Manlug meeting August 2014

The Manlug meeting for August 2014 is taking place on 30th August, (fifth Saturday), details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory) – temporary location.
Address: New Federation House, M60 0AF
Entrance: Our entrance is not the main NFH entrance (which is on Federation Street), it is on Dantzic Street, next to Dantzic House are some big black gates on the front of a building (if you click on the Google Map link, you will see a man in a red T shirt in front of them). Enter here and there is a door to your immediate left.

New Federation House (NFH). It’s run by Castlefield Gallery. See here for more details on the CG site.

Date: Saturday, 30th August 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

This will be a general meeting, but I would like to discuss our open day on 18th October. At this point I would like to ask for volunteers for then to meet and greet people, bring a laptop along so we can have the various aspects on display etc. More will be explained during this months meeting.

IMPORTANT UPDATE (29/08/2014):

The venue is now MadLab (not at the temporary location of New Federation House address advertised above). Apologies for the last-minute change. The move in date to NFH was delayed from today to tomorrow at the last minute and so the set up there will not be optimal.

A Madlab staff member will be at NFH to direct people to MadLab if anyone goes to the advertised address. It’s just a couple of minutes walk back to Edge St.

Manlug meeting July 2014

The Manlug meeting for July 2014 is taking place on 26st July, (fourth Saturday), details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
– (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)”
Date: Saturday, 26th July 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

This month will be a planning meeting for the August meeting, my initial idea was to have the talk in July but I then thought it might be better to make sure we get time to plan it properly. As discussed over a cold beer and other beverages at Terrace after last months talk it was decided that this meeting should be, details bulleted below:

Target audience – aimed at users who are new to Linux

Objective – Essentials for new users coming to Linux

Topics to be covered – web browsers, email clients, music player, irc

Distro – Linux Mint – MATE

This is possibly the most important point, if you know anybody who may be interested in coming along so we are not giving the talk to each other, if you can forward it on to anybody of interest.

Manlug meeting June 2014

The Manlug meeting for June 2014 is taking place on 21st June, (third Saturday as normal), details below:

Details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
– (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called
Common)”
Date: Saturday, 21st June 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

This month Paul Waring will be talking about Puppet, a configuration management and provisioning tool. Paul will provide an overview of the basics of configuration management and available tools, followed by detailed examples using Puppet.

Manlug meeting May 2014

The Manlug meeting for May 2014 is taking place on 17th May, (third Saturday as normal), details below :

Details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
– (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called
Common)”
Date: Saturday, 17th May 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

The Manlug meeting for May 2014 will be a discussion on how each person in the group uses Linux at home/work. Each month we come along and talk about various subjects relating to our favourite OS, but this we don’t know. I believe it would be extremely interesting and lead to further avenues for future meetings.

Manlug meeting April 2014

The Manlug meeting for April 2014 is taking place on 19th April, (third Saturday as normal), details below:

Details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
– (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called
Common)”
Date: Saturday, 19th April 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

This talk will be given by myself, it will be a server sprint. I require assistance finishing off the build on the Manlug VPS very kindly provided for free by Melbourne Hosting. I’ve done alot of work on it but I still need to install the webserver and do some hardening. This project would I think benifit from multiple sets of eyes seeing it from a different prespective and those who have more experience than myself. The distro being used is Centos, so if you have production experience that would be extremely useful, but of course any distro would be appreciated.

Update (10/4/14):

Madlab have a course that day and the buzzer sounds upstairs when you ring the bell outside. I’ll be standing at the door on the 19/04 from about 13.40 until about 14:10, if you happen to arrive after this time please knock on the door.

