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Calgary Linux Users Meeting – Jan 3, 2018

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Meeting Room 1
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2

Time: 18:00 till 19:30 Jan 3, 2018 (Wed)

(This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).)

Theme: How do I get started.

  • Smaller groups have been meeting informally and more often then just the monthly meeting, in coffee shops friendly to digital connection or sometimes privately at some ones home.
  • Meeting at the Library has worked well to let every one see what is being shown by use of their large screen TV display for those who have problems seeing clearly over someones shoulder.
  • People showing up say they’re at a beginning level yet are not a stranger to the computer. We have a range of users so those interested in the command line or server side should be able to link up too.
  • Bring your own view points and lets share ideas. Thank you for respecting other points of view
  • Tell us your favorite applications. Fresh new ones are showing up in our modern GNU/Linux distributions.

See you at the meeting!

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Calgary Linux Users Meeting – Dec 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Monthly Meeting



  • Room is booked from 16:30 till 19:30
  • This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2

What have you been doing with GNU/Linux Lately?:

I have been focusing on what some of my customers asked for. Still a little soon to give a full report.

How about you? These are interesting times with new tools becoming available… plus some challenges.

See you at the meeting? Entrance is free ($) to all. (Bring your own snacks and drink)

Calgary Linux Users Meeting – Oct 31, 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Monthly Meeting



  • Room is booked from 16:30 till 19:30
  • This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2



See previous meeting for Map

Day of meeting explained.

November meeting rooms were strangely mostly booked up in November, hence I had to settle for Oct 31, the day before the first Wednesday of November.

Brief history

The variety of interests relating to Linux goes back a long time and is only accelerating to bigger and faster these days.


It should be an interesting topic as to who and what to focus on. In other words, who are we as a club and how are we defined. There is a lot of variety of interests and methods so I ask: Is this a liability or can we turn it into our strength?

I think we should make it easy for members to share and one idea that comes to mind is members becoming authors on our web site if they feel like it.

I believe in you. Do you believe in your self. If you can’t motivate your self how can you convince someone else to do it for you?

After I make sure I get some things done, hoping to shift more towards my own FLOSS interests


  • Would love to see you at the meeting
  • decide on what you want
  • use it or lose it?
  • lets have some fun together
  • now that I hit publish I can go answer some user questions I owe someone


Calgary Linux Users Group Meeting – October 4, 2017

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Yes it’s time to meet up.

Time for the individual, not just the group.

Public are welcome! Admission is free ($) Bring your own snacks.

Welcome back and thanks for your interest.


Item 0)

Basics course. Have you noticed no one has yet offered to do it all for us? No judgement here.

It will much more fun to pick our own interest points. And who knows what we may find just trying things out for our selves?

Item 1A)

HUGO static web server. I see many interesting blogs on this and am attracted to it for a number of reasons. Take note of it’s license. Over a month ago I tried out HUGO the static website generator.  I am revisiting  this topic because of the extra work and security concerns with our WordPress setup. But mostly I want to have some fun.

I installed HUGO on a ubuntu based Solydxk 9 install using apt-get install hugo. It worked.

For the demo I will be using a Solus Linux 3 install.

# snap install hugo

 # snap list
Name  Version    Rev   Developer     Notes
core  16-2.27.6  2898  canonical     core
hugo  0.29       725   hugo-authors  -
  # snap info hugo
name:      hugo
summary:   "Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator"
publisher: hugo-authors
description: |
  Hugo is a static HTML and CSS website generator written in Go. It is
  optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory
  with content and templates and renders them into a full HTML website.
snap-id: t6YzDBM3com27avINGL5OD6ZKKG654ez
  - hugo
tracking:    stable
installed:   0.29 (725) 30MB -
refreshed:   2017-09-26 13:43:04 -0600 MDT
  stable:    0.29     (725) 30MB -
  candidate: 0.29     (725) 30MB -
  beta:      0.29     (725) 30MB -
  edge:      0.30-DEV (770) 30MB -

The demo is based on quick start.

I can see why developers say they have fun with this on their workstation/laptop.

