LUGOD Installfests coming again soon
Posted 2014-10-10 11:00:00
Our last Installfest workshop was held back
in January of last year, and we've been looking for someone to
help coordinate. Case Talbot (who recently spoke at LUGOD
about the "Go" programming language) has offered to coordinate
them, and we may be able to meet at the engineering offices
(where both Case and LUGOD co-founder Bill Kendrick both work),
in downtown Davis. More details soon!
Discounts to "Velocity" in NY; come to tonight's "Photography" talk
Posted 2014-08-18 17:40:00
O'Reilly has provided us with a discount code for their
"Velocity" conference in New York, NY next month.
Come to tonight's meeting to find out more!
July, August and September: Security, Photography and Programming for Kids
Posted 2014-07-04 00:30:00
We're pleased to announce that our next three meetings are booked with
This month, on July 21st, come learn about "defensive computing" —
how to protect yourself against malware, rogue hotspots, click tracking,
and more. On August 18th, discover how Linux can be used in the world of
professional photography. And on September 15th, meet Scratch, a programming
language designed for children ages 8 to 16. Check out our
upcoming meetings page to learn more!
"Google Go: Not Just For Googlers, also for Gophers!" at June LUGOD
Posted 2014-05-31 21:50:00
At LUGOD in June, we'll
learn about the "Go" programming language, originally created at Google
as an alternative to C++ and Java, which also has a growing following
of Ruby and Python users. 7pm at the public library on Monday, June 16th.
Also join the event
at Facebook and help spread the word!
"How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love SDL" at May LUGOD
Posted 2014-05-03 18:00:00
This month at LUGOD,
we'll learn about porting a commercial PlayStation Vita & PS3 game
to libSDL, the open source cross-platform multimedia library (created by
UC Davis alum Sam Lantinga, who spoke at LUGOD back in 1999!).
There's also a flyer available; please
print and post it! Also join the
Google Glass at LUGOD's April meeting
Posted 2014-03-18 02:00:00
Next month -- on Monday, April 21st
-- we welcome LUGOD's own Wes Hardaker, who will be discussing and
demonstrating the "Google Glass" wearable computer.
Update: Here's a flyer for the
Google Glass talk. Please print and post!
LUGOD March events, and more
Posted 2014-03-01 11:15:00
LUGOD's next social gathering
is this Tuesday, March 4th, at 7pm at Crepeville restaurant in downtown
Davis, and our next general meeting
will be on Monday, March 17th, 7pm at the public library; the topic will
be "Liferay Portal 6.2". We've also scoured the websites of other local
user groups and added their events to our calendar.
Volunteers sought for LUG booth at SCALE
Posted 2014-01-18 00:30:00
the 12th annual Southern California Linux Expo, takes place
Feb. 21-23 in Los Angeles. There will be a Linux Users Group booth
there, and volunteers are needed! If you're going to be there, and can help
out (and help represent LUGOD here in northern California), please
contact jim at well dot com.
Watch LUGOD on DCTV's "In the Studio"
Posted 2014-01-17 14:30:00
Earlier this week, LUGOD's co-founder and president, Bill Kendrick,
together with our new vice president, John Reed, our past vice
president and long-term member (and SacLUG founder) Brian Lavender,
and long-term member Eric Engelhard, were interviewed by
Darrick Servis (who some may remember coming to LUGOD in 2007
to speak about radio automation software used at KDRT radio) on
DCTV's "In The Studio".
watch the episode
on YouTube, or catch it on cable channel 15 in Davis on:
- Friday Jan. 17, 7pm
- Sunday Jan. 19, 10am and 7pm
- Tuesday Jan. 21, 7:30pm
- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30pm
- Friday, Jan. 24, 10:30am and 7:30pm
- Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:30am and 7:30pm
LUGOD's 15th birthday this month!
Posted 2014-01-08 11:50:00
LUGOD turns 15 years old this month! We'll be celebrating with free pizza,
cake and give-away prizes at our monthly meeting,
which will be held at the Veterans' Memorial
Center in Davis. Help spread the word by printing and posting
a flyer for this event!
LUGOD has also been invited to be on
DCTV's "In The Studio".
Members of LUGOD will be there (and on the air) on Tuesday, January 14th
between 7 and 8pm. If you'd like to join us on-air, please email
Bill Kendrick to coordinate!
(Update Jan. 13) LUGOD will also be on
Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology
Hour on KDVS 90.3FM in Davis this
Wednesday (between 5-6pm).
What are your favorite memories from LUGOD?
Posted 2013-12-28 13:40:00
As 2013 comes to an end, and our 15th anniversary meeting draws near, we'd
like to hear about your favorite memories from your time in the club!
