March 10 Hack Day: OpenWRT No.2

2012-02-09

Due to the overwhelming success of the first Hack Day, TriLUG is doing it again: Hack Day No.2.

Hack Days are kind of like an install fest, where members come together face to face to share ideas and lend a helping hand. The theme for this hack day will be on running Linux (OpenWRT) on Wireless Routers. We ran out of time at the last Hack Day, so let's do it again.

Please add your router to the table on the OpenWRT Hack Day wiki.

Location: SplatSpace located at 331 W. Main Street Durham, NC.

Date: The hack day will be on Saturday 10th March 2012. All day. 10am - 5pm


The activities for the day include:

  • installing OpenWRT firmware (linux) on peoples routers
  • learn some embedded linux skills
  • build and customizing OpenWRT packages
  • take apart routers to add serial ports and other electronics
  • fix bricked and broken routers if we can

What to Bring

  1. laptop/desktop for building and deploying code
  2. wireless router or other funky equipment to run OpenWRT
  3. CAT5 network cable
  4. serial cables, usb-serial adapters, jtag pods

February 18 - NCSU FOSS Fair

2012-01-31

NCSU's 4th annual FOSS Fair is on Saturday, February 18th is the date and lunch will be provided to folks that are signed up on our wiki page by Friday, February 10th. Sign up today and share a day of FOSS!

https://opensource.ncsu.edu/FossFair2012

The FOSS Fair is a barcamp or unconference style event and is completely driven by you, the participants.

So how can you help out with the FOSS Fair?

  • Give a Presentation or Session. Sessions are 50 minutes and can be as formal or informal as you are comfortable with. Everyone is encouraged to hold a session.

  • Tell people about the FOSS Fair. Know other groups on campus that would be interested? Tell them. Blog about FOSS Fair. Be social about the FOSS Fair.

  • Do you have ideas about something that would make the FOSS Fair more of a success? Door prises or other marketing opportunities? Shoot Jack Neely an email and let him know.


February 9 Meeting - Trusted Network Connect (TNC)

2012-01-26

Topic: Trusted Network Connect (TNC) Presenter: Lisa Lorenzin When: Thursday, February 9, 7pm Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC Map: Google Maps

The Trusted Computing Group is an international standards group developing standards for building blocks and software interfaces enabling secure computing environments. Trusted Network Connect (TNC), a work group of TCG, provides a reference architecture and interfaces for network-based intelligent policy decisions, security automation, and communication between devices. Many open source and Linux-based products implement TNC standards; we'll talk about the architecture and standards, current implementations, and real-world uses for TNC-enabled technology.

This overview is intended both as a standalone session and as background for a future session, in which we will take a deep dive into an open source, Linux-based security automation infrastructure leveraging the TNC IF-MAP interface.

Lisa Lorenzin is a Principal Solutions Architect with Juniper Networks, specializing in security and mobility solutions, and a contributing member of Trusted Network Connect, a work group of the Trusted Computing Group that defines an open architecture and standards for endpoint integrity and network security. She has worked in a variety of Internet-related roles since 1995, with more than a decade of that focused on network and information security, and is currently concentrating on enterprise security includin network segmentation, end-to-end identity-based access control, and integration of mobile security.

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January 12 meeting - Open Source Business Intelligence Tools

2011-12-29

Topic: Open Source Business Intelligence Tools Presenter: Alex Meadows When: Thursday, January 12, 7pm Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/dba_alex/open-source-business-intelligence-overview

Business Intelligence has become one of the business world's most valuable tools to determine upcoming business decisions. Thanks to the open source revolution, BI is no longer just for enterprise level businesses.

This presentation will go over the different areas of Business Intelligence and show just how far open source alternatives have come in each area. BI can be broken down into five distinct areas, which include:

  • Reporting
  • Data Warehousing
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Visualization
  • Predictive Analytics
From the very basic reporting to the most advanced predictive analytics, open source can cover many of the features and capabilities of their multi-million dollar competitors.

Alex Meadows is an avid open source advocate and self proclaimed 'data geek'. He has worked in the Business Intelligence field for six years and holds a Masters in Business Intelligence from Saint Joseph's University. He is also the Community Leader of the RTP Penthao User Group. He can be followed on his blog at http://www.bluefiredatasolutions.com and on Twitter at @DBA_Alex.


