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Week #: 1

17 January 2019

Hello RITlug and welcome to Week 1! This Friday we will hold our first meeting of the semester in GOL-2650.

In true LUG form we will kick things off by trialing Linux distributions on the lab machines (or personal machines, we will have flash drives readily available for booting).

Event Details

Fri, Jan. 18, 2019
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Week #14: Retro Gaming Night

05 December 2018

Hey RITluggers,

It’s Week 14. It’s the last week of classes and the last week of RITlug this semester. We know many of you are prepping for finals and getting ready for the final stretch. We thought that a casual gaming night would be a nice way to end the semester and enter finals week.

Do you have GameCube games or another retro console lying around? Let me know if you have something you want to bring, and EBoard will try to find a way to set it up in the lab. I believe that currently we have some people bringing a GameCube, a Nintendo Switch, and a Retro Pi.

Keep on keepin’ on,

  • Jeffery Russell (@jrtechs)
Event Details

Fri, Dec. 07, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Welcome, new & old alike!

29 November 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to Week 13. Join us this week for a guest presentation from Jason Carr on cross-distribution packaging.

Jason will discuss the problems and difficulties with existing package managers on Linux. Two solutions have come about:

  1. Bundled application managers
  2. Improved package managers

Additionally, Jason will give a comparison of bundled applications: Snap, Flatpak, and AppImage. He will also talk about the cross-distro package managers Nix and Guix.

We hope to see you at this week’s meeting. If you aren’t in our Slack already, don’t forget to come and say hello!

Cheers,

  • Justin W. Flory (jwf / jflory7)

Upcoming Events:

  • Tue, Nov. 27th: Thanks everyone who came out to the FOSS Family Dinner! (See on Twitter…)
  • Fri, Dec. 7th: Final RITlug meeting of semester. Join us for the semesterly game night, combining both retro game consoles and newer consoles on big-screen projectors in Golisano.
Event Details

Fri, Nov. 30, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Week 12: Hardware Zoo

15 November 2018

Hey RITluggers,

This week we will be demoing some hardware projects at our meeting. Other than that, we will be working on projects. Feel free to swing by and work on homework, check out our hardware projects and get involved in open source projects.

On November 27th, we are doing a dinner fundraiser at IHOP. If you are able to attend, please RSPV with this link.

  • Jeffery Russell (@JrTechs) Your fellow RITlugger, best friend and your reindeer to guide the sleigh

Upcoming Events:

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 16, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Open Source Communities

08 November 2018

After the news broke that IBM was purchasing Red Hat r/linux exploded with predictions about the end of Fedora and CentOS. This week Charles Profitt will explain why, based on history, you should Stay Calm and Carry On. Charles Profitt is an active member of the Fedora Project and is an IT administrator at a local school district.

Last year Charles Profitt gave a very interesting talk on open source infrastructure; I am looking forward to his talk this week.

Hope to see you all there,

– Jeffery Russell : @jrtechs

Upcoming Events:

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 09, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Week 10: RIT Mirrors!

31 October 2018

Hey RITluggers,

This week we have a very exciting presentation for you! Paul Mezzanini from the research computing department is comming to give a talk about the RIT software mirrors.

Hope to see you all there!

– Jeffery Russell : @jrtechs

Upcoming Events:

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 02, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Raspberry Pi

25 October 2018

Hey RITluggers,

This week have Taylor - a former RITlug eboard member - giving a talk about Raspberry Pis. Swing by to learn how to make an “augmented” magic mirror with some hardware modifications.

Hope to see you all there!

  • Jeffery Russell (@jrtechs)

Upcoming Events:

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 26, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Docker and Containers

18 October 2018

Hey RITluggers,

With week 8 coming to a close it’s time to learn about containing applications!

This week’s presentation will focus on Docker and the general concept of containers. If you’ve ever wondered what benefits containerization provides over virtualization, prepare to be amazed at tomorrow’s meeting.

I hope you’re excited! I know I can’t contain myself.

  • Ian (@icflournoy)

P.S. RITlug will be hosting a collaborative coding meetup on Saturday, October 27th in Java Wally’s (first floor of the Library) from 1pm to 3pm. For those of you working towards Hacktoberfest this is a great time to get contributions in!