Please post a note in this thread on our 'vox' mailing list, or just send it
along to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and happy
Flyer for December's "OLPC and Sugar" meeting
Posted 2013-11-30 01:05:00
Please consider printing and posting the flyer we've made for
December's "One Laptop Per Child" presentation. As usual, you can
find it on our flyers page.
Thank you in advance!
Posted 2013-11-30 00:30:00
Please take a moment to read some notes on
posted to our 'vox' mailing list.
John Reed elected vice president
Posted 2013-11-29 23:40:00
With all candidates running unopposed (Brian Lavender was nominated for
sys, but declined), LUGOD's officer elections concluded at this month's
meeting. Bill Kendrick remains root (president), John Reed joins us as
sys (vice president), and Andrew Roach remains typescript (secretary)
and /dev/null (treasurer).
November and December meeting topics announced
Posted 2013-11-09 12:50:00
We're pleased to announce that speakers have been confirmed for our next
This month (Nov. 18)
we welcome LUGOD member
Micah Cowan back to Davis,
to speak about his Plines
project, a framework for building Unix shell applications (which he's using
to create Niwt, a wget
And next month (Dec. 16)
(back at the public library),
Professor Sameer Verma from
San Francisco State University will bring us up to date with the
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.
(Also, don't forget to send your nominations for
our four elected officer positions
to our secretary before
November's meeting! You may nominate yourself.)
gogoNET LIVE! 4 conference on IPv6 next week in San Jose
Posted 2013-11-08 11:05:00
LUGOD members have also been invited to
gogoNET LIVE! 4,
a conference on IPv6 and the Internet of Things in San Jose next week,
November 12-14. LUGOD members can get 40% off using the discount code
sigv6". Can't make it? You can also purchase
a virtual pass
to stream the conference online.
Startup Weekend, part of Global Startup Battle, in Davis this month
Posted 2013-11-05 10:20:00
Our friends at Sacramento Hackerlab
have invited us to Davis
Startup Weekend (one of 100 cities participating in a
Global Startup Battle),
which takes place November 15-17 in downtown Davis. LUGOD members can
get 50% off with the discount code "
Officer nominations begin at this month's meeting
Posted 2013-10-13 16:45:00
Per our bylaws, nominations for our
club's elected officers open at this month's meeting!
Printrbot 3D printer talk this month!
Posted 2013-10-09 11:50:00
Join us on October 21st to learn about 3D printing
with the kit-based "Printrbot Simple", presented by folks from the
Davis Makerspace (they'll
talk a bit about DMS, too!)
Invitation to IT Summit's San Francisco IT Conference
Posted 2013-10-09 11:45:00
The IT Summit is pleased to welcome LUGOD as a sponsor of The IT Summit's San Francisco IT Conference (November 6, 2013)
Since 2004 The IT Summit had been the premier producer of regionally focused IT conferences for executives from the government, education, and corporate sectors. While many IT conferences limit their focus strictly to IT personnel, The IT Summit recognizes that IT decisions affect the entire business, and that decisions made outside the IT department often have a direct impact on IT. This holistic view of IT can enhance operations by helping IT personnel to better understand how their work is perceived within the company, enables executives to better understand how their decisions impact the ability of their IT departments to serve the business or agency directly, and in turn allow the business or agency to better serve their customers and clients. The result is a broader information base from which executives can make more informed decisions.
The IT Summit is pleased that Linux Users Group of Davis has chosen to be a sponsor of The IT Summit's San Francisco IT Conference (November 6, 2013). Be sure to register now for the San Francisco IT Conference.
Davis Makerspace opened
Posted 2013-09-19 10:30:00
As mentioned at this week's meeting,
Davis Makerspace opened a
few months ago in downtown Davis! Congratulations to them!
(See also: the DavisWiki page
Atari slides from the "Vintage Computers and Linux" roundtable
Posted 2013-08-19 22:30:00
Slides from Bill Kendrick's "Atari 8-bit computers and Linux" portion of
tonight's roundtable talk are
available (1.9MB PDF). Enjoy!
"Vintage Computers and Linux" Roundtable on Monday; Call for presenters!
Posted 2013-08-14 22:10:00
At next Monday's LUGOD meeting we'll be hosting
a roundtable on vintage computing with Linux. If you use Linux to emulate
your favorite classic computer or video game system, or use Linux to support
real hardware, please share your experiences! (You're even welcome to bring
in a device to demonstrate!) Please e-mail Bill Kendrick at
email@example.com if you'd like to participate.
Sacramento's HackerLab announces "Cereal Hack 3"
Posted 2013-07-12 10:25:00
HackerLab is holding another
Cereal Hack, a weekend of competitve
creative collaboration for coders, designers, biz devs, and hardware
The two-day long event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th
at HackerLab in Sacramento. Register
(HackerLab members get 50% off; LUGOD members get $10 off using a code --
see the post on our 'vox' mailing list).
