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Announcing the inaugural TriLUG survey!

Exciting times are at hand!

As one might guess from the subject of this announcement, the TriLUG Steering Committee is unleashing its first experiment in the realm of data and demographics. We have carefully crafted our inaugural online survey, one which we hope will reveal who our constituents are and how they feel about TriLUG.

Since we believe in open source and value your privacy, and thanks to the excellent LimeSurvey project, our survey is entirely hosted on TriLUG hardware. Your responses are anonymous and will not be shared with third parties. That said, please refrain from abusing your anonymity to the detriment of our efforts.

This is not an excessively long survey. However, you may want to set aside 15-20 minutes just to be safe. If you get interrupted, there is a button to save and resume later at the bottom of each question.

Though it should go without saying, survey participation is entirely voluntary. We don't know who you are, so no one will hold it against you if you roll your eyes and delete this message. But if you are willing to help TriLUG become the best LUG ever, follow the link below to begin...

 Take the TriLUG 2011 Official Survey

This survey will be active for approximately 30 days, so don't miss your chance to be heard. Shortly after it closes, we hope to publish a summary of the responses for all to see.

Any questions or concerns should be sent to the Steering Committee. Thank you in advance for your participation!

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April 14 meeting: intro to iSCSI and cost effective NAS

Topic: A practical introduction to iSCSI and cost effective NAS solutions
Presenter: Jon Magrini
When: 7PM, Thursday April 14, 2011
Where: Red Hat Worldwide Headquarters
Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-04-14/storage

Bio: Jon Magrini is a Red Hat TSE in the Storage SBR at Red Hat and joined their team a little over a year ago. His specialty is clustering, with a focus on storage related technologies. Jon's Linux experience started in the early 2000 era when he worked for Borland software and developed pluggable modules, using a pure java open-api for software products such as JBuilder and Together Control Center. His interest for storage started with employment at Red Hat and the purchase of his own EMC CLARiiON, which started a waterfall effect.

More about NAS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network-attached_storage
More about iSCSI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISCSI

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March 10 meeting - High Availability, Low Dollar Load Balancing

Synposis: True high availability load balancing traditionally involves specialized, expensive hardware and software. However, you can build advanced, high availability configurations without a single point of failure using nothing but open source tools and commodity hardware. This talk will include a discussion of several tools, configurations, and advantages and disadvantages thereof. All tools involved are 100% free and open source. As a bonus topic, Simon will tell you how to use open source load balancing tools to IPv6-enable your IPv4-only infrastructure with minimal risk, time and hassle.

About the Speaker: Simon Karpen is the system architect / wearer of many hats for VoiceThread, which provides a very powerful rich media asynchronous collaboration platform. He has also worked for the Shodor Education Foundation in the past, and is a current NCSU MBA student (class of May, 2011). Simon is a member of the NC*SA Steering Committee.

When: 7PM, Thursday March 10, 2011
Where: Red Hat Worldwide Headquarters
Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-03-10/LoadBalancing

UPDATE: Slides for this presentation can be accessed at:
http://www.trilug.org/media/trilug-HA_Load_Balancing-mtg-2011-03-10.pdf (PDF)
http://www.trilug.org/media/trilug-HA_Load_Balancing-mtg-2011-03-10.pptx (Powerpoint)

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LUG Organizational Choices, Summary, 13 January 2011

Ten years ago, TriLUG started operating as a North Carolina non-profit
corporation, in order to accept hardware and monetary donations, in turn
re-donating to schools and local LUGs, acting as an incubator for promoting
Linux. Over time, Linux has become more mainstream, is accepted in the
business world, and even used at schools. TriLUG's mission has therefore
changed accordingly, to become more of an educational and social group for
technology and Open Source. Although we're still devoted to education and
outreach, our income and expenses are now related to pizza and meetings.

We are run by a Steering Committee whose membership changes by vote every
year in May. This committee is a group of volunteers, which mean the
committee members have a significantly limited amount of time and energy to
invest in running TriLUG. These two facts have led to a problem that TriLUG
now faces: Over time, the Steering Committee has focused it's efforts on
finding meeting speakers, donors, sponsors, and pizza; and maintaining our
online resources. The annual Steering Committee hand-offs and corporate
bureaucratic tasks have taken a back seat, to the point that we have been
delinquent in corporate paperwork and tax filings. In fact, we are just a
hair's breadth from losing our NC non-profit status and our Federal EIN.

