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.

October 14 meeting - Apache ModSecurity

Time & Place: October 14, 2010, 7pm, at Red Hat HQ

Title: Introduction to ModSecurity, the Open Source Web Application Firewall

About this talk:

So your web server listens on port 80 and your firewall blocks most everything else. Secure, right? How about that port 80? Do you trust your application code? Is your server patched? Are your developers really more clever than the folks who want to break in? Is security even on the mind of your developers?

Our traditional firewalls (packet filters) may have narrowed the field to HTTP, but crackers and worms have responded by refocusing their efforts directly at HTTP. Worse yet, most packet filters think all HTTP requests look legitimate. What's your next line of defense?

This presentation introduces ModSecurity, a web application firewall (WAF). ModSecurity is open source, mature, stable, flexible, and updated frequently. It can run embedded in Apache or as a reverse proxy in front of any traditional web server. It is highly discriminating and it definitely understands HTTP at a deeper level than your packet filter.

Come learn how to get started with ModSecurity. You'll be glad that you did.

About the presenter:

Cristóbal Palmer, a long-time member of the TriLUG Steering Committee, just finished his MSIS at UNC Chapel Hill, where he is a Systems Administrator with ibiblio.org. He also works with Caktus Consulting Group, a local django development shop.

Information:

Gathering:

September 9 meeting: High Altitude Balloon Flights to Near Space

High Altitude Balloon Flights to Near Space
Presented by Jonathan R. Trappe & Tanner Lovelace

Recently, several LUG members competed in a challenge
to gather pictures of the curved horizon of the Earth from
near-space... not with rockets and elaborate gear, but on
the cheap, using a balloon and consumer-grade equipment.

Jonathan Trappe and long-time LUG member Tanner Lovelace
will talk about the challenge rules, and how the team assembled
and weighed ideas quickly, launching their balloon after just
three weeks of planning. Then we'll hear how things did not
quite go as planned, but how these quick-thinking geeks
recovered to achieve their goal.

After the launch and recovery of their high-altitude balloon,
this team was featured on WRAL, NPR news, and on the
front page of the News & Observer! But NOW, they're hitting
the big time -- speaking at a TriLUG meeting!

August 12 meeting: Getting Started with IPv6

The IPv4 address space is running out, and the future has arrived.
IPv6 is the new standard for the Internet, and the time to adopt it is
now.

Long time TriLUG member Kevin Otte is a Linux Systems Administrator
and a Network Engineer, and he has more IP addresses in his home
than some countries have.

Come hear Kevin give us not only the "what it is" and "the end is nigh"
parts of the IPv6 puzzle, but also the "how can I tinker with it" and "why
would I want to" parts, as well.

Meeting logistics on the wiki.

July 8 meeting: Why Linux Is Bad For Business

We all love free software. We think it should be used everywhere,
right? And that means Linux... Linux everywhere, right?

Not always. Actually, there are times when Linux is not such a
great fit for the task. There are other solutions...

Wesley Shields will be telling us about his favorite open source
project, and how it can be a good fit for companies that need a Unix
solution. He'll tell us what's similar to Linux, what's different, and
why companies might care.

Wes is a Senior Information Security Engineer for a government
contractor. He spends his days in the trenches fighting the APT and
his nights poking at FreeBSD with a stick. His interests include C
code, network traffic and general mischief and shenanigans.

June 10 meeting: Lightning Talks

6/10 7pm, Red Hat HQ

This month, YOU are the speaker!

Got something interesting that you'd like to share? can't wait for BarCamp? We're hosting our own mini "unconference" style meeting, where members of the audience will be given 5-10 minutes to present an idea or open source tool.

To get an idea of what folks have in mind, see the wiki page here -> Meeting:2010_June_10

Vote for your favorite presentation... the winner gets a prize (TBA).

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