Wireless Router install and hack day - Sat 21st January 2012

2011-12-22

TriLUG Install and Hack Day, will be kind of like an install fest, where members can meet to share ideas and skills. The theme for this hack day will be on running Linux (OpenWRT) on Wireless Routers. This topic keeps re-appearing on the TriLUG mailing list every few months, so why not get together and help each other do something fun.

Date: The hack day will be on Saturday 21st January 2012. All day. 10am - 5pm

Location: Techshop RDU located at 5905 Triangle Drive Raleigh, NC 27617.


The activities for the day include:

  • installing OpenWRT firmware (linux) on peoples routers
  • learn some embedded linux skills
  • build and customizing OpenWRT packages
  • take apart routers to add serial ports and other electronics
  • fix bricked and broken routers if we can

What to Bring

  1. laptop/desktop for building and deploying code
  2. wireless router or other funky equipment to run OpenWRT
  3. CAT5 network cable
  4. serial cables, usb-serial adapters, jtag pods

December 8 meeting: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social

2011-11-27

Topic: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social Presenter: You! When: Thursday, December 8, 7pm Where: SplatSpace, 331 W. Main St., Durham, NC Map: http://splatspace.org/location/ Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-12-08/showcase

Back by popular demand, our holiday meeting will be at SplatSpace (our local hackerspace) in Durham, NC.

We will provide space to anyone who wants to showcase open source projects they find interesting. It can be software, hardware, or data -- just as long as it's free (as in speech). Think of it as a science fair or show-and-tell for open source enthusiasts.

We will also open up the kitchen area for anyone who wants to bring snacks, desserts, and drinks to share with everyone else. These items do not have to be open source, but you definitely get extra geek cred if there is a creative-commons licensed recipe sitting next to the food you bring. It also makes it easier for folks like me, who try and avoid gluten, to know what's safe to eat.

The doors open at 7pm and you can wander from table to table, to see the neat things people are showcasing. If you are presenting something, be sure to let us know which things you want to see. We will try to coordinate breaks for people so that even the presenters get a chance to see the things that interest them.

If you'd like to showcase something or bring some food to share, please add an entry to the wiki page: http://trilug.org/wiki/Meeting:2011_December_8

PLEASE NOTE: To make things a little harder for spammers, you have to enter a username and password to access the wiki. The username is "TRI" and the password is "LUG".

You may also add things to the wiki page that you simply wish someone would demonstrate. That said, please consider running that table yourself. It's completely OK to show up with 20 copies of a live CD that you've been meaning to try out and to invite others to sit down and tinker on it with you. The important parts of this meeting are sharing your interests with others and socializing. Please let us know ASAP that you intend to present something, so that we can reserve a table and chair for you.

Alan Porter, one of our fantastic steering committee members, has volunteered to demo an Arduino system, "that measures and records environmental stats for our hermit crab's cage. It's like a Star Trek tricorder for crustaceans. The hardware and development tools are all open source - so share and enjoy!"

I've heard rumors that someone is bringing egg nog, but I'm not sure how much. What are you bringing? Go add it to the wiki now :)

Looking forward to seeing all of you at SplatSpace on December 8!

Kind regards, Justis Peters


November 10 meeting - Nagios and Cacti

2011-10-29

Topic: Nagios and Cacti Presenter: Dylan Lusk When: Thursday, November 10, 7pm Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

No network is complete without an effective monitoring solution, and who doesn't love a good graph or two?

Come to TriLUG's November meeting to learn the ins and outs of network and service monitoring. Fellow TriLUG member Dylan Lusk will introduce Nagios and Cacti, two premier projects in the world of FOSS monitoring tools.

Dylan will go into the details of setting up a host system to monitor the health of your network. He will then show how to setup and integrate devices and services into the monitoring.

About Nagios and Cacti:

Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality.

About Dylan:

Dylan Lusk is currently a network engineer and system administrator for a regional telecommunications provider. Over the years he has honed his expertise in a variety of networking-related positions, including stints at a Charlotte datacenter/ISP and a major credit card company. His extensive experience with open source network monitoring stretches back to the days when Nagios was called NetSaint (circa 2000). Over those years, he has successfully monitored everything from blade servers in the lab to climate sensors in enterprise-grade network deployments.


October 13 meeting - FabLab

2011-09-23

Topic: FabLab Presenter: Drew Nelson When: Thursday, October 13th, 7pm Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-10-13/fablab

Drew will take us through the challenges and rewards of using Open Source software at FabLab.

Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.


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