for their projects along with an understanding why developers they 
 work with select a given platform. Please note that this talk will 
 not delve deeply into the technical details of Drupal.
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Thursday
Feb 4, 2010
Portland Linux/Unix Group: A Talk by Jeri Ellsworth (SICK: RESCHEDULING!)
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

WARNING!!!

Jeri is sick and can't do the talk tonight.

Informal DorkBotPDX demo night instead!

In place of Jeri, I have some offers to do demos of projects from DorkBotPDX land, including Simran Gleason about his Kepler's Orrery (a generative music system that composes music from gravity equations), I have a little stepper motor demo, someone suggested they could demo Luz (a ruby / opengl 4-d drawing software), and there may be others.

    CANCELLED PRESENTATION was ...


                A Talk
                  by

            Jeri Ellsworth
                            (Circuit Girl)

 Jeri Ellsworth is a native Oregonian, born in Yamhill and raised
 in Dallas, Oregon.  Early on she became fascinated with electronics 
 and 8-bit computers setting the stage for her unique approach to 
 learning.  Not being challenged in school, she skipped higher 
 education to pursue a career in car-racing and chassis fabrication.
 After that, she opened a chain of computer stores in Oregon and 
 Washington.  She sold those to persue a career in chip design,
 which lead her to design the CommodoreOne - based upon the 
 Commodore 64 - using reconfigurable logic and the C64 DTV 30- 
 games-in-one joystick, selling, a quarter million units.
 She currently works as an Oregon based consultant.   

 I'm not sure what Jeri is going to speak about yet, but judging from
 the talk she gave at Stanford, it should be very good indeed.
 See a video of her Stanford talk at: 
 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1053309060448851979#

 Also, see her webs sites at:
 http://www.jeriellsworth.com/
 and
 http://www.fatmanandcircuitgirl.com/    
Website
Wednesday
Feb 17, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: OpenEmbedded
Roots Organic Brewing [Out of business. *Sigh*]

OpenEmbedded

Getting started in embedded Linux development can be intimidating. Every hardware device vendor seems to have its own embedded Linux distribution and way of developing for it. OpenEmbedded (OE) is a framework for creating highly customizable embedded Linux distributions. It provides a well-designed build system and cross-compilation environment to developers, and a robust package management system for setting up and maintaining your embedded Linux system.

Find out why OpenEmbedded is taking the embedded world by storm and improving the lives of embedded Linux developers.

Scott Garman is a Linux Software Engineer at Russound, a leader in multi-room audio systems, which allow you to enjoy music throughout your home.

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Thursday
Mar 4, 2010
Portland Linux/Unix Group: A Talk by Jeri Ellsworth
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

A Talk by

Jeri Ellsworth (Circuit Girl)

Jeri Ellsworth is a native Oregonian, born in Yamhill and raised in Dallas, Oregon. Early on she became fascinated with electronics and 8-bit computers setting the stage for her unique approach to learning. Not being challenged in school, she skipped higher education to pursue a career in car-racing and chassis fabrication. After that, she opened a chain of computer stores in Oregon and Washington. She sold those to persue a career in chip design, which lead her to design the CommodoreOne - based upon the Commodore 64 - using reconfigurable logic and the C64 DTV 30-games-in-one joystick, selling, a quarter million units. She currently works as an Oregon based consultant.

I'm not sure what Jeri is going to speak about yet, but judging from the talk she gave at Stanford, it should be very good indeed.

See a video of her Stanford talk at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1053309060448851979#

Also, see her webs sites at: http://www.jeriellsworth.com/ and http://www.fatmanandcircuitgirl.com/

Website
Wednesday
Mar 17, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: What Went Wrong with My Disaster Recovery Plan
Roots Organic Brewing [Out of business. *Sigh*]

Brian Martin will be test-driving his IEEE presentation on his experiences in a true, "abandon the building" disaster recovery effort. He'll place particular emphasis on where technically sound, well-tested disaster plans often fail in a real disaster, and how these problems can be overcome.

The best data center disaster recovery plans are developed carefully and tested regularly. If you're at that stage, you may think you are well prepared. In this entertaining presentation, Brian Martin describes the unexpected problems that arose when a well thought out and tested plan met a real disaster, and draws lessons that are applicable to any disaster recovery situation.

Brian Martin has spent 30 years in the IT field, fairly evenly divided between being a mainframe system programmer and a server system administrator. He has operated Martin Consulting Services in the Portland Oregon area since moving to Portland from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996. He has a wife, two cats, a dog, and nine in-service computers at home.

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Wednesday
May 19, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: DRBD & Pacemaker part II by Adam Gandelman
Roots Organic Brewing [Out of business. *Sigh*]

DRBD stands for Distributed Replicated Block Device. Mainline in the Linux kernel since 2.6.33, it is used to replicate data at the block level over the network in a "network RAID1" fashion. It is generally deployed as a cost effective, shared-nothing alternative to a SAN and used as the building block for high availability clusters. Pacemaker is currently the de facto open-source cluster resource manager (CRM) for Linux HA clustering. With it, nodes and services can be monitored and managed to ensure maximum uptime in the face of the most severe service and hardware level failures. Combining the two allows admins to %99.999 uptime at a fraction of the price of proprietary alternatives.

In LINBIT's second PLUG Advance Topics installment, Adam Gandelman will give a more in-depth view of DRBD and Pacemaker and demonstrate how they work closely together to keep applications running and consistent. During the second half of the presentation, Adam will provide attendees with a real-world example by configuring a highly-available LAMP cluster from the ground up. Though geared toward web services, the concepts presented can easily be expanded to provide the HA gaurantee to virtually any Linux service.

Agenda: - Brief re-introduction to DRBD, Pacemaker and HA clustering concepts. - Overview of various use cases and interesting deployments - Configuration and implementation of a highly-available LAMP cluster using DRBD for data redundancy and Pacemaker for resource management.

Adam Gandelman is an expert in open-source clustering and high availability. Originally from New England, Adam lives in Portland, OR where he has been working at LINBIT, developers of DRBD and maintainers of Heartbeat. Aside from providing top-level Linux High-Availability and Disaster Recovery consulting for customers in the Americas, he leads LINBIT training courses in the US, doubles as a technical writer and regularly contributes to related open-source projects.

Website
Wednesday
Jun 16, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: Perl 5 & 6 Gems
Roots Organic Brewing [Out of business. *Sigh*]

Perl 5 & 6: What you've missed in the last $n years by Eric Wilhelm and Paul Fenwick

http://www.scratchcomputing.com http://www.perltraining.com.au

We are honored to have local Perl expert and OSCON presenter Eric Wilhelm and visiting OSCON keynote presenter Paul Fenwick talk about gems you may have been missing in Perl 5 and 6.

Eric will present an overview of the Perl 6 project, a snapshot of recent development, how to install Rakudo Perl 6, and samples of what you can do with Rakudo Perl 6 now.

Paul writes: Awesome things have been happening in Perl recently; so many that even if you've been paying close attention, you may have missed a few. In this talk we'll examine some of the coolest recent technologies for Perl programmers, including:

  • Overhauling Perl's Object Oriented framework with Moose.

  • Making everything a first-class object with autobox.

  • Slashing your error handling code with autodie.

  • Building fast, readable and reusable regular expressions with Perl 5.10.

  • Bundling and building stand-alone applications using PAR, the Perl Archiver.

  • Astonishingly good profiling with Devel::NYTProf.

  • Playing MineSweeper automatically with App::SweeperBot.

Contact Michael Dexter for information: [email protected] 503-789-8978

Website
Friday
Jul 16, 2010
Beer & Blog with Jono Bacon

Join Art of Community author Jono Bacon at Friday's Beer & Blog!

Remember that the Community Leadership Summit is this weekend!

www.communityleadershipsummit.com

Website
Thursday
Jul 22, 2010
Rackspace Recruiting Meet & Geek
Barracuda

Rackspace is hiring and wants to meet you!

Rackspace, an awesome company that supports open source projects like the Drizzle and Cassandra databases is looking for a broad range of developers and system administrators.

Meet with their developers face to face at a recruiting Meet & Geek at 7PM before Linux Fund’s party.

Find out more about their opportunities involving open source at:

http://www.rackertalent.com/careers/

To get there from OSCON / Convention Center:

• Take the MAX light rail WESTBOUND • Cross the river - Past Rose Quarter Stop • Get off at Old Town/Chinatown • Walk West (away from the river) to NW 2ND Ave. • Walk South (the direction of the train) two blocks past Davis and Couch

See you there!

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Linux Fund Welcome OSCON Back to Portland Party!
Barracuda

OSCON is back in town and Linux Fund is celebrating with food, drink and billiards!

Giveaways from books to a iXsystems server!

All members of the local open source community welcome. Face control courtesy of LPI and BSD Certification Group!

Many thanks to Rackspace, MindTouch and iXsystems for making this event possible.

Portland is the open source capital of America. Let's keep it that way!

21 and over - bring photo ID!

To get there from OSCON / Convention Center:

• Take the MAX light rail WESTBOUND • Cross the river - Past Rose Quarter Stop • Get off at Old Town/Chinatown • Walk West (away from the river) to NW 2ND Ave. • Walk South (the direction of the train) two blocks past Davis and Couch

See you there!

Website
Tuesday
Sep 21, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: Discussion and the AIDE Tripwire alternative
Free Geek

After the Roots Closure and August Dog Days of Summer, it's time for the Portland Linux/Unix Group to beta test a new location and date: Free Geek on the third TUESDAY of the month as opposed to Wednesday.

Having watched two venues go bankrupt, we will try a new strategy: beverages (including the correct one) and Pizza will be served and a donation requested.

Topic: Open Discussion about venues and Tim's presentation on the AIDE Tripwire alternative.

Website
Thursday
Oct 7, 2010
PLUG: Zentyal Linux Small Business Server
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

October Portland Linux/Unix Group Meeting

An Overview of Zentyal by Dale Zeutenhorst

Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform) is an open source unified network server for small to mid size companies based on Ubuntu Linux. Zentyal can act as a Gateway, Network Infrastructure Manager, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Unified Communications Server or a combination of these.

Dale Zeutenhorst is a long time consultant and small business owner. He is currently owner and manager of Adept I.T. Service of Camas, Washington. Before that he was Technical Manager at Microsharp where is was a key player in building the Netule family of server-appliances.

Schedule:

News Presentation Meet for beer at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall - 1945 NW Quimby

Venue:

Portland State University Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science Building Room FAB 86-01 (This is in the basement.) The building is on SW 4th across from SW College Street. See location H-10 on map at http://pdxLinux.org/campus_map.jpg

Website
Tuesday
Oct 19, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: Ubuntu Release Engineering by Allison Randal
Free Geek

Ubuntu 10.10 arrived on 10/10/10 and work has already begun on Ubuntu 11.04, scheduled for April of 2011.

Allison Randal is the Technical Architect for Ubuntu at Canonical and will give a tour of how a Ubuntu release transforms from a download from kernel.org to a production-ready ISO that is ready to be downloaded by millions of users around the world.

Allison will highlight how the Ubuntu community gets involved along the way during the release process.

Food & Drink: At the last meeting we talked about having a Lucky Lab menu and calling in an order. With their dinner rush beginning at 6PM, you are welcome to call in and pay for your own order in the afternoon and pick it up before the meeting. Or bring whatever food you wish for that matter:

Lucky Lab on Hawthorne 503-236-3555 http://luckylab.com/html/menu.html#brewpub

Website
Thursday
Nov 4, 2010
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Presentation by Allan Foster of Forge Rock
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

A Presentation by Allan Foster of ForgeRock.com

I will give a presentation on ForgeRock, how and why we were founded, and a little of the events and decisions that led up to the founding.

I will also discuss some of the various Open Source Business Models, and why we chose ours.

I will cover some of the unique situations in which we find ourselves, and how we chose to address them.

I will also discuss how Open Source is becoming more relevant in Enterprise, and how this shift seems to be reaching a tipping point.

Allan works at ForgeRock with former Sun Microsystems Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps. Visit www.webmink.com for more about Simon.

Website
Tuesday
Nov 16, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: Artificial Neural Networks: Principles and Applications
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix User Group Meeting Announcement PLUG Advanced Topics for November 2010

Topic: "Artificial Neural Networks: Principles and Applications" by Cooper Stevenson

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 16th, 7PM Location: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue

Cooper will emphasize the financial industry's use of ANN's as it is closest to what he does. However, he will be mindful to cover other areas where they are useful to as wide an audience as possible.

Cooper Stevenson's Bio: Cooper is a leading expert in Information Technology systems for business automation. His award winning designs focus on expanding business intelligence and automation for medium and large industry. He moved Legislation through the Oregon Legislature and has written over ten publications for online resources. He is also featured in CNET News, Linux Today, and Linux.com. Recently, Cooper developed the first automated artificial neural network system for predicting financial securities price fluctuations and business process intelligence.

