Saturday, February 20, 4pm: Laptop Rescue Mission

Meeting Date

Every so often a group of KWLUGers volunteers to rescue laptops donated to the Computer Recycling project at The Working Centre. For assorted reasons it is not viable for Computer Recycling to spend much time refurbishing these laptops itself, so we sort through them, select ones in reasonable condition, then install Xubuntu on them for resale.

You are invited to come help! You do not need to be a Linux nerd or a hardware genius to participate: if you can use a screwdriver, read numbers and follow instructions then you can be helpful. There will be lots to learn, but you can learn it as you go along. Linux nerds and hardware geniuses are also welcome to participate, of course.

To participate, please RSVP using the Contact Us functionality on this website. Because Computer Recycling is ordinarily closed on Saturdays, you will need special instructions to get into the building.

We will start at around 4pm and end around 8pm, but if you can only come later or have to leave earlier that's fine too.

Saturday, Jan 30: Conestoga Linux Fest 2016

Meeting Date

Conestoga College is organizing an inaugural Linux Fest. It will feature a variety of speakers.
We will post more information as it becomes available.

It will be held on Saturday, 30 January 2016 from 9:00am-4:00pm in room 1E05 at the Doon Campus of Conestoga College.

Cost: $5.00 at the door

Schedule:

9:30->10:40: Bob Jonkman :: What is Free Software?

10:40->12:00: Randy Kolenko

12:00->1:00: Lunch (Pizza and Coffee :: A programmer's favorite meal)

1:00->2:10: Ed Barsalou :: IOT Talk

2:10-3:20: Colin J. Mills :: LFS Educational?

3:20-4:00: Bob Jonkman :: GNU social -- Participatory Demonstration. Bring your laptop/tablet/phone!

4:00-4:20: Closing remarks.

Organizer: Colin J. Mills (cjm)
E-mail: colin.j.mills96@gmail.com

Conestoga College, Kitchener Ontario Canada.
2nd Year Software Engineer.

"Don't patch bad code - rewrite it" -- P. J. Plauger

View and download the poster from Flickr! (CC0 by Laurel L. Russwurm)

Saturday, January 16, 4pm: Laptop Repair Session

Meeting Date

Every so often a group of KWLUGers volunteers to rescue laptops donated to the Computer Recycling project at The Working Centre. For assorted reasons it is not viable for Computer Recycling to spend much time refurbishing these laptops itself, so we sort through them, select ones in reasonable condition, then install Xubuntu on them for resale.

You are invited to come help! You do not need to be a Linux nerd or a hardware genius to participate: if you can use a screwdriver, read numbers and follow instructions then you can be helpful. There will be lots to learn, but you can learn it as you go along. Linux nerds and hardware geniuses are also welcome to participate, of course.

To participate, please RSVP using the Contact Us functionality on this website. Because Computer Recycling is ordinarily closed on Saturdays, you will need special instructions to get into the building.

We will start at around 4pm and end around 8pm, but if you can only come later or have to leave earlier that's fine too.

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 4pm: Laptop Rescue Mission

Meeting Date

Every so often a group of KWLUGers volunteers to rescue laptops donated to the Computer Recycling project at The Working Centre. For assorted reasons it is not viable for Computer Recycling to spend much time refurbishing these laptops itself, so we sort through them, select ones in reasonable condition, then install Xubuntu on them for resale.

You are invited to come help! You do not need to be a Linux nerd or a hardware genius to participate: if you can use a screwdriver, read numbers and follow instructions then you can be helpful. There will be lots to learn, but you can learn it as you go along. Linux nerds and hardware geniuses are also welcome to participate, of course.

To participate, please RSVP using the Contact Us functionality on this website. Because Computer Recycling is ordinarily closed on Saturdays, you will need special instructions to get into the building.

We will start at around 4pm and end around 8pm, but if you can only come later or have to leave earlier that's fine too.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, December 7, 2015, 7pm

GNU Social

Meeting Date

Bob Jonkman will tell us about GNU Social, the federated microblogging platform that started its life as StatusNet. If you bring a wifi-enabled device with you (laptop, phone or tablet) then you will be able to participate in the live demonstration.

UPDATE: Bob has made his presentation slides available.