Slides from "Making Predictions Using Linux and R" talk
Posted 2013-03-22 17:00:00
The slides from
this week's "Making Predictions Using Linux and R" talk (43KB PDF) are
now available. Enjoy!
Andrew Roach elected Treasurer
Posted 2013-03-22 16:55:00
Running unopposed in a special election (held since noone was nominated for
the position during regular elections last fall), Andrew Roach was
unanimously accepted as LUGOD's treasurer ("/dev/null") at this week's
meeting. Congratulations and thanks!
Flyer for February "SugarCRM" meeting
Posted 2013-02-10 23:45:00
Want to help spread the word about LUGOD, and our
February meeting ("SugarCRM and Open Soruce")?
Then please print and post a flyer! Thanks!
Flyer for LUGOD's January meeting
Posted 2013-01-03 15:30:00
A basic flyer for our
January anniversary meeting with Hacker Lab is
now available. Many have been posted around businesses in downtown Davis,
but we'd appreciate it if folks would post them elsewhere around town,
and on the UC Davis campus, to help get the word out. Thanks!
Hands-on Linux demo at the Davis Food Co-Op in January
Posted 2012-12-28 18:05:00
We've once again been invited to do a hands-on
Linux demo at the Davis Food Co-Op
as part of their "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" series of events during
If you'd like to come test drive Linux, and learn more about it, and other
open source software, as well as about our club, please drop by!
(And of course, send or bring your friends, too!)
1pm-4pm on Sunday, January 13th at the Co-Op's demo counter (near the
Seeking help with a flyer
Posted 2012-12-22 09:30:00
Bill Kendrick, who normally makes flyers for LUGOD meetings, admits he's not
very artistic; at the best, his flyers are functional. So, we're looking for
someone who can make a really nice flyer for our
14th anniversary meeting in January. If you can help,
email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in
Slight topic change at tonight's meeting: JavaFX on Raspberry Pi
Posted 2012-12-17 14:30:00
Our guest speaker for tonight wrote in: "I am going to do a JavaFX
Raspberry Pi talk/demo instead of WidgetFX. Should be equally (more)
relevant since it is a Linux-based embedded platform, and still on JavaFX
as a related topic."
Details on "Hacker Lab" talk at January's anniversary meeting
Posted 2012-12-10 15:45:00
More details on our
anniversary meeting presentation, on Sacramento's
"Hacker Lab", have been
posted. Also, O'Reilly has been
kind enough to once again sponsor us by providing a collection of books
to give away as door prizes!
Flyer for "WidgetFX" talk
Posted 2012-12-06 10:10:00
A flyer is available
for this month's WidgetFX talk. We've posted it
a few places downtown, but we'd appreciate it if folks could help out by
printing and posting it elsewhere, too! Thanks!
Posted 2012-11-26 10:40:00
Our final meeting of 2012 will be on
Monday, December 17th, at our
common venue: the public library in Davis, with a talk
on the "WidgetFX" platform. Our first meeting of 2013 will be our
14th anniversary meeting,
Monday, January 21st at the
Veterans' Memorial Center (right next to the public library), with a
presentation by folks from HackerLab in Sacramento.
We're looking for speakers for February 2013 and beyond, so if you'd like
to come speak or know a person, organization or company that would like to
speak (or that you think we should ask), please see our
Call for Speakers!
Three officers elected; still seeking a treasurer
Posted 2012-11-20 11:20:00
Nominations for LUGOD's annual elections closed, and because only one member
was nominated for each position, we simply held a call for objections at
last night's meeting.
As there were no objections to the nominations made,
Bill Kendrick remains president (root), Brian Lavender remains vice
president (sys), and Andrew Roach remains secretary (typescript).
Our previous treasurer (/dev/null), Greg FitzGerald, has moved out of the area,
and no other member was nominated. Therefore, we're still looking for someone
to take over this position. If you'd like to nominate yourself, or another
worthy member, please email
Nominations now being accepted for LUGOD officer positions
Posted 2012-10-17 10:15:00
As of this week's meeting, nominations are now open for LUGOD's
elected officer positions: root (president), sys (vice president),
typescript (secretary) and /dev/null (treasurer). If you
would like to nominate yourself, or someone else, for one or more position,
please email your nomination to LUGOD's secretary at:
Nominations will be accepted until November 19th, and elections
will being starting at November's meeting. (Note: It's been 6 years
since we've had to vote — usually no more than one candidate
gets chosen per position — but if we do, it will take place
online between the November and December meetings.) See our
Bylaws for more.
