December 10 meeting - Pot Luck social + the Beagle Board


Location: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus Speaker: Brian Phelps Time: Thursday December 10, 7pm Food: NO PIZZA THIS TIME - bring a dish to share


For the last few years in December, TriLUG has hosted a "social", a time to gather and eat and chat and play games, without the distractions of a planned presentation.

We're going to try something new this year, the hybrid talk / social meeting.

Brian Phelps has been working with a pretty neat ARM-based embedded board called the "Beagle Board". It's a very capable little machine, with very modest needs. It has some smokin' hot graphics and lots of pins for hooking stuff up to it. And it can be powered by a USB plug.

Before, during, and after Brian's presentation/demo, we will be sharing food with our peers. Bring a dish, either something home-made or something store-bought, and share it with the group.

Food sign-up/ideas sheet on the wiki:



TriLUG has received generous support from the following organizations and individuals. The sponsors are listed in alphabetical order within each sponsorship category, and the donation made by each sponsor is noted.

TriLUG Sponsorship level descriptions can be found on the Sponsorship Information" page.

Please contact the Steering Committee if you or your organization are interested in sponsoring TriLUG.

Platinum Sponsors

Server co-location generously provided by DASH Systems. Logo for Dash Systems

Gold Sponsors

Caktus Group

Caktus Group located in Durham, NC provides the meeting space for TriLUG Hack Nights, at Caktus' Tech Space. Thank you, Caktus!

Brian's Hub 3D Printing

Brian provides an on-demand 3D printing service for the Triangle, featuring a 25% discount for TriLUG Members! Brian provides the custom TriTux models provided to TriLUG meeting presenters. Thank you Brian for your support!

Dr. Warren Jasper and the NCSU College of Textiles

Dr. Jasper and the NCSU College of Textiles generously provide the space for our regular monthly meetings. Thank you, Dr. Jasper and the College!

Silver Sponsors

O'Reilly and Associates have agreed to give TriLUG members 20% off of all O'Reilly and Associates books purchased at their website or through their phone number, 1-800-998-9938. See a Steering Committee member for details. O'Reilly also generously donates multiple titles to the TriLUG library, and giveaway books for our meetings.

Bronze Sponsors

All Things Open is a conference exploring open source, open tech, and the open Web in the enterprise. All Things Open is held every October in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Intrex Computers, is your 'one stop shop' for all your computing needs including parts, custom systems, repairs, and other services. Show your membership card at any of the Intrex stores & get discount pricing on all their products.

November 12 meeting - PostgreSQL 8.4


Location: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus Speaker: Andrew Dunstan Time: 7pm

The PostgreSQL project released v8.4 of its relational database in July. Andrew Dunstan will introduce us to the project as a whole, and delve into some of the new features (e.g. Windowing Functions) of the recent release. Andrew is also part of the Postgres development team, so as a bonus, we may get a sneak peek at in-development improvements (e.g. Streaming Replication).

Postgres is behind the scenes of many well-known sites and companies, including Cisco, Debian, MySpace, OpenStreetMap, Skype, and Yahoo!.

October 8 meeting - Linux High-Availability


Linux is a very popular choice for server applications, but many businesses require extremely high availability. For example, phone companies require "five nines" of availability. That's 99.999% uptime.

Sure, my desktop PC might go a month or two between reboots. But how do you ensure that your Linux-based application is available ALL the time?

"Linux HA" is a set of tools that allows you to cluster several Linux systems together to provide a very high level of availability. When one system is not responding, the next one takes over.

SImon Karpen and Eric Blau will show us how all of this Linux HA magic works. Eric develops databases that are used by cellular telephone companies to route telephone calls, so he knows first-hand that Linux HA works well.

We would also like to thank Tekelec for sponsoring this month's meeting.

The wiki contains the pertinent details (directions, time, agenda): Linux HA

September 10 meeting - So, You Think You Want to Start an Open Source Business


NOTE - There was some concern that our speaker might not be able to make it on Thursday night, but we have confirmed that the presentation will proceed as originally planned. - Alan Porter, 9/8 10pm

In 2002, Tarus Balog took a leap of faith by leaving his steady day job and taking over the management of a software package called OpenNMS. He has managed to slowly grow his business by providing support for this open source package, and by following the mantra "spend less than you earn".

Tarus will share his experiences with open source business, how it is viewed by customers, competitors, contributors and leeches.

And if you've got this lingering feeling that you could participate in the open source world and make it your full-time profession, Tarus has plenty of advice. Come join us for an unforgettable talk.

Time: 7:00pm Thursday, September 10 Place: Red Hat HQ Directions:

Pizza and drinks are free. We'd like to thank Tarus Balog and The OpenNMS Group for their generous sponsorship of this month's meeting.

There is no charge for attendance or membership. Donations are always welcome.

August 13 meeting - Drupal


Our very own Allen Freeman will be discussing Drupal, a very popular content management system (and if you're reading this notice, then you're seeing an example of it in action).

Find out how to set it up, what it can do, why you'd want to use it.

(1) Design a web page using Drupal. (2) ??? (3) Profit!

July 9 meeting - The Semantic Web


Please join us as Phillip Rhodes gives us a glimpse into the future of the internet - the Semantic Web.

The Semantic Web is the name given to Sir Tim Berners-Lee's vision for the next generation of the World Wide Web. On today's web, most data is provided in a format which is easy for humans to understand, but which computer programs have trouble understanding. This makes it difficult for us to program computers to perform useful, time-consuming tasks for us, using data retrieved over the Web.

As the Semantic Web vision unfolds and more data is provided in "structured data" form, it will become increasingly easy to develop programs which can appear to act much more intelligent in terms of how they interact with the web and with each other. This will provide the potential for a huge surge in productivity as we enable computers to perform lower-value tasks for us, freeing people to focus on tasks which require human creativity.

We are still a long way from the kind of "Artificial Intelligence" that we have seen in science-fiction programmes and movies, but the Semantic Web moves us forward in our evolution of adapting technology to simplify our lives.

June 11 meeting - Unbreaking Linux Audio


Daniel Chen is a Master of the Universe. No, not like "He-Man". He contributes significant time to the Ubuntu project, helping make audio applications and infrastructure "just work". This is a huge undertaking, since there are so many sound card drivers and so many audio frameworks that have come and gone over the years. This work has earned him the title of MotU from the Ubuntu team.

Dan will give us an idea of how audio works in Linux (visualize: spaghetti). And he'll share tips and tricks on making audio applications work seamlessly... or, at least with less frustration than before.

Dan is part of the TriLUG diaspora, who frequently graced our presence in years past, but who now only return when bribed with free pizza and the chance to speak in front of the crowd. Let's give Dan a big homecoming welcome.


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