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Welcome back to RITlug! First meeting on 9/7

25 August 2018

Welcome back everyone! The first RITlug weekly meeting will be held on Friday, September 7th in GOL/70-2650 (Large DB Lab) from 4:00-6:00pm. We hope to see you there!

tl;dr details

  • Day: Friday, September 7th, 2018
  • Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Where: GOL-2650 (Large DB lab, 2nd floor of GCCIS)

Come hang out with us!

RITlug is on Slack. Keep in touch with our community or get involved with a project on Slack. Anyone with an RIT email can register here. Be sure to say hello when you join!

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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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Linux and FOSS: Hidden in the Data Center - Dec. 1, 4pm

27 November 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Welcome back to campus for Week 13. We’re in the home stretch! I hope all of you enjoyed your time off, whether it was here in Rochester or at home with family and friends.

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Freedom From State - Nov. 3, 4pm

10 November 2017

Hey RITluggers!

It’s Week 11! And finally, snow is on the ground. We’re continuing along towards the end soon.

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RITlug Vice President: Election open

06 November 2017

Hey RITluggers!

The election for RITlug’s vice president in spring is now open; please [vote for a candidate](http://vote.ritlug.com “Vote for RITlug’s next vice president”) by Friday, Nov. 11 at 4:00pm EDT.

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Intro to Distributed Computing - Nov. 3, 4pm

30 October 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Welcome to Week 10! As you’re getting ready to watch the annual parade of Halloween costumes across campus, RITlug is back again this week! This time, we’re covering a quick intro to distributed computing! Or… the cloooouuuuuddd!

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Hacktoberfest is here, and we can help! - Oct. 26, 4pm

26 October 2017

Hey RITluggers!

We’re flying into Week 9 already, and October is almost over. Maybe you’re planning your costume, stocking up on candy, or trying to get your last few contributions in for Hacktoberfest! And this week, RITlug is here to help (with your hacks, not your candy).

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Women in Open Source - Oct. 20th, 4pm

16 October 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Welcome to the halfway point in Week 8! Hope your October is full of Halloween fun, and if you’re celebrating, happy Diwali!

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Building A Minecraft Server With Spigot

12 October 2017

Hey RITluggers! I am sending out the email for this week on behalf of Justin. Below is his pitch for the talk.

Creepers and skeletons got you down this October? Or maybe you’re anticipating the endless Minecraft costumes by the kids of the world on Halloween? What about how the official RIT Minecraft server is managed? Learn more about SpigotMC, the open source Minecraft server software that lets you build your own Minecraft server and extend it beyond what the developers ever imagined. We’ll create a server and how to customize it your liking.

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Special Announcement

12 October 2017

Hi All,

I am saddened to announce that I will be resigning as Vice President of RITlug and stepping down to an “Officer” position for the remainder of my term. Although I will miss my role as VP, I feel strongly that with my distance from RIT I cannot offer everything that this community needs as a VP. After much thought, I have decided that RIT has not been a good academic fit for me. I have recently accepted a full time position at MITRE where I will be working on open source projects for the US Gov’t.

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Help RITlug choose our new logo!

06 October 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Happy Friday! RITlug wants your help to choose a new logo for the club and you can have a say in our new design! Our logo is being redesigned by Ura Design and we are looking for feedback.

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Backups backups backups!

05 October 2017

Howdy RITluggers!

This week we have a special “guest” joining us remotely to give a talk on Backups and the Ritlug Infrastructure. Solomon Rubin, RITlug VP, (Serubin) will be teleconfrencing to share the ins and outs of how we do backups here at RITlug as well as general backup suggestions! We’d love to also know how everyone handles their own backups so feel free to bring your homegrown solutions with you.

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Save the world with LetsEncrypt and free encryption

29 September 2017

Hey RITluggers!

We posted posters, tweeted out a reminder, and… forgot to send this week’s announcement email, oops! We’re back again this week, and this time, we’re saving the world with free encryption, brought to you by LetsEncrypt and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)!

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TigerOS project and planning meeting schedule

26 September 2017

Hello RITlug,

I have taken a look at the results of the whenisgood poll and based on the responses the TigerOS project meetings will be held at 11AM-12PM on Fridays. They will be in the conference room in the link between the fish bowl and GCCIS (University Services Center 1100) starting on Friday October 6th. Hope to see you there!

