North Bay Linux Users’ Group

The North Bay Linux Users’ Group is a computer users serving the San Francisco North Bay and surrounding areas. We strive to promote Linux, Free Software, Open Source, 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. Meetings and membership are free and open to the public. Please sign up for the announce mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming events, or join us on the talk mailing list or in IRC to get help with Linux.

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May General Meeting

When: Tue May 10, 2022 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Location: Flagship Taproom / Spring Thai

It’s coming up on time for another outdoor meeting. Mark your calendars for Tuesday May 10, at 7:00pm, same location as the last few meetings: Flagship Taproom / Spring Thai in Cotati. Bring your Linux gadgets, questions, and ideas.

For those who haven’t been to the previous meetings, Flagship and Spring Thai are sharing a big outdoor tent with lots of picnic tables, so you can order Thai food and/or beer.

See you there,

Derek Noonburg
President, North Bay Linux Users’ Group

Published Sun 01 May 2022 by Tom Most

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April General Meeting

When: Tue April 12, 2022 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Location: Flagship Taproom / Spring Thai

We’re going to keep going with the outdoor meetings for now. The next one will be Tuesday April 12, 7:00pm, same location as the last two meetings: Flagship Taproom / Spring Thai in Cotati. Feel free to bring any Linux-y toys or gadgets.

For those who haven’t been to the previous meetings, Flagship and Spring Thai are sharing a big outdoor tent with lots of picnic tables, so you can order Thai food and/or beer.

See you there,

Derek Noonburg
President, North Bay Linux Users’ Group

Published Wed 30 March 2022 by Tom Most

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March General Meeting

When: Tue March 08, 2022 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

We’re going to hold another regular meeting on Tuesday March 8 at 7:00pm, at Flagship Taproom / Spring Thai in Cotati. This will be a social meeting — there’s not really any way to do presentations outdoors. If you have any cool toys, projects, anything that doesn’t need a projector or too much table space, feel free to bring them. We’re hoping to be back indoors at some point, but in the meantime we’re trying to keep things going with these casual meetings.

For those who didn’t make the February meeting, Flagship and Spring Thai are sharing a big outdoor tent with lots of picnic tables, so you can order good Thai food and/or good beer.

See you there,

Derek Noonburg
President, North Bay Linux Users’ Group

Published Sun 27 February 2022 by Tom Most

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General Meeting

When: Tue February 08, 2022 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Everyone

Location: Flagship Taproom / Spring Thai

We’ve opted to hold the general meeting and elections this coming Tuesday, February 8th at 7 PM at Flagship Taproom and Spring Thai in downtown Cotati, just off Laplaza Park. Both are open on Tuesday night and they share an outdoor tent (online at flagshiptaproom.com and springthai.net — credit goes to Tom Most who scouted the locations for us).

See you next week,

A.C.
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(acting) President, North Bay Linux Users’ Group

Published Wed 09 February 2022 by Tom Most

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General Meeting, Elections on Jitsi

When: Tue December 14, 2021 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Everyone

Location: Sonic

Greetings,

We have still been unable to meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions but I continue to hope all are well. I’d like to announce that we’ll be doing an online general meeting on Tuesday, December 14th at 7 PM PST at https://meet.jit.si/NBLUGGeneralMeetingDec2021 (to be confirmed) in order to attend to our board elections. I do not intend to continue as President to allow me to focus on TASBot charity work and I encourage others with leadership experience to consider self-nominating during the election process.

We have not had any speakers come forward since the COVID-19 restrictions started other than a passing offer from Kyle and we do not currently have any talks scheduled so for the moment this is a meeting to handle elections and discuss future meeting methods that may work. Our talk email list remains open for conversing, as does our #nblug channel on Libera IRC. Thanks,

A.C.
President, North Bay Linux Users’ Group

Published Fri 10 December 2021 by Tom Most

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2020 Elections Meeting

When: Tue November 10, 2020 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Everyone

Location: Online

Greetings,

We have been unable to meet due to COVID-19 restrictions and I hope all are well. I’d like to announce that we’ll be doing an online general meeting on Tuesday, November 10th at 7 PM PST in order to attend to our board elections. Our scribe, Frank, will be handling the election process and will shortly send out nomination instructions. A meeting link will follow.