Saturday, Nov 21, 4pm: Laptop Rescue Mission

Meeting Date

Every so often a group of KWLUGers volunteers to rescue laptops donated to the Computer Recycling project at The Working Centre. For assorted reasons it is not viable for Computer Recycling to spend much time refurbishing these laptops itself, so we sort through them, select ones in reasonable condition, then install Xubuntu on them for resale.

You are invited to come help! You do not need to be a Linux nerd or a hardware genius to participate: if you can use a screwdriver, read numbers and follow instructions then you can be helpful. There will be lots to learn, but you can learn it as you go along. Linux nerds and hardware geniuses are also welcome to participate, of course.

To participate, please RSVP using the Contact Us functionality on this website. Because Computer Recycling is ordinarily closed on Saturdays, you will need special instructions to get into the building.

We will start at around 4pm and end around 8pm, but if you can only come later or have to leave earlier that's fine too.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Nov 2 2015,7pm

Sound Editing Tools for Linux

Meeting Date

R. Brent Clements will demonstrate some free software tools for sound creation and editing.

Brent knows his sound. Need a DJ for a dance or a wedding? Putting on a play or a show? Brent's your guy. In addition to being an audio artisan, he is also a free software enthusiast. Over the years he has collected a suite of open source sound tools. In this presentation he will share some of his toolkit, and show how to use free software for podcasting, music recording and/or sound production.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Oct 5 2015

File Synchronization

Meeting Date

Raul Suarez will present user-oriented file synchronization. He writes:

In the past we have heard about rsync and own cloud and other mechanisms
that, among other things, can be used to keep data synchronized across devices.

I work on several computers at home. Recently I found that I had to
remember in which computer I left the latest version of certain documents.

I went from computer to computer until I decided I needed a way to
synchronize them.
I compared and evaluated several tools and finally came to the one that
worked better for me. In this presentation I will go through the different tools I investigated
so you can decide which one works for you.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Sep 14, 2015, 7pm

Migrating a Laptop Drive, Supporting New Linux Users

Meeting Date

Khalid Baheyeldin will relate his adventures replacing a defective drive on his laptop, while keeping all the data from his old drive. There are a few tricks involved, such as getting hibernate to work.

Update: Khalid has made his presentation slides available here:
http://baheyeldin.com/articles/linux/presentation-replacing-laptop-disk-linux.html

We will follow this up with a roundtable discussion on techniques and best practices for supporting new (and possibly nontechnical) Linux users, especially in a world with cloud services.

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KWLUG Meeting: Monday, May 4 2015, 7pm

LibreOffice, Replacing cronjobs with systemd

Meeting Date

Marc Paré is involved with the LibreOffice development community, and he will discuss the project. He is interested in growing a local developer community around LibreOffice.

Update: The meeting slides are available in ODP and PDF format.

Jotham Apaloo will show us how he uses systemd-timers in place of cron jobs on his machine.

John Kerr ran into a scheduling conflict for May, so he will present the Raspberry Pi in June.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, April 13, 2015, 7pm

btrfs

Meeting Date

Chris Irwin will relate his experiences with btrfs, a next-generation file system. He will explore an end-user perspective of the goals, benefits and problems (both solved and created) of this new filesystem.

UPDATE: Here are the slides from Chris's presentation: 2015-04-13-btrfs.pdf

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KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Jan 5 2015, 7pm

Licensing, Flashing an Acer Android Tablet

Meeting Date

Nathan Fish will discuss the importance of choosing the right license for software you write or modify, and some guidelines for doing so.

Khalid Baheyeldin will share some of his adventures flashing an Acer A500 tablet with OmniROM. He will walk us through the process of upgrading his tablet from the stock (outdated) Android version installed by the vendor to a more recent third party ROM. He found that his 2.5 year old tablet became faster as a result.

UPDATE: Khalid's slides are here and Nathan's are here.

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The host for this meeting was acant.

KWLUG Meeting Monday, Dec 1 2014, 7pm

Ansible, Puppet

Meeting Date

Important! Our usual meeting space is under renovations this month, so this month's meeting will be held at a different Working Centre location:

The Working Centre
58 Queen Street South
(near the corner of Charles and Queen)
Kitchener

Sorry for the last minute notice.

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Joe Wennechuk will tell us about the Ansible change management system, which focuses on simplicity, ease of use, security, and reliability.

Tim Laurence will tell us about Puppet, including an overview of change management systems in general.
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The host for this meeting was acant.