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Reminder: Build your first virtual reality experience!

22 September 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Just a quick reminder, the “Build your own virtual reality experience in an hour” workshop is today (Friday), from 4:00pm to 6:00pm (workshop starts at 4:30pm) in GOL-2650 (large DB lab). Come stop by for the session with guest speaker Christos Backarakis from Mozilla where we’ll dive into the A-Frame framework!

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Build your first virtual reality experience in an hour

18 September 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Welcome to Week 04. RITlug is back again this week, and this time, we have a special, hands-on workshop to dive deep into open source virtual reality in your web browser.

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TigerOS project and planning meeting schedule

16 September 2017

Hello RITlug, As promised I have created a whenisgood poll for working out a schedule for the TigerOS meetings. If you are interested in contributing to TigerOS, please add your availability to the poll. I will try to look over the results before the next RITlug meeting if the timing works and will let everyone know the times both at the regular RITlug meeting and via email.

whenisgoodlink: http://whenisgood.net/f4gcx7b

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Open source is an ocean, but don't get lost!

14 September 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Hope you all have had an excellent Week #3 so far. I’m enjoying my time out in some of this warm Rochester weather, for as long as it lasts!

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RITLUG vF17.2 - Linux 101!

07 September 2017

Howdy Luggers!

We want to apologize for the late email. In the following weeks we will be sending out our weekly email on Tuesdays. Keep an eye out for them!

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RITLUG vF17.1 - Welcome!

28 August 2017

Howdy Luggers!

Whether you’re part of the RITLUG Family or just joining us for the first time, welcome!

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Getting ready for Fall 2017

20 August 2017

Hey RITluggers!

Ahh, August… summer vacations slowly wind to a close and our internships end with our final git commits. The summer has flown by, and in hardly another week, classes will be picking up again for the fall 2017 semester!

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Week 15 - OScon Brief & Sticker Swap!

12 May 2017

Howdy folks!

This week has been a very exciting week in the FOSS@RIT world. Allison and I, as well as several other students, had the privilege of representing RIT at Oreily’s Open Source convention in Austin, TX. On Friday we will be talking about our experiences in the form of an informal briefing (read: story telling) and sharing the massive amounts of swag we’ve picked up (mostly stickers). As it’s our final week and finals are around the corner, I understand that attendance will be a bit hard. Feel free to just stop by for a few minutes and pick up some stickers!

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Week 14 - Open Hours - no official meeting

04 May 2017

Howdy folks!

Due to ImagineRIT this weekend there is no official meeting. However, our normal room will be open if folks want to hang out!

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Week 13 - ImagineRIT & Eboard Nominations!

28 April 2017

Howdy folks!

I apologize for this late email. Couple of important things:

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Week 12 - Lightning Talks & Eboard Nominations!

21 April 2017

Hi everyone!

As the semester begins to warp up I am pleased to announce a number of things taking place in the very near future!

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Week 11 - Open floor discussion and TIgerOS progress update

14 April 2017

Hello RITLUG! Solomon is super busy this week but asked me to let you all know that RITLUG is still on. As this is an odd number week we will have discussion time. The floor will be open for discussion of any topic or news in Linux, FOSS or just generally cool, geeky stuff. I am personally hoping to give a progress update on TigerOS in the run up to Imagine.

Hope to see you there!

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Week 10 - Linux Pranks!

07 April 2017

April Fools Everyone! … A few days late

This week we will be exploring and playing around with various goofy tricks and pranks on linux. It’s pretty short and sweet as far as RITlug emails go. I hope to see everyone tomorrow!

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Week 9 - Distro Explorations

31 March 2017

Hi everyone!

Welcome to week 9! This week although we have no offical topic, we will be doing a brief exploration of various distros. With all hope we’ll be able to touch upon your favorites! This will be presented by our very own Pi expert Taylor Bowling.

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Week 8 - The RITlug Cloud Infrastructure!

22 March 2017

Hi all!

Welcome back from break! I hope everyone is settling back into school nicely and that everyone had a nice and relaxing break. Now that we’re back we’ve got tons going on!

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Week 7 - No RITlug, Yes Pi Group

07 March 2017

Hello Linux Users We’re just a week away from Spring break and thank god for that. Given that many of us have travel plans, myself included, we wont be having a meeting this week. However I encourage project groups to get together to continue work.