Food & Drink: At the last meeting we talked about having a Lucky Lab menu and calling in an order. With their dinner rush beginning at 6PM, you are welcome to call in and pay for your own order in the afternoon and pick it up before the meeting. Or bring whatever food you wish for that matter:

Lucky Lab on Hawthorne 503-236-3555 http://luckylab.com/html/menu.html#brewpub

David Mandel (for Michael Dexter)

Website
Thursday
Dec 2, 2010
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Open Source Desktop Publishing with Scribus
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                             Presentation
                    Open Source Desktop Publishing
                                 with
                               Scribus

                                  by

                          John Jason Jordan

 Scribus is just a few years old, but has already achieved 
 most of the features of the expensive commercial desktop 
 publishing apps, and a few they don't have. If you need to 
 do fliers, brochures, or whole books, Scribus is now the 
 preferred tool.

 The presentation will start with a brief introduction to 
 some of the terms of desktop publishing, especially how to 
 get your computer to produce something that a print shop can 
 put on a press. This will include matters such as typography, 
 color management, banding and line screens, transparency, 
 imposition, and several other issues.

 Then we will spend a few minutes on an overview of Scribus, 
 how it is different from word processors, TeX, and advantages 
 and disadvantages.  This will include the basic features of 
 Scribus, including typographical controls, master pages, render 
 frames, PDF forms, PDF export options, scripting, collect for 
 output, and lots more. It will also cover how Scribus is the 
 end tool in a process that starts with other programs.

 Finally we will reproduce the PLUG flier that was created 
 in Scribus.  This will be presented on the screen showing 
 the steps and features of Scribus necessary to produce it. 
 Each member of the audience will have a paper copy of the 
 flier to assist in following the process.
Website
Thursday
Jan 6, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Mini-presentations on variety of topics
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                             Presentation
                          Mini Presentations
                                  by
                            Daniel Hedlund
                                 and
                           hopefully others


 Daniel Hedlund will give a little ad hoc mini-demo on 
 setting up a VPS on Linode.com.

 David Mandel will discuss a couple ways of using virtualbox
 in a teaching environment.

 We invite others to join in with their own short little 
 mini-presentations on simple little "hacks" that you find
 useful.
Website
Tuesday
Jan 18, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: Artificial Neural Networks: Principles and Applications
Free Geek

Cooper Stevenson is rescheduled to give his talk: Artificial Neural Networks: Principles and Applications

Cooper will cover how the topic is relevant to Open Source as ANN's may be used for a host of practical applications and serve as an introduction to ANN's running on Open Source.

Emphasis will be placed on the financial industry's use of ANN's for market prediction but other uses will be addressed.

Cooper Stevenson's Bio: Cooper is a leading expert in Information Technology systems for business automation. His award winning designs focus on expanding business intelligence and automation for medium and large industry. He moved Legislation through the Oregon Legislature and has written over ten publications for online resources. He is also featured in CNET News, Linux Today, and Linux.com. Recently, Cooper developed the first automated artificial neural network system for predicting financial securities price fluctuations and business process intelligence.

Free Geek: 1731 SE 10th Avenue: Two blocks south of Hawthorne, not far from the Lucky Lab. If lost: 503-232-9350

Big news and reason for the delay of this announcement: we have a new, dedicated keyholder!

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Thursday
Feb 3, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: What is Open?
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                             Presentation
                            What is Open?
                                  by
                             David Mandel


 David Mandel is interested in distilling the core ideas 
 from the philosophy of Open Source Software and extending
 these into other areas like music, publishing, farming, 
 and education.  In the past he has given presentations
 on Open Source Agriculture.

 In this presentation, David wants to discuss Open Source
 in education.  This is not a presentation about using 
 Open Source Software in traditional classrooms as much
 as it is a discussion about using Open Source Philosophy
 to change traditional classrooms.  We will discuss the 
 work of John Gatto author of "Dumbing Us Down", the Moore 
 Method of teaching mathematics, and David Mandel's personal 
 experience teaching mathematics and computer classes in 
 community colleges.
Website
Tuesday
Feb 15, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: BSD
Free Geek

February PLUG Advanced Topics

BSD (Berkley Software Distribution): Enterprise Open Source From Day One

W&W: Tuesday, February 15th, 7PM at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Ave

Synopsis:

You use BSD software every day.

Virtually every packet you send travels through BSD-based routers.

BSD gave us the Internet, which gave us Linux and the FLOSS revolution.

The iPhone contains BSD software. OpenSSH is a BSD project.

Michael Dexter of BSD Fund will give a tour of how BSD is being used and discuss why it happily lurks in the shadows of open source. BSD myths will be addressed along with an open discussion of what the audience is doing with BSD.

Website
Thursday
Mar 3, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Free Content and the Data Revolution
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

Presentation Free Content and the Data Revolution by Daniel Hedlund

The amount of information available on the Internet has exploded in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down. Most of this information is freely available to anyone with a web browser --- but what does free mean? Daniel Hedlund will lead a discussion on the meaning of open data and explore how the open source movement is no longer constrained to the realm of software.

Website
Tuesday
Mar 15, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: Release your hardware hacker potential with gEDA
Free Geek

March PLUG Advanced Topics:

Embedded Hardware Developer Eric Thompson

Release your hardware hacker potential with gEDA

This session will take you step-by-step through the process of creating an actual printed circuit board using the gEDA suite of electronic design automation tools. From schematic to gerber files, you can do all with the open source tools in gEDA.

The gEDA project is a full GPL’d suite of electronic design automation tools. The suite includes tools for schematic capture, attribute management, bill of materials (BOM) generation, netlist creation, analog and digital simulation, and printed circuit board (PCB) layout.

This session will cover: - Drawing a block diagram - Creating parts and drawing a schematic - Netlist creation and import into the printed circuit board tool - Layout of the printed circuit board - Outputting gerber files - Design verification - How to have your printed circuit board built

This session will be presented for the beginner and will assume no previous hardware experience. gEDA website: http://www.gpleda.org/

7PM Tuesday, March 15th at Free Geek: 1731 SE 10TH AVE

Website
Thursday
Apr 7, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Canceled to attend Richard Stallman talk
Portland State University - Native American Student and Community Center
                         MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

          PLUG Meeting will be different than normal

                       Richard Stallman
                        is speaking at
                  Portland State University
              during PLUG's normal meeting time.

     So, instead of having a PLUG meeting we will attend
            Richard Stallman's talk at 7:00 PM at

     The PSU Native American Student and Community Center
                      710 SW Jackson St
                    Portland Oregon 97201

 And if Stallman's talk gets out early enough we will 
 go over to The Lucky Lab Northwest Beerhall at 1945 NW Quimby
 Portland, Oregon afterwards.

 *******************************************************************

                           Abstract
                             for
                    Richard Stallman Talk

                         Presented by
                  Portland State University
                          Chapter of
              Association of Computing Machinery

 The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users' freedom 
 to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software 
 Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used with 
 the Linux kernel, specifically to make these freedoms possible.

 The Portland State University Chapter of the Association for 
 Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Department are proud 
 to welcome Richard Stallman to PSU for this general-interest talk. 
 Mr. Stallman is the father of the free software movement and the 
 concept of 'copyleft', the original author of GNU Emacs, the GNU 
 Compiler Collection, and many of the utilities used in the GNU/Linux 
 operating system.

 This event is free and open to the general public. Mr. Stallman will 
 be available for a brief Q&A session following the talk.

 *******************************************************************
Website
Tuesday
Apr 19, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: IPv6 Networking Part 1
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics April Meeting

IPv6 Networking with Ted Mittelstaedt: Part 1

The first in a multi-part series on IPv6 networking by Ted Mittelstaedt, the author of The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide.

Part 1: Theory & management & ISP routing, as well as current events in the IPv6 realm. For example, did you know that Nortel just sold Microsoft a huge chunk of IPv4 legacy addresses for something like 7 million dollars? This has really turned the tables on the game. Up until that happened the thought in the community was that the large ISP's would be the biggest pushers of IPv6 deployment. But this is an early indicator of what's going to happen. The large ISPs are going to spend millions in vacuuming every scrap of IPv4 out of all the corners on the Internet before they will start pushing their users to go to IPv6. That is a serious problem for any small ISP that does not have a stock of IPv4 because they will be run out of numbers and new customers will not be interested in their IPv6 offerings as long as the large ISPs still are handing IPv4 out.

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue

When: TUESDAY, April 19th, 7PM

BYO Food and Beverages

Sorry for the late announcement. Tax day distracted quite a few of us.

Thursday
May 5, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Comments on the IPv6 Transition
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                        Presentation

              Comments on the IPv6 Transition
                             by
                      Ted Mittelstaedt
                             of
                       Portlandia IT


Ted Mittelstaedt of Portlandia IT will talk about IP addressing
in general and how the IPv4 to IPv6 transition is being received
by the Internet community. This talk is part of a series of
timely IPv6 PLUG talks that Ted is giving over the coming months.
Website
Tuesday
May 17, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: IPv6 Networking Part 2
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics May Meeting

IPv6 Networking with Ted Mittelstaedt: Part 2

The second in a multi-part series on IPv6 networking by Ted Mittelstaedt, the author of The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide.

Part 2: The shifting paradigm of how to firewall with IPv6. With IPv4, just about everyone uses NAT as a poor-mans firewall. They don't have to think about port numbers and the like but they will with IPv6 because dual-stacking is going to be the standard in how it's implemented.

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue

When: TUESDAY, May 17th, 7PM

BYO Food and Beverages

Website
Thursday
Jun 2, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Introduction to OpenEMR
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                         Presentation

                   Introduction to OpenEMR
                              by
                        Tony McCormick
                     <[email protected]>

 Introduction to OpenEMR, maybe the most downloaded open source 
 Electronic Heath Records system in the world.   This presentation 
 will discuss how one of the first web based, php projects became 
 a government certified EHR.  We'll demo the system, talk about 
 the good, bad and ugly of a 10 year old project with ~500,000 
 lines of code and get feed back on ways to move forward with 
 out breaking the existing use.  ie: upgrade paths and models, etc.
Website
Tuesday
Jun 21, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: IPv6 Networking Part 2
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics May Meeting

IPv6 Networking with Ted Mittelstaedt: Part 2

The second in a multi-part series on IPv6 networking by Ted Mittelstaedt, the author of The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide.

Part 2: The shifting paradigm of how to firewall with IPv6. With IPv4, just about everyone uses NAT as a poor-mans firewall. They don't have to think about port numbers and the like but they will with IPv6 because dual-stacking is going to be the standard in how it's implemented.

This is a rescheduling of the past meeting that Ted could not attend.

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue

When: TUESDAY, June 21st, 7PM

BYO Food and Beverages

Website
Thursday
Jul 7, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Rapid Discussions on Any Topic
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                            PRESENTATION

                         Rapid Discussions

                                 on

                             Any Topic

                                 by

                         Anyone & Everyone

 Instead of having a formal presentation, we will get together and
 discuss anything anyone wants to discuss in brief sessions of no
 more than a few minutes each.  If we have enough people involved
 we can break into smaller groups to handle each topic.

 One very short topic that I will be prepared to discuss for
 a few minutes will be:
      -  Open Source at Two Year Colleges
         Why are text books so damn expensive?

AND YES - We are looking for speakers for upcoming months.
          Volunteers and Recommendations are welcome.
Website
Tuesday
Jul 19, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: IPv6 Networking Part 3
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics July Meeting

IPv6 Networking with Ted Mittelstaedt: Part 3

This is the third part of a multi-part series on IPv6 networking by Ted Mittelstaedt, the author of The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide.

How to setup webservers and such to offer content over IPv6 and how to setup clients to access such content.

Ted will plan to offer a live demonstration of an IPv6-enabled web server.

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue

When: TUESDAY, June 21st, 7PM

BYO Food and Beverages

REMINDER: OSCON is just around the corner and there is a MIND NUMBING amount of FREE ACTIVITIES going on during it including the Community Leadership Summit:

http://www.oscon.com/oscon2011/public/content/free

http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/

Michael

Website
Thursday
Aug 4, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: The Use of Open Source Software in State Agencies
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                         PRESENTATION

                     Open Source Software

                              in

                        State Agencies

                              by

                        Michael Smith

  Michael Smith works for the State of Oregon.  He will discuss 
  his experience introducing and trying to introduce Open Source
  Solutions into state government agencies.

  Note:  We may update this description as we get more details.
Website
Thursday
Sep 1, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Rapid Discussions on Any Topic
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                             PRESENTATION

                          Rapid Discussions

                                  on

                              Any Topic

                                  by

                          Anyone & Everyone

  Instead of having a formal presentation, we will get together and
  discuss anything anyone wants to discuss in brief sessions of no
  more than a few minutes each.  If we have enough people involved
  we can break into smaller groups to handle each topic.

  AND YES - We are looking for speakers for upcoming months.
            We have been having trouble finding speakers lately.
            Volunteers and Recommendations are welcome.
Website
Saturday
Sep 17, 2011
Software Freedom Day 2011
Everywhere

Today's the day to celebrate that you are viewing Calagator thanks to countless Free Software/Open Source Software tools that protect your software freedom.

Celebrate in any way you see fit from a moment of reflection over a cup of coffee to making a donation to a foundation that works to guarantee your software freedom like the Software Freedom Law Center or Free Geek. There are dozens out there that need your help.

Please update this post to include group activities as they're organized!

