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.

Jan 12 Workshop: Raspberry Pi

Topic: Raspberry Pi
When: Saturday, January 12, 9am - 5pm
Where: 331 W. Main St - Basement, Durham, NC
Map: Google Maps
Meetup Page: RaspPi Meetup

* "Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation"

This workshop is a follow-up to the Triangle Linux Group's January 10th meeting, which will be all about Raspberry Pi, and may also interest you: http://www.trilug.org/2013-01-10/Raspberry_Pi

At least some of us SplatSpacers who will present at TriLug will be present for this workshop. There isn't an agenda beyond sharing knowledge, helping one another out, and showing off what's possible with the Pi. If you're doing something cool with your Pi, please come and show it off! If you have a Raspberry Pi but want to know more about what it can do, or how to set it up, come on down!

If you don't yet have a Raspberry Pi, the distributor we recommend is Newark: http://www.newark.com/ Their inventory is in South Carolina and tends to ship very quickly for Triangle residents.

See you soon!


Jan 10 Meeting: Raspberry Pi

Topic: Raspberry Pi
Presenter: Main Speaker Pete Soper coordinating with a group of Splat Space hackers of Durham NC
When: Thursday, January 10, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC
Map: Google Maps
Slides: PDF
Video: YouTube

* "Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation"

Raspberry Pi:

Raspberry Pi is a very inexpensive, richly capable single board computer (SBC) designed for educational settings. It features a modest speed ARM chip, a half gigabyte of RAM, flash SD, USB, ethernet, graphic and direct digital I/O interfaces that work together with a highly capable port of Debian Linux as a general purpose computing system that can as easily host your home web server or LAN engine as it can keep an eye on your thermostat or dispense cat food while you're away.


In this introduction to Raspberry Pi attendees will get up close and personal with the hardware and software combination that is setting a new high water mark for price, performance, and useability. Multiple RPi demos in the main and conference rooms will be in operation during the meeting to provide the best opportunity for hands on experience. Traditional slide presentations will cover where RPi came from, what its capabilities are, and its charter for driving a wide range of educational opportunities while serving as an "instant platform" for a wide range of applications in hobby and light commercial settings. The bulk of the meeting will offer demos that go from "close to the metal," low level apps encroaching on the traditional domain of the Arduino family of SBCs to high level tools such as Clojure (Lisp implemented with the Java virtual machine).
Join a group of Splat Space hackers coordinated by the main speaker as they and other volunteers provide a rich introduction to this remarkable $35 device.


Alan Dipert is a Clojure programmer working for LonoCloud, Inc. Clojure is a Lisp for the JVM that runs nicely on the Raspberry Pi, and in his spare time Alan enjoys writing Clojure programs on his Pi to do mostly useless but occasionally entertaining things.

Inspired by electronic music to study Electronics, Physics, and Computer Science in the 1970's. Peter Reintjes currently uses his skills to make interactive music and video projects for SparkCon and to develop and maintain exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. He works with Arduino, PIC, and a few micro-controllers you haven't heard of, but now keeps a Raspberry PI in his toolbag.

Pete Soper is an underemployed software engineer who wrote and worked on system software like OS kernels, virtual machines, data communication protocols, compilers and runtime environments for five OEMs, three of which he helped start from scratch and saw bought by bigger fish. Recently he's looped back to embedded development to make data loggers and other gadgets out of off the shelf boards and custom PCBs.

Dec 13: Holiday Party - Open Source Showcase

Topic: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social
Presenter: You!
When: Thursday, December 13, 7pm
Where: SplatSpace, 331 W. Main St., Durham, NC
Map: http://splatspace.org/location/
Photos: Cristobal Palmer's photos
Video: Youtube 1 & Youtube 2

Like last year, LUG members will be showcasing open source stuff (hardware, software or data) that they find interesting.

Sign up for a show-n-tell, or sign up to bring some food, snacks, goodies or beverages (adult or otherwise). You can also list ideas that you would like someone else to present.

The sign-up sheet is on the wiki: http://trilug.org/wiki/Meeting:2012_December_13

NOTE - The wiki contains the world's cheesiest spam protection. When you get the HTTP Authentication pop-up enter TRI in the username field and LUG in the password field.
To edit the page, you'll need to log in to this wiki... this is not your shell account password. There's a link on the left to log in or create a new account.