Item 1)

Is modern GNU/Linux becoming cool yet? How has the World been changing and does it relate to Linux? Clubs? ( might have to defer this for now? )

Item 2)

What ever happened to CLUG Reboot?

Things that have not been fully addressed yet: a) making individual contributions easier to do on our own schedule and less time consuming. b) redefining club not discussed or documented. c) change starts with members willing to talk about this.

Item 3)

George Chase – Instructor, Information and Communications Technologies Dept. has deferred his talk to the new year or later.

George proposed a demo mini-lab showing us how to set up your own private internet on your LAN for fun and learning. Lets hope he can find some time for us.

Also, tell us about your interests in Linux and GNU (free/libre) software/hardware

Bring all your questions too! Looking forward to meeting you again.


Room is booked from 16:30 till 19:30

Normal meeting start had been 17:00 but we can be active before that.

This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)


  • 26 max at tables, more single chairs can be set up if required.

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No meeting on Aug 2, 2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Sumner break

No meeting is scheduled at our Central Library Venue for Aug 2, 2017

Monthly Meeting — July 5, 2017

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The meeting is on again. A handful of people wanted it. No specific agenda but please do bring your questions along.

Public are welcome!

Time: 17:00 – 19:30

The Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM)

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)


  • 26 max at tables, more single chairs can be set up if required
Central Library
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June 30: Asked if we wanted to cancel… Got answer of no, lets go forward with a meeting.

Jun 29

No interest shown yet. Do I assume everyone is to busy?

I will cancel the room by Friday evening if I do not hear from you.

Is there enough interest for a July meeting? I booked a room for July 5th but I can cancel it if you so wish.

Let me know.


Monthly Meeting — May 3, 2017

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Welcome again to those showing up for the first time and those returning to Linux for the last three meetings.

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 1
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Subject: Linux – Back to some basics

Introduction to Linux, Beginner Stages of Linux Usage

Thanks Liam for your suggestion you posted on the list.

Linux Boot Process,
File System Hierarchy,
Installing Linux through USB/CD,
Basic Command Line,
package management using yum or apt-get etc,
Basic Trouble Shooting, etc.,
basic security,
dual booting from windows to linux,
basic shell scripting.

A good starting point to expand from.

Please Note: To comply with the terms of use we signed for room booking with CPL, any lessons given by CLUG at the Central Library will be given at no charge to the attendees.

Other possibilities can be discussed at the meeting in regards to other suggested venues.

This is an exiting opportunity to build on ideas to make Linux the easy to use tool for sane computing.

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Monthly General Meeting — March 8th, 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Meeting Time: 17:30 to 19:30

With all the more buzz lately on the news related to free and open source in our present day world, hot topics could be abundant.

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Intended Audience:

People interested in meeting about safe, novel and fun filled uses of computers and collaborative tools

The Fine print: Opinions expressed are those of the author. You may form your own opinions with research and independent thought.

Mar 7 th Update

  • Neil pointed out what IBM is doing now (Computer with no proprietary software or firmware blobs) with their Power8 and to be 9. Plus what Raptor Engineering planning with the Power8. Talos Secure Workstation (Wow what a difference from the XT PC!) Early adopters have to vote with their dollars before we will see a lower cost version made.

Controversy like the GNU/Linux — ZFS mix/ No mix:

Feb 28 th Update

Paul do his work so he ended up buying his own PC to do better. Then in excitement he said:

“The possibilities are endless.”

 Mid eighties quote from Paul Griffiths after buying an IBM PC XT for $6000  Picture and Ref to Vintage IBM PC
Now think of what we can do today.

What made you interested in using GNU/Linux plus free and open source? We are looking for someone willing
to share in what they are doing that excites them.

More progress is starting in support of club infrastructure, so we would like to start comparing notes. It’s time to hear your collaborative ideas again.

Together we can make this happen.

See you at the meeting on the second Wednesday, March 8th



Remember, it’s also about you the interested user and new user, coder, developer, etc.

Thanks again to those who attended the last meeting and shared their successes and challenges with Linux. I was impressed with how everyone sought out and acknowledged all other vantage points, including listening to the challenges!