Happy Software Freedom Day!

Website
Tuesday
Sep 20, 2011
PLUG Advanced Topics: Roundtable: Web serving in the post-LAMP era
Free Geek

This month's meeting will be a roundtable discussion about modern web serving.

The CGI.pl/ODBC era gave way to LAMP and we're now onto the next generation:

  • node.js and NoSQL make LAMP overkill for many situations

  • AJAX/JavaScript are moving much application logic to the browser

  • Apache is giving way to lighttpd, node.js, nginx and others

  • We've gone from 9" Mac support to 1024 X 768 and now to 4" phones

  • URL Shorteners. Who would have thought?

  • Users now routinely block ads, scripting and Flash

  • Apple has declared war on Flash!

  • HTML 5 and CSS 3 are starting to appear in the wild

  • Security is finally coming first, not last

How have these factors changed the way you serve web content?

Are the fundamental problems being solved and making your job easier?

Please share your experiences at this roundtable and bring your questions.

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 7PM

Where: Free Geek: 1731 SE 10th Avenue, not far from the Lucky Lab

Food and Drink: Bring your own, consider Lucky Lab take-out

Website
Thursday
Oct 6, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Arch Linux
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                       PRESENTATION

                          Arch Linux

                              by

                        Daniel Hedlund
                    <[email protected]>

 Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised 
 Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses 
 'pacman', its home-grown package manager, to provide updates 
 to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking. 
 Operating on a rolling release system, Arch can be installed from 
 a CD image or via an FTP server. The default install provides a 
 solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. 
 In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily 
 build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, 
 and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux 
 user repository.
Website
Thursday
Nov 3, 2011
PLUG November Meeting: Hands-on IPv6, Web Hosting with GitHub
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

PRESENTATION ONE

Hands-On IPv6 Networking by Ted Mittelstaedt

Ted will wrap-up his multi-month series on IPv6 networking with some demonstrations of real-world DNS client and server configuration and web content serving.

PRESENTATION TWO

Daniel Hedlund will give an introduction to GitHub and demonstrate some command line tools for interacting with GitHub and how you can host a website on GitHub using Octopress (octopress.org)

We will break for the Lucky Lab NW on Quimby after the meeting.

Website
Thursday
Dec 1, 2011
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Don't Fear the Autotools!
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                         PRESENTATION

                  Don't Fear the Autotools!

                              by

                         Scott Garman


 Autoconf. Automake. Libtool. This trio of build configuration 
 utilities (known as the Autotools) are used in a large majority 
 of compiled software applications for Linux, but they remain a 
 mystery to many of us.

 In this gentle introduction to the Autotools, Scott Garman will 
 help lift the veil of uncertainty most people have about them. 
 You'll also learn about the Gnu Coding Standards and the Filesystem 
 Hierarchy Standard, two specifications which explain a lot of the 
 "why" behind the Autotools (yes, there is a method to this madness!). 
 Finally, Scott will offer some practical tips for understanding 
 and fixing errors you may see when building an Autotools-based 
 package. It's sure to be a fun romp for the whole family.
Website
Thursday
Jan 5, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: The xkcd1k Eve Celebration
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
                         PRESENTATION
                              by
                        Keith Lofstrom




 Since 2005, Randall Munroe's xkcd.com, "A webcomic of romance,
 sarcasm, math, and language" has covered many topics dear to FOSS
 advocates and has been discussed on the PLUG list many times.
 The #1000 comic is expected to appear Friday January 6 just after
 midnight eastern time, making Thursday January 5 "xkcd1k eve".

 Join us for a celebration of XKCD1K eve at the PLUG general
 meeting.  We can display and discuss/explain some of the
 Free/Libre/Open source cartoons, the various weblogs and forums
 that have sprung up around them, draw our own cartoons (Keith
 will bring art paper and pens), perhaps discuss the technology
 of web comics.

 Homework:  bring your own list of favorite xkcd cartoons, and
 we will display them at the meeting.  Bring your artistic and
 "right brained" friends.  Bring your black porkpie hat.  If
 you are Richard Stallman, bring your katana sword.

 Afterwards, at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub at 1945 nw Quimby, we
 can welcome comic #1000, just after 9pm Pacific Time.  Or not,
 Randall is a trickster and may give us strip #1025, avoiding
 the definition the size of a "kilo" ( http://xkcd.com/394/ ) .
Website
Tuesday
Jan 17, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics: Hands-on FreeNAS
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics January:

Hands-on FreeNAS

Michael Dexter will give a hands-on demonstration of the FreeNAS NanoBSD-based Network Attached Storage platform on various hardware and a dedicated LAN. FreeNAS is based on NanoBSD, a FreeBSD sub-project for embedded systems and includes support for the ZFS filesystem, Apple AFP clients, Unix NFS clients, Windows CIFS shares, iSCSI targets and useful niceties such as TFTP support.

Bring any systems that you want to test with FreeNAS, particularly Windows ones as Michael does not have any. You are also invited to bring 2GB or larger flash devices suitable for a bootable image.

Some good questions came out of the PLUG General meeting and you are welcome to mail Michael more in advance: [email protected]

When: TUESDAY, January 17th at 7PM

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue

Food: There is a good chance that food will magically appear. Please bring cash for the tip jar if you plan to partake in it.

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Feb 2, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Intro to Salt / Salt Stack (saltstack.org)
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
             Intro to Salt / Salt Stack (saltstack.org)
                          by Daniel Hedlund 

Salt is a distributed configuration management and remote execution platform built on top of ZeroMQ and Python. Simple, fast, powerful and extensible.

Daniel will give a presentation on the architecture of Salt and how it leverages ZeroMQ to provide a simple but highly scalable and parallel method of software deployment.

"Salt is a distributed remote execution system used to execute commands and query data. It was developed in order to bring the best solutions found in the world of remote execution together and make them better, faster and more malleable. Salt accomplishes this via its ability to handle larger loads of information, and not just dozens, but hundreds or even thousands of individual servers, handle them quickly and through a simple and manageable interface."

Website
Tuesday
Feb 21, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics: FreeNAS 64-bit
Free Geek

Hands-on FreeNAS 64-bit by Michael Dexter

Last month we discussed the history of FreeNAS as a BSD project and the issues related to running FreeNAS on 32-bit repurposed hardware. We toured its user interface and explored its status information from a system administrator's perspective.

This month we will look at this issues relating to building your own 64-bit new hardware system and explore ZFS resource usage.

As before, you are welcome to bring various client machines to interrogate and hopefully pound on FreeNAS with.

Bring your own food and drink.

See you there!

Thursday
Mar 1, 2012
PLUG: OData Open Data and Interoperability
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

Open Data and Interoperability by Arlo Belshee

Lots of us want to expose our data via RESTful web APIs. We also want to consume data exposed via such APIs. REST + Json works well for this. However, we'd also like to mash up multiple data sources and build higher level tools. For example, it would be nice to create Business Intelligence (BI) tools that can point to any API and start charting the data, or create JavaScript control libraries that can be bound directly to data sources.

Unfortunately, that isn't possible with just REST + Json.

The problem is that each service is custom. No two services follow exactly the same rules. Sure, everything exposes sets of resources. But how do you get from a resource to its related resources? How do you ask the server to tell you about related resources? What, exactly should the server do when it gets a PATCH verb? Each server interprets these differently, which prevents making general tools.

I'm going to talk about the OData protocol. This is an open standard that defines uniform semantics and modeling for RESTful web services. I'll show how this allows general tools to be built, and data from multiple sources to be combined together in interesting ways - without requiring custom code for each server. I'll also show how this enables people working in different languages. A single library can be written for each language which can then support all OData-compliant RESTful web services.

Most of the examples will be with open source frameworks and tools, but I'll also show ways that you can use OData to break out data that is trapped in closed-source systems and expose it to the open source ecosystem.

Agenda:

7:00 - 7:30 Business We will discuss the status of our ongoing projects including PLUG's monthly Advanced Topics meetings, PLUG's monthly hands on clinics etc.

7:30 - 8:30 Presentation and Questions

See above

9:00 - ... Beer The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby Portland, Oregon

Website
Tuesday
Mar 20, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics: Linux Containers (LXC)
Free Geek

The Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics for March:

Brian has been using native Linux Containers (aka LXC) to solve a need for increased security and isolation while avoiding the overhead of virtualization. In this talk Brian will discuss:

  • Where containers surpass virtualization
  • What containers cannot do
  • Why he selected LXC instead of OpenVZ or similar products
  • Network configuration choices
  • Setting up a Linux container
  • A demonstration

After the main meeting a subcommittee will convene to study the best application of containers (holding beer) at the Lucky Lab.

Website
Thursday
Apr 5, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group (PLUG): Asterisk, FreePBX and Trixbox
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

FreePBX - Asterisk - Trixbox

Bill Ensley will give an introduction to Asterisk, FreePBX and Trixbox.

Come learn some ins, outs, and gotchas of how each of these systems interact and build on top of eachother.

We will cover (time permitting):

System Requirements How to roll your own or go Appliance Basic Installation Trunk Setup IP Phones - User/Network Setup Echo Cancellation - Hardware and Software Manual Config Editing IVR and Advanced Call Routing

Any other questions that come up that we think we can answer.

See you there!

Website
Tuesday
Apr 17, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics: Round Table Discussion
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics for April 2012

Round table discussion on the many fine topics that came up on the mailing list:

How to prepare and document your systems for emergency sysadmin help. What will a replacement sysadmin need?

Zabbix/Monit/OpenNMS monitoring systems!

Linux's systemd!

More LXC!

More Asterisk!

You name it!

Website
Thursday
May 3, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: OpenBSD
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

OpenBSD by Bryan Linton

OpenBSD is a free *nix-like operating system that focuses on security, correctness and developer freedom. With only two remote holes in the default install in over 10 years, OpenBSD has a reputation of being one of the most secure operating systems in common use.

This talk will present a basic overview of what OpenBSD is, and will heavily emphasize what its strengths are. It will also cover the various methods OpenBSD uses to remain secure.

With OpenBSD 5.1 arriving May 1st, we will also discuss some of its new features and improvements.

Many of us will go to the The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall at 1945 NW Quimby after the presentation.

Website
Tuesday
May 15, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics: Verilog Synthesis
Free Geek

An Introduction to Verilog Synthesis by Galen Seitz

This talk will introduce you to the joys and pitfalls of programmable logic design using Verilog. The focus will be on small designs that could conceivably be undertaken by hobbyists. While we could easily spend weeks on the subject, we will try to cram the following into an hour and a half or so:

  • Overview of PALs, CPLDs, and FPGAs
  • Why use programmable logic
  • Verilog constructs for synthesis
  • Synthesis workflow
  • Simulation
  • Guidelines for synthesis
  • A demonstration

If your digital logic skills are a bit rusty, you may want to brush up on your understanding of logic gates and D flip-flops ahead of time. There are many sources of info on the net. Here are couple that may be useful:

http://www.cs.oberlin.edu/~jdonalds/210/lecture08.html http://www.cs.oberlin.edu/~jdonalds/210/lecture12.html

Many will break for the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne afterwards.

Website
Thursday
Jun 7, 2012
PLUG: The Ganeti Virtualization Management System
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Lance Albertson of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab will give an introduction to the Ganeti Virtualization Management System.

Ganeti is a robust cluster virtualization management software tool. It’s built on top of existing virtualization technologies such as Xen and KVM and other Open Source software. Its integration with various technologies such as DRBD and LVM results in a cheaper High Availability infrastructure and linear scaling.

This hands-on tutorial will cover a basic overview of Ganeti, the step-by-step install & setup of a single-node and multi-node Ganeti cluster, operating the cluster, and some best practices of Ganeti. Finally, deploying and using a web-based management tool called Ganeti Web Manager.

If you want to participate on the hands-on portion of the talk, feel free to clone his vagrant-ganeti repo on github (https://github.com/ramereth/vagrant-ganeti) prior to the meeting. We'll try and have the box images available on USB drives at the meeting but its always great to have everything setup prior to the meeting and not saturate the wifi.

Lance is the Associate Director of Operations for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) and a Gentoo Linux Developer. He joined the Gentoo Linux project in 2003 and have been involved in managing their infrastructure and maintaining about a dozen or so packages in portage. Lance directs all of the hosting and development activities that the OSL provides for the open source community including projects such as Kernel.org, Drupal, Apache Software Foundation, and many many more. Lance has been at the OSL since 2007.

Website
Tuesday
Jun 19, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group AT Meeting: Tech Interviews!
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting: Tech Interviews!

More terrifying than Verilog Synthesis... More stressful than a drive failure... More harrowing than an office move...The Tech Interview!

You sent out 500 resumes and you finally get that call for an interview. What now?

How do you effectively present your skills and experience?

How do you make yourself stand out from the other candidates?

How do you answer the three most important interview questions?

Tell me about yourself?

Why should we hire you?

What are you looking for in your next position?

How can you judge how well you are doing in an interview?

How do you address possible Hiring Manager concerns, and make them feel better about them?

How do you move the process forward?

