Welcome to the TriLUG home page. We are a LUG dedicated to the Triangle area including Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park. This site, along with our wiki, will enable you to keep abreast of TriLUG information (meetings, events, news), and to communicate with local Linux and FOSS (Free and Open Source) enthusiasts.

The primary modes of interacting with us: mailing list, IRC, or coming to the monthly meetings.

August 8 Meeting: Patents and Linux in Context

Topic: Patents and Linux in Context
Presenter: Keith Bergelt
When: Thursday, 8th August 2013, 7pm
Where: NC State Engineering Building II Room 1025, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps


Keith will talk about intellectual property as a reality that shapes the context for open source software, particularly when overlaid against trends in technologies such as mobile and cloud computing, provide the history of Open Invention Network and its licensee community, and discuss Linux Defenders and other opportunities for community members to contribute proactively for the benefit of open source software.

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network® (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.



July 11 meeting: Lightning Talks

Topic: Lightning Talks
Presenter: TriLUG Community
When: Thursday, 11th July 2013, 7pm
Where: NEW LOCATION! Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NC State Engineering Building II Room 1021, Centennial Campus (just across the street from Red Hat)
Parking: The parking decks are free after 5pm, and street parking on Oval Drive.
Map: Google Maps
Video: YouTube
EventBrite (You don't actually need to bring a ticket to attend. Getting one just helps us prepare for refreshments so nobody goes without pizza!)

We'll be putting the July meeting in the hands of the TriLUG community by holding a series of Lightning Talks. Lightning talks are short talks of about 5-15 minutes long that give the audience a taste of a topic rather than going into the great detail associated with formal presentations. If you've been working on a cool project lately or learned something cool about technology, you are qualified to present something!

If you have an idea for a talk, please pitch it on the TriLUG mailing list and the community will help you cultivate it into a presentation you can be proud of. Prepend your subject line with "LT:" to make it easy to find (ie subject = "LT: Using Inkscape"). The Steering Committee will then collate a list of the topics and speakers from the mailing list posts. There isn't a set theme yet, but we expect a theme will emerge from the discussions in the next couple of weeks.

  • Cracking Password Hashes (Slides) - Scott Miller
  • Booting Linux on EFI using rEFInd - Matthew Frazier
  • Electric Cars and Open Source Cars (Slides) - Jeremy Davis
  • Network testing with iperf (Slides) - Bill Farrow
  • Networking Tools (Slides) - William Chandler
  • Flashback - a better way to backup -Alan Porter
  • Open Source Ecological Solutions - Moustapha Barry
  • Ceph storage platform (Slides) - Jack Hill



June 13 meeting: Open Learning in the Classroom and Online

Topic: Open Learning in the Classroom and Online
Presenter: Cathy Davidson
When: Thursday, 13th June 2013, 7pm
Where: NOTE! NEW LOCATION! Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NC State Engineering Building II, Centennial Campus (just across the street from Red Hat)
Parking: The parking decks are free after 5pm, and street parking on Oval Drive.
Map: Google Maps
Video: G+ Hangout Live and on YouTube [live stream and then archived on youtube]
RSVP: EventBrite (You don't actually need to bring a ticket to attend. Getting one just helps us prepare for refreshments so nobody goes without pizza!)

We are extremely fortunate to have Cathy Davidson speaking June 13th at TriLUG! Make sure you do not miss this rare opportunity! Cathy Davidson is an extraordinary individual and a brilliant minded speaker, who is a highly influential player in the world of open education in the universities.
She is the first educator to serve on the six-person Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation! She'll include in her talk, discussion of her two current peer-taught, peer-evaluated classes and her upcoming work to prepare for a Coursera MOOC entitled "The History and Future of Higher Education". Make sure your schedule allows for you to attend this special event. Also, spread the word to your fellow digerati and invite them to attend.

Please note that this meeting will be held at a new venue, so there will be some shifts in the usual schedule. NCSU does not permit food in its classrooms, so we are going to begin the meeting with a reception/networking over our usual pizza in the atrium of Engineering Building 2. At about 7:30 we'll move to 1021 to begin businesss, community announcements, and the presentation.


Cathy Davidson teaches at Duke University, where she co-directs the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge

and holds two distinguished chairs (Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies). She served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and helped to create over seventy programs including the Program in Information Science + Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience as well as the University Scholars Program (in partnership with and supported by Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates) . She is a co-founder of the global learning network HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Technology, and Science Alliance and Collaboratory), which administers the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions. Her more than twenty books include Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, Revolution and the Word, and The Future of Thinking (with David Theo Goldberg). Her latest book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking, 2011) was named a "top 10 science book" of the year by Publisher's Weekly and has been the occasion for over eighty invited lectures in the U.S. and internationally, including in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, and Thailand. A frequent speaker and consultant on institutional change at universities, corporations, and non-profits around the world, she writes for Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Times Higher Ed, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. In July 2012 she was named the first educator on the six-person Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation. She was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities and received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award (with HASTAC cofounder David Theo Goldberg) for "Visionary Contribution to Science and Technology in Education."



Steering Committee Elections

The Steering Committee Elections will be held at the TriLUG May meeting.

Nominations are now open, please help your local Linux community by nominating yourself or some unsuspecting TriLUG member. There are five hotly contested positions on the Steering Committee, and you could be one of them. Contenders will be able to give a brief stump speech at the May meeting to drum up support, and then we vote.

To vote or serve on the committee, you will need to be a TriLUG "member". If you filled out a membership form at the April meeting or before, your covered. If you have lost your card, don't worry, we have a mysql database to look you up. Voting will be performed by paper ballot during the May meeting, and you must be present to vote.

The Steering Committee is responsible for planning meetings, finding speakers, ordering pizza, paying bills. This year they will need to secure a new meeting location, file the 501(c)3 paperwork, and Get Stuff Done™.

This post from a couple of years ago has a nice list of things to do:

Girl Develop It - Ladies Linux Day

Topic: Girl Develop It - Ladies Linux Day
Presenter: Rachael Hobbs, Amber Graner, ...
When: Saturday, May 4, 1pm - 5pm
Where: A Small Orange, 131 W Orange St, Durham, NC
Map: Google Maps

TriLUG (the Triangle Linux Users Group) and A Small Orange Hosting are co-sponsoring an event with Girl Develop It. Space is limited, and the signup is via the Meetup page. If you would like volunteer as a Speaker at this event, please contact the TriLUG Steering Committee or Rachael Hobbs.


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