KWLUG Meeting: Monday, February 1, 2021, 7pm

Community Storytelling with OpenShot, PinePhone and Open Hardware

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Update: Alisa had to postpone her presentation, but we will reschedule.

Christian Snyder worked on a digital storytelling project for Reception House, a local refugee settlement agency. He developed a workflow to help new refugees share their stories on social media, and he turned to open source for help. Among the tools he recommended was OpenShot, the free software video. Christian will discuss the project and lead us through the technology decisions he made.

The PinePhone is a recently-released open hardware phone that runs mainstream Linux. Stephen Paul Weber owns one, and will share his experiences about it. Stephen also owns a Novena laptop, and may share his experiences with that as well.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, January 4 2021, 7pm

3NWeb Live Space, Minimalist Desktop with Xmonad and fish

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This meeting will be held on BigBlueButton: . There will be no passcode.

Mikalai Birukou will give us an update about his 3NWeb project. He writes:


There is no separate cybersphere, there is only life here. Online is real  life. Your digital rights are no different from everyday human rights.  Unfortunately, today most people live in a digital feudalism.

Unlike physical space that was here already, we've been creating digital realm. Disrespect towards users is not a technical phenomena, but it is made possible by certain architectural choices.                                                                       

3NWeb gives a practical architecture for spaces that users own, where it is safe to build one's life, the promised land.                                 


Raul Suarez decided to move to a minimalist desktop using  XMonad on Archlinux. He will tell us about his journey, how he is adapting to the desktop, and the applications he uses. Part of his journey involved switching from bash to fish, which he says he "should have done years ago."                                          

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3NWeb_Live_Space.odp 7.2 MB
3NWeb_Live_Space.pdf 2.22 MB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Dec 7 2020, 7pm

Online Voting Revisited, Python 3 for Linux Users

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The meeting will be held on our BigBlueButton instance: . There will be no passcode.


Mikalai was unable to present in September, so he will talk about his work in online voting systems this month. He writes:

Tech can change distribution of power. Online voting is usually developed only as a convenience for voters, but we can do more. I will present a design that shifts power to voters by letting every voter to count votes. My device counts votes, your device counts votes, and we the people come to consensus. 

Derek Steinmoeller will tell us about scripting and apps for Linux users. He writes:

In this talk, I'll introduce Python 3 to Linux users interested in building automation solutions and/or their own simple apps. We'll look at application areas both on the desktop and the Raspberry Pi.


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2020-12-Online-Voting.odp 4.92 MB
2020-12-Online-Voting.pdf 1.79 MB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Nov 2 2020, 7pm

OpenCV, IPv6 + DHCPv6

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OpenCV logo

The meeting will be held on our BigBlueButton instance: . There will be no passcode.


Chris Blasko will follow up his well-received computer vision presentation with a look at OpenCV, an open source computer vision library. 

Jon Champagne will discuss some topics related to IPv6 and DHCPv6.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, October 5, 2020, 7pm

Ask Us Anything Roundtable

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This meeting will be held on our BigBlueButton server: . There will be no access code.

This month we will hold a roundtable discussions around FLOSS-related questions and answers. Is there a free-software topic you would like to know more about? Are you struggling to solve a problem? Are you looking for software/hardware recommendations for a particular task? Bring your questions and we can see whether we can answer them collectively.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Sept 14, 2020, 7pm

GamerOS , Online Voting

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Update 2: Unfortunately, Mikalai had a last-minute emergency and could not present his online voting presentation this month.

Update: the meeting url will be . There will be no passcode.

Alesh Slovak will introduce GamerOS, a Linux distro that provides an "out of the box couch gaming experience." Find out what GamerOS is, what makes it unique, and why Alesh committed the mortal sin of creating his own Linux distribution.

Mikalai Birukou will talk about some workshopping he has done around online voting. He writes:

Tech can change distribution of power. Online voting is usually developed onlyas a convenience for voters, but we can do more. I will present a design that shifts power to voters by letting every voter to count votes. My device counts votes, your device counts votes, and we the people come to consensus. 