The world of people and business runs on technology  facilitated increasingly by collaboration in various libre, free and open systems. Out of respect for those involved in these systems I am of the opinion that different sides can not be exclusively right and all others wrong. Fighting each other serves no one, least of all the collaborative system.

Can we look at them similar to our Earth Ecological Systems? For example: Tropical Rain Forest and the various Northern Forests. None of them are exclusively wright or wrong, yet they all serve the world ecology needs and produce oxygen in their parts of the planet. [Eben Moglen cited in one his articles how collaborative systems should be treated like an ecological system as both are easy to damage and difficult to repair]

FOSS and FLOSS the same but different. CAN all sides win?

What is computer science and can this relate to a Linux computer club? More people are waking up to all these things and then they will be looking for guidance and help from us.

Computers are virtually indispensable to the field of computer science. Yet, as Edsger Dijkstra, a pioneering computer scientist, so aptly put it, “Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”

Computer Science is a medium for problem solving and self-expression. — Ashley Gavin


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Monthly General Meeting — Feb 1st, 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Meeting Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Meeting Place: Central Library
Basement 2
Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary AB T2G 2M2


Power Talks (5-10 min long – 15 min max. Bring out the silos of interest people have from the large Linux Universe. Voices are being heard.

Plans for exec

Server move options

We are in the larger room February 1st. Welcome to more in attendance, both men and women.

Sorry for all the delays and shorter notice. My bad. Any one with previous exec experience who wants to help short term please contact me on the list or email.


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Monthly General Meeting — Jan 4th, 2017

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Meeting Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Meeting Place: Calgary Central Library
Basement 1
Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary AB T2G 2M2

[mapsmarker marker=”2″]Time to restart?

Topics: Topics: LUG interests. For years now I have been asking you where you (clug) want to go. What you want and what you do not want. I have been listening.

 Bring your own food.

Do some people consider CLUG  dead? Leave it lie.

What do I mean by the club doing a restart (new life)? The club seems to have suffered a down trend that was first noticed in some meetings in 2008 where there were only a little over  80 in attendance. I remember when all seats were filled and some people were standing.

Around that same time some were moaning loudly about why did they have to change the GPLv2 in version 3. I listened to Richard Stallman’s (RMS) passionate speech  about GPLv3 but could not seem to get the full reasoning behind it, that made sense to me anyway.

Pulled away with some life busyness for a while and then about a half year ago while researching about Open-source licensing I came across some law university lectures by Eben Moglen. There I found out it was Eben and Richard wrote the GPLv3 up in defense against software patents attacks to the GPLv2. Eban also stressed it was business paying most of the bills because they were being restricted (prevented) from making money by restrictions imposed on how to use that essential modern business tool, the computer.

Before you get upset and erroneously think I want GPLv3 only, I want to point out what else Eben said about making money and the collaborative system that he said needed protection similar to an ecological system. If damage is done it is difficult and takes much time to correct. The bottom line: companies who protect this open source ecology best, make far more than the others. Embarrassing that it took me at least 3 or 4 years to finally  start getting it. So I am against wasting time being against certain licenses. But just measure FOSS ecology protection that makes everyone money.

Quote: Eben Moglen

“The idea that we are anti-capitalist is a stupid
idea. Free software is not anti-capitalist. Capitalism now makes a great deal of
money out of free software and it voluntarily pays us money to make, improve and lawyer for it.”

Now that I got one thing off my chest, we can get on with how I purpose to restart.CLUG.CA

Answer: I am not doing it by myself! We are going to have to come up with ways to collaborate together with networking. Our new major sponsor proposed supplying us a nice server on the super-net that we can have access to. I would like to thank Bojan and Ben for giving such a complete tour of their modern ISO compliment plant and warehouse. Their goal and results turn out to be much greener than I had imagined.

What I have meant about CLUG is that I believe in all of you… as individuals… Not the old club. Do you believe in yourself?

When you are ready I would like to get some volunteer authors to write in your spare time and publish when ready about your interests in FOSS.

I you can attend see you there. if not, at the next one?