Past BLUG Events

5 Linux command line tools to take you to the next level

07/01/2021 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by John Blanford – “5 Linux command line tools to take you to the next level”.

John’s Presentation:
Ok you know the basics, this talk will help you advance to the next level
in your quest for Linux guruhood. This is an beginner to intermediate
level talk.

Look at me! I am in the cloud – ssh and scp
Can you wrap that up to go? – tar and zip
I know it’s in there somewhere – grep

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online.
Meet us at 7pm PDT at https://meet.google.com/btp-xynf-vbh

(virtual)BLUG meeting 6/3: Kevin Burkeland – Learning Linux: Let’s Talk Distros

06/03/2021 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Kevin Burkeland – “Learning Linux: Let’s Talk Distros”.

Kevin’s Presentation:
A talk for new users and greybeards alike, going over different distros you may or may not be familiar with along with tips and tricks for helping you find the right distro for you.

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online.
Meet us at 7pm PDT at https://meet.google.com/btp-xynf-vbh

CANCELLED: (virtual)BLUG meeting 3/4: James Mason – Atari VCS

03/04/2021 at 07:00 PM

Cancelled Rescheduled from Feb 11 to March 4

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by James Mason on the new Atari VCS .

James’ Presentation:
In 2020, Atari released the new VCS game console[1], 2½ years after the start of their crowd funding campaign[2]. While the new VCS will satisfy retro gaming enthusiasts, with its built-in store of 100 classic Atari arcade and console games, it also promises to provide an exciting new development platform for gaming.

The VCS is powered by Linux, running a Debian derivative OS on top of AMD hardware. One strong distinguishing factor from other game consoles is the acknowledgement that gaming consoles are PCs too: the Atari OS is designed to dual boot with another OS on internal or USB storage, and the base OS ships with Google Chrome preinstalled alongside games and other streaming service apps.

Let’s spend an hour diving into the hardware specs, the interesting open source options for the VCS, and of course stream some retro video games 😀

[1] https://atarivcs.com/
[2] https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/atari-vcs-game-stream-connect-like-never-before

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online.
Meet us at 7pm at https://meet.google.com/aqh-ckxp-tne

(virtual)BLUG meeting 11/5: John Blanford – The Terraform Cloud Provisioning Tool

11/05/2020 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by John Blanford on The Terraform Cloud Provisioning Tool.

John’s Presentation:

I will be talking about a project that I have been working on using open source tools to work with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. I am using Terraform (https://github.com/hashicorp/terraform) to provision resources at AWS and the combination of Ansible (https://github.com/ansible/ansible) and Packer (https://github.com/hashicorp/packer) to create custom bootable images.

At the meeting I will give a quick introduction to Terraform and then show how I have used it to implement a reference architecture from AWS. This includes a VPC, auto scaling servers, a load balancer, managed database and a shared nfs based file system.

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aws-samples/aws-refarch-wordpress/master/images/aws-refarch-wordpress-v20171026.jpeg

At a future meeting, I will talk about using Ansible and Packer.

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online. Meet us at 7pm at https://meet.google.com/btp-xynf-vbh .

(virtual) BLUG meeting 10/1 7PM: Michael Gan & Garth Johnson – Pine STEM project

10/01/2020 at 07:00 PM

Join the Bellingham Linux Users Group as we meet on October 1st at 7pm featuring TAGNW’s presentation of “Whatcom STEM + Pine = Pine STEM”. Michael Gan and Garth Johnson will provide an update on the Whatcom STEM Network and highlight the Pine STEM project in development. Pine STEM is a collaboration of Pine, Manjaro, and TAGNW to create a STEM OS, community, and educational projects for Pine devices. For more information about Pine and Manjaro, please see their websites:

Pine: https://www.pine64.org

Manjaro: https://www.manjaro.org

About Whatcom STEM and Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAGNW):

Whatcom STEM is an alliance of businesses, education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and local government with the collective mission to strengthen STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and Career Connected Learning in Whatcom County. Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAGNW) manages the network in affiliation with Washington STEM, NW Washington STEM, and Skagit STEM to provide shared infrastructure and facilitate communications and resources on behalf of Whatcom STEM partners.

Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAGNW) is a nonprofit organization located in Bellingham, WA. Our mission: Advocate for technology education, foster innovation, assist business and workforce development, and provide community for students, professionals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local government in Northwest Washington. We provide events, programs, and services to Strengthen Our Technology Community. Foremost, we build relationships and infrastructure in our community to do the things we do better together.

Learn more about TAGNW and Whatcom STEM at our websites: tagnw.org and whatcomstem.org. For inquiries, please contact Michael Gan, TAGNW Executive Director at director@tagnw.org or 360-312-7105. Join us at the TAG Community Hub for open discussion. All are welcome.

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online using the free open source videoconferencing system, Jitsi. Meet us at 7pm at https://meet.jit.si/BLUG-October-2020 .

(virtual)BLUG meeting 5/7: Michael Gan – The Pinebook Pro

05/07/2020 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Michael Gan on the Pinebook Pro notebook.

Michael’s Presentation:
Michael Gan, the Interim Executive Director of Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAGNW, or TAG) will present on the current status of development of the Pine64 Pinebook Pro and TAG’s planned educational usage. The Pinebook Pro continues to gain interest as a capable, low-cost ($200) laptop using the Rockchip RK3399 System-on-Chip (SOC) also utilized by the Pine64 RockPro64 and recently announced HardRock64 single board computers (SBC).

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online using the free open source videoconferencing system, Jitsi. Meet us at 7pm at https://meet.jit.si/BLUG-May-2020 .

BLUG meeting 3/5: Welcome back to the Bellingham Makerspace

03/05/2020 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a reintroduction to the Bellingham Makerspace by Mary Elliott.

Mary’s Presentation:
Mary Elliott, the Executive Director of Bellingham Makerspace, will re-introduce the Bellingham Makerspace in its new home with its new programs. As supporters of the Bellingham Makerspace, this is a unique opportunity for BLUG members to reorient themselves before the grand re-opening.

Hands-on Help Time
We’ll be skipping hands-on help time this session, since we’re out of our normal surroundings. Please reach out on the blug-list if you need assistance!

We will be meeting at the Bellingham Makerspace for this special event:

1 Bellis Fair Parkway #618
Bellingham, WA 98225
(inside Bellis Fair Mall, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods)
https://bellinghammakerspace.org/

A note about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you have a fever, cough (or really any symptoms) or have recently traveled abroad or have had contact with someone who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus… please stay home.

 

BLUG meeting 2/6: Garth Johnson – remote development w/ rPi & VSC

02/06/2020 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Garth Johnson on “remotely developing on the Raspberry Pi with Visual Studio Code and Linux.”

Garth’s Presentation:
A general tour through the experience of creating applications that access the GPIO, and processing of the Pi, while still sitting comfortably behind your more capable and familiar desktop.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 11/7: Joshua Drake – Postgres 12

11/07/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Joshua Drake on Postgres 12

Joshua D. Drake co-authored the original Oreilly book, “Practical PostgreSQL”, is a Founder/Director and former President of United States PostgreSQL (http://www.postgresql.us/) and an Infrastructure and Full Stack expert, with well over 20 years of successful experience in Open Source.

Joshua’s Presentation:
Josh will share what’s new with the recently released PostgreSQL 12. We will discuss new features to the version as well as migration considerations and backwards incompatibility.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 10/3 – systemd deep dives: timers & journalctl

10/03/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by James Mason on systemd timers.

James Mason: systemd timers
James dives deeply into systemd timers (think cron by systemd): the advantages of systemd timers; setting system & user timers with various configurations. Time permitting (pun intended), we’ll get into using journalctl to find needles in log haystacks.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

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