Joe Hammond is a recruiter at VanderHouwen & Associates, Inc. (http://www.vanderhouwen.com) who has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of tech interviews and has been coaching tech applicants for years.

Many will break for the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne afterwards.

Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Jul 5, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: systemd
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Portland Linux/Unix Group Meeting

It's a little known secret that systemd is extremely capable of starting, controlling and regulating more than just system services, but can easily start an entire Desktop UI. Not many people have sat down and implemented and worked out the problems of starting an X service, a few UI components, the session bus and DBus services for normal users with the mechanisms that systemd provides.

The benefits are obvious: Systemd provides excellent service monitoring and restarting capabilities, provides socket and DBus activation for relevant services, and overall improves desktop startup by allowing user services to start well before core services like Xorg or wayland start. In effect, we're saying goodbye to XDG autostart entirely, and getting back reliability and scalability.

We converted several desktop environments including Tizen's Mobile UI, Xfce4, Enlightenment and more to systemd user sessions. We "pop the hood" and take a look at the implications for startup, what's possible to further improve on the session startup and where we can do better.

Auke Kok is a software engineer at Intel's Open Source Technology Center, and has been attempting to make Linux boot faster since 2007. In 2008, he co-presented the "5-second boot" with Arjan van de Ven at the first LPC. Since then, Auke has worked on further improving the Linux Core OS start sequence, first for Moblin and later with MeeGo, where we made the first switch to systemd. Auke now works on Tizen, which will heavily integrate systemd in the Core OS.

Agenda:

7:00 - 7:15 Announcements 7:15 - 8:30 Presentation and Questions 9:00 - ... Beer

        The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall
        1945 NW Quimby
        Portland, Oregon

Follow PLUG on Twitter: @pdxlinux

Michael Dexter PLUG Volunteer

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Aug 2, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: OSCON Feedback and General Questions
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Portland Linux/Unix Group will have an informal meeting to discuss OSCON experiences and general open source questions.

We have several books to give away courtesy of O'Reilly Media!

Many will break for the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

Website
Thursday
Sep 6, 2012
PLUG: The Joy of Logical Volumes
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Joy of Logical Volumes

Brian P. Martin will give a short introduction on getting started with the Linux Logical Volume Manager. A demonstration will follow, showing how to get up and running with LVM in three simple commands. Bring your laptop prepared with either an empty partition or an empty flash key and get on LVM yourself during the demo.

Agenda:

7:00 - 7:30 Announcements 7:30 - 8:30 Presentation and Questions 9:00 - ... Refreshments

The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby Portland, Oregon

Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

Michael Dexter PLUG Volunteer

See you there!

Website
Tuesday
Sep 18, 2012
PLUG AT: Embedded GNU/Linux and GPL compliance
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics:

Embedded GNU/Linux and GPL compliance. How not to make a mess of things by Beth Flanagan of Intel

As GNU/Linux becomes more and more common in the consumer device market, the number of GPL violations found by various compliance organizations have increased dramatically. We'll discuss how violations occur, what to do if you find yourself in violation and how the Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded-Core helps you to avoid a costly GPL violation action.

Beth 'pidge' Flanagan is the maintainer of the licensing infrastructure for the Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded-Core, maintainer of the yocto-autobuilder and build and release engineer for the Yocto Project. She has spoken on a wide range of topics over the years, from GPL compliance in the embedded world to open source firearms. She works full time on the Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded-Core for Intel's Open Source Technologies Center.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

Website
Thursday
Oct 4, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: UEFI Secure Boot and Open Source
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

UEFI Secure Boot and Open Source. It's not a 'general war against computation' by Vincent Zimmer, Intel

As 2012 platform firmware embraces UEFI 2.3.1 and ACPI5.0 support, the ability to interoperate with UEFI Secure Boot is imperative. This poses a unique challenge for open software that may not come pre-installed on the platform. With UEFI Secure Boot, though, infrastructure has been put in place to preserve openness, owner choice and control in addition to mitigating concerns of malware targeting the platform. This talk will provide a history of UEFI Secure Boot, an overview of the implementation, deployment practices, and details on the engagement with the open source community.

Vincent Zimmer is a Principal Engineer with Intel Corporation. He has been working on various platform, networking, trusted computing and security technologies around EFI since 1999 and platform firmware since 1992. Vincent has spoken in various forums on this topic, co-authored 3 books, 10 papers, and several specifications in this area.

Many will break for refreshments at the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting

The Portland Linux/Unix Group (PLUG) is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to teaching and learning about Linux, Unix and related projects. There is no membership fee to join and we welcome people of all levels of experience. PLUG has met since 1994 and hosts monthly General and Advanced Topics presentations plus a hands-on support Clinic.

Website
Tuesday
Oct 16, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics UnMeeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

No host or speaker available... making for an exciting UnMeeting at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub at 915 Southeast Hawthorne.

Bring your questions and stories!

Website
Thursday
Nov 1, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: CUPS Unix Printing
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Daniel Hedlund will take us down the rabbit hole to explore how CUPS, and other pieces of the printing infrastructure used by most distros, works behind the scenes to ensure [print] really does, or in many cases doesn't, "print". Don't blow your queue! Come to the talk and learn how DBUS interacts with CUPS, what a PPD file actually does and how to debug why your printer turned into a black hole.

Many will break for the Lucky Lab Beer Hall NW at:

1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

Website
Tuesday
Nov 20, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topcis: Linux Network Driver Development
Free Geek

Full title: Everything you ever wanted to know about developing a Linux network driver

Jeff Kirsher will cover how Intel deals working on the in-kernel driver as well as the out-of-tree driver and the advantages/disadvantages that come along with it. In addition, the processes used to ensure that we deliver a working driver.

Jeff's Bio:

Linux Kernel Sub-Maintainer for Intel Wired LAN 1999-2003 Validation Engineer for Intel Switches 2003-Current Networking Software Engineer/Linux kernel maintainer

Many will break for the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne afterwards.

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/

Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

Website
Thursday
Dec 6, 2012
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Bootstrapping an open source project community
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Michael Dexter will talk about bootstrapping the bhyve hypervisor community: How to take a project from a collection of experimental code in a repository to a fledgling community.

BHyVe is a legacy-free type 2 Hypervisor for FreeBSD and its derivatives such as PC-BSD and NanoBSD

General discussion to follow

Website
Tuesday
Dec 18, 2012
PLUG Advanced Topics: Snow! Huddle at the Lucky Lab
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

This event has been moved to an informal meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne due to snow.

Website
Thursday
Jan 3, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Linux in Schools project: Past, Present, and Future
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Eric Harrison has over 15 years experience with Linux in primary and secondary education environments (Kindergarten through High School). Topics will include designing, building, and maintaining your own Linux distributions (K12LTSP & Edubuntu), infrastructure (clustering, virtualization, web filtering, etc), large scale Asterisk telephony deployments, IPv6, and more.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

Website
Tuesday
Jan 15, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: Recoupling Computer Science and Computing
Free Geek

The Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics meeting

Recoupling Computer Science and Computing

A talk and roundtable discussion

There is no question that hybrid telecommunication/computing appliances like those running iOS and Android have put more open source software into the hands of users than any other effort to date but vendors and carriers consistently choose user control over user freedom. While many users and vendors will argue that "people want their systems to 'just work'", intentional and unintentional decoupling of the user computing experiences from the underlying computer science is the norm, despite the fact that developers and systems administrators are equally lazy and "want their systems to 'just work'".

Because no technical barrier exists between these two experiences of a given system, this talk will explore the historic and modern systems that provide the best balance of user and developer experience and open up to a roundtable discussion of other such systems and how to bridge these two experiences and foster computer science in society.

Please be prepared to talk about your experiences, particularly on platforms like Android and web frameworks which can offer full-stack access to sources yet deliver a competitive user experience.

See you there!

Many will break for the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne afterwards.

Website
Thursday
Feb 7, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Open Source Medical Informatics
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Historically, implementation of electronic health records in medical offices have been problematic. Specifically, poor implementation of these products is the leading cause of failure of acceptance of EHRs in these offices. Implementation of EHRs in the small physician office remains poorly documented and this contributes to this failure rate. To address this need, OEMR (The OpenEMR Non-Profit) developed an internship experience with the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University to develop a road map for converting a small physician's office that is still using paper records to OpenEMR, an open source electronic health record, while using open source tools to implement and document the transformation. Documentation was made public on the OEMR wiki (at http://www.oemr.org/wiki/Going_From_Paper_to_Electronic) as a template for future implementations. This presentation is an overview of the documentation completed for the wiki. There are many paths to implementation, but the destination is meaningful use of the OpenEMR system.

Special Thanks: PLUG regular Keith Lofstrom was instrumental to the success of this project, not to mention Dr. Sam Bowen, MD in North Carolina and PLUG speaker Tony McCormick.

Diane Petersen is an emerging clinical informaticist, drawing from her formal education in clinical informatics and her extensive experience as a clinical pharmacist in a variety of settings. Having completed an internship leading and documenting the implementation of OpenEMR, an open source ambulatory electronic health record and practice management software application, Diane is in her last term of the Masters of Biomedical Informatics program at Oregon Health and Science University. She plans to apply her background and knowledge contributing to the improvement of managing healthcare data, and ultimately the improvement of patient care and outcomes.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

Website
Tuesday
Feb 19, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: The CASH Music Project
Free Geek

The Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics meeting

Making real change for musicians with open source. We'll start by taking a look at some of the nuances of making a living as a musician, dispelling some myths about how the industry works and what is and is not working for artists today. Then we'll move on to specifics of what CASH Music is doing (along with a lot of friends) to improve things for artists with transparent models, education, and open source technologies.

Jesse von Doom is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band CASH Music. CASH is a nonprofit organization building free and open source tools for musicians. More: http://cashmusic.org/

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

Website
Thursday
Mar 7, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Mike Rogoway from the Oregonian
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

We are honored to have Oregonian technical columnist Mike Rogoway talk about Oregon's high tech and open source scenes.

You can post your questions to Mike in advance on the PLUG mailing list to give him an opportunity to research his answers! (http://lists.pdxlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug)

Mike Rogoway has been covering technology in the Portland area since 1998, at The Oregonian since 2004. He's tracked the Silicon Forest's startup renaissance and its roots in open source software, and the rise of software and open source within Intel. He's profiled Linus Torvalds, Ward Cunningham, and Intel software chief Renee James.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

Website
Tuesday
Mar 19, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: flashrd+nsh OpenBSD Network Appliances
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The Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics meeting

flashrd+nsh: OpenBSD imaging and easy configuration for network appliances and virtual environments

Installation, upgrade and configuration are important, practical functions. OpenBSD's reputation for advanced networking functionality is second only to its reputation for having a tight knit development community which considers these functions first and foremost a convenience for developers.

In this session, we'll discuss the use and application of the flashrd and nsh tools for creating networking system images catered to deployment by IT staff, consultants and OEMs. We'll also discuss OpenBSD networking features and applications that can be instrumented by nsh, and discuss any general OpenBSD features and history, as desired by you, the participants.

Chris Cappuccio is a systems and network architect, with 16 years of experience starting as a Unix system administrator, followed up with extensive IP, DSL, wireless and SS7 network deployment and operation. Chris owns and operates Yellowknife, a wireless network provider covering thousands of square miles of unserved and underserved areas with high performance Internet access. He has been a part-time contributor to networking and driver services in the OpenBSD operating system for 14 years.

http://www.nmedia.net/flashrd/ http://www.nmedia.net/nsh/

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

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Thursday
Apr 4, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Mozilla Socorro Open Source crash reporting tool
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Mozilla Socorro: an Open Source crash reporting system evolves.

Socorro collects and analyzes three million crash reports a day employing PostgreSQL, HBase, Hadoop, and ElasticSearch glued together with Python. Socorro's data analysis drives the stability and development priorities of Firefox. Five years ago, Socorro was a system that ran on three machines and was tended by just one person. In 2013, it has evolved to become a distributed system running on 120 machines and serving hundreds of terabytes of data. Meanwhile, companies all over the world are adopting Socorro for crash reporting. This talk, an update of one given several years ago, will track the evolution of Socorro and its future in the upcoming world of FirefoxOS.

K Lars Lohn is the Herd Patriarch of the Mozilla WebTools Group. As the author and curator of the Mozilla Socorro Crash Reporting System, Lars has driven its evolution. Formerly with the OSUOSL, Lars telecommutes for Mozilla from a farm near Corvallis. While preferring Python, PostgreSQL and Harleys, Lars is versed in C++, MySQL and Subarus.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

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Tuesday
Apr 16, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: Graphite
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Graphite - Scalable Realtime Graphing http://graphite.wikidot.com/

This talk will be my choices as to why I selected collectd / Graphite for performance monitoring my environment at home (email / web / database and test systems). The discussion will include what I looked at, why I discarded the software I did, and show some demonstrations of Graphite, Munin, and if I can get it working again, Ganglia for a comparison of some of their features. I will also discuss some of the hicups I found in configuring some aspects of collectd and Graphite.

Biography

Tim Bruce has been involved in computers since 1981 when he first fell in love with computing. He's done computer training, computer security, programming, systems administration and data management. For the last 14 years he's worked as a Database Administrator with Sybase, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL at employers such as Providence Health Systems, Fiserv, FlightStats, and currently with Northwest Evaluation Association.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

Thank you Igal. We will never forget you.