Although we wont have RITlug, we still will have our Raspberry Pi Group Meeting! This message is directly from Taylor:

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Week 6 - Installing Arch!

02 March 2017

Hello Users of the Linux!

This week has been super busy! Career fair, Interview day (tomorrow), and for many of us exams! That being said, this is going to be a light week in terms of presentations. On Friday we’ll be putting together an Arch install and going over the basics of Linux design. How we set up arch is up to you! My hands are at your command. It’s also quite possible we try to remove core utilities and attempt to destroy Linux!

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Raspberry Pi Group Event

01 March 2017

Howdy Luggers!

This is a precursor to this weeks email. Being mid-term week I’m running slightly behind,but rest assured there will be a talk this week. We’ve also got a new room (just across the hall!) that should allow a more collaborative meeting session. We’ll now be meeting in room GOL-2520. Also, for those of you going, good luck at the career fair!

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Week 5 - Projects planning

24 February 2017

Afternoon Luggers!

This week is a general meeting. As always, it’ll be a low key time to come together, discuss projects and notable things going on. I’ve also got lots of stickers to give away!

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Week 4 - Windows Subsystem for Linux

17 February 2017

Howdy Window’s Users!!

It’s time to dive into windows this week! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know!

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Week 3 - Projects, BrickHack, and Net Neutrality

09 February 2017

Howdy Luggers!

This week is a general meeting! We have a few things planned for everything and a few upcoming events that I’d like to share. First and foremost, this week is Brickhack! At this point if you planned on participating you should have signed up already but if you didn’t that’s arlight! You should still come by between Saturday and Sunday to the Clark Gym and say Hi! Second, this week we’re going to start talking about RITlug projects and get some organiation out of the way for those. So far we have a MagicMirror project and the RITlug Distro project which both need team members. If you have a project idea, feel free to send me and email or find me in person and we can talk about it.

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Week 2 - The Importance of Backups

01 February 2017

Hi hi hi RITlugites!

We have a fun, scary, and somewhat amusing talk for this week: The Importance of Backups, and what happens when they fail. As we all know, backups are extremely important if you care about your data. We’ve all been in the awkward and potentially devastating situation of losing our data. We’ll be looking at ways to keep our data safe and also at stories of what happens when all goes wrong.

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Week 1 Meeting Reminder!!

26 January 2017

Hi Everyone!

A quick reminder about our meeting tomorrow!

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Spring semester 2017 and Week 1 Meeting!

12 January 2017

Howdy RITluggers!

Almost time to head back to school and that means… RITlug is back! In case you were new or missed it, we have a slight change in leadership. Our beloved Justin W. Flory is headed to Croatia for the semester. In his place I’ll be stepping in as President Linux Wizard.

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Add open source to your courses

28 November 2016

Hey RITluggers!

As a reminder, this Friday (Dec. 2, 2016) will be the “Open Source 101” meeting! This meeting will be based on various parts of FOSS (free and open source software). It will briefly introduce open source, provide a quick introduction to some of the common tools of open source, and how to interact more with open source at RIT. If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP on the event page below:

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Fall 2016 Week 13

18 November 2016

Hey everyone!

It saddens me to say, but I’m going to have to put off the meeting today due to unexpected circumstances that have come up. I was unable to make alternative arrangements in time for the meeting. Instead, I have formalized plans to hold the “Open Source 101” meeting for December 2nd, 2016 at the usual time. This meeting will be themed all around various parts of FOSS, or free and open source software. The session will include a brief introduction to open source, a quick introduction to using common open source tools like git and GitHub, how to begin exploring open source, and some other unique opportunities to interact with open source at RIT. Part of the meeting will be a talk, with the remainder being a workshop for you to ask questions or dive deeper into FOSS.

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Fall 2016 Week 12: Meeting canceled

11 November 2016

Hey RITluggers!

Unfortunately, the meeting today is canceled due to last-minute travel changes, where I will not be able to be present farther into Friday evening. Since this cancellation is sudden and also since next week is the last week before Thanksgiving break, this week’s meeting will be moved to Friday, November 18th, 2016 at the usual time (4pm - 6pm). I am hoping to make next week’s talk an introduction to open source communities, how students can get involved, and also some of the other cool open source things happening on campus. We may also have a guest speaker next week as well!