TriLUG is now faced with a decision, upon which we must vote. We must
choose between one of two options.

Do we want to keep the non-profit corporate status which we've not really
used nor needed as of late? If we choose this option, it means that we MUST
spend the time and energy (and possibly even money) required to dig
ourselves out of a deep paperwork hole in order to prove to the IRS and the
State of North Carolina that we desire and deserve to keep the status. In
order for this option to function, we must have volunteers (other than the
current Steering Committee) who will stand up to do the necessary backlog
work. In addition, future Steering Committees MUST be responsible for the
bureaucratic tasks necessary for maintaining the non-profit corporate
status.

On the other hand, do we opt to dissolve TriLUG as a corporation, and become
an informal user group, handling money for pizza and speakers by using a DBA
bank account? This choice allows our current and future Steering Committees
to focus on providing speakers and pizza for meetings, and maintaining our
online resources, and frees us from worrying about meeting (or failing to
meet) corporate status requirements and performing the bureaucratic tasks
necessary to maintain a non-profit corporation.

As you consider the two choices, keep in mind that TriLUG has no current
need for non-profit corporate status, and that if we dissolve the
corporation now, at any time in the future we decide we need it, we can do what is
necessary then to re-incorporate. Also, consider that that at the
organizational meeting held in December to to discuss these matters, the
opinion of the majority of those attending was that we no longer need to be
a non-profit corporation. Finally, if we choose to keep our current
corporate status, it is imperative that those who choose this MUST stand up
and invest themselves in making it happen, or the choice WILL fail!

Members of TriLUG, for which option will you vote?

If you would like to listen to the recording of the Organizational Meeting that was held on December 2nd, 2010, wherein our current status and viable options for action were discussed (keep in mind it was a long meeting, at 2 hours and 50 minutes), you can access the recording at:

http://www.trilug.org/media/trilug-organizational-mtg-2010-12-01.wav

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Organizational meeting - December 2

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, December 2, 2010

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For the last ten years, TriLUG has been operating as a NC non-profit corporation. In the early days, that structure was necessary because the LUG accepted donated hardware and re-donated it to schools and local LUG's. Since then, Linux has become more mainstream, accepted at corporations, and sometimes even used at schools. And in that time, TriLUG's mission has changed significantly, from being an incubator to more of an educational/technical/social group.

We're still devoted to education and outreach, promoting the use of free and open source software. However, as a business, the main income and expenses that we maintain are related to pizza and meetings.

We are entirely a volunteer-run organization. The Steering Committee members dedicate a lot of time to putting together quality programs for the members to learn from and enjoy. But there is also an overhead associated with running the LUG, and that involves paperwork, taxes and corporate filings.

Complicating matters is the fact that we are run by a collection of volunteers that changes every year in May. As the LUG's leadership undergoes its annual transition, we rely on effective hand-off's. Over time, the Steering Committee has been focused on tactical problems: where to find speakers, the price of pizza, finding donors and sponsors. In the meantime, some of the hand-off's and administrative tasks have taken a back seat. In fact, we have sometimes been delinquent in some of our administrative duties. This is not a recent problem... it has persisted for several years.

The meeting on 12/2 is for interested LUG members to discuss the current state of the LUG as an organization, and to brainstorm on possible changes that might make reduce our administrative overhead. We will not be planning meeting content or sysadmin duties or other tactical things -- this meeting is strategic. It's the boring stuff -- paying taxes, filing paperwork.

The "fun" stuff -- meetings, events, technical discussions, and so on -- will continue as normal.

DATE - Thursday, December 2, 2010
TIME - 7:00pm
LOCATION - RedHat HQ
ROOM - Cafeteria / Conference Room (where we normally meet)
DIRECTIONS - http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

UPDATE: A full audio recording (2hrs, 50mins) of the meeting can be found at:
http://www.trilug.org/media/ trilug-organizational-mtg-2010-12-01.wav

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