Recent Meeting Details

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2014 LITW: Linux In The Wild 2014

Date: July 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Location: Strathcona Park Ottawa

This is a casual, family oriented event. Bring kids, significant others, devices, laptops, battery operated projects, your homemade drone or whatever suits your fancy. Bring some food to share and a fun attitude.

LITW typically occurs around the same time as the Ottawa Linux Symposium, so we will probably have a few extras from the symposium attend as well. Come out and meet some new people and old friends.

The board will bring a cooler of pop/juice/water, some paper plates, utensils, paper towels and anything else we think would be a good idea.

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to the board with a count of how many people you are bringing so we have an idea as to how much to bring.

Looking forward to another successful LITW and we will see you there!


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June Meeting: BBQ, Beer, BOFs

Date: June 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Location: Smoque Shack

Unfortunately, we lost our venue this month due to Shopify's Hacker Week events. As a consolation, we have a reservation across the street at the Smoque Shack at 7:00.

Come out for discussions, food, beverages, break-out groups or whatever you feel like.

This also means we will not have a one hour pre-meeting item from 6:00 to 7:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, etc.


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May Meeting: Experiences with Modern Document Production

Date: May 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Location: Shopify Headquarters

This month we will be having a talk on experiences with modern documentation tools. This is not a tutorial on how to use them, but rather a series of anecdotes and examples of some relatively modern tools and the joy of getting them to work as advertised. This is a bit of a followup to the slide production talk from last December.

As per our newer format, we will have a one hour pre-meeting item from 6:00 to 7:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

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Open mike time (lightning talk)

Speaker: various

If anybody has a short topic they would like to present to the group or some new thing they would like to share, this is your opportunity.


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Experiences with Modern Document Production

Speaker: John C. Nash
Speaker: Scott Murphy

This talk is on experiences with modern documentation tools, specifically some usage cases, tools used to attack the problem and the quirks and work-arounds that helped accomplish the task.

Topics include:

  • Building HTML web pages of annotated photos
  • Periodically updated reports
  • Transformation of formats
  • Repackaging and reediting content
  • Automated reporting
  • Product documentation

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BOFs

Speaker: tbd

No BOF has been proposed at this time, however if anyone wishes to have one, they can propose one after the main talk.



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April Meeting: AGM and EEC Memory Talk

Date: April 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Location: Shopify Headquarters

This is our AGM and election of board members. At this point, we do not have enough candidates for an election, however we still have to go through the announcement of the slate to the membership and accept any nominations from the floor. Further details follow.

After the AGM, we will be having a talk on ECC memory. This will be a little more technical, but will be of interest to a wide variety of members.

As per our newer format, we will have a one hour pre-meeting item from 6:00 to 7:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

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Annual General Meeting

Speaker: Aaron Wilcox
Speaker: Ian Gorman
Speaker: Richard Guy Briggs
Speaker: Scott Murphy

This is our AGM and election of board members.

We will have our election of officers at the meeting. As of this point, we have the following people on the slate:

  • Richard Guy Briggs
  • Ian Gorman
  • Scott Murphy
  • Aaron Wilcox

We could use an additional candidate or two, as we are a little low on board members. Four is sufficient, six would be better in case of circumstances requiring an existing member to step down.

In addition, according to the bylaws of the non-profit corporation, we require at least 20 people to be present, either in person or via proxy. We will have a sign-up sheet for the election and will require all present to sign in order to prove the election was held in compliance with the bylaws.

Proxies can be registered by sending an email to the board email address (board dash members at oclug.on.ca) prior to 17:00 on Wednesday, April 3rd so that we have a record prior to the election.


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ECC Memory

Speaker: Renato Carrara

This talk is all about memory. Just like humans, some memories are not reliable. Join us for a overview of memory and why we have different kinds.

