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Friday
Feb 27, 2009
Puppet PDX Meetup: Config Management, Cloud Computing, and Beer!
Paddy's Bar & Grill

Come join us on Friday, Feb 27, at Paddy's Bar and Grill (SW 1st/Yamhill) from 6-8 pm for Puppet PDX, an opportunity to get together and talk about all things related to configuration management, tools, best practices, and generally how to get to the pub by 4 o'clock.

This is the first meetup. Hopefully we can get organized, get to know each other, and decide on what the goals of the group should be.

So if you are interested in automation, configuration management, cloud computing, and large scale computing environments, come join us for a few drinks and some lively chatter.

Please RSVP by sending an email to [email protected] so that we can get a bigger room if needed.

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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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Monday
Mar 1, 2010
Portland Puppet Users Group
Puppet Labs [OLD LOCATION, NO LONGER IN USE]

Local users of Puppet and anyone interested in configuration management are invited to the downtown Portland Reductive Labs offices for food, drink, and a demonstration of the Puppet Dashboard.

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Monday
Apr 5, 2010
Portland Puppet Users Group
Puppet Labs [OLD LOCATION, NO LONGER IN USE]

This time around Cody Herriges, the Lead Unix Administrator from Portland State University's Computer Action Team which provides computer infrastructure for the Maseeh College of Computer Engineering and Computer Science will be presenting their puppet implementation. An ever growing and re-factored monstrosity of genius. If you have ever thought about implementing Puppet but wanted to see real use cases before biting the bullet you will get it here.

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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.

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Tuesday
Jul 13, 2010
Portland Puppet Users Group
Puppet Labs [OLD LOCATION, NO LONGER IN USE]

Couldn't come up with a concrete topic this month. Grab me in #puppet if you have something specific you want to talk about. IRC username is odyi.

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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.

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Friday
Mar 11, 2011
Cascadia IT Conference
through Hotel Deca

The League of Professional System Administrators and the Seattle Area System Administrators Guild invite you to the Cascadia IT Conference - a regional workshop for Systems, Networks, Database, and Web Administrators and others who provide professional IT support/services.

This is your opportunity to network with your regional peers, to learn from leaders in the field in our training sessions, and to present and hear about new ideas and developments.

Friday, March 11th will feature 4 tracks of half- and full-day training sessions with an evening reception for all conference attendees. Saturday, March 12th will feature tutorials, two tracks of technical sessions, and an unconference track.

Both days will be held at the Hotel Deca in Seattle’s University District. The hotel is an easy 30 minute bus ride from downtown Seattle. It has ample parking and easy-to-get-to restaurants and bars for post-conference networking.

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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

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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

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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

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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
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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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Tuesday
Oct 30, 2012
Oregon Computer Consultants October Meeting
Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center

Apple iOS Devices & Computers in Business

Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

Let us know if you're coming at meetup.com/itpro-70/events

Apple's iOS devices have become a revolution. Whether you use a Windows, Unix or Apple server platform, these devices are becoming the industry standard for such jobs as POS and CRM. They have even managed to overtake the long standing leadership position from Blackberry devices. Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac product lines are also gaining traction among business professionals. You see the easily recognized Apple logo consistently in TV shows and movies.

I will discuss the role of Apple products in the modern business landscape focusing on how they and their uses of the iCloud technology have 'changed the game' concerning daily computing. I will provide a series of examples of how iOS mobile devices are currently being used in the small business sector and how big business is beginning to get on board and why. Then I will outline the challenges facing IT support professionals concerning this rapid adoption of relatively new technology into long standing corporate environments and systems. These challenges include integration, security, deployment, app development/distribution and keeping up with Apple's constant flow of new products and software updates.

Presented by James "Jamie" Pollock has more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing communication strategies, corporate training curriculums and Internet-based solutions for companies such as Jantzen, Symantec and Intel. As an independent consultant, he has assisted many small businesses in creating business plans and organizational development strategies through web development projects and direct coaching. He is currently an instructor for the MacPac Academy leading weekly classes in all things Apple and will have his Mobility Technology Competency (MTC) certification from Apple by the end of September.

He possesses a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems from Roanoke College in Salem, VA and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, OR.