In previous years, we've seen a wide variety of stuff in the showcase: music tools, 3D-printing, Arduino projects, BackupPC, a local distro mirror, pfSense, Rockbox, Bluetooth tools, ShairPort, networking tools.

Take a chance to geek out with the LUG, see what others are up to, and mingle a little, jingle a little.

Nov 8 Meeting: The fundamentals of git usage and internals

Topic: The fundamentals of git usage and internals
Presenter: Jimmy Thrasher
When: Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC
Map: Google Maps
Slides: slideshare
Video: YouTube

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git was initially designed and developed by Linus Torvalds for Linux kernel development; it has since been adopted by many other projects. Website: git-scm.com

Git is a powerful tool that suffers from an abstruse and leaky user interface and a somewhat steep learning curve. Using git effectively requires a working knowledge of how it functions. In this talk you will learn the very basics of using git along with what is happening under the hood while you use it.

Jimmy has been programming since he was 7 or so and is currently a freelance Rails and iOS developer. He has been using git since 2006 and depends very heavily on it for everything from production and side-project code to configuration. When not programming, he spends time with his family, attending church, helping to run a small classical Christian school in Mebane (Mebbin, not Meebane), and collecting hobbies. His superpower is spewing out useless trivia at tangents to the current conversation. Did you know that North Carolina has more varieties of fungus than any of the other
lower 48 states?

Suggested Reading:
* Pro Git by Scott Chacon
* Tim Pope

Oct 11 Meeting: Using the Linux Kernel Virtual Machine

Topic: Using the Linux Kernel Virtual Machine
Presenter: Jim Salter and Todd Lewis
When: Thursday, October 11, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC
Map: Google Maps

Jim Salter - This talk will start with an intro to KVM then will move to a focus on mixed-source environments, aka using Linux to take some of the pain and agony out of managing Windows servers that we just can't get away from. I am very passionate about KVM, especially in regards to mixed-source environments. My day-to-day business largely involves system administration in businesses that are open to OSS, but still can't get away from applications that require a Windows environment - so taking a lot of the sting out by virtualizing Windows Server under Linux is near and dear to me, and is a pretty exciting field in my opinion. =) I have administered and managed and designed the infrastructure for a couple of Alexa Top 1000 sites, generating upwards of 60GB of Apache logfiles per day for a single site using off-the-shelf open source apps, filesystems, and kernels.

Special Guest
For the October 11th meeting, we also will have a special guest! The founder of POSSCON, Todd Lewis, will be speaking to the group briefly before the presentation begins. The Palmetto Open Source Software Conference has brought world-class speakers and content to the Southeast to discuss the latest open and open source issues for technologists, business and government IT leaders, and educators. See for yourself at http://www.posscon.org

Jim Salter - Bio
Jim is a voracious open source advocate, technologist and author. He first chose open source in 1999 when he ran Apache on FreeBSD, set up his first FreeBSD server from scratch in 2001 and first installed an open source product professionally, FreeBSD 4.5 and Samba over an old Windows NT 3.5 Server, in 2002. In 2004 he founded FreeBSDwiki.net, subtitled "FreeBSD For The Impatient", as an open documentation project available to the public. It now has over 500 articles, over 30,000 edits, and 10,000+ unique visitors per month with 65% of content being self-authored. For many years it was one of the top 1,000 top/busiest wikis on the planet as measured by number of edits. Since 2003 he has operated his own system administration and application development company implementing hundreds of open source solutions for a wide variety of clients.

Todd Lewis - Bio
Todd started the Open IT Lab in January 2011 to promote open source awareness, education and application. He also founded and serves as Chair of POSSCON, one of the largest open source conferences in the Southeast, and serves as managing partner of Palmetto Computer Labs, an open source consulting firm. His focus on open source started after reading David Wheeler's "Why Open Source Software/Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!". He continues because of the numerous opportunities open source creates for anyone interested.

TriLUG Kids
Children are welcome to bring their parents to TriLUG with them! While we can't provide any official childcare, coöperation between parents is encouraged so that all people who would like to attend can do so without worrying about the little ones. The current primary contact is Cristóbal Palmer, who is best reached by email at cmp@cmpalmer.org with "TriLUG Childcare" as the subject line.


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