TriLUG Code of Conduct



2nd Draft.

Members of the TriLUG community need to work together effectively, and this code of conduct lays down the "ground rules" for our cooperation.

Be considerate. - Not all members of the TriLUG community are as knowledgeable as you may be. When answering questions, be polite, helpful and honest.

Be respectful. - Everyone can make a valuable contribution to TriLUG. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. We expect members of the TriLUG community to be respectful when dealing with others as well as with people outside TriLUG when representing the TriLUG.

Be collaborative. - Linux, Open Source, and Free Software are about collaboration and working together. Collaboration reduces redundancy of work done and improves the quality of our results. You should aim to collaborate with other members of the TriLUG community, as well as members of other organizations within the user group community. Your work should be done transparently and ideas from TriLUG projects should be given back to the community when they are made, not just when your project is completed. If you wish to work on new initiatives or projects for TriLUG, don't feel obliged to have TriLUG-wide agreement before you begin. Simply keep the TriLUG community informed of your work, and publish your work in a way that allows outsiders to test, discuss and contribute to your efforts.

When you disagree, consult others. - Disagreements, both political and technical, happen all the time and the TriLUG community is no exception. The important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to resolve them constructively. You should turn to the community and to the community process to seek advice and to resolve disagreements. We have the Steering Committee, which will help to decide the right course for TriLUG, but there are many leaders in many different disciplines within TriLUG who may be able to help you figure out which direction will be most acceptable. If you really want to go a different way, then we encourage you to expand and enrich the user group community by starting a new user group focused on your special interest. TriLUG isn't worried about competing with other groups, but wishes to assist and facilitate wherever possible and appropriate.

When you are unsure, ask for help. - Nobody knows everything, and nobody is expected to be perfect in the TriLUG community. Asking questions avoids many problems down the road, and so questions are encouraged. Those who are asked should be responsive and helpful. However, when asking a question, care must be taken to do so in an appropriate forum. Off-topic and "meta" questions should be marked as such (Subject: OT and/or META...).

Step down considerately. People come and go from any collaborative group. When you leave or disengage from TriLUG, in whole or in part, we ask that you do so in a way that minimizes disruption to the LUG. This means you should tell people you are leaving and take the proper steps to ensure that others can pick up where you leave off. This is mainly important for those providing volunteer services that others have come to depend on.

Mailing lists and IRC

Mailing lists and IRC are important parts of the TriLUG community platform. This code of conduct applies very much to your behavior in those forums too. Please follow these guidelines.

  1. Please use a valid email address to which direct responses can be made.
  2. Please avoid flamewars, trolling, personal attacks, and repetitive arguments.

Team leaders

In addition to this Code of Conduct, we hold our community leaders (such as IRC operators, mailing list owners, and the Steering Committee) to an even higher standard which is documented in the Leadership Code of Conduct.


The TriLUG Code of Conduct is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license and is based on the Ubuntu Code of Conduct ( You may re-use it for your own project, and modify it as you wish, just please allow others to use your modifications and give credit to the Triangle Linux Users Group.

August 15, 2007 at 18:00 TriLUG Chapel Hill Meeting - Linux Video Editing w/ Joey Carr


The first TriLUG monthly Chapel Hill meeting will take place at 18:00 until 20:00 on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 in room 208 at Manning Hall on UNC Campus. The talk is on Linux video editing, given by Joey Carr.

The talk will introduce the capabilities of several of the most basic tools in linux video production (kino/dvgrab, cinelerra, ffmpeg, and mencoder). Other tools and multimedia-focused linux distributions will be discussed. A basic production workflow will be demonstrated for video capture via IEEE 1394 (i.e. Firewire), and editing in Kino. Finally, options for DVD authoring will be covered in brief.

Joey previously worked as a Java developer and later as a business analyst for a medical informatics application service provider. He recently returned to UNC to study film and video production in the department of Communication Studies. He is currently working for iBiblio on their video speaker and other projects.

Linux 101 Class is full


Thanks everyone for your interest. The Linux 101 class for this Saturday, July 14, 2007, is officially full. We will let everyone know of the next class as soon as information is available.

August 9, 2007 TriLUG Meeting - Fedora 7, lead by Max Spevack, Greg "Darlene" Dekoenigsberg and Key Signing Party w/ Paul Boyle


The August 2007 meeting of the Triangle Linux Users Group (Sponsored by Red Hat, Inc.) will be held at 7pm, August 9, at Red Hat on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (directions) . Our speakers will be Max Spevack and Greg DeKoenigsberg of the Fedora Project and Red Hat, Inc.

There will be a special announcement for TriLUG members at the beginning of this meeting.

The talk is on Fedora 7 from the perspective of a free software contributor:

1) How packages get into Fedora. Who owns them, how they are built, etc.

2) The compose tools that actually create the distribution. How they work, how to contribute to them, and how to use them in order to spin a custom version of Fedora. A demonstration will be in order!

3) Fedora's community perspective. How we try to build community -- both technical and non-technical -- and how people can become involved in Fedora.

Max Spevack is the current Fedora Project Leader. He has been with Red Hat since 2004, previously as the QA team lead for Red Hat Network. He has a BS in Computer Science.

Greg DeKoenigsberg is the community development manager for Red Hat. He is a former leader and board member emeritus of the Fedora Project. He has been with Red Hat since 2001. Many of the members of TriLUG know him better as "Darlene".

There will also be a key signing arranged by Paul D. Boyle. You can find more information about signing parties here, and Gnu Privacy Guard here. Cristóbal M. Palmer has sent to the list some additional links that are distribution specific to Ubuntu (but may be helpful for others anyhow) for key signing parties and Gnu Privacy Guard here. If you want to get started with email security etc., but these aren't enough then email the list or join #trilug and ask for help.

Linux 101 Class


Just a reminder - the Linux 101 class will be held at Raritan in Raleigh on July 14, 2007 from 9am to 12pm. As of this writing, the class is a little more than half full. This class is free, but space is limited so email Matt Frye mattfrye at gmail dot com to register or for more info.

Raritan is located at 801 Jones Franklin Road Suite 100.

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.

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.

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


The Linux Users Group of the Triangle. Serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and RTP.


Our monthly meetings are hosted by:

Dr. Warren Jasper

3D Printed "TriTuxes" provided by:
Brian Henning

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