Jamie's certifications include: Apple Consultants Network Apple Certified Support Professional, 10.7 Lion Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2010

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Tuesday
Mar 19, 2013
PLUG Advanced Topics: flashrd+nsh OpenBSD Network Appliances
Free Geek

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
Free Geek

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
Free Geek

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 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
Free Geek

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
through Free Geek

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
Free Geek

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
Free Geek

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
Free Geek

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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Monday
Nov 25, 2013
An overview of emacs
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 88-09

Ever wondered about how to use that cryptic software called emacs? Have you wanted to know if emacs really is Lisp in disguise? Would you like to wow all your classmates when you know how to use the cool software? Come to the talk and let Rob teach you how emacs works in an interactive workshop format. Bring a laptop, as you will want it.

Rob Werfelman is is a student of Computer Science at Portland State University, an active member of the PSU chapter of the ACM, and a CS tutor. Hosted in the ACM room inside the CS tutoring lounge.

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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!

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

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
Free Geek

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.

Website
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
Free Geek

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
Free Geek

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Meeting cancelled for want of a key holder.

See you in October!

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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
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

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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
Saturday
Jan 31, 2015
Unix & Git for Everyone Workshop
Code Fellows

Git is everywhere. Creative or engineering, you have directly encountered or will encounter Git in the workplace. Regardless of work style or team size, it is the tool that everyone should be using.

Unix is the basis for everything from personal computers and cellphones to super computers and web servers. Understanding the principles of how Unix works is essential to being an effective developer.

In this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to Git and Unix and get up to speed on concepts and workflows in no time. You will discover how working in the command line isn't all that scary, understand how to move between projects with just a few key strokes, and gain confidence with the steps involved for a common Git branching strategy. In addition, you will learn the brief history of Unix and some of the underlying philosophy of the Unix and Unix-like operating systems.

Cloning isn't just for sheep and galactic empires. Together we will all create and share GitHub repositories using the Unix command line.

Space is limited. Sign up now to reserve your seat.

General Public: $250 Incoming Foundations II, Bootcamp, and Development Accelerator Students: $50

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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
Wednesday
Apr 15, 2015
Portland Erlang / Elixir Meetup
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Daniel Hedland of CrowdCompass will be leading April's meeting.

Learn more about how Unix shells compose simple programs to solve complex tasks and how these processes interact with each other under the hood. We will discuss how Unix processes behave compared with standard Erlang and Elixir processes and how the Erlang VM could be used to emulate common patterns found in the Unix shell.

A very basic REPL will be provided to play around with some of these ideas. After the discussion, we will break out into groups to try to re-implement some common Unix commands in your favorite ErlangVM-based language and then use shell composition to solve a set of everyday problems.

Questions?

[email protected] 503-575-0815

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.

Website
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.

Website
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.

Website
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
Feb 4, 2016
pdx.sh - Intro to bpkg.io (Bash package manager) w/ Troy Howard
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Howdy Shell Hackers of Portland! This is our first meetup for this new group.

We'll have a short talk about bpkg.io, which is a sweet Bash package manager/repository. The rest of the time will be good old scripty hacking fun with your slightly loony fellow ${SHELL} hackers.

Bpkg Repo: https://github.com/bpkg/bpkg

Bpkg Site: http://bpkg.io

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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
Mar 10, 2016
[pdx.sh] Bork: A Bash DSL for config management w/ Matthew Lyon
Analog Cafe

This is state-of-the-art DevOoops kiddos. Mattly will give us a guided tour of Bork, his Bash DSL that obviates Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and all the other things.

Bork: https://github.com/mattly/bork

Really, if you can't do it in Bash, should you even be doing it?

Meeting starts at 6pm, Talk starts at 6:30pm.

Troy Howard will present Module of the Month: markdown, a Bash library for converting markdown.

We'll also have 5 minute lightning talks after the main talk! Bring your notes and come present!

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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
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
Dec 7
Portland Linux/Unix Group: OAuth 2.0 Simplified
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01

Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Aaron Parecki
What: OAuth 2.0 Simplified
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

The OAuth 2.0 authorization framework has become the industry standard in providing secure access to web APIs. OAuth allows users to grant external applications access to their data, such as profile data, photos, and email, without compromising security. However, OAuth can be intimidating when first starting out. In this talk, Aaron Parecki will break down the various OAuth workflows and provide a simplified overview of the framework, highlighting a few typical use cases.

About Aaron

Aaron Parecki is the editor of the W3C Webmention and Micropub specifications, and maintains oauth.net. He is the co-founder of IndieWebCamp, a yearly worldwide conference on data ownership and online identity. He has spoken at conferences around the world about OAuth, data ownership, quantified self, and even explained why R is a vowel. You can find more about his work at aaronpk.com.

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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