Manlug meeting March 2014

This month we are having a joint meetup with Manchester Free Software, details below:

Event: Hardware Freedom Day 2014 in Manchester

http://wiki.hfday.org/2014/UK/Manchester

* Date: Saturday, 15th March 2014
* Start time: 14:00
* Finish time: 17:00

* Location: Fab Lab Manchester
– http://www.fablabmanchester.org/contact-us
* Address: Chips, 2 Lampwick Lane, New Islington, Manchester, M4 6BU.
– “(for sat nav use M4 6EE)”
– http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/53.48140/-2.22107

Details
——-
Hardware Freedom Day (HFD) is an annual world wide celebration of Free
Hardware with the aim of promoting Hardware Freedom to everyone. This
year the event lands on Saturday, 15th March. You can see the teams
around the world that will be participating on the HFD 2014 Events Map
. This includes
Manchester, UK!

The event will be a chance to discuss, show and see Free Hardware. The
following topics are for discussion (but other Hardware Freedom topics
are welcome):

* The anti-Free Hardware Restricted Boot (aka Secure Boot)

* Novena
* Arduino
* Openmoko
* GTA04 by Golden Delicious

* XiVO
* Pandora
* Ben NanoNote
* Crypto Stick
* miniCNC
* OH&A
* OSHUG

If you have a device/design that gives the 4 Freedoms of Free Software
as applied to a device/design and would like to tell others about it
then please give a talk/demo at this event. If you are going to do a
talk/demo then preferably send an email letting us know to:
fsuk-manchester-team@nongnu.org

The event will end with a tour of Fab Lab.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Location
——–
Fab Lab Manchester is a great location for HFD, more information at:

http://www.fablabmanchester.org/about-us

Parking
——-
There is cheap paid parking on site.

Public Transport
—————-
The New Islington Metrolink Station
is
nearby.

More Information
—————-
More information available at:

http://wiki.hfday.org/2014/UK/Manchester

Manlug meeting February 2014

The Manlug meeting for February 2014 is taking place on 22nd February, please note later date
(fourth Saturday this month), details below:

Details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
– (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called
Common)”
Date: Saturday, 22nd February 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00 ”

Summary:

This talk will be given by myself, it will be an introduction to bash scripting at the basic level, everything from the shebang to loops.
It is an unbelievably useful skill to have. I have for example written a simple script at home that tells the rest of the family if they should remove the RJ-45 cable from the home plug
(we have dodgy old Victorian wiring) or reboot the modem when the internet stops working as I got fed up having to work out why. It also then logs the results.

Update : 16/03/2014

Talk slides click here

Manlug meeting January 2014

The Manlug meeting for January 2014 is taking place on 18th January
(third Saturday), details below, back to the original location this month:

Details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
– (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called
Common)”
Date: Saturday, 18th January 2014
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

There is no particular subject this particular month, but I know one
person is attending who requires assistance with updating Suse which I
will be downloading for him. Another individual from a local IT company
has expressed interest to come along to see who we are and discuss
things. I should be able to write a basic talk for February on bash
scripting. If you have any burning desire to do a talk in March onwards
please let me know.

Manlug meeting November 2013

The manlug meeting for November 2013 will be on 16th November (third Saturday as normal), please note the different location and times as below:

Location: Castle Hotel (pub)
Address: 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48371/-2.23392

Date: Saturday, 16th November 2013
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 16:00 (Earlier finishing time).

Summary:

This month Paul Waring will be very kindly talking about Vagrant, a tool for automatically creating and provisioning virtual machines. Paul will provide an overview of Vagrant from the ground up, and demonstrations of automatically provisioning machines with the help of the Puppet configuration management software.

Manlug meeting October 2013

Details below:

Location: Terrace
Address: 43 Thomas, Manchester. M4 1NA.
Terrace is to the right of MadLab (when facing the front door). Go through its black double door. Immediately on your right is a small black door leading onto some stairs. Follow this.
Date: Saturday, 19th October 2013
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

Tim Fletcher will very kindly be giving a talk on the ZFS file system, sharing with us his knowledge on this subject (the more you know the better):

https://pthree.org/2012/04/17/install-zfs-on-debian-gnulinux/

I will make sure that I am there before anybody else to direct you to where we shall be. I’ll be wearing a free software t-shirt.