Note: We are in particular need of a new treasurer, as Greg has recently
moved to southern California.
The many ways to interact with LUGOD
Posted 2012-09-23 11:05:00
Along with real-life events like our monthly
meetings and monthly social gatherings, you can keep up-to-date with
LUGOD activites, and interact with other club members, in a variety of ways
"Home CNC Machining with Linux" talk in October
Posted 2012-09-22 12:15:00
To new and returning UC Davis students: welcome (back) to Davis!
Join us at the next LUGOD
meeting, Monday, October 15th at 7pm at the Yolo County public library
(315 East 14th Street in Davis) for a presentation on Home CNC Machining
Learn how you can engrave and route with computer-controlled
mills and lathes, and even how to make printed circuit boards!
This meeting will demonstrate actual machining, describe the electronics, and show how to install and use free open-source software under Linux.
Attendees will get a chance to take home their own engraved/machined object!
Basho speaking about Riak distributed NoSQL database in September
Posted 2012-09-03 13:15:00
Thanks to LUGOD member Eric R. for suggesting we invite
Basho to come speak about
their Riak database. One of their developers is actually from Davis, and has
agreed to come speak at our September
general meeting (Monday, Sept. 17).
Speaker needed for September
Posted 2012-08-27 16:30:00
Our speaker for September has had to reschedule to
December ("WidgetFX"), so
we're looking for someone to come speak on Sept. 17th.
Please see our call for speakers.
Open Clip Art Library talk this month
Posted 2012-08-08 13:40:00
Join us on Monday, August 20th for a presentation
on the Open Clip Art Library (and related projects), and the software and
infrastructure that powers it.
SUSE rescheduled for November
Posted 2012-07-18 14:00:00
Another engineer at SUSE has offered to come speak at LUGOD at
our November meeting. Along with
SUSE Linux for the Enterprise, he's also offered to talk about their "Open
Build Server" (for creating RPM and DEB packages for various distros)!
Further talk details will be fleshed out soon.
July general meeting cancelled
Posted 2012-07-09 17:20:00
Our guest speaker from SUSE has to reschedule his talk at LUGOD due to
a scheduling conflict. Since it's mid-summer, and it's short notice to
find and announce a new speaker, we're skipping the meeting we had scheduled
on July 16th. Our next event will be a social gathering on August 7th,
and our next general meeting will be August 20th: "Open Clip Art Library."
This month at LUGOD: Wikipedia!
Posted 2012-06-06 09:15:00
Developers from the Wikimedia foundation will be speaking at
this month's LUGOD meeting, on Monday, June 18th.
Come learn about the technology behind Wikipedia and related projects!
And down the road in July: openSUSE;
in August: Open Clip Art Library; September: WidgetFX; and October:
Home CNC Machining with Linux!
LUGOD's 2012 calendard is filling up!
Posted 2012-04-10 17:15:00
We've booked guest presenters for meetings
through September (so far)! Of course, that doesn't mean we're not
always looking for speakers. Want to talk?
Have a topic idea? Know someone we should invite?
Once again, drop Bill Kendrick a note via email:
Web-based IRC lets you talk to LUGOD members in your browser
Posted 2012-02-01 01:55:00
We just discovered that Freenode offers a web-based IRC interface.
Go to http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#lugod
to join LUGOD's IRC channel. There are literally thousands
of other open source-related channels on Freenode, as well!
Photos from our anniversary meeting / "Processing" presentation
Posted 2012-01-16 23:15:00
Enjoy some photos from our big celebration
and "Processing" talk last night!
Hands-on demo for Co-op "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise"
Posted 2012-01-14 15:15:00
Thanks to the
Davis Food Co-Op for inviting us to
be part of their "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" series of events this month, and
to Tim Riley, Brian Lavender, Sing, and Alex Mandel who joined me
(Bill Kendrick) and my son in putting together today's demo, and answering
questions. We had a great turnout, lots of interest in Monday's
anniversary meeting, and at least
one new Tux Paint fan.
2012 call for speakers
Posted 2012-01-05 18:20:00
At long last, we've exhausted our long schedule of guest speaker
presentations, so we're once again (always, in fact!)
seeking speakers. If you, or someone you know, would
like to speak, or you have a topic or speaker you'd like to suggest,
please contact Bill Kendrick at email@example.com.
Join us in January!
Posted 2012-01-04 15:45:00
Come by and say 'hello' during our
hands-on Linux demo at the Davis Food Co-Op
on Saturday, January 14th. Then be sure to come join the festivities, and learn
about "Processing" at our big anniversary meeting that
Monday, January 16th. We'll be in the Club Room at the
Veterans Memorial Center (between Davis
High School and the Yolo County Public library, on East 14th Street).