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 19, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Howdy RITluggers!

10 October 2018

We hope you enjoyed your October break, and you’re ready to tackle the next chunk of the semester!

We previously discussed getting involved in open source projects, or creating some of your own, and now is the perfect time. Hacktoberfest is upon us! Participate in some open source projects this month, and get a free shirt!

This is a great opportunity to get involved in projects you love, or find projects you’re sure to love! And of course, the club would love any pull requests you wanna throw our way. :)

Come learn a bit about Hacktoberfest, its sponsors, and get started on earning that special edition shirt!

Hope to see you there!

  • Josh Bicking (jibby)
Event Details

Fri, Oct. 12, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Ace your interviews and get the offer

07 October 2018

Hello RITlug! This email has some helpful tools and tips for you to rock your interviews and help you get the offers you want. These are some of the things we discussed in our Sept. 28 meeting.

Tech Interview Handbook

Meet Yangshun Tay’s Tech Interview Handbook. The handbook includes carefully curated content to help you ace your next technical interview, with a focus on algorithms. System design questions are in-progress. Besides the usual algorithm questions, other awesome stuff includes:

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Project Collaboration Night

02 October 2018

Hey RITluggers,

I hope you are all enjoying your classes and the wet Rochester weather.

To kick off the start of October/Hacktoberfest, we are having a project collaboration night this Friday. This will be a casual meeting where we will work on projects and hang out. This is a great time to find a project for Hacktoberfest and share your own projects.

Hope to see you all there!

-Jeffery Russell (jrtechs)

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 05, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Open Hardware & Raspberry Pis

27 September 2018

Hey RITluggers!

Welcome back for another week of Linux & open source! This week’s meeting is brought to you by our guest speaker, Dan Schneiderman.

Dan is the co-chair of Maker Faire Rochester, and the lead organizer for the first New York State Maker Summit. He has also been an active member of the Free and Open Source community within Rochester for many years. Currently, Dan is a K-12 University Center Senior Outreach Specialist within RIT.

This week, he will be talking about open hardware projects, and Raspberry Pis.

Hope to see you there!

  • Tim Zabel (Tjzabel)
Event Details

Fri, Sep. 28, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Open Source 101

20 September 2018

Hello RITluggers,

I hope you all are enjoying week 4 as classes start to settle in.

Are you curious about open source? What is it, really? Is it GitHub? Is it Linux? In this session, learn what open source is all about and how you can even get involved. You can get some resume boosters for yourself in the process too – no experience required!

You’ll never believe the two things nobody told you before about contributing to an open source project!

Hope to see you there!

-Jeffery Russell (jrtechs)

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 21, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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RITlug Projects

10 September 2018

Welcome to Week 3! I hope everyone is having a great first couple weeks.

This week’s meeting focuses on RITlug’s projects. Ever wanted to know what RITlug does outside of our weekly meetings, or are you unsure about which open source project to contribute to? This presentation discusses club projects like Teleirc and TigerOS, while also delving into the wider scope of open source, such as the GNOME Project.

Whether you’ve yet to find a project to contribute to, or you’re an open source veteran, come on down to this week’s meeting!

Hope to see you there!

  • Tim Zabel (Tjzabel)
Event Details

Fri, Sep. 14, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Welcome, new & old alike!

01 September 2018

Hello everyone,

This semester RITlug will be meeting Fridays from 4-6pm in the Large DB Lab (GOL-2650) on the second floor of Golisano Hall. Our first meeting will be on September 7th (week 2).

Welcome to all of our new members, including those who came to visit us at the Tiger Activities Gala! We had a good turnout, as well as some additional online signups, and hope to see you coming to our meetings. RITlug is a student-led organization to promote and teach students about Linux & open source. We work on projects and discuss interesting topics in the Linux & open source communities. The best way to communicate is in the Slack #general channel, although for general open source discussion there’s more activity in the #foss channel.

To returning members, we’re trialing using CampusGroups for emails as RIT’s spam filters have been getting increasingly strict. If you’re subscribed to the Google Groups mailing list, you might be getting two copies of this email. This would be a good time to review your email settings if you don’t want this.