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Thursday
May 2, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Confronting Depression
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

What is up with Linux guys buying MacBook Pros? This is depressing-- how can you put a penguin sticker next to your Apple logo?

In the wake of tragic national and local losses in the open source community to depression, Yshai Boussi of Portland Family Counseling will discuss all aspects of depression including signs and symptoms, origins, solutions and treatments, how to help others if you're concerned that they may be depressed. Yshai has family in the tech community and insights into why we may have a different relationship with depression than most communities.

Yshai has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2003. Over the years, he has worked with many different types of individuals, couples, adolescents and families. He has seen how depression affects individuals but also friends and family as well. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor operating a private practice with his wife called Portland Family Counseling. Our practice is in NW Portland. http://portlandfamilycounseling.com

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

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Tuesday
May 21, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: The KURB Kernel/UseRspace Bridge
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Jacob Riddle will discuss the KURB (Kernel/UseRspace Bridge) project. The goal of KURB is a kernel independent driver subsystem for Linux. The talk will include the architecture of KURB, the reasons for KURB, and how to get involved.

Jacob Riddle is in the Game Development program at Lane Community College. Prior to that he was a Nuclear Machinist Mate in the Navy. He as a passion for all things Computer Science with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence and kernel operations.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

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Thursday
Jun 6, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting: Hacking on the Beagle Bone Black
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Hacking on the new Beagle Bone Black

Description:

Russell recently spent some time working on porting a house-monitoring system from the Beagle Bone (an $89 embedded, ARM-based, I/O rich device running linux http://beagleboard.org/) to the new Beagle Bone Black, a $45 device which is faster, includes video and 2G of onboard flash. The sensors required a one-wire bus, one of which the original Beagle Bone had configured out of the box. The Beagle Bone Black had none. This talk is a description of what it took to get one-wire (specifically w1-gpio) going with his own custom "cape" (a daughter-board for the Beagle Bone).

Biography:

Russell Senior has been a GNU/Linux user for over 20 years, since the 0.99plN days, using it both recreationally and professionally as a research programmer/scientific data analyst. Since 2005, Russell has become involved as a principal volunteer with the Personal Telco Project (https://personaltelco.net), during which he has worked on embedded systems, primarily network routers. He contributes to the development and improvement of the OpenWrt project. In the last couple years, he has worked on monitoring systems involving Arduino and, since last year, the Beagle Bone and has learned a bit about the Angstrom distribution of linux for embedded devices.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

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Tuesday
Jun 18, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: Social Event at the Lucky Lab
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

The Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics meeting

For want of a venue keyholder, we will congregate at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne for the topics of your choice.

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Thursday
Jul 4, 2013
PLUG: MOVED TO JULY 11TH
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

This month's 1st Thursday Portland Linux/Unix group meeting is moved to July 11th at the same time and place.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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Thursday
Jul 11, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Physical Security and Surveillance
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Steve Pasco will be discussing many aspects of physical security and the realities of our emerging surveillance culture.

Steve is a seasoned Telecommunications and security professional, with more than 27 years experience, capable of managing and maintaining operational oversight of global, enterprise wide facilities and security command and control centers. Proficient in establishing policies, procedures, standards, and personnel training programs. A Telecommunications security expert in CALEA and J-STD-25 protocols. Expert in Security Systems, Access Control, Alarm Monitoring Video Surveillance, Asset Monitoring, Tracking and Protection. Operational experience in running 24/7 Command Control and Communications system with emphasis on Intelligence (C3I).

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

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Thursday
Aug 1, 2013
Portland Perl Mongers/PLUG – The Perl Renaissance - Venue Change!
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

note: date one week earlier than usual meeting and now at PSU rather than Free Geek!

The Portland Perl Mongers and Portland Linux/Unix Group are pleased to welcome world-renowned Perl trainer and developer Paul Fenwick

The Perl Renaissance is in full swing. Object frameworks and syntax have been undated, web frameworks are easy and powerful, and modules are easy to manage and install. We will cover:

  • Overhauling Perl’s Object Oriented framework with Moose.
  • Using MooseX::Method::Signatures for beautiful classes.
  • Building web applications using Dancer
  • Not worrying about web servers by using Plack.
  • Critiquing your code with Perl::Critic
  • Write amazing regexps with named captures.
  • Install new modules quickly and easily with cpanminus
  • Manage Perl installations easily with perlbrew
  • A whole swag of new features with perl 5.10–5.16
  • Much, much more!

About Paul

Adventuretarian. Enjoys Perl, social hacking, mycology, scuba diving, coffee, cycling, FOSS, meeting new people, and talking like a pirate. World famous in NZ.

This meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

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Portland Linux/Unix Group: The Perl Renaissance
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Portland Perl Mongers and Portland Linux/Unix Group are pleased to welcome world-renowned Perl trainer and developer Paul Fenwick

The Perl Renaissance is in full swing. Object frameworks and syntax have been undated, web frameworks are easy and powerful, and modules are easy to manage and install. We will cover:

  • Overhauling Perl’s Object Oriented framework with Moose.
  • Using MooseX::Method::Signatures for beautiful classes.
  • Building web applications using Dancer
  • Not worrying about web servers by using Plack.
  • Critiquing your code with Perl::Critic
  • Write amazing regexps with named captures.
  • Install new modules quickly and easily with cpanminus
  • Manage Perl installations easily with perlbrew
  • A whole swag of new features with perl 5.10–5.16
  • Much, much more!

About Paul

Adventuretarian. Enjoys Perl, social hacking, mycology, scuba diving, coffee, cycling, FOSS, meeting new people, and talking like a pirate. World famous in NZ.

As usual, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

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Tuesday
Aug 20, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: Hands-on Valgrind: Better programs thru technology
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The Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics meeting

Software Verification and Performance Analysis using Valgrind

by Stephen Dum

Valgrind is a collection of tools to validate your (typically C or C++ compiled) program. It can validate correct usage of memory, profile your program, profile heap usage and verify proper thread usage. This talk gives an overview of valgrind and how it can be used, with emphasis on memory usage verification and profiling.

http://valgrind.org

About Steve: Spent decades dealing with large projects (multi-million lines of code) writing code, automating build processes and automated testing of the code.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
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Portland's 12-month, three-track open source conference

The Portland Linux/Unix Group meets three times a month:

First Thursday General Meeting at PSU Third Tuesday Advanced Topics Meeting at Free Geek Third Sunday Clinic at Free Geek

We try announce our speakers two weeks in advance but some times it is last minute. They're usually conference-quality none the less.

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Thursday
Sep 5, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Virtual Private Networks

Virtual Private Networking

Our illustrious IPv6 authority, Ted Mittelstaedt, will give a talk on popular Virtual Private Network options, including:

1) standard IPSec clients - require static IP at each endpoint, and are supported out of the box by Windows, Cisco IOS, Mac, and Unix using raccoon and similar programs.

2) Modified IPSec VPN clients - example is the Cisco IPSec VPN client. This is a proprietary modification used to allow one end to have a dynamic IP number.

3) SSL VPN clients. Cisco has one they call AnyConnect that is proprietary. OpenVPN is another example.

4) PPTP. This was supposed to have died years ago but since Microsoft ships the PPTP client with Windows it is still very useful in situations where the network admin is forced to provide VPN services to clients that she has no control over.

5) L2TP. This is what PPTP morphed into, Microsoft supports it natively, so it has the same benefits (to the network admin) as PPTP plus the Microsoft implementation allows for encryption using IPSec with certificates.

Ted is the Co-Owner of Portlandia IT and author of the FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Tuesday
Sep 17, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: GUI Programming with Qt
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Michael Faunce of Memorytime will talk about the Qt GUI toolkit and how and why he used it on a recent project.

Mike is the owner of Memorytime and has been involved with technology since 1972 has seen and used a Slide Rule. He came to oregon in 1976 to work at Tektronix and taught classes at Wilsonville Tektronix plant. While there he deisgned Memory boards for the ATARI computer and also taught at PCC for a short time. Mike has designed a number of memory board and SBC (single board computer) systems.

Mike has three patents and recently served as an expert witness in a recent patent infringement case and currently involved in a number of design projects including a customizable LED sign and a PXE Boot server.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

See you there!

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Thursday
Oct 3, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: FreeNAS Plugins
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

FreeNAS is an open source Network Attached Storage system powered by FreeBSD that features the ZFS filesystem.

Michael Dexter will demonstrate the FreeNAS 9.1.1 Plugins architecture using the Plex Media Server and various virtual machines.

For more information: http://freenas.org

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Tuesday
Oct 15, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Virtual Machine Fair
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Who: Daniel Hedlund, Michael Dexter and a few special guests What: Virtual Machine Fair: Erlang/ocaml/Haskell VMs, bhyve, Xen & LXCs! Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Contain yourselves!

Daniel and Michael have been working with various virtual machines technologies and would like to have a roundtable style talk with micro presentations about each one, including:

Erlang VMs bhyve BSD Hypervisor VMs Xen VM's Haskell VMs (hopefully) and Linux Containers if we can rattle a familiar PLUG face's cage

We've invited a few guests and will give you a survey of some of the great things going on with open source virtualization technology.

Links: http://halvm.org/ http://www.openmirage.org/ http://bhyve.org

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

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Thursday
Nov 7, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Samba 4
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Brian Martin will talk about his early experiences with Samba 4

Samba provides open-source support for the Microsoft file sharing protocol. Version 4 of Samba was released late last year. It represented years of work and a major, some would say massive upgrade to Samba to include the ability to be a fully functional Active Directory server. Given the large scale changes, many people have been avoiding production Samba 4 use while waiting for the bugs to be worked out. Brian Martin has now started migrating production environments to Samba 4 and will discuss his early experiences.

Bio: Brian Martin is the chief consultant for Martin Consulting Services, Inc. Martin Consulting has provided system administration services in Unix, Linux and Windows systems in the Portland metro area and across the country since 1996. Brian is a frequent attendee at PLUG. His past presentations include VMWare, production grade scripting, disaster recovery experiences, Linux containers, and logical volume management.

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Tuesday
Nov 19, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Android App Collusion
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Who: Rogan Creswick
What: Multi-App Security Analysis: Looking for Android App Collusion
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland
When: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

The Android permission model opens up a number of opportunities for apps to bypass the established single-app permission checks that Android users rely on to control data flow and application behavior on their devices. I'll do my best to terrify the Android-using audience by describing the attack surface for colluding applications and showing interactive visualizations of multi-app data flow. We'll look at the Android permission model, the user-interface it results in, and I'll show just how easy it is to make apps that look innocuous.

Bio:

Rogan Creswick develops unique tools and techniques for software development and security analysis at Galois, Inc. His research interests focus on improving the state of the art in software engineering tools and user interfaces. His experience also reaches into the areas of user interface automation and customization via integrated assistants and automated documentation aides at IBM Research. He has striven to provide natural interfaces to ease communication with complex and semi-sentient agents through existing tools that have already become trustworthy and familiar to their users.

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

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Thursday
Dec 5, 2013
Portland Linux/Unix Group
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Portland's 12-month, three-track open source conference

The Portland Linux/Unix Group meets three times a month:

First Thursday General Meeting at PSU Third Tuesday Advanced Topics Meeting at Free Geek Third Sunday Clinic at Free Geek

We try announce our speakers two weeks in advance but some times it is last minute. They're usually conference-quality none the less.

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Tuesday
Dec 17, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: Lustre Distributed File System
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PLUG Advanced Topics:

Implementation and use of the Lustre file system within a research institution.

Lustre is a type of parallel distributed file system, generally used for large-scale cluster computing. (http://lustre.org)

Rob Stites - Research Associate OHSU

Rob works with several compute clusters, each using the Lustre file system at OHSU. He works with three distinct groups at OHSU; Geonomic testing, electron microscope image analysis and speech analysis.

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

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Thursday
Jan 2, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Advanced OpenSSH
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Carlos Aguayo will talk about about Advanced OpenSSH:

  • Basic Usage, on Various Platforms
  • Authentication Methods
  • Keys and Agents
  • Client configuration overview
  • Server configuration overview
  • Tunnels and port forwarding
  • Remote X Windows

Carlos Aguayo is a veteran of the Silicon Valley's startup boom that produced both the Internet and the open-source movements as we know them today. He spent the 90's at companies like Sun Microsystems, Infoseek, General Magic, and Marimba, and was a major contributor at Hobnob, a mobile wireless networking venture. With a background in computer science and engineering, he has focused on corporate and datacenter infrastructure, networking and scalability. He is presently working as a systems engineer at XO Communications in Beaverton, and when not wrangling virtual machines, sings barbershop with the Bridge Town Sound.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the First Thursday meeting at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Tuesday
Jan 21, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Speaking in Public is Easy
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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Brian Rohan and Michael Dexter

What: Speaking in Public is Easy

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)

When: Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

You read that right: Speaking in public is easy and there is nothing stopping you from giving the next informative and compelling PLUG talk.