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Fall 2016 Week 10: What is a LAMP stack?

27 October 2016

Hey RITluggers!

This is a friendly reminder that RITlug will be meeting again this Friday (Friday, Oct. 28, 2016) from 4pm to 6pm in the GOL/70-2620 computer lab. This week’s talk goes into a common term in the Linux world: LAMP. A LAMP stack often refers to a Linux, Apache (web server), MySQL, and PHP set up. This is a common configuration setup used for deploying various PHP applications out in the world. In this talk, you will learn more about what this is, how it used, and how to even set one up yourself.

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Election Night Hackathon: November 8, 5pm-11:30pm

25 October 2016

Hey RITluggers!

You’re cordially invited to the sixth annual FOSS@MAGIC Election Night Hackathon on November 8th, 2016, from 5pm to 11:30pm in the MAGIC Center!

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Fall 2016 Week 8: Security-Enhanced Linux

14 October 2016

Hey RITluggers!

This is a friendly reminder that RITlug will be meeting again today (Friday, Oct. 14, 2016) from 4pm to 6pm in the GOL/70-2620 computer lab. Today’s talk covers an important feature in newer Linux distributions: Security-Enhanced Linux (shortened to SELinux). In the talk, we will cover some of the basics about what it is, where you can find it, and how it is used.

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Fall 2016 Week 6: Introduction to Linux

30 September 2016

Hey RITluggers!

This is a friendly reminder that RITlug will be meeting again today (Friday, Sept. 30, 2016) from 4pm to 6pm in the GOL/70-2620 computer lab. Today’s talk will focus on a brief introduction of Linux. We’ll cover some of the project background, what Linux is exactly, and also show examples of what Linux is being used for in the real world.

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Fall 2016 Week 4: Meeting canceled

16 September 2016

Hey RITluggers!

Unfortunately, due to unresolved circumstances, today’s meeting is canceled. I will be leaving for Boston early in the afternoon, and I was unable to have the room guaranteed without me present. I will also not be in Rochester next Friday, so this postpones our next meeting to September 30, 2016. This month is proving difficult to coordinate with planning - but I hope that we can resume the regular groove of meetings starting Sept. 30.

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Fall 2016 Week 2: First meeting of the year

02 September 2016

Hey RITluggers!

Welcome back to RIT everyone! Whether you’re a new student or a returning member, we’re looking forward to another year of RITlug with everyone.

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Choosing next year's RITlug meeting time

27 May 2016

Hey RITluggers! Hope everyone’s semesters ended well and that you’re enjoying (or working, or studying, or traveling, or whatever it might be) this summer so far.

We’re already looking ahead to next year, and we want to get your input about choosing a new meeting time based on what everyone’s schedules look like next year. Hopefully some of you have a more clear idea of what your schedules might look like next semester. If so, awesome! Please submit what times you’d like RITlug to meet next year in the below poll.

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Spring Week 15: Last meeting of the year

12 May 2016

Welcome to Week 15, RITluggers. Hope you’re surviving the final week of classes!

As a friendly reminder, we also have a few more ways that you can get involved with RITlug! We set up a bridge between our IRC channel and our new Telegram group. Here’s the links for all of them if you want to join us!

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Spring Week 14: LetsEncrypt

04 May 2016

Welcome to Week 14, RITluggers! Hope everyone’s week is going well so far.

In case you missed it, our new Eboard was officially elected at our last meeting. The 2016-2017 President is Justin W. Flory and Vice President is Solomon Rubin. For this week and the next, we’ll be getting a headstart into running the club.

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Spring Week 13: GPG

28 April 2016

Happy Week 13, RITluggers!

This week we’ll discuss GPG. We’ll look at what it is and why it’s useful, and walk you through creating your own GPG key and the keysigning process. Slides will be posted after the meeting, but if you’re interested in following along during the meeting and intend to keep the key you create, please bring your own computer. We’ll also officially announce the election results for next year’s eboard.

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Spring Week 12: Minecraft and Spigot

22 April 2016

Happy Friday, RITluggers!

This week Justin will be giving a talk about creating a Minecraft server using the open source Spigot server software. We’ll show you how to compile Spigot, set up an environment on a remote server, and how to configure and set up the basics.

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Spring Week 11: Breaking Linux

15 April 2016

Happy Friday, RITluggers!