See you all soon,
Christian Martin (@ctmartin)

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 07, 2018
04:00pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2650 (Lg. DB Lab)

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Final RITlug Meeting! - April 27, 4:00pm

27 April 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to the last full week of classes! RITlug is back again one last time – here’s what we’re covering this week:

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How to build an RPM package - April 20, 4pm

16 April 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to Week 13! RITlug is back again this week – here’s what we’re covering this week:

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Open Source 101 - April 13, 4pm

09 April 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to Week 12! RITlug is back again this week – here’s what we’re covering this week:

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Introduction to Swift - April 6, 4pm

02 April 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to Week 11! RITlug is back again this week – here’s what we’re covering this week:

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2018-2019 Eboard nominations open

30 March 2018

Hi RITlug!

This is the Friday of Week 10, which means nominations for the RITlug executive board (eboard) are now open.

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Intro to TigerOS - March 30, 4:30pm

28 March 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to Week 10! RITlug is back for another great meeting! – here’s what we’re covering this week:

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Unify your local music library - March 23, 4:30pm

21 March 2018

Hi RITlug!

Welcome to Week 9! RITlug is back again this week – here’s what we’re covering this week:

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Video Games and Linux

09 March 2018

Hey RITLUG!

I hope everyone is having a great week! We’ve got a fun talk planned for this week to get everyone ready for spring break. We’ll be discussing the relationship between video games and Linux, including Linux-based game development, emulators, and much more. Also, for all you retro gamers out there, I will be bringing in my Nintendo Virtual Boy, which is a fairly rare 3D game console from the 1990s, for us to mess with.

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Weird and Wacky Distros

02 March 2018

Hey RITLUG!

I hope everyone is having a great week! This week’s meeting is going to focus on weird and wacky Linux distros, I’ll be giving an introduction to a few of the strangest, most niche, distros out there. Stop by and learn about the finer points of famous distros like Hannah Montana Linux and North Korea’s Red Star OS.

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Intro to Arch Linux

23 February 2018

Hey RITlug!

This week RITlug member Kyle Suero will be giving a talk on Arch Linux. A brief summary is below.

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Net Neutrality: The Importance of Open Internet

16 February 2018

Hey RITLUG!

This week we will be having a special guest. RITlug alum Nate Levesque (thenaterhood) will be giving a talk on Net Neutrality. A short summary is below. Telecoms are getting bigger and Internet service isn’t as competitive as it used to be. Most big ISPs don’t care about keeping the Internet open. Unless we fight for the Internet by making noise and contributing to projects that support net neutrality, we risk losing a major platform for free speech and open source. The future of the Internet depends on us.

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Introduction to the Tails Distro and the Dark Web

09 February 2018

Hey RITLUG!

I hope everyone is having a great 4th week! This week’s meeting is Dark Web themed, I’ll be giving an introduction to the Tails distro and Tor browsers. Come learn about some of the advantages to using Tails, as well as some of it’s limitations, with a live demo and discussion. We’ll also be discussing some other useful tips to maintain your privacy, as well as the ethics of the Dark Web. Tinfoil hats will be provided at the door.

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Building Your Own Self-Hosted Infrastructure (Using Linux)

31 January 2018

Hey RITLUG!

Welcome to Week 3! I hope everyone’s classes are off to a great start. This week Christian Martin (ctmartin) will be taking a look into how to make your own self-hosted infrastructure from scratch. In this workshop, we will be creating a personal server that you can easily deploy yourself at home on a Raspberry Pi or a VPS (the cloud). We will also show you how to export the VM you create so that you can take it home with you! As this is an interactive meeting, feel free to join us in this hands on activity! If there is anything specific you wish us to cover at this week’s meeting, feel free to ping us on Slack (link below)!

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Welcome to RITlug 2018

25 January 2018

Hello RITLUG!

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good break filled with family, fun and FOSS. This week we will be doing an intro to the club for any new members and talking about plans for the upcoming semester. If you have any requests or suggestions for talks please bring them with you. We will also have our standard discussion time for anything of interest to the group.

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RITlug Retro Game Night - Dec. 8, 4pm

04 December 2017

Hey RITluggers!

It’s Week 14. It’s the last week of classes and the last week of RITlug this semester. We know many of you are prepping for finals and getting ready for the final stretch. This week, we decided to mix it up and try something new!

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