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, August 10, 2020, 7pm

WireGuard, YAW-Hooks

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Update 3: Unfortunately Colin had a family emergency and was not able to present WireGuard. We will attempt to reschedule this topic.

Update: The URL for this month's meeting is . The access code is 507191 . Update 2: we have disabled the access code.


Colin Knapp will demonstrate how he installs the fast, small, and modern VPN WireGuard on his devices.

Mikalai Birukou will tell us about his YAW-Hooks project, which creates transient credentials for use in scripts. He writes:

There are times when you want a process on one machine to do something on another.

The simplest and POLA (Principle of Least Authority) compliant approach would be to define a script/command, give it a url that may even lock arguments (POLA) passed to script/command, and generate credentials applicable only this url (POLA). Use creds to do precise curl-ing.                                     
Repo is at .


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YAW-hooks_2020-08-10.odp 585.72 KB
YAW-hooks_2020-08-10.pdf 432.57 KB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, July 6 2020, 7pm

Video Editing, MusicBrainz

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Update: This meeting will be held via our BigBlueButton instance. URL: . Access code: 019336 . If you need telephone access contact us before the meeting.

Michael Hitchens will demonstrate video collection and editing using FLOSS tools. He will gather video using OBS, and edit it with Kdenlive.

Andrew Cant will discuss MusicBrainz, the open source encyclopedia of music.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, June 1, 2020, 7pm

OhMyForm, BigBlueButton

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Update: This meeting will be held online. The URL is . Update 2: There is no code for this meeting. If you need to connect to the meeting by phone please contact us in advance.

Colin Knapp will tell us about OhMyForm, a Google Forms open source alternative that he has adopted from the ashes of the TypeForm project. He will demonstrate the project and his involvement with it, and recruit some additional contributors to it.

Paul Nijjar will discuss the setup and care of the open-source web conferencing software BigBlueButton, including caveats and gotchas.

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2020-06-01-bbb.pdf 89.84 KB
2020-06-bbb-slides.tgz 5.55 KB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, May 4, 2020, 7pm

Dnsmasq, KW Commits

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Update: This meeting will be held online. The meeting URL is . (Sorry for the ugliness.) The access code is 932324 . Please use your name or a handle we recognise so that we don't accuse you of being a Zoombomber. (Also, don't be a Zoombomber.)


Update 2: Lori has posted the following dnsmasq resources:



Tim Laurence will tell us about KW Commits, an initiative to increase the visibility of people who contribute to open source software locally.

Lori Paniak will tell us about Dnsmasq, a program that provides network infrastructure for small networks: DNS, DHCP, network booting, and more...


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Sample dnsmasq.conf 7.5 KB
tim-KW-Commits_0.pdf 210.35 KB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, April 6, 2020, 7pm

LaTeX at the Law Library, clusterssh

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Update 3: As previously announced, the meeting will be held online at . The access code is 254896 . Please use your real name, or use a handle we would recognise from other interactions. Everybody will be able to join in listen mode, and we will unlock people we know to be able to use the microphone (but please mute yourself unless you are actively participating in the discussion).

Update 2: We will be holding this meeting online: . You will need an access code to get into the meeting. We will post that code here by Thursday April 2 at 8pm, and also announce the access code in the monthly meeting announcement. For more information about the online platform we are using, see the meeting location link.

COVID-19 Update:We will not hold this meeting in-person (partially because of public health guidelines, partially because TriOS is closed). We will try to make a virtualized online meeting happen; otherwise we will cancel. We will have an update on this page by Friday, April 3 at 8pm.


John Eddie Kerr will deliver his long-anticipated presentation on LaTeX at his law library. He writes:

Not just for math and science, LaTeX has found its way into the law library I manage. I will demonstrate some of the documents I create in the library. I will also show what Gaelic and LaTeX have in common.

This will be a beginner-friendly presentation.

Jeff Smith will explain how he uses clusterssh to manage lots of Linux machines at once.