We have not had any speakers come forward since the COVID-19 restrictions started and we do not currently have a talk scheduled so for the moment this is a meeting to handle elections. Our talk email list remains open for conversing, as does our #nblug channel on Freenode Libera.Chat IRC. Thanks,

A.C.
President, North Bay Linux Users’ Group

Published Mon 09 November 2020 by Tom Most

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A Quick Tour of the Android System

When: Tue March 10, 2020 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: William Tracy

Location: Sonic

We keep hearing that Android is based on a modified form of Linux. What does that actually mean? What are these modifications? How does the Android system above the kernel compare to a traditional GNU/Linux system?

There’s plenty of information available about Android from a user or app developer’s perspective, so let’s skip that. Instead, we’ll look at Android’s overall architecture, and see what’s interesting from the point of view of a Linux system administrator or Gentoo hacker.

Published Tue 03 March 2020 by Tom Most

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Lightning Talks & Hackfest

When: Tue February 11, 2020 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Everyone

Location: Sonic

Lightning Talks: Have something you would like to present, but don’t have enough material for a full talk? Here’s your chance. Talk about anything Linux related.

Hackfest: Bring your hardware or software project to get help with it or just to show it off. A mix of free tech support, show-and-tell, and idle chat.

Published Mon 10 February 2020 by Tom Most

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Ada

When: Tue January 14, 2020 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Brian Lavender

Location: Sonic

If you have been programming within the last twenty years or so, you may have heard of Ada and the Department of Defense language that seemed to have flopped and so many people loathed and eventually failed in minds of many programmers. Yet in contrast, you may have come through the university on the Pascal track with fond memories. Ada, brings with it its Pascal influence and has continued to march forward. Or, maybe you saw the video of a C-130J transport plane doing a full loop operating on fly by wire flight controls. Whatever it is, Ada has marched forward and has been making strides in the field of secure software programming. Brian will talk about the use of SPARK/Ada using contracts and Ada’s static software analyzer relative to secure software programming. Second, he will talk about learning Ada using JGrasp and the available learning resources.

Brian Lavender has been a long time GNU/Linux hacker with a passion for secure software programming. His day job is doing Java development for the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers (Department of Consumer Affairs for State of California). He also teaches at Sac State as a part time lecturer teaching Programming Methodologies and Concepts II.

Published Sun 12 January 2020 by Tom Most

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Lightning Talks & Hackfest

When: Tue December 10, 2019 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Everyone

Location: Sonic

Lightning Talks: Have something you would like to present, but don’t have enough material for a full talk? Here’s your chance. Talk about anything Linux related.

Hackfest: Bring your hardware or software project to get help with it or just to show it off. A mix of free tech support, show-and-tell, and idle chat.

Partying: OK, so we don’t have prior permission to throw a holiday party at Sonic, but they’ve been extremely generous to us as our host this year and we can quietly leave the folks that matter a few kind notes thanking them for their support. I said partying as a ruse but I really mean sharing some holiday cheer. Who’s with me?

Published Tue 10 December 2019 by Allan Cecil

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The Future of Servers is Shrinking and NBLUG Elections

When: Tue November 12, 2019 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Speaker: Mike Higgins

Location: Sonic

Mike Higgins will give a presentation:

I am looking at upgrading or replacing my old tired servers. One possibility is to replace them with small, nimble, low power systems. I have experimented with a Raspberry Pi, a converted “Thin Client” and a “Mini PC”. All three of these would fit in a shoebox with room for a dozen more. (I’ll bring the shoebox to the meeting for show-and-tell). A stack of them would use about as much power while running as an old server tower uses when it is turned off. I’ll talk a little about my major use of these servers (implementing land in the Open Simulator game) but I’ll talk mostly about my trials and tribulations of getting Ubuntu to run on these small but powerful computers. I know just enough about Linux system administration to be dangerous to myself, so if someone jumps up at the meeting to tell me how stupid I am and how I did everything wrong, I will be overjoyed to hear the correct way to set these up.

Following the presentation we will hold our annual elections. Nominations are currently open on the talk list.

Published Sat 09 November 2019 by Tom Most

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