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  • meeting notes: March 4th 2013 at 7PM.

    Posted on February 18th, 2013 T.K. No comments

    We had an open meeting. About 8 people showed up for the meeting. We had a bunch of new people during this meeting.

    We discussed using the Linux command line. We helped a user with an Ubuntu install. We also discussed Linux news sources.

  • meeting notes: Feb 4th 2013 at 7PM.

    Posted on July 17th, 2012 T.K. No comments

    Richard Cruz gave a presentation on AMD’s | SEAMICRO “SECRET SAUCE” TO EFFICIENCY. During this presentation, he will showed some really cool new hardware. SeaMicro is a AMD owned company that provides tiny modular servers which are helping making server datacenters more efficient.


  • Jan 2011 Meeting Notes

    Posted on January 18th, 2011 T.K. No comments

    We had a small group of 6-8 people this evening.

    Items of Interest:
    Brad was getting 25Mb Business Class Fiber from Verizon.
    He said it took 30 calls to setup the order.

    Talked about how Linux and Ubuntu are doing things differently. There seems to be a desire to make Linux more friendly to the masses. As a result, controls under the hood seem to be getting covered up by developers. Although this is helping new Linux users, hiding the controls is frustrating older Linux users. At the 27th Chaos Communication Congress in Europe, a sysadmin, Wolfgang Draxinger attempted to complain about missing documentation and his frustration with the current state of where Linux is going. We think that his goal was to show how Linux is becoming evil with it’s heavy dependence on multimedia. More specifically, Pulse audio, gdm, gs-streamer, and phonon are not very well documented. However, the developer of these applications had strategically placed himself in the audience and made is presentation a little award. Although there was a dialog between developer and users, the air of superiority from this one developer is exemplified in this youtube video.

    In the meeting, there was further talk of how to make Ubuntu like and feel like the old versions of Linux. More specifically, to get the virtual terminals now you need Console-kit. Console-kit is an application that keeps track who is logged in. Virtual-Terminal switching is being turned off in many newer distos. It needs to be explicitly turned on to use it now.

    Brad talked more about puppet. Puppet allows you to run the same command on multiple machines. For example, if you need a jpg on a specific machine in a server farm, you run the puppet master command on your designated controller and the command gets executed on all the machines in the group. Puppet is saving Brad and his company a lot development time.

    Dave D. mentioned that he purchased some Indy Games from humble indie bundle. The humble bundle generated $1M for charity.
    Linux Games
    Indy game ( humble
    Amnesia the dark decent.
    Dragon Age.
    Infocom Games.
    Oregon Trail

    Brad has been using Suse Studio. To develop turnkey openvpn applications his customers can download.

    We also discussed on-line gaming. Recently a person purchased a virtual space station for $600K. The previous owner purchased the virtual space station for $200K.
    Pictures of the virtual space station can be found here.

    There was also a question about how to wipe disks and Brad posted a solution for this on the list serve.

  • Meeting: Dec 6, 2010 (zenos)

    Posted on November 22nd, 2010 T.K. No comments

    On December 6th LUG will be having guest speaker Nick Yeates come and from 7PM to 9PM.

    Learn how to handle data center monitoring and assurance with Zenoss, an Enterprise Open Source monitoring application. Zenoss helps companies like LinkedIn, SAIC, VMware, Verizon, and DISA handle the monitoring, operations and management challenges of their evolving data centers. You will receive a demo of the Zenoss Core and we will quickly open the floor to discussing general sys admin sore points, IT architecture’s future, and related topics. This meeting will occur at the Annapolis LUG location: 53 Old Solomon’s Island Road, Suite H, Annapolis MD 21401.

    Sign up because seats fill up fast! ( )

    Nick Yeates, is the Open Source Community Lead at Zenoss. The Zenoss office is just down the road in Annapolis. He says, ” I do not plan to keep the session tied to who I work for – I like to get a holistic view and become part of the audience by engaging the group. Hope to see you there!”

  • Meeting: Nov 2010 (Fedora speaking)

    Posted on September 22nd, 2010 T.K. No comments

    Under the Hood: Fedora Linux and Upstream Communities On November 1st the Linux Users Group welcomes Jared Smith, Fedora project leader, who will share his thoughts on upstream communities and their role in the rapid release cycle of the operating system and innovation on the desktop. Smith is a popular contributor to Fedora, the second most popular Linux distribution with 22,000 contributors. He has helped with the development of VoIP-based Fedora Talk, and participated with the infrastructure and documentation teams. The free presentation and Q&A runs from7:00PM-9:00PM.

    Location: Mavenspire Inc. 53 Old Solomon’s Island Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.
    Go to to register!
    Contact Martina Kristianova with any questions The Linux Users Group is a monthly gathering at Mavenspire in Annapolis.

    To RSVP your seat: