The North Bay Linux® Users' Group is a computer users group serving the San Francisco North Bay and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to Linux, Open Source and other related topics. We strive to promote Linux, Free Software, open standards and to generally have a good time by hosting social events that educate, allow members to share ideas and knowledge and to build friendships.

We hold regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month with a selected topic presented by a guest speaker. We also hold other meetings and events on a regular or semi-regular basis. Meetings and membership are free and open to the public. Please sign up for the announce email list to receive notifications of upcoming events. Or the talk list to get help with Linux.

General Meeting - Handheld Linux

2007/04/10 7:30 pm
2007/04/10 9:00 pm

Several handheld computers are on the market that run(or can be made to run) Linux. In this talk, Bob will discuss the differences between Linux on the desktop and on these little devices. He will compare models from Compaq/HP, Sharp and Nokia, the different window managers, and show some of the applications available. Bob has owned a few different handhelds and will bring a couple of them to demonstrate. Some technical points regarding Linux on small systems will also be brought up.

O'Reilly Media

Bob Blick

General Meeting: Your Linux Questions Answered

2007/03/13 7:30 pm
2007/03/13 9:00 pm

As a predecessor to NBLUG's upcoming InstallFest (Saturday, March 17th), the NBLUG Panel will be answering all of your basic Linux questions at tonight's meeting. Topics range from multimedia (sound, video, burning, ripping), installing software, desktop managers (KDE, Gnome, et cetera), setting up printers, wifi networks, security, and much more. We will first start with the list of questions asked on our mailing list during the past weeks, and time permitting, will end with questions from the audience. Bring your friends and anybody you know who is interested in learning more about Linux for this new user-friendly talk!

O'Reilly Media


General Meeting: Linux and the Linksys NSLU2 (SLUG)

2007/02/13 7:30 pm
2007/02/13 9:00 pm

The Linksys NSLU2 (Network Storage Link Unit) is a small NAS devices
(Network Attached Storage). The NSLU2 is most often refered to as the
"SLUG" by the Linux community built around it, due to the apparence of
its acronym. The NSLU2 runs Linux out of the box, due to this Linksys
was forced to release the source code under the GPL, opening it wide
open for anyone looking for a cheap/silent/small server. This talk
will cover Firmware Options, Installation of Firmware, Overclocking,
Installing a full version of Debian, and some cool uses for a "Slug".

O'Reilly Media

Paul Peterson

Board Meeting Minutes - 1/16/2007

* Role Call: Present: Kyle (president), Matt (vice pres.), Dave (scribe), Aaron & Paul (dirs @ large).
* Installfest date has been confirmed: Sat. 3/17 at O'Reilly in Sebastopol. Dave will post to the announce list and mark the 'fest as confirmed on the website.
* Upcoming Meetings:
- February: Paul will give a talk re: Linux & the 'Slug', the Linksys NSLU2, a network device designed to allow you to network an external drive.
- March: This talk is being given in conjunction with the Installfest. It will be geared towards new/potential Linux users. The plan is for Kyle to give a 30 minute overview and then we will have a Q&A re: Linux headaches/annoyances as experienced by new users. We will solicit questions ahead of time via the mailing list.
* We have voted to change the date of the Board Meetings. They will now be held on the Monday after the General Meeting (so the next one will be held Feb. 19th).

Installfest: Saturday March 17th, at O'Reilly

2007/03/17 10:30 am
2007/03/17 4:00 pm

The date for our next Installfest has been confirmed: Saturday, March 17th at O'Reilly Media in Sebastopol (directions).

If you are interested in attending, please pre-register on our Installfest page. If you would like to help out, please send an email to installfest[at] If you'd like to help promote the event, we will also have a flyer that you can print out and post in useful places (watch this space and the announce list for a link to the flyer when it is ready).

Also: In conjunction with the installfest the March General Meeting (Tues., March 13th) will be a discussion geared towards new Linux users. Watch this site and the mailing lists for more info!

O'Reilly Media, in Sebastopol


2007/01/09 7:30 pm
2007/01/09 9:00 pm

Chris will be briefly going over the history of Asterisk. He'll discuss a few available protocols like h.323, SIP, and IAX2. He'll go into a little more detail about IAX2 since it's simple and has low over head. Chris will be demonstrating a simple SIP device. Then make a call from one Asterisk server to another. Maybe even a couple servers hooked to each other. Possibly a call into his home PBX that goes over a VPN tunnel.

NBLUG members are invited to call my PBX by dialing: (707)703-1982 or connecting to: with their SIP or IAX2 client.

This is a link to his dial plan:

Here's an brief overview of what he will cover (Open Document format)

Chris Widger

Board Meeting Minutes - 1/4/2007

* Role Call: Present: Kyle (president), Dave (scribe), Aaron & Paul (dirs @ large).
* Discussed moving the Board Meeting from a night other than the 1st Tuesday of the Month so as not to conflict with SoCoSA's general meeting. It was decided that we would move it to the Tuesday after the General Meeting (the 3rd Tues. of the month). (This may not be final, yet...).
* Next Installfest has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 17th.
* Upcoming Meetings:
- January: Asterisk with Chris Widger
- February: Paul will give a talk on the Linksys NSLU2 (aka: the SLUG)
- March: To coincide with the upcoming Installfest, we might offer a roundtable discussion on topics of interest to those who are new to linux. Possibilities include: Distro Comparison, Getting more out of a home Linux box. Other suggestions are welcome!
- Kyle said he would like give a test run of his Linux World talk, topic tba (vmWare perhaps?).
* It was also suggested that perhaps we open the Installfest a bit to offer help in setting up or tweaking a particular app or service ("I've always wanted to run BLAH, but can't figure it out...). We do NOT want to be setting up someone's office mailserver, though.

Board Meeting Minutes - 12/5/2006

* Role Call: Present: Kyle (president), Dave (scribe), Aaron & Paul (dirs @ large).
* Discussed rules & procedures for using our new O'Reilly passkey (for the conference room).
* Upcoming Topics for the General Meetings:
- December: RFID (already happened - a great talk!)
- January: Asterisk
- February: Paul will talk about the Linksys slu2 which allows you to make your own Network Storage Device.
* We also discussed the next Installfest: March, perhaps?
* NBLUG's 10th anniversery is this summer - how to celebrate?

General Meeting - RFID: What it is and who's using it for what.

2006/12/12 7:30 pm
2006/12/12 9:00 pm

RFID: What it is and who's using it for what.

Radio Requency Identification tags are used by Walmart and the Department of
Defense to track supplies. RFID tags are also used by hospitals, prisons
and schools to track people. Libraries use them to track books and soon,
they'll be in passports and maybe even on our drivers licenses. Come learn
how the technology works and who's got big plans for RFID in our big brother

Lori Ayre

Choosing and Tuning Linux File Systems

2006/10/10 7:30 pm
2006/10/10 8:30 pm

Selecting the right Linux file system for your needs is a difficult and treacherous business. Every file system claims to be the best-performing and most robust -- how is a non-expert to cut through the hype? Next comes tuning your file system, requiring knowledge even more arcane.

In this talk, Val will describe the strengths and weaknesses of various file systems, discuss which workloads work best with which file system, and learn some basic concepts of file system design which help to evaluate tradeoffs. We will cover ext2, ext3, reiserfs, XFS, NFS, and others. This talk is your one-stop shop for picking the right file system for your needs, and tuning it for maximum effect.

O'Reilly Media, Sebastopol, CA

Val Henson
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