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.

July 12 2007 TriLUG Meeting - Ken Coar on Communication in Distributed Open Source Development, Sponsored by Hosted Solutions

The July 2007 meeting of the Triangle Linux Users Group (Sponsored by Hosted Solutions) will be held at 7pm, July 12, at Red Hat on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (directions) . Our speaker will be Ken Coar, Vice President of the Apache Software Foundation on the topic of "Communication in Distributed Open Source Development".

Dealing with people from afar is not a new issue, but the explosive growth of open software involvement has brought some of its aspects into high, and sometimes critical, relief. People are having to learn to perform common tasks in new ways, and frequently their only teachers are themselves.

Ken Coar is a member and Vice President of the Apache Software
Foundation, a director and VP of the Open Software Initiative, and a
Senior Software Engineer with IBM. He has over two decades of
experience with network software and applications, system
administration, system programming, process analysis, technical
support, and computer security. Ken knows more than a dozen
programming languages, but mostly writes in Perl, PHP, and C. He has
worked with the World-Wide Web since 1992, been involved with Apache
since 1996, has been a member of the Association for Computing
Machinery, and is one of the authors of the CGI 1.1 RFC (RFC 3875).
He is the author of 'Apache Server for Dummies' and co-author of
'Apache Server Unleashed' and 'Apache Cookbook'. He somewhat
spastically maintains a Web log, 'The Rodent's Burrow', at
http://Ken.Coar.Org/burrow/ .

Ken currently lives in North Carolina, USA, with a variable number of
cats, several computers, many many books and films, strange chemical
experiments, and has varieties of furry woodland and feathered
creatures frolicking at his (second-story) door. He is deliriously
happily married, and his significantly better half, who has blessed
his existence for more than two decades, is to blame for it. She is
also responsible for most of Ken's successes, and certainly for what
remains of his sanity.

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Video of June TriLUG meeting via ibiblio.org

Video of the June TriLUG meeting via ibiblio.org is now available. The meeting featured Sapna Kumar speaking about GPLv3.

Thanks to ibiblio.org and COSI for making this video possible.

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June 2007 TriLUG Meeting - GPLv3

The June 2007 meeting of the Triangle Linux Users Group will be held at 7pm, June 14, at Red Hat on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (directions) . Our speaker will be Sapna Kumar, Faculty Fellow at Duke University Law School and the topic will be the GNU General Public License version 3. Sapna will discuss changes in GPL v.3 and what they mean for hackers. She'll discuss the infighting that has been going on inside the open source community and how v.3 deals with the growing threat of software patents.

Sapna Kumar is a faculty fellow at Duke University Law School. Her areas of interest include open source software, patent reform in biotechnology, and federal agency law. Prior to coming to Duke, she was in private practice, focusing on patent litigation and software licensing.

This meeting is sponsored by Resolvit Resources: Consulting Services for Information Technology, Business Process Improvement, Data Management, and Staff Augmentation. www.resolvitresources.com

As always, this meeting is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages are provided free of charge.

Server Troubles

On May 6, 2007, /var on talon.trilug.org (web, mail, lists) began exhibiting failure consistent behavior. Kevin Otte presented the following error info to the sysadmin subcommittee:

find: /var/lib/mailman/archives/private/trilug/Week-of-Mon-20030811/019424.html:
Input/output error
hdc: read_intr: status=0x59 { DriveReady SeekComplete DataRequest Error }
hdc: read_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=15750559,
sector=15750496
end_request: I/O error, dev 16:01 (hdc), sector 15750496
I/O error in filesystem ("ide1(22,1)") meta-data dev ide1(22,1) block
0xf05560 ("xfs_trans_read_buf") error 5 buf count 8192

With pilot, the new trilug server in place, but only partially configured, we found ourselves in the unique situation of having plenty of resources, but not much personal bandwidth to immediately fix the problem. I asked Kevin to perform a backup of /var pending further action.

Early on the morning of May 7, 2007, Tanner Lovelace presented a report of what was set up on pilot, and we decided to move talon's contents to pilot, rather
than putting some "temporary" solution in place to hold talon together.

This work is generally complete, but there are probably a few adjustments to be made, and some DNS info is still propagating. Additionally, it is not yet know whether mail sent to talon between the initial failure and the resolution is available or whether it was lost. If it is lost, please accept my apology in advance.

My thanks to the following people for their technical work and advisory:

Tanner Lovelace
Kevin Otte
Jeremy Portzer
Cristobal Palmer

We encourage everyone to read "How to Report Bugs Effectively" and report
any weirdness via the TriLUG Contact Form

Matt Frye
TriLUG SysAdmin

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May 2007 TriLUG Meeting - Basic Audio/Video Fun with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

The next meeting of the Triangle Linux Users Group will be held at 7:00PM at Red Hat HQ (directions) on May 10, 2007.

Our speaker will be Tom Billman of Giant Shoulder, Inc. The talk focuses on some basic video (DV and MPEG-2) processing using open source software on Linux with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. Simple DV editing will be performed using Kino. Simple MPEG-2 (and maybe some AVI) editing will be performed using avidemux. A couple audio tools will be shown, SoundJuicer, FLAC to ogg transcoding, Rhythmbox. The awkwardtv AppleTV hacking scene will be covered for a couple minutes. VLC and Mplayer will be used to display video and audio. Streaming video will be demonstrated.

This meeting is sponsored by Integrated Technical Services (www.itsco.com).

As always, this meeting is free and open to all interested parties. Beverages and pizza are provided at no cost, but donations are always accepted.

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