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Special Event: LibrePlanet, March 14-15 2020

LibrePlanet 2020 Satellite Edition

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Each year, the Free Software Foundation holds a conference in Boston. This year, some people in Kitchener-Waterloo are organizing a satellite event to be held at the Delta Hotel in Waterloo. They write:

We're excited to be hosting our own version of LibrePlanet, an annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation in Boston for free software enthusiasts and anyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. LibrePlanet brings together software developers, law and policy experts, activists, students, and computer users to learn skills, celebrate free software accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2020 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. The theme for LibrePlanet 2020 is "Free the Future".

For the first time ever, all the great presentations of LibrePlanet are coming to Canada! Bringing in the main talks via live stream, with space for local hallway track and more, LibrePlanet Canada Satellite Edition is your chance to meet with like-minded participants and take in the event from Canada. For those in Southern Ontario who find travel to Boston just beyond their price range, or those in Canada or anywhere else who have difficulties with travel to the USA, this is the version of LibrePlanet for you.

Tickets have a suggested price ranging from $50 (for students/low-waged) to $250 (for those being sponsored by their companies). Pricing is flexible in that you can pay less (or more!) for tickets depending on your financial circumstances.

Learn more about the conference and register at




KWLUG Meeting: Monday, March 2, 2020, 7pm

Audacity, Salt

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R. Brent Clements will give a beginner-friendly tutorial on Audacity.

Mikalai Birukou will tell us about the third leg of his journey in building out web infrastructure at scale. He writes:

I have talked about Docker and LXC out of my own experience. Now I've been Salt-ing the whole infrastructure ( ).

I'd love to share my own finite experience, findings, choices (not ideal, of course). I'd love to hear your comments, your perspective and your "war stories".

As usual, I'll talk from a perspective of doing it from ground up, the simple way possible (forever novice).




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KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Jan 6, 2020, 7pm

Dhall, SSL Web Certificates

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Dhall Logo

John Steel will give a beginner-friendly introduction to SSL certificates and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

Stephen Paul Weber will tell us about Dhall, a non-Turing-complete, non-repetitive configuration language intended to replace YAML and/or JSON.

(The Dhall logo is CC-BY 4.0 from the Dhall website.)

Update: Stephen's slides are here:

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, November 4, 2019, 7pm

Beginner Git, Matrix

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Git and Matrix logos

Paul Nijjar will give a conceptual, high-level overview of how to use git, with the end goal of making a pull request on a Gitlab/Github project. This presentation will be beginner-friendly.

Hubert Chathi is a developer for Matrix, a real-time communications protocol.that supports end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication. Hubert will tell us about the project and some of its features.

Update: Hubert has posted his slides to his website:

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Hubert's Matrix slides 83.53 KB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, October 7 2019, 7pm

Syncthing, Blockchain

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Sandeep Johri will tell us about how he uses Syncthing to keep his files safe.

Gheorghe Curelet-Balan will tell us about blockchains. He writes:


This talk will introduce the fundamental concepts & features of a blockchain (permanent distributed ledger, transaction & block building, block mining, proof of work, incentives, governance, etc.) in the context of bitcoin's step by step operation.

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Syncthing slides 331.89 KB
Blockchain slides (PDF) 2.94 MB
Blockchain slides (ODP) 7.89 MB

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Sept 9, 2019, 7pm

Home Network Setup, PrivacySafe

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Sandeep Johri will tell us how he set up and secured his home network. His hope is that the audience can help him identify issues and vulnerabilities. This presentation will be beginner-friendly.

Mikalai Birukou will tell us about PrivacySafe, a product he is developing to provide "simple private and secure servers for your home".

Unfortunately, Joan will be unable to present for us in September. Stay tuned for a replacement presentation.

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KWLUG Meeting: Monday, August 12, 2019, 7pm

WRDashboard, Vim

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Andrew Cant will describe the tools and workflow behind WRDashboard, an information aggregator for Waterloo Region.

Jason Eckert has been using Vim for decades. He will give us a beginner-friendly tutorial of the text editor.

Update: Jason has provided his slides, linked below.

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