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Week #12: roff and co.

12 November 2021

Hey LUGers, This week I’ll be talking about the boomers’ TeX alternative: roff! With roff, and its pals tbl and eqn, you can typeset surprisingly intricate formal documents that compile quickly without having to install any extra software. All you need is a text editor and a pulse. You’ll wonder how you ever did your homework without it.

See you this Friday!

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 12, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #13: Rust

09 November 2021

Hey LUGers, This week I’ll be talking about the Rust Programming Language and it’s becoming so popular! Also, remember there will be no meeting next week, happy Thanksgiving! But there will be a meeting the week after on Dec 3rd.

See you all there!

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 05, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #11: Data Privacy

05 November 2021

Hello LUGers! This week Kyri will be giving a talk on data privacy that she describes as follows:

Data privacy is becoming an increasingly important topic as companies collect more data on their customers and data breaches become more common. While data privacy laws have been around for a long time, they have gotten a lot more attention since the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, was passed in the European Union in 2016. Since then, several states in the US have passed their own privacy laws. What does this mean for companies and consumers? Which states have the best protections? And should the US pass a national privacy law?

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 05, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #10: Lightning Talks

29 October 2021

Hello LUGers, as we announced earlier, we are doing lightning talks this week! We will be doing a series of short 5-10 minute talks on anything Linux, FOSS, or tech related. Or anything else you think would be of interest to the club. You don’t need to prepare slides or anything, just come up and talk! You could show us your Linux setup, show off a CLI cool tool you use, show off a project you’ve worked on, or even give us your spiciest tech hot takes.

An additional announcement, HFOSS is being offered this coming spring semester. More info below.


GCCIS now has an Immersion in Free Culture and Free and Open Source Computing (https://www.rit.edu/study/free-culture-and-free-and-open-source-computing-immersion) and one of the required courses, IGME-582, Humanitarian Free & Open Source Software Development is offered next semester, M, W, F from 12:00-12:50.

The course is also required for the Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture Minor (https://www.rit.edu/study/free-and-open-source-software-and-free-culture-minor).

It’s also a gen ed course, for students who may need one in their worksheet if they have an interest in the subject but not the immersion or minor.

Students can see a copy of last year’s syllabus (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NklzMMRhidi6xXSM-QahRMDDOekRmnC1iwykMtqHC7M/edit?usp=sharing), this year’s course will be similar in structure, the speakers and some of the assignments may vary slightly.

The course is open to students in all majors, the assignments run across the roles of software projects and the assignments to contribute to projects can include, but not be limited to, graphics, communications, interfaces and more, in addition to software development.

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 29, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #8: Asynchronous I/O in Linux

15 October 2021

Hello LUGers! This week Ben will be giving a talk on Asynchronous I/O in Linux and how it’s needed for high performance networking. This talk will go over the basics of systems programming and the kernel interfaces used. The talk will mostly be on the whiteboard so you may want to sit closer to the front this week. Hope to see you all there!

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 15, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #7: Open@RIT Research

08 October 2021

Hello LUGers, this week Olivia Gallucci will be giving a presentation on work she did with Open@RIT that she describes as follows:

The presentation is on research for Open@RIT I did last semester. The goal of my research was to (1) document the history of open source projects and their outcomes, (2) show how faculty and students can build off of past research using the current work in Zotero (3) instruct students and faculty about how to make their projects open source, and how they can get help from Open@RIT.

As a computing security student, I focus on open security, and how students can request help and or funding for projects through Open@RIT.

Hope to see you there!

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 08, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #6: Hacktoberfest mini-hackathon

01 October 2021

Hey y’all, welcome to week 6! This week we’ll be kicking off Hacktoberfest with a quick introduction to FOSS, hacktoberfest, and common PR etiquette. Then we’ll toss the meeting over to everyone to collaborate and explore/work on interesting FOSS projects. See you all there tomorrow!

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 01, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #5: Work Experience

24 September 2021

Hello LUGers! At today’s meeting we’re going to be sharing experiences around getting hired and having a job. Those with relevant work experience are encouraged to share it with the group, and all are welcome to participate in discussion. Additionally, several RITLUG alumni will be coming to today’s meeting to share their experience. I look forward to seeing you all today in the usual place: GOL-2620, 4:30pm!