  • You are guaranteed to have a unique topic, experience and perspective
  • Audiences are far kinder than you expect (only pros get boo'd!)
  • Visuals are always optional
  • No one was born a public speaker
  • There are great resources out there to help you
  • Most things that go wrong have nothing to do with you (Tsunamis!)
  • Live demos are... risky, but cool
  • The OSCON and LFNW CFP's close shortly (hint hint)

Brian and Michael will give you a pragmatic tour of exactly what is involved in open source conference speaking and explain precisely how nothing is stopping you from getting involved thanks to local organizations like the Portland Linux/Unix Group.

Brian says:

In 2007 I made the switch from being a machinist to a real estate agent, shortly thereafter I was invited to investigate a Toastmasters club, in order to become a better communicator. Through 5 years and over 40 speeches in Toastmasters I reached the highest level of Distinguished Toastmaster. Simply stepping out of my comfort zone has given me the opportunity introduce dignitaries, and MC fund-raising events for worthwhile causes (notably a record breaking Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner auction). Currently I am a recognized top 2% leader in AdvoCare International, helping others achieve their physical and financial goals.

I enjoy using Linux on a personal level for the freedom that it represents.

"You never get rid of public speaking butterflies, you just get them to fly in formation: ~Marv Serhan

Michael says:

Never in a 1,000 years will I speak in public yet I find myself doing it several times a month in Portland and at conferences around the world. I guarantee I'm no Brian Rohan but I fill rooms and get applause. The secret is finding the right room and just doing it. I will talk about the absolute worst that can happen (rarely what you think it would be), the open source conference community and how to get from submitting a proposal to stepping down from the stage.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

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Thursday
Feb 6, 2014
PLUG: Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Portland Linux/Unix Group: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference, celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring!

  • Who: Brian Rohan and Michael Dexter
  • What: Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess
  • Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
  • When: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 7pm
  • Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
  • Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

Brian and Michael are back to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about speaking at an open source from PLUG (hint hint) to OSCON.

Brian has years as an experienced Distinguished Toastmaster (beer available at the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting) and Michael has just submitted his paper for the upcoming AsiaBSDCon conference on a topic he had previously known nothing about.

Why should you give a talk?

  • You are guaranteed to have a unique topic, experience and perspective
  • Audiences are far kinder than you expect (only pros get boo'd!)
  • Visuals are always optional and are flexible in format
  • No one was born a public speaker, it's simply a learned skill
  • There are great resources out there to help you
  • Most things that go wrong have nothing to do with you (Tsunamis!)
  • Live demos are... risky, but useful
  • The LFNW and other CFP's close shortly (hint hint)

Highlight from our Advanced Topics talk: (paraphrased) "My mom got more value out of learning to community with Toastmasters than two years of a (VERY impressive school) scholarship."

YOU may change careers a dozen times in your life and need a new skill set for each job but will ALWAYS need to express yourself and communicate on behalf of yourself and your team. Let PLUG be that first step in what could be worth more than a (VERY impressive school) scholarship!

Brian says:

In 2007 I made the switch from being a machinist to a real estate agent, shortly thereafter I was invited to investigate a Toastmasters club, in order to become a better communicator. Through 5 years and over 40 speeches in Toastmasters I reached the highest level of Distinguished Toastmaster. Simply stepping out of my comfort zone has given me the opportunity introduce dignitaries, and MC fund-raising events for worthwhile causes (notably a record breaking Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner auction). Currently I am a recognized top 2% leader in AdvoCare International, helping others achieve their physical and financial goals.

I enjoy using Linux on a personal level for the freedom that it represents.

"You never get rid of public speaking butterflies, you just get them to fly in formation: ~Marv Serhan

Michael says:

Never in a 1,000 years will I speak in public yet I find myself doing it several times a month in Portland and at conferences around the world. I guarantee I'm no Brian Rohan but I fill rooms and get applause. The secret is finding the right room and just doing it. I will talk about the absolute worst that can happen (rarely what you think it would be), the open source conference community and how to get from submitting a proposal to stepping down from the stage.

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Tuesday
Feb 18, 2014
PLUG AT: Protecting Your Volunteer Effort from Caustic People

PLUG has been lucky. Some volunteer efforts and organizations face onslaughts that drive off their core volunteers and can hijack or snuff the organization. Hear the lessons learned from five such examples and share your own stories of how to recognize and respond to such behavior.

Early segue into tech topics or refreshments recommended!

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

See you there!

Michael Dexter PLUG Volunteer

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Thursday
Mar 6, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: pfSense
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Portland Linux/Unix Group

pfSense by Jeff Carmichael and Brian Rohan

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

pfSense offers an open source solution to replace commercial routers, firewalls, security, proxys, dns/dhcp/nat and more. It can be a single solution for most all network resources for a soho, and has been used successfully in small to medium sized businesses. When you are ready to replace your moon infected linksys router, pfSense offers a mature, flexible and capable solution.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the First Thursday meeting at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Tuesday
Mar 18, 2014
Dynamic Tracing with DTrace and SystemTap - Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
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Daniel Hedlund will be giving an intermediate to advanced level talk on DTrace and SystemTap.

DTrace (http://dtrace.org/blogs/about/) is a dynamic tracing framework, originally developed for Solaris, has been released under the CDDL license and ported to many other Unix-like OSes including FreeBSD, OS X and Linux. SystemTap (https://sourceware.org/systemtap/) provides similar functionality to DTrace but is Linux specific and released under the GPL.

Dynamic tracing tools make it possible to safely inject instrumentation points (probes) into running applications on production environments; no recompilation is necessary and there is only minimal performance overhead when being used, and no overhead when not. Probes can be used to gather performance metrics to identify bottlenecks, create aggregate statistics such as the size distribution of filesystem writes, or to introspect arguments passed to individual functions in a running application without ever taking it offline.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the Third Tuesday meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference!

First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

See you there!

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Thursday
Apr 3, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group 20th Anniversary: Ask Linus
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building
Date: March 24th, 1994
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.help
Subject: Linux Users Group!!!

There is a Linux users group forming in Portland Oregon, 
if you are interested, email me at: ... our first meeting 
date has not been set, but will be in April sometime.
Have Fun,
Sean

The Portland Linux/Unix Group is turning 20!

We are celebrating with a Q&A session with the person who inspired this group of Linux and Unix users to come together and meet monthly for two decades: Linus Torvalds

Seating is limited and you can RSVP at: http://plug.eventbrite.com

We cannot guarantee a place for everyone and priority will be given to those who RSVP. You can try to watch the live stream from the lobby.

Live stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/ IRC: #pdxlinux on irc.geekshed.net

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting. Rideshares available.

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Tuesday
Apr 15, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Heartbleed & apcupsd
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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Ted Mittelstaedt

What: Heartbleed: It's cause, the solution, lessons learned plus apcupsd

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)

When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

The "Heartbleed" OpenSSL bug potentially impacts everyone who has used the Internet but was simple enough to explain in an XKCD cartoon.

http://xkcd.com/1354/

Ted Mittelstaedt will enlighten us about it and the issues surrounding it. Ted has also been experimenting with APC's new UPC interface and apcupsd. He will share his findings on this.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

See you there!

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Thursday
May 1, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Federated Wiki
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Ward Cunningham

What: Federated Wiki

Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

When: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

UNIX introduced the notion of software tools, small programs assembled together as pipelines. Almost as innovative what its notion of a workbench, a place where work in progress could be shared by passing references, file paths, among collaborators.

I draw huge inspiration from these contributions, both of which happened within my professional lifetime. In this talk I will describe analogous structures in Federated Wiki, a project that hopes to host the doing of things as well as the talk about doing things.

Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

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Tuesday
May 20, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Hands-on Internet of Things
Free Geek

Who: Sean Mathews

What: Hands-on Internet of Things

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)

When: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Sean Mathews will present Hands-on Internet of Things: Building the next “Internet Of Things” device using a Raspberry Pi or Beagle Bone Black and simple electronics.

Sean will take us though how to prototype and build a Raspberry Pi GPIO board for as lows as $6 per board and under a month.

Learn about the Raspberry Pi GPIO header and how you can use it to talk to your card.

Sean has built assembly line automation solutions for over 20 years

Sean Mathews has over 30 years of computer hardware, software and database design and development. Sean started writing assembly language and Basic on TRS-80 and Pet computers in the late 70's at the age of 9. At 16 he started his first company writing software written in C to help developers keep track of revision history of C source code for MODCOMP computers in the mid 80's. Currently he designs embedded and cloud based solutions at NuTech Software Solutions which he founded in 1996 and sells a line of embedded alarm devices for consumers that are sold worldwide.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the Third Tuesday meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Jun 5, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Security and OpenSSH
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Steve Dum

What: Security and OpenSSH

Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

When: Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

We will look at the security provided by OpenSSH and how the environment it is used in affects it's security. When can SSH security improve network security and when can't it.

This presentation assumes you have a basic understanding of SSH and how it is setup. Those topics will be reviewed very rapidly as we dig deeper into the security aspects of SSH. The discussion concentrates on SSH authentication using asymetric or public key encryption.

SSH is widely used to provide convenient and secure access to multiple machines on a local network, and to tunnel into remote networks to access machines on those networks that aren't directly visible to your local machine. We will analyze various use scenario's of SSH in these two usage scenario's and also the advantages and disadvantages of using an agent to facilitate SSH connections. For each of these scenario's, we will discuss the privacy aspects of one's passphrase and private keys, how secure the transmitted data is, and the ability of others to 'borrow' your credentials.

You should walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of what actions you need to take to maximize your privacy, while reaping the benefits of using SSH.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

Website
Tuesday
Jun 17, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Git 2.0
Free Geek

Who: Alan Olsen

What: Git 2.0

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)

When: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

On May 28th, version 2.0 of the Git version control software was released. This talk will be on the changes and new features that come along with the 2.0 release, as well as the changes the steps to build and install the software.

Alan Olsen started using Linux in 1994 with the Yggdrasil distribution. He has been involved with PLUG for far to long and ran Advanced Topics for 8 years. He has been programming since 1972 and working in the computer industry since 1984. He is old. He has built a log of software, hacked a lot of kernels, written too many scripts and is still finding more to learn and do in the Linux environment.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Jul 3, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Lowest Common Denomiator Coding with vi and sh
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Michael Dexter

What: Lowest Common Denominator Coding with vi and sh

Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

When: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

There are countless available text editors, programming languages and Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) but few are guaranteed to be present on any given system. On POSIX Unix systems, the vi(1) text editor and sh(1) shell are required by the POSIX (opengroup.org) standard and might be the only development tools at your disposal. While some developers may consider these tools equivalent to a doughnut spare tire that should not be used over 50MPH, others embrace them and have used them for decades. Some would also argue that you should learn the rules before you break them in order to appreciate higher-level languages.

This talk will be a crash course in vi(1) and sh(1) with examples from a 2500 line virtualization management project that uses a number of scripting techniques.

Michael provides independent Unix support and organizes PLUG.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

Website
Tuesday
Jul 15, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: GO TO OSCON
Free Geek

We will not be having a meeting tonight but you are welcome to meet at the Lucky Lab.

See you at OSCON!

PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference!

First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

PLUG will celebrate 20 years of delivering conference-quality Linux, Unix and technology speakers this year! Most speakers are announced about two weeks in advance but some are last minute. Watch Calagator and the PLUG mailing lists for the latest news.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the Third Tuesday meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Aug 7, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: An Open Hardware Case Study: The AK-47
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Beth 'pidge' Flanagan

What: Open Sourcing the Modern Battle Rifle: Legal and technical implications in home building the semi-automatic AK-47

Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

When: Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

A look at the technical and legal issues surrounding home construction of firearms, focusing on semi-automatic AK-47 style rifles.

Home gun building brings interesting legal and technical challenges needed to keep someone both safe and on the right side of the law. This requires an individual to be both an amateur metalsmith as well as knowing the ins and outs of firearms and international patent law. This talk will discuss the building of the semi-automatic AK47 rifle from a technical perspective, from demilling parts kits to the construction of a fully functional semi-automatic weapon.

We will also discuss the origins of the AK design, the history of it’s variants and its current patent status as a public domain firearm design, delving into Soviet and Russian Federation patent law as well as US firearms law.

Bio:

Beth 'pidge' Flanagan is an embedded linux geek who works at Intel's Open Source Technology Center on the Yocto Project.

Beth also gave a keynote at OSCON 2014, "Yes, Your Refrigerator Is Trying To Kill You..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd8dXzAL-W8

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

Website
Thursday
Aug 14, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
Aug 17, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
Aug 19, 2014
PLUG Advanced Topics: Software-Defined Radio Hack Session
Free Geek

Who: Jared Boone, Kenny McElroy and you
What: Software-Defined Radio Hack Session
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live
IRC: irc.geekshed.net #pdxlinux

Software-Defined Radio Hack Session

Want to get into software-defined radio hacking but don't know where to start? Bring your laptop and an RTL-SDR dongle, HackRF, BladeRF, USRP, or other SDR hardware to this hack session and get expert help.