This week we’ll break Linux in a variety of brutal ways (rm -rf / –no-preserve-root, anyone?), see what happens, and see if and how we can bring it back.

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Spring Week 10: Cool and Useful Services

07 April 2016

Happy Week 10, RITluggers!

This week we’ll look at some of the cool services available to you in Linux that make life easier. We’ll look at solutions such as GOGS (private git hosting), Emby (media server software), Ajenti and Cockpit (monitoring and control), and more.

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Spring Week 9: April Fools Linux Pranks

31 March 2016

Hey RITluggers!

This week our meeting is on April 1st, April Fools Day! To celebrate this, we are going to be sharing some silly and fun Linux Pranks with you! We will present some of our favorite linux and computer pranks but if you know of any good ones be sure to share them with us during the meeting.

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Spring Week 8: How Linux is Organized

16 March 2016

Happy Almost-Friday, RITluggers!

This week we’ll look at what all the things in “/” are. Although things may seem a little arbitrary when you’re first finding your way around, Linux does have an organizational scheme. This is helpful to know for finding things of course, but also for learning where things should be placed if you write your own software. There’s also some cool things to explore, such as /dev (most system hardware) and /proc (running system information, including all your processes).

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Spring Week 7: Tmux and Screen

10 March 2016

Hey there, RITluggers!

This week we’ll talk about how to use your terminal more efficiently. Two of the most commonly used tools to help you with this are tmux and screen.

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Spring Week 6: Scripting and Automation

03 March 2016

Hey there, RITluggers!

This week we’ll talk about shell scripting and some of the system automation technologies available on Linux such as services, cronjobs, and timers.

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Spring Week 5: LAMP Servers

25 February 2016

Hey RITluggers! Happy Week 5!

In this week’s meeting we’ll talk about getting started with a LAMP server, a fairly standard webserver setup using Linux, Apache, Mysql, and PHP. We’ll also mention some alternatives to LAMP technologies such as Nginx and PostgreSQL as well as how the container technology we mentioned a few weeks ago can be helpful with a LAMP server.

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Spring Week 4: Package Managers

18 February 2016

Hey RITluggers!

This week we’ll talk about different package managers. Package managers handle installing software (and the things the software needs) on your system. We’ll look at some of the Linux package managers such as apt, pacman, dnf, and portage as well as package managers you may encounter while writing or installing custom software including pip (Python) and npm (Node).

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Spring Week 3 Meeting

11 February 2016

Happy Week 3, RITluggers!

Containerization and virtualization are two different ways of isolating sections of applications or servers in order to make them more portable, easier to manage, and ideally, safer. They’re also great for experimenting with operating systems and applications without needing to replace the operating system you already have. We’ll get into that and the differences between them during the meeting.

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Spring Week 2 Meeting

03 February 2016

Hey RITluggers!

This week we will be having a talk about the IRC bouncer ZNC.

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Spring 2016 Week 1

28 January 2016

Hey there, RITluggers!

Our first meeting of the semester will be tomorrow (Friday 1/29) in room GOL/70-2520 from 4-6PM. Feel free to attend only part of the meeting if your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend the full time. Can’t make it? We’ll post the meeting’s presentation on our website, www.ritlug.com.

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Week 16 Meeting

11 December 2015

Hey RITluggers! We’ve made it to the end!

This will be RITlug’s last meeting until spring semester. Since everyone is celebrating the end of classes and starting to prepare for finals, we won’t have a formal presentation. Instead, we’ll leave the floor open for general discussion, any impromptu talks anyone is interesting in giving (or hearing!), and some reflection on how RITlug was over the semester.

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Week 15 Meeting

03 December 2015

Hey RITluggers! Happy week 15!

This week we will be having a talk about the IRC bouncer ZNC.

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No Meeting Week 14

27 November 2015

Hey RITluggers! Happy almost-Thanksgiving!

RITlug will not have a meeting this week and the lab will not be open. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Meetings will resume next week on December 4th.

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Week 13 Meeting

20 November 2015

Hey RITluggers! Happy week 13!

This week we’ll be talking about how you can create your own Linux distribution.

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Week 12 Meeting

13 November 2015

Hey RITluggers! Happy week 12!