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 24, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #4: Syncthing

17 September 2021

Hey LUGers! Today I’ll be giving a talk about Syncthing: a tool to synchronize directories across devices. What is it, how does it work, and how can you use it to make life suck less? I look forward to seeing you all today in the usual place: GOL-2620, 4:30pm!

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 17, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #3: Mobile & Wearable Linux

10 September 2021

Hello RITLUGers! Welcome to week three! This week we’ll be doing a talk on mobile & wearable Linux. Come on by to learn more about custom Android ROMs, the /e/ project, various devices by Pine64, and more! See you at our usual time and place: GOL-2620, at 4:30.

Just a reminder, we’ve created some forms for y’all to submit your ideas. If you have a suggestion for a talk you’d like to see, please go to suggest.ritlug.com and tell us about it. If you’d like to do a talk yourself, please go to present.ritlug.com and submit you idea so we can get you slotted in.

See you all on Friday!

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 10, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #2: CLI & SSH Basics

03 September 2021

Hello RITLUGers! It’s now week two and we have our first real talk of the year for you. We will be going over command line and SSH basics. Everything you should need to use the CS servers with ease. We will be meeting in our usual spot: GOL-2620, at our usual time: 4:30.

Additionally, we’ve created some forms for y’all to submit your ideas. If you have a suggestion for a talk you’d like to see, please go to suggest.ritlug.com and tell us about it. If you’d like to do a talk yourself, please go to present.ritlug.com and submit you idea so we can get you slotted in.

I hope to see you all on Friday!

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 03, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #1: Welcome!

27 August 2021

Hello RITLUGers new and old. Welcome to week 1! This Friday we will hold our first meeting of the semester in GOL-2620.

As this is our fist in person meeting in over a year, we’re going to kick things off with a more laid back, “getting to know everyone” style meeting. We want to hear from you, what do you want out of your Linux User Group this year? Presentations? Projects? Bring your ideas if you have them!

Event Details

Fri, Aug. 27, 2021
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Medium DB Lab)

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Week #14: Final Meeting

20 November 2020

Hey RITluggers,

This week will be our last meeting of the semester. With finals right around the corner, we are taking this week easy: we plan on playing Among Us.

This Fall is my last semester at RIT, and I just wanted to mention how much I will miss RITlug after I graduate. RITlug has been a fantastic community of open-minded individuals looking to use Linux and improve open source at large. However, I’m not gone for good; I’ll still be on the mailing list and lurking in the discord and IRC, so feel free to ping me with any questions and general shenanigans.

Hope to see you all this week,

Jeffery Russell (@jrtechs)
Local Linux Llama
Elf On the Shelf
End of Semester Eulogizer


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 20, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #13: Linux Defensive Security

13 November 2020

Hey RITluggers,

This week Joshua Niemann will be giving a comprehensive introduction to securing Linux systems, covering permissions, services, access control, SELinux, AppArmor, and much more. Swing by for a great talk on how to keep your Linux systems succint and secure.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

RITLUG Eboard


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Nov. 13, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #11: Dynamic Library Interception

30 October 2020

Hey RITluggers,

This week, we are diving into Linux security with the various uses and abuses of dynamic libraries on Linux. Michael will be discussing how dynamic libraries work and how to intercept function calls on Linux for various beneficial, nefarious, and hilarious purposes.

Next week is RIT’s 1st Virtual and 10th Annual Election Day Hackathon. The event will kick-off at 6:00 P.M. with a panel followed by breakout rooms where people will be working on civic projects. This is a great chance to relax, meet new people, and work on some fantastic projects.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Jeffery Russell (@jrtechs)
Eboard Member
Local Penguin
Happy Pumpkin


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 30, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #10: Chill Week

23 October 2020

Hey RITluggers,

Welcome to week 10, we’re in the final stretch! This week we’ll be having a chill session themed around programming in Go. Stop on by to brush up on (or learn) Go, work on some Hacktoberfest projects and have a good time.