Jared Boone and Kenny McElroy will be on hand to help install and configure software and explain concepts. Do try to install GNU Radio on your computer before you come, since it can be a long, slow process. If you get into trouble, we will do their best to get you unstuck. For those who come with GNU Radio already functional, we will advise you on things to experiment with. If you do not already own a software-defined radio, purchasing an RTL-SDR dongle from HackerWarehouse.com or NooElec.com is recommended. They are quite inexpensive ($15 to $20) but very functional and a great way to get started in software-defined radio.

Bring some radio-based toys to hack on! If you can't make this meeting, be sure to watch Calagator, where Jared and Kenny will be starting an SDR meetup in the next few weeks.

Jared Boone has an ongoing obsession with software-defined radio. He helped with the design and coding of the HackRF SDR and has done some privacy-related work, particularly around automotive tire pressure monitors. He is a frequent user of GNU Radio, baudline, and radio signal processing techniques.

Kenny McElroy is a computer security researcher, focused on improving understanding and visualization of how the ones and zeros of computer security move around in the real world.

Organizer's Notes: Ham Radio Outlet in Tigard has a number of good magazines including the July/August QEX which features an article on GNU Radio. You may also want to read:
http://www.csun.edu/~skatz/katzpage/sdr_project/sdr/grc_tutorial1.pdf
I can also help you set up FreeBSD-current with GNU Radio.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the Third Tuesday meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

Website
Thursday
Sep 4, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Private Encrypted Communications: The Blackphone
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Louis Kowolowski
What: Private Encrypted Communications: The Blackphone
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

This talk is an overview of private encrypted communications, focusing on software from Silent Circle, LLC and hardware from SGP, the makers of Blackphone. If the network cooperates, there will be demos of both the voice and text services.

Louis Kowolowski is a 16 year veteran in the fields of UNIX, networking, and security. He is the Technical Operations Manager of Silent Circle, a communications company headquartered Geneva, CH, providing simple yet secure encrypted voice, video, text and file transfer. He has a passion for automation and scalable internet architectures and when not working, enjoys amateur photography and traveling with his wife.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

Website
Tuesday
Sep 16, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group AT: CANCELLED
Free Geek

Meeting cancelled for want of a key holder.

See you in October!

Website
Sunday
Sep 21, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Thursday
Sep 25, 2014
BSD Pizza Group
Handsome Pizza

Just a fun and casual dinner. Come join us!

Thursday
Oct 2, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Jennifer Davidson
What: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

If you're involved in tech and/or open source, you know the community suffers from a lack of diversity. The big question is: Why? Even more powerful is: What can each of us do to build a community that is welcoming of contributors from all backgrounds? Jennifer Davidson will shed light on these issues and discuss what ChickTech is doing locally in Portland. Expect actionable steps we can take as a community to increase diversity in tech.

Jennifer Davidson is a User Experience Researcher and Designer at Intel. She received a PhD in Computer Science with an emphasis in Human-Computer Interaction from Oregon State University in June 2014. She is the Interim Board President for ChickTech (http://chicktech.org). Her passions include studying open source communities, designing software that works for humans, and doing outreach to build women in tech communities. Jennifer has given talks at OSCON, Open Source Bridge, Open Source Systems, Code n' Splode, and many academic conferences.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

See you there!

Michael Dexter
PLUG Volunteer

Website
Sunday
Oct 19, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
Oct 21, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Living Desktop Environment-Free
Free Geek

Who: Leander Harding
What: Living Desktop Environment-Free
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

KDE, Unity, even XFCE, are massive, complex software environments that achieve simplicity of user experience through rigid adherence to a given paradigm - and once you can write a shell script, they do remarkably little for you. We'll discuss philosophy, tools, and practical advice for simpler, more reliable, and more powerful computing without a desktop environment, surveying everything from non-annoying network profile handling to the wide world of mouse-free window management and everything in between.

Leander Harding is a developer at Cloud Four and a longtime Linux user. He's been running desktop environment-free since 2007.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

See you there!

Michael Dexter
PLUG Volunteer

Website
Thursday
Nov 6, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Jesse Bufton
What: ownCloud
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

Web-based file hosting, synchronization, and collaborative editing services have made sharing files easier than ever. While these features aren't new, the web 2.0 cloud context they are being offered through has brought them to the reach of the average user with low barriers to use. These freemium services often come at a hidden price of control, privacy, and usually security. This presentation will give an overview of what ownCloud is, why one might use it, what technologies it employs, the services & features it offers, how to set it up, and discuss the use case the presenter has deployed.

Jesse Bufton is an independent web designer/developer and sometimes graphic designer. Jesse began his journey to *nix operating systems in 2000. In his most zen of moments, Jesse forages wild plants, hunts mushrooms, and ferments both food and beverage with friends--all accounted for on the blog Fermentemptations.com

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

Website
Tuesday
Nov 18, 2014
CANCELLED: Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

No Advanced Topics meeting this month. Feel free to meet at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne.

Website
Thursday
Dec 4, 2014
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Conference Warrior

Who: Michael Dexter and YOU
What: Conference Warrior
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

I do not think of myself as a big conference goer though I have been to various instantiations of PLUG, OpenSourceBridge, OSCON, CLS, Monitorama, DjangoCon, LinuxCon, Linuxfest Northwest, SCALE, MySQL, FOSDEM, LinuxTag, CeBIT, Systems.de, BSDCan, EuroBSDcon, AsiaBSDCon, OpenCON, bhyveCon, Slackathon, Supercomputing, MeetBSD, NYCBSDCon, InfoBALT, various Latvian events, that IT expo that used to come through Portland and a few I am completely spacing. I have also spoken or exhibited at some of these plus organized a few of the tiny ones.

At the public prompting of Brian P. Martin, I will discuss why on Earth someone would do such a thing over and over. Including:

How to and why attend

How to and why speak

How to and why exhibit

How to and why organize events

How to put on the best event possible on really short notice

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

Website
Tuesday
Dec 16, 2014
PLUG Advanced Topics: CFPs from Announcement to Reimbursements
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Michael What's His Name
What: CFPs from Announcement to Reimbursements
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

CFPs or Calls for Papers/Participation are something you generally are oblivious to or schedule your whole year around. A CFP is what conference organizers use to formally announce their desire for speakers at an upcoming event. They often set guidelines and requirements for the talk and the organizers of successful conferences can find themselves rejecting hundreds of proposals. Michael will analyze a number of prominent open source community CFPs and will step through every stage of a CFP that requires an extended abstract, paper and presentation. Attendees will hear repeatedly how astonishingly easy some CFPs (like PLUG's) are to respond to and in will fact have their proposals ready by the end of the talk.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

Website
Sunday
Dec 21, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
Jan 18, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek Conference Room

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
Jan 20, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Informal Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

For want of a response to the CFP, the PLUG meeting will be an informal meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne for those who need to get out of the house.

Website
Thursday
Feb 5, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Escaping GMail
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Louis Kowolowski
What: Escaping GMail
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

If you’ve wanted to run your own mail server, but held back because it sounded complicated, fear no more. In mere days you too can have a GMail-like experience. Using common household tools such as Postfix, Dovecot, and MySQL, you can have a pointy clicky UI for your mail administration and webmail needs.

I’ll be showing a demo that utilizes Postfix, Dovecot, PostfixAdmin, Sieve, MySQL, and RoundCube. Account manipulation (creating domains and users) through a webby, webmail, and server side mail filters. All of this is done on FreeBSD but can also be done on others such as Linux, Solaris, or even Irix (if you love pain).

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

Website
Sunday
Feb 15, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
Feb 17, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Informal Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

For want of a response to the CFP, the PLUG meeting will be an informal meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne for those who need to get out of the house.

Enjoy!

Website
Thursday
Mar 5, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group: The Future of Copyleft
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Bradley M. Kuhn
What: Considering the Future of Copyleft: How Will The Next Generation Perceive GPL?
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

Copyleft licenses, particularly the GPL and LGPL, are widely used throughout the Free Software community. However, recent for-profit corporate interest in Free Software development has led to a renewed preference toward non-copyleft licensing by for-profit entities. Meanwhile, many for-profit entities that do use copyleft for their own software now do so in a manner that most copyleft aficionados find, at best, distasteful and at worst, abusive.

A long-standing truce exists in our community between fans of non-copyleft licensing and copyleft. No one in the copyleft communities disputes that non-copylefted Free Software is an important part of our community. However, copyleft faces new challenges that make past debates about the appropriateness of copyleft seem quite minor by comparison.

This talk will discuss all aspects of the complicated situation facing copyleft, including younger developers apparent preference for non-copyleft licensing (as expressed, in part, in the "post-open source" debates), the widespread and common failures for companies to comply with GPL's relatively easy requirements, and how licensing choices are today, unlike in the past, rarely in the hands of individual developers, but instead their corporate employers.

Bradley M. Kuhn is the President and Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy (sfconservancy.org) and on the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various FLOSS projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. From 2005-2010, Kuhn worked as the Policy Analyst and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Kuhn was the primary volunteer for Conservancy from 2006–2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn's Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of FLOSS programming languages. Kuhn received the O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2012, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

Website
Sunday
Mar 15, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
Mar 17, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

The March Advanced Topics will be an informal meeting at:

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

Enjoy!

Website
Thursday
Apr 2, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group: MP4 Metadata Editing
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Latham Loop
What: MP4 Metadata Editing
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

Latham Loop will present an overview of adding and editing text based subtitles and metadata to the popular MP4 video file format. This can be beneficial to those desiring an alternate language translation when watching video, and to the hearing impaired. Open source tools Subler, Subtitle Edit, FFMPEG, Plex for Mac, Windows and Linux, will be discussed.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

Website
Sunday
Apr 19, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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Tuesday
Apr 21, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: FreeBSD Virtualization Options
Free Geek

Who: Michael Dexter
What: FreeBSD Virtualization Options
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Learn about the latest developments in FreeBSD virtualization including EC2 and Hyper-V guest support, Xen Dom0 and DomU support and bhyve, the native FreeBSD Hypervisor.

Learn about the latest developments in FreeBSD virtualization including EC2 and Hyper-V guest support, Xen Dom0 and DomU support and bhyve, the native FreeBSD Hypervisor.

FreeBSD invented the modern Unix container with jail(8) in the year 2000 and today operates as an EC2 and Hyper-V guest, Xen Dom0 and DomU and now includes bhyve, the native FreeBSD Hypervisor. Michael wrote his first jail(8) management system in 2005 and has since operated NetBSD/Xen in production and was the first community user of bhyve, the FreeBSD hypervisor introduced with FreeBSD 10.0. bhyve is a modern, emulation-free hypervisor that relies on the Extended Page Table feature found in modern Intel and AMD CPUs. bhyve provides bare-metal performance for Unix virtual machines and an in some cases will in fact provide better than bare-metal performance.

FreeBSD Xen Dom0 support has been many years in the making but is beginning to see the light of day. Michael is working with Xen developer Roger Pau Monné and aims to have a real-world report on the status of this unique effort.

Combined, these technologies are establishing FreeBSD as an emerging first class virtualization platform with an increasing adoption by "cloud" service providers.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Thursday
May 7, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Block Storage Device Life Cycles
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Portland Linux/Unix Group: Block Storage Device Life Cycles

Who: Michael Dexter
What: Block Storage Device Life Cycles
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live if lucky

Block storage has joined electricity as one of the fundamental technologies on which we are completely and irrevocably dependent. The two technologies are in fact becoming inextricable now that computers control virtually every electrical system from the distribution grids on up, and computers themselves are completely dependent on electricity to operate. Both technologies have undergone countless innovations yet still operate largely on their original basic principles. While high in capacity, fast and affordable, the modern hardware block storage device or “hard disk” operates on the same principles as the original 1956 IBM 350 disk storage unit and most solid-state alternatives emulate hard disks. Beginning with the Berkeley Fast File System, the BSD family of operating systems has played a key role in the evolution of general purpose block storage and continues this innovation with technologies like virtual block storage devices, GEOM, UFS2, ZFS, GELI, HAST, GEOM Journaling, FUSE, tmpfs and the NAND Flash framework. This paper will survey the available block device options in the FreeBSD operating system and explore their practical uses in modern storage architectures.

FreeBSD is unique in that it provides the reference platform for the Unix File System and is now a tier one Zettabyte File System or ZFS platform. The 10.0 release of FreeBSD is particularly unique in that it includes in-kernel iSCSI network block device sharing, the NAND Flash framework, a FUSE implementation and the bhyve hypervisor which can leverage and help test most FreeBSD storage technologies. The FreeBSD ports collection also includes support for guest file systems such as ext2 and NTFS, which provide new opportunities to "round trip" virtual and physical machines using bhyve and tools such as the iBFT iSCSI boot framework.