This week we’ll take a look at building a media server based on Linux. We’ll take a look at some configuration options for building a Linux-based media server as well as a selection of software packages that provide access to media via mobile apps, your browser, and Chromecast (among other things). We’ll also take a look at a couple of existing media server setups based on some of those options.

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Week 11 Meeting

05 November 2015

Hey RITluggers!

This Friday we’ll talk about NodeJS and JavaScript! I have been a JavaScript developer for the last five months now and have focused on building a large web application using Reactjs and Flux. These two technologies were created by Facebook to help developers quickly create logical user interfaces and to control application logic. There is a ton of stuff you can do with JavaScript and NodeJS, not only in a browser, but as a powerful scripting language on your system.

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Week 10 Meeting

29 October 2015

Hey RITluggers!

This Friday we’ll talk about filesystems. Filesystems deal with how your data is stored on your hard drive and often offer some extra features that make your life easier. If you’re new to Linux or don’t know what a filesystem is, this will give you some insight into what you’re choosing when you install a new system and are asked for what to use. We’ll look at EXT, BTRFS, and ZFS which are three of the major Linux filesystems (though not the only ones!). If there’s time and interest, we’ll take a closer look at ZFS, which is a really powerful filesystem with a lot of interesting features - and it’s easy to use!

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Week 9 Meeting

22 October 2015

Hey RITluggers! Happy week 9!

As a tie-in to last week’s desktop customization meeting, this Friday we’ll talk about customizing your shell. Customizing your shell can range from changing the appearance (your prompt, colors, etc) to making your shell work the way you do. If you’re relatively new to the shell, this can be a good way of getting more familiar with it and making it act how you think it should. If you’re more experienced, it can be interesting to get some new inspiration for your workflow.

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Week 8 Meeting

16 October 2015

Hey RITluggers! Happy week 8!

This week we’ll look at desktop customization, including tools and some themes to get you started on your own.

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Week 7 Meeting

09 October 2015

This week we’ll spend the first part of the meeting looking at how to contribute to open source projects on Github in honour of Hacktoberfest. We’ll go through the process of forking, making changes, and creating a pull request. If there’s time and interest since that may be a quick presentation, we’ll take a look at the process of installing Linux manually by walking through how to do an ArchLinux install.

As usual, the second portion of the meeting we’ll break and open the floor to any other presentations or questions and in general give you time to get your hands dirty with some help if you’re working on something in Linux.

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New Look!

03 October 2015

We redesigned our website to use Material Design and a simplified Jekyll setup, in hopes of making the website more accessible to anyone interested in contributing. This is part of our efforts to streamline RITlug’s administrative processes to make it easier to contribute and easier to pass off Eboard responsibilities between years.

Upgrading our website has been an ongoing project, hence the lack of regular website updates. Now that things are up and running again we’ll resume our regularly scheduled website updates which should also revive our mailing list. As an aside, if you’re currently on our public mailing list on Google Groups and you have an RIT computer account, we suggest joining our roster on TheLink @ RIT instead. TheLink is the official source of information and mailings for RIT-affiliated individuals and allows us to keep better statistics about our membership.

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Week 14 Meeting (Last One!)

08 May 2015

Hi, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through! This is our last (official) meeting for the academic year, and we’re not going to be meeting over the summer.

This meeting, we’re going to discuss a few logistical things like elections, plans for next year, and a potential get-together before the year actually ends. Other than that, we have nothing planned; just time to sit around and talk.

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Imagine RIT Today!

02 May 2015

Hi, everyone! Like every year, we have a table set up for Imagine RIT filled to the brim with computers running Linux. If you’re wandering around the GOL/70 atrium outside the SSE, be sure to say hi!

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Week 8 Meeting (Imagine RIT)

20 March 2015

Hi, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

Imagine RIT is just around the corner on May 2nd! We’re going to set up an exhibit this year as we always do, and we’re going to be showing off another tableful of computers which all run Linux. This week, we’re going to spend the time to talk more about some of the things that we want to show off at this year’s exhibit.

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Week 4 Meeting (Gentoo)

20 February 2015

Hi, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week’s meeting will be a presentation/workshop on Gentoo by Gabriel Marcano. He’ll be giving us a tour of what it’s like to install and work with Gentoo, and how it’s not as scary (or as scary) as people think.