For those of you interested, take a look at The election night hackathon, signups are open now.

Additionally, as the semester comes to a close, we’re beginning to look for new potential eboard members. If you’re interested message a member of the current eboard so we know to consider you.

Stay safe, and see you all Friday, Jake Zaia
RITlug Secretary
Certified Rockstar Developer


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 23, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #9:

16 October 2020

Hey RITluggers,

Have no idea where to start with the Linux command line? Are you an absolute beginner in need of some advice on where to get started? This week we have a talk on the absolute basics of the Linux command line, from navigating directories to command structures!

I hope you are all doing well this strange semester. It is already week 9?!!

Jeffery Russell (@jrtechs)
Eboard Member
Local Penguin
Elf On the Shelf


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Oct. 16, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #8: Obscure & Esoteric Linux

09 October 2020

Hello Penguins,

I hope everybody is doing well, and you are all enjoying Hacktoberfest. Keeping with the Open Source theme of the month and season, this week’s talk will be about obscure and esoteric Linux distributions. Get ready to learn about some really cool, and maybe weird, distros!

If you are interested in working on the club’s new project, RITlug’s open source Discord bot written in Go, make sure you register when you are able to attend our weekly dev meetings.

See you there,

RITlug Eboard


Event Details

Fri, Oct. 09, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #7: Intro to Git

01 October 2020

Hey RITlug,

Welcome to Hacktober! This month is all about open source and projects. To get in the spirit of Hacktoberfest, this week’s meeting is going to be an introduction to git. Here, we will cover the basics needed to get up and running, as well as providing an interactive demo at the end!

Additionally, RITlug will be creating an open source Discord bot in the spirit of October. The bot will be written in Go, and we will be hosting weekly meetings throughout the month. Please choose an initial meeting time so we can get started as quickly as possible!

See you there,

RITlug Eboard


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Thu, Oct. 01, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #6: Open Source Careers

25 September 2020

Hey RITlug!

This week we’re welcoming a wonderful alumni panel for a meeting about the intersection of Linux, Open Source, and our day jobs. We’ll be hearing from RIT alumni Solomon Rubin, Mark Repka, Nate Levesque, and Josh Bicking about where work and Open Source Software meet. Swing by and check it out.

See you there,

RITLUG Eboard


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 25, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #5: LaTeX

18 September 2020

Hey RITlug!

In preparation for the upcoming virtual career fair, this week we’re covering LaTeX! LaTeX is a great tool for building tons of professional documents, including resumes. Come on by to our discord where Jeffery Russell will be giving a talk on the basics of LaTeX and how you can use it to supercharge your resume.

See you there,

RITLUG Eboard


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 18, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #4: Personal Infrastructure

11 September 2020

Hey RITlug!

This week we’re covering the intriguing and relevant topic of personal infrastructure. You’ll be getting a lightning talk from different members of Eboard on the networks and systems we rely on, built on Linux and powered by open source software. In-depth descriptions, useful tips, and best practice recommendations on all of your favorite parts are sure to follow. We’re looking forward to it!

See you there,

RITLUG Eboard


What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 11, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #3: Networking

04 September 2020

Hey RITlug!

For this week’s meeting, we will have a recent RIT graduate, Nathaniel Larrimore, who will be giving a presentation on Linux networking! Nathaniel graduated from RIT this past spring from the Networking and Systems Administration program, and is also a prior RITlug eboard member! He currently works at Arista Networks as a Technical Solutions Engineer.

For this talk, Nathaniel will be giving an overview of his personal infrastructure, general networking basics, as well as giving plenty of Linux networking tips.

See you there!

  • Tim Zabel, RITlug VP

What is RITlug?

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 Discord #general channel

Event Details

Fri, Sep. 04, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
Discord

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Week #2: Weekly Meeting

25 August 2020

Attention All Penguins,

I hope you are all doing alright, and the new semester has found you well so far. But even with the semester starting up, and everything going on in the world right now, we hope you are all still finding time to Penguin about on your favorite distro of choice.

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Week #1: Welcome Back!!!

19 August 2020

Hello RITlug,

Welcome back to RIT! We are glad to have you all back again this semester, even