Topics:

  • Reliability: the R in RAS
  • Yes, memory fails. Just ask Google.
  • How do they fail: hard and soft errors
  • Why do they fail: the enemy from space
  • Memory standards != manufacturing standards
  • Effects of memory errors
  • How ECC works
  • How effective is ECC
  • Toyota’s $1 billion mistake: no ECC memory
  • When is ECC memory recommended


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March Meeting: OO+R, systemd, UEFI installations and GPG key signing for interested persons

Date: March 6, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Location: Shopify Headquarters

This month we will actually be having the short topic talk by Ian Gorman on slide generation and a main talk by Robert P. J. Day on systemd. In addition, we will be having a BOF on UEFI installations led by John Nash and as a standard feature, we will be offering GPG key signing after the main talk.

Next month (April) is the AGM and election of board members. We have had a loss of two board members, so we would like at least two people to volunteer to be on the board. In addition, according to our bylaws, we need at least twenty people to be at the meeting in order to meet the requirements for the AGM and election of officers. If anyone is interested serving on the board, please contact the secretary, RGB. We do not run for a position, those are assigned at the first board meeting after the election. If we have too many people, there will be an election with ballots. Anyone can be nominated, including self-nomination. In addition, we have a requirement for attendees at the AGM to sign an attendance sheet in order to prove we had 20 people present. Proxies are permitted, so anyone who can not make it to the meeting can nominate somebody be their proxy. An email stating that a specified individual will hold your proxy will be sufficient for our purposes. This will be mentioned again at the beginning of the evening.

As per our newer format, we will have a one hour pre-meeting item from 6:00 to 7:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

Open Office and R

Apache Open Office and R for Slide Generation

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Ian Gorman will give a brief demonstration to show how he used OpenOffice and R to prepare slides for a technical presentation to the Ottawa Vintage Radio Club


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systemd overview

Speaker: Robert P. J. Day

Robert will be giving a talk based on his experiences with systemd over the past few months.


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UEFI installation BOF

Speaker: John C. Nash

John will be leading a BOF on the joy of UEFI. Open discussion and experience stories welcome


GPG Keysigning

GPG Keysigning

Speaker: Scott Murphy

After the formal presentation, we will have a GPG key signing for anyone who wishes to have their GPG key signed. This will be very informal, more of an activity rather than a talk. In order to participate, you will need a few things:

  • A previously generated key you plan on using
  • Picture ID to prove you are who you say you are for those of us who may not know you
  • Your key information (fingerprint, email address and uid)

Ideally, you should bring small pieces of paper with your name, email and pgp key fingerprint on them to hand out to people. You can include a small "verified" checkbox that someone can mark if they choose to check identification.

Method:

  • Generate your fingerprint and paste it into a file
  • Copy and paste until you have filled a sheet of paper
  • Cut into strips to hand out.


Past Meetings

2014 LITW Linux In The Wild 2014
2014 June Meeting BBQ, Beer, BOFs
2014 May Meeting Experiences with Modern Document Production
2014 April Meeting AGM and EEC Memory Talk
2014 March Meeting OO+R, systemd, UEFI installations and GPG key signing for interested persons
2014 February Meeting OpenOffice and R, GPG update
2014 January Meeting Open Discussion on UEFI
2013 December Meeting Regular expressions, asterPibx followup, presentation software, and BOFs
2013 November Meeting Virtualization Intro and Device Trees
2013 October Meeting Remastersys, Asterisk on Raspberry Pi, BoFs
2013 September Meeting Introduction to the Suckless Project
2013 August Meeting Using VMs for Special Purposes, SUSEstudio talk and BTRFS presentation
2013 July Meeting Linux in the Wild 2013
2013 June Meeting Too much RAM breaks Internet! News at 7!
2013 May Meeting OpenStack Cloud Software
2013 April Meeting Annual General Meeting
2013 March Meeting Output! One way or another!
2013 February Meeting Share, Share
2013 January Meeting Graphical output - newsletters in Linux
2012 December Meeting Email backup from an IMAP server
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