Finally, while an unprecedented block storage toolkit can enable extensive experimentation, there are pragmatic issues surrounding production storage architectures. This paper will touch on real world block storage solutions built with FreeBSD and its derivatives. These derivatives include the FreeNAS storage appliance, which provides networked block and file storage to a myriad of Unix and non-Unix clients. Pragmatic issues surrounding verifiable data integrity include: understanding and embracing ZFS behavior and limits, observing disk and partition health in addition to data integrity, understanding the implications of file naming, maintaining backups and restoring desired data in a timely manner.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Sunday
May 17, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
May 19, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics

Who: Brian Martin
What: Life of (Raspberry) Pi
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, May 19st, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

Learn:

  • How to assemble and configure a Raspberry Pi
  • How to use it as a remote desktop client
  • How to configure it to use an NFS-provided root file system
  • and How to share the same root file system with multiple Raspberry Pi's

In this meeting Brian will be discussing his recent experiences using the Raspberry Pi to meet personal and business needs. Brian will demonstrate building and configuring a Raspberry Pi. He'll also demonstrate using the Raspberry Pi as a Windows remote desktop client. Afterwards, he'll demonstrate how to drink a beer at the Lucky Lab.

Bio: Brian Martin is the chief consultant for Martin Consulting Services, Inc. Martin Consulting has provided system administration services in Unix, Linux and Windows systems in the Portland metro area and across the country since 1996. Brian is a frequent attendee at PLUG. His past presentations include VMWare, production grade scripting, disaster recovery experiences, Linux containers, logical volume management, and Samba 4.

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Thursday
Jun 4, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group: Open Hardware and why it matters
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: John Hawley
What: Open Hardware and why it matters - MinnowBoard MAX case study
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

Open Hardware is starting to change the way the world works, giving more people access to customizable hardware, and giving more power to smaller entities. I intend to give a general overview of open hardware, focusing on the MinnowBoard MAX, and use it as a case study of what people are doing with it and why the open hardware is important to the space it's entering.

John 'Warthog9' Hawley led the system administration team on kernel.org for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He's the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around common utilities and diagnostics tools needed by an average systems administrator, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full file synchronizer and file transfer mechanism. He currently works for Intel working on Open Hardware, and the Minnowboard. In his free time he enjoys cooking extravagant meals and watching bad movies.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Tuesday
Oct 20, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: OpenNMS
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

Who: Ken Eshelby
What: OpenNMS
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

OpenNMS is one of the most mature, scalable and flexible enterprise network management platforms in existence. This presentation will cover essential architecture, features and workflow. We will also cover new features including new massively scalable time series data store using Apache Cassandra, new measurements API, new Minion distributable collector and poller in development, and new mobile application.

Ken Eshelby had been a network engineer for nearly 20 years in public service, involving development and deployment of an advanced enterprise network for the State of Oregon. I have covered technologies such as early MPLS development and deployment with Cisco, QoS, data center design and high speed scalable and redundant enterprise and service provider networks. I have maintained a focus in network management while doing engineering duties and support in a NOC and data center environment. In 2014, I joined The OpenNMS Group as a consulting and support engineer. The OpenNMS Group has maintained the OpenNMS open source project for 11 years. We sell free software.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

See you there!

Michael Dexter
PLUG Volunteer

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Tuesday
Nov 17, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: ARM mbed and Virtualization
Free Geek

Who: Galen Seitz, Tim Bruce and Michael Dexter
What: ARM mbed Development and a Virtualization Roundtable
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

The mbed platform provides free software libraries, hardware designs and online tools for professional rapid prototyping of products based on ARM microcontrollers.

The platform includes a standards-based C/C++ SDK, a microcontroller HDK and supported development boards, an online compiler and online developer collaboration tools.

https://developer.mbed.org/explore/

The illustrious embedded developer and long-time PLUG member Galen Seitz will give an overview of the mbed development environment.

Virtualization Roundtable

By request of long-time PLUG member Tim Bruce, we will segue to a Virtualization roundtable discussion in which Michael is happy to share his recent experiences with Windows on bhyve and the PROMOX KVM alternative to XenServer/ESXi.

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Tuesday
Dec 15, 2015
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: FreeNAS 10 CLI
Free Geek

Who: Michael Dexter
What: FreeNAS 10 CLI
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

With over seven million downloads and hundreds of thousands of users (if not more) around the world, FreeNAS is easily the world's most popular software-defined Network Attached Storage (NAS) software.

FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD and the ZFS enterprise grade open source file system. The FreeNAS graphical user interface has evolved from being PHP-based, followed by Django/JavaScript based and is now moving to an all-JavaScript, asynchronous and Websockets-based framework that allows for both graphical and command line interfaces.

This hands-on demonstration will explain how the new Cisco/Vyatta-like FreeNAS CLI works for basic storage server configuration. It will also show the built-in interface debugging tools which show what is going on under the hood.

Michael provides FreeNAS support with Gainframe and does way, way too much in the BSD community.

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Tuesday
Jan 19, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Smarter S.M.A.R.T. and related storage challenges
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

Who: Roundtable discussion, moderated by Brian Martin and Michael Dexter
What: Smarter S.M.A.R.T. and related storage challenges
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

We are addicted to storage devices like hard and solid state disks.

Modern computing begins with storage and could survive quite some time without the computing part, as demonstrated by past storage devices like the Rosetta Stone for which we struggle to decode.

This means HDD's and SSD's are reliable, right?

Alas, they are not. In fact the situation is somewhat terrifying. File systems have made significant progress in the last decade but remarkably, there are still significant issues surrounding the devices they inhabit.

Storage devices are inconsistent, to put it politely, about notifying the user of existing, potential and impending problems. Built-in, standard-ish reporting mechanisms like S.M.A.R.T. exist but pose as many challenges as they address. Some storage "health" monitoring data is straight-forward, some is not:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4

Bring your storage-related questions, war stories and gadgets!

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Thursday
Jan 28, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Red Sauce Pizza

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
Feb 16, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Linux as a security camera monitoring platform
Free Geek

Who: Kevin Kaelar
What: Linux as a security camera monitoring platform
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland
When: Tuesday, 16 February 2016, at 7PM
Why: Because combining physical and digital security is an interesting puzzle
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

Setting up a camera in Linux is relatively easy. With any luck, you plug in the USB cable and it "just works". But what if you need ten cameras? What if you need to store increasingly large amounts of footage for liability purposes? What if you need to be able to access the realtime feed from any (or all) of those cameras from anywhere in the world? What if you need fine-grained motion detection for some of the cameras, scheduled recording capabilities for others at certain times of day, and provide varying levels of access to multiple users?

This problem set is normally solved in a business environment by purchasing expensive (and frequently proprietary) security camera systems at a significant cost. However, it's possible to accomplish all of these things with a Linux-based application called ZoneMinder. During this talk, you'll be walked through the process of setting up a fully featured security camera and monitoring system, and will have the opportunity to learn about and/or discuss some of the supportive tech such as an Apache proxy, firewall and router configuration, and pruning and backing up video archives.

About Kevin

System administrator, game designer, software developer, open source contributor, Soylent drinker, wood carver, small electronics prototyper, blacksmith, poet, machinist, musician, and martial artist. Currently working as a full time web application developer for a music publishing company, Kevin spends most of his spare time babysitting a 3d printer and doing fun (and occasionally strange) things with Arduino at his startup in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.

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Thursday
Feb 25, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Atlas Pizza

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
Mar 15, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group AT: INFORMAL Meeting at the Lucky Lab
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

No organizer or speaker this month! You are welcome to congregate and hack at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne.

Enjoy!

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Thursday
Mar 31, 2016
BSD -Pizza- Thai Night
Pad Thai Kitchen

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Apr 7, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group: What's new in PostgreSQL 9.5
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Who: Josh Berkus
What: What's new in PostgreSQL 9.5
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live (PSU WiFi Permitting)

PostgreSQL 9.5 has many new and cool features for database users, making the venerable RDBMS suitable for even more workloads. Among them are:

  • UPSERT for high-concurrency insert/update operations
  • Row Level Security, integrated with SELinux, for ultimate data security
  • CUBE and ROLLUP for sophisticated analytics
  • FDW partitioning for data federation
  • BRIN indexes for big data
  • More JSON goodness

PostgreSQL Core Team member Josh Berkus will take you on a tour of the new features, including demos of many of them, and field questions about PostgreSQL in general.

About Josh

Josh Berkus is on the Core Team of the PostgreSQL Project, and was a professional database geek for 18 years. Today, he works for Red Hat as the community lead for Project Atomic, which means he's all about the containers. He has used a Linux desktop since 2001.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Tuesday
Apr 19, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Enduring Communities Roundtable
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Moderator Michael Dexter, PLUG Volunteer
What: Enduring Communities Roundtable
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland
When: Tuesday, April 19th 2016, at 7PM
Why: Live Long and PLUGsper
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

Why do some user groups endure for decades while others do not? What organizational structures and personalities are needed to maintain interest, attendance and participation?

Share your experiences on why the groups you have been involved with have or have not survived. Was it a Y2K preparedness group that served its purpose? Did group leadership not successfully transfer between generations? Beyond organizing the last 100 or so PLUG speakers, Michael has been involved in student and neighborhood government, plus the Oregon Latvian Society for nearly 30 years. During this time he has seen the brightest and darkest moments of volunteer organizations.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Thursday
Apr 28, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Pinky's

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
May 17, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Installerfest!
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

Who: Roundtable Discussion
What: Installerfest!
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland
When: Tuesday, May 17th 2016, at 7PM
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live
From a mailing list discussion: Let's talk installers.

Not installations, installers. The things that install operating systems to persistent and bootable storage.

Many of us have written our own over the years and at a bare minimum, Michael can show what he's been doing with his virtualization things.

On deck: OpenBSD, FreeBSD, (thing you bring)

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Thursday
May 26, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Straight From New York Pizza

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
Jun 21, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

Informal meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne

See you next month!

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Thursday
Jun 30, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Satellite Dream Pizza

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
Jul 19, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting

Who: Moderator Michael Dexter, PLUG Volunteer
What: Internet Mirroring Roundtable
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland
When: Tuesday, July 19th 2016, at 7PM
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

What's in a mirror?

If you've spent any time GNU/Linux distro hopping or testing virtualization strategies, you have probably spent a non-trivial amount of time in the "nearest" download mirror. Such mirrors vary in speed, quality and navigability. The burden for upholding quality in each of these respects falls both on the often-volunteer mirror maintainers and the often-volunteer project maintainers. Failure from a mirror's perspective is obvious: You can't access the materials you want to download or what you download is corrupt. In the case of the downloads themselves, THIS:

mirror.org/releases/amd64/20160704/livedvd-amd64-multilib-20160704.iso

I was cleaning up my local mirror and came across this path and installer ISO and... HAVE NO IDEA WHAT OS IT IS.

This roundtable will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of such mirroring and what to do about it, ideally resulting in a draft proposal for a conventions that projects and mirrors could follow.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

See you there!

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Thursday
Jul 28, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Orenco Station HUB 9

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
Aug 16, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: INFORMAL MEETING
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

Informal meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne for those who need to get out of the house.

Enjoy!

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Thursday
Aug 25, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Deno's Pizzaria

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Sep 29, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Pulehu Pizza

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Tuesday
Oct 18, 2016
Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: CloudStack
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting

Who: Kimberly M.
What: Building a Private Cloud with CloudStack
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland
When: Tuesday, October 18th 2016, at 7PM
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

This presentation is a report from an evaluation of using an open source cloud environment in a small or home office situation. The project compared Apache CloudStack with OpenStack, plus the XenServer and KVM hypervisors. We will walk through the deployment of CloudStack and KVM and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various design choices.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

PLUG Page with information about all PLUG events: http://pdxlinux.org/ Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

See you there!

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Thursday
Oct 27, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Stark Street Pizza Company

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Dec 29, 2016
BSD Pizza Night
Sparky's Pizza

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Jan 26
BSD Pizza Night
Hopworks Urban Brewery -- Powell

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Feb 23
BSD Pizza Night
Double Mountain Taproom

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Mar 30
BSD Pizza Night
Brick House Pizzeria

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Apr 27
BSD Pizza Night
Flying Pie Pizzeria - Lake Oswego

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
May 25
BSD Pizza Night
Associated PDX

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Jun 29
BSD Pizza Night
Pizza Roma

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Jul 27
BSD Pizza Night
West Coast Drinkery

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Aug 3
Portland Linux/Unix Group: An Introduction to Data Protection
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01

Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Michael "you break it you bought it" Dexter
What: An Introduction to Data Protection
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

You probably have a good sense of data protection in the sense of "backups" but alas, there is more to it. This talk will cover ten key aspects of Data Protection and discuss open source technologies that address them.

Is your data...

  1. Integrous – Maintaining integrity and consistency
  2. Resilient – Resistant to mechanical failures/outages
  3. Versioned – Accessible in a previous state
  4. Replicated – “Backed up” to local and remote locations
  5. Archived – Versioned and replicated for long-term storage
  6. Secure – Resistant to unauthorized theft or destruction
  7. Private – Available for authorized purposes only
  8. Available – Accessible in a timely manner
  9. Usable – Equally available now and in the future
  10. Compliant – with legal and regulatory requirements

Bring your questions and experiences for a livid^H^H^H^H^H vivid and vibrant discussion.

Bonus: Discussion about the future of PLUG Advanced Topics and other PLUG housekeeping, planning and fun!

Super bonus: Michael will not be here in September and see Bonus one.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares to the Lucky Lab available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

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Thursday
Aug 31
BSD Pizza Night
Marthas PDX

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Thursday
Sep 28
BSD Pizza Night
Patsy's New York Pizzeria

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.