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.

May 14th meeting - LinuxDNA

Sun, 2009-05-17 21:43

Tyler McAdams has been researching ways to fine-tune systems to run extremely fast. He is involved with a global project called "LinuxDNA", which aims to optimize the binaries which run on a machine, with special emphasis on the kernel. His team employs a compiler from Intel that is very good at producing optimized code for the x86 family of processors.

Bonus points if you can tell which distro Tyler likes to run (see below).

Come hear Tyler tell his secrets and his war stories about making Linux run FAST.

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April 9th meeting - Lightning Talks

Sun, 2009-05-17 21:40

The April meeting will be a chance for members to share tips and tools with each other, in the form of "Lightning Talks". Each speaker will be given 10 minutes to discuss an indispensable tool to the group, including time for questions. Bring your ideas, and be ready to "share and enjoy".

March 12th meeting - Geographic Information Systems

Sun, 2009-05-17 21:31

WHAT: March TriLUG meeting
WHEN: Thursday, March 12th, 7:00pm
WHERE: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
MAP: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

This month, our very own Doug Newcomb will give us an introduction
to the fascinating world of Geographic Information Systems. It's
the ultimate form of representing the world around us using computers.
Literally, we're mapping out our entire planet for use online.

We've all used Google Maps and Mapquest. But have you heard of the
collaborative effort at OpenStreetMap.org [1] to produce a complete

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So you think you've been rooted...

Sun, 2009-03-01 12:00

Since we had a break-in on pilot recently, I thought I would bring up a
couple of points.

(1) WHAT HAPPENED

First of all, it appears that what happened to pilot was that a
vulnerability in "RoundCube", a fancy web mail package, was exploited by
a script that installs a "bot" (part of a botnet).

As far as I can tell, no files or emails were damaged. Everything
appeared to be intact. It looks to me like it was just talking to a lot
of other machines via an IRC channel (and that's how we noticed it).

The bot was running as user 'www-data'. So technically, we were not

February 12th meeting - CA Cert

Mon, 2009-01-12 22:46

CAcert.org is a community-driven certificate authority that issues free public key certificates to the public (unlike other certificate authorities which are commercial and sell certificates).

At the February TriLUG meeting, we will learn about certificates and certificate authorities, and we will have a chance to become "certified" to issue our own certificates through CA Cert. These certificates can be used to enable SSL on a web server or a mail server.

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January 8th Meeting - VMware

Sun, 2008-12-14 14:09

In January, we will welcome Justin Parker into the LUG in the harshest way we know how... by inviting him to be a speaker.

Justin recently moved to the Triangle. His previous job was with VMware, one of the pioneers of virtualization. He will give us an overview of virtualization, and the features of the various VMware products. And he will guide us through setting up a virtual server. All of this, he says, without trying to sound too much like a "fanboy".

Slides available here (OpenOffice ODP format).

December 11th Meeting - Holiday Social

Fri, 2008-11-21 16:47

Following the TriLUG tradition, the December meeting will be a social event, with no formal program. Members and friends are invited to gather, eat, and blow each other to bits (in bzflag or any other game of your choice).

Dinner will be potluck. Bring a dish to share. Sign up on the wiki.

November 13th Meeting - Gaming on Linux

Mon, 2008-11-03 15:41

From classic arcade game emulators to the latest frag-fests, Skip Grube will give us an overview of the state of the art in Linux gaming.

October 9th Meeting - Linux at NASA

Tue, 2008-09-23 10:04

Robert Singleterry, a researcher from NASA Langley Research Center will be speaking on his discovery of open source software in his quest to study space radiation.

Robert will discuss the trials and tribulations of a Student / GPC / EI International / Grad Student / ANL-W / NASA engineer, and his trip from sole source software to the open source world. There were mountains to climb, holes to watch out for, and eventually smooth sailing ahead for this engineer's usage of open source software at NASA, all while doing his real job of space radiation research.

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September 11 Meeting - Rolling Your Own, building a REAL internet appliance

Fri, 2008-08-15 15:15

Have you ever wanted to run a bare-bones Linux system? One that is smaller than your normal desktop or server distro? Does DSL (Damn Small Linux) seem bloated and bulky to you?

Have you ever wanted to cook your food over an SSL connection? Do any of your kitchen appliances have a penguin sticker on them?

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