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Week 3 Meeting (i3)

13 February 2015

Hi, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

I hope that you all had fun at the meeting last week! This week’s meeting will be our first presentation of the semester, where Mark Repka will discuss some of the cool things about i3, a tiling window manager.

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Week 1 Meeting

28 January 2015

Hi, everyone! Our first meeting of the semester is this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

First off, we’re trying something new this spring: all of the semester’s events will be kept on a public schedule, which you can find here. If you’re interested in doing a presentation this semester, check out what weeks are free and talk to one of the members of Eboard!

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Week 15 Meeting

05 December 2014

Hello, everyone! This Friday, to celebrate our members of RITlug who will be done with classes after this semester, we’re going to spend the meeting time to go out and get dinner together at a location off-campus.

Instead of holding the regular meeting, we’re going to meet up in GOL/70-2520 at 4 PM, figure out where we want to go for food, then head out around 4:15–4:30. If you don’t have a car, a few members have already offered to provide transportation to and from campus. We’ll probably try to be back on campus by 6, but if you have other plans for later, be sure to let us know!

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Week 13 Meeting

21 November 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

Like the previous weeks, we don’t have a major topic set for this meeting. Next week, we’re not having a meeting because of thanksgiving, and the next week, plan to show up to the room on time because we’re going to meet up and drive somewhere to have food and congratulate our graduating members.

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Week 12 Meeting

14 November 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

Continuing off of the stuff from last week, we’re going to spend this week’s meeting talking about the topics of the weeks for next semester, what’s in store for the club, and a potential end-of-semester celebration for our members that are done with classes after this fall. As usual, the second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 11 Meeting

07 November 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

As the semester winds down, we’re going to spend this week talking about plans for events for the spring semester. As usual, the second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 10 Meeting

31 October 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

For Halloween, we’re going to talk about spooky things that you have or can set up on your Linux machine, like SystemD. The second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 9 Meeting

24 October 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

We don’t have anything planned for today, so, we’re going to have another open meeting this week. Both hours will be open for discussion.

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Week 8 Meeting (Lx Branding Zones)

17 October 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we’re going to have a special guest appearance from former RITlug president and vice president, Michael Zeller and Dave Eddy. They’ll be giving a presentation on Lx Branding Zones, a virtualisation technology that I won’t attempt to explain here. If you want to find out more, come to the meeting! The second half of the meeting is still planned for open discussion, although the presentation may be longer than an hour this week.

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Week 7 Meeting

10 October 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we’re going to spend the first hour working together on an “introduction to Linux” presentation that we’ll show at the beginning of the spring semester. We’re going to be figuring out what we know about Linux and just how much we need to say to a new Linux user so that they know what to expect. The second half of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 6 Meeting

03 October 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

A lot of us went to the career fair this week, so, we’re going to spend this week’s meeting relaxing and talking about our experience with using Linux in industry. We’ll take the time to share what kinds of things are good to know for your next co-op, or what some people have done in the past. There will be no presentation this week.

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Week 5 Meeting (git)

26 September 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we’re going to spend approximately the first hour talking about git and open-source licensing. We’re going to be talking about some of the cool things that you can do about git that maybe some of us don’t know, and what you should do to license our open-source projects. The second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 4 Meeting (PGP)

19 September 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we’re going to spend approximately the first hour talking about PGP. We’re going to be talking about what you can do to create a PGP key, what you should do to protect it, signing emails, encrypting files, and other things that you can do with PGP. We’ll also mention OTR and some other security-conscious software. The second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 3 Meeting (scripting)

12 September 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we’re going to spend approximately the first hour talking about various scripting languages, including Python, Shell, Node.js, possibly Perl. Even if you don’t know how to program, you can still come! The second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 2 Meeting

05 September 2014

Hello, everyone! As usual, this week’s meeting is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor of GCCIS. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we don’t have much planned, so, we’re going to spend the meeting talking about topic ideas for the rest of the semester. The second hour of the meeting will be reserved for open discussion.

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Week 1 Meeting

28 August 2014

Hello, everyone! Our first meeting of the year is going to be this Friday from 4–6 in GOL/70-2520, the small database lab on the second floor. If you can only attend part of the meeting, don’t be afraid to show up halfway through!

This week, we’re going to be getting to know each other, and our members who use Linux regularly are going to have a chance to show off some of the cool things that they’ve done with Linux on their laptops.

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