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.

Manlug meeting September 2013

Manlug are participating in a joint meeting with Manchester Free Software as below:

* Event: Software Freedom Day 2013 in Manchester

http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/

http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2013/UK/Manchester

* Location: The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter.
* Address: 66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE.
* Date: Saturday, 21st September 2013 (3rd Saturday in September)
* Start time: 11:00
* Finish time: 16:00

Details
——-
“Firefox. Linux. LibreOffice. Want to learn more about these and the
massive amount of other Free Software? Then come to Software Freedom
Day 2013 in Manchester at The Castle Hotel on Saturday, 21st September.
11am-4pm.”

Software Freedom Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Software
Freedom with the aim of promoting Free Software to everyone. This year
the event lands on Saturday, 21st September. You can see the teams
around the world that will be participating at:

http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/map/index.php?year=2013

This includes Manchester, UK!

Help needed
———–

* If you know people and/or groups that would be interested in finding
out more about Free Software then please forward this email to them and
encourage them to attend. You can use our tag line:
“Firefox. Linux. LibreOffice. Want to learn more about these and the
massive amount of other Free Software? Then come to Software Freedom
Day 2013 in Manchester at The Castle Hotel on Saturday, 21st September.
11am-4pm.”

* Bringing computers, preferably laptops, that the owner can demo Free
Software on. In particular bringing computers that installs can be
demo’d on (along with install CDs). If you want to do this then please
email fsuk-manchester-team@nongnu.org .

* People willing to go out on the streets to advertise the event by
handing out leaflets on the day and directing people into the venue. If
you are want to do this then please email fsuk-manchester-team@nongnu.org and daniel@manlug.org.

Location
——–
The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter.

66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 0161 237 9485.

Transport
———
Parking: The venue parking facilities are not amazing. There are
parking meter bays on the street but it’s very expensive, only really
good for a short stop. There are paid parking lots around the venue,
the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on The Castle Hotel
http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/53.48356/-2.23386 , though we can’t
vouch for how good they are. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned
by NCP http://www.ncp.co.uk/ . If you can’t decide otherwise then park
in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport:
Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram station and
Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to The Castle
Hotel, see http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/53.48356/-2.23386
OpenStreetMap centred on The Castle Hotel. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.

Further details at:

http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2013/UK/Manchester

More Information
—————-
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.

* http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester

Manlug meeting August 2013

The Manlug meeting for August 2013 is taking place on 17th August (third 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, 17th August 2013
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00
Floor : Downstairs

Summary:

This is the result of the idea from a couple of month’s back (I take no credit for this) The working title is ‘a brief history of Linux’, sorry I couldn’t resist, this is a collabrative effort. People will look through their history file and pick out the interesting bits, those that your allowed to and want to show to the world. If you’re not too keen to talk send it on to me I’ll present it.

Manlug meeting July 2013

The Manlug meeting for July 2013 is taking place on 27th 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, 27th July 2013
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

There is no particular subject this particular month, but I think it would be a good time to get out all those projects (Nooks running Linux, wink wink), bring along anything you are not too sure about. I’m sure that working together we’ll all learn alot and hopefully come up with some idea’s for future talks. Also my opportunity to ask people for assistance with the new manlug server if possible, some professional advice would be appreciated.

Manlug meeting June 2013

The Manlug meeting for June 2013 is taking place on 15th June (third Saturday as normal), 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, 15th June 2013
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

Roger Whittaker from Suse has very kindly agreed to give a talk for Manlug, this will cover the following:

- new features in openSUSE and SLES

- btrfs and snapper

- general update on SUSE / openSUSE

Please let all know that this is happening and cross post as applicable.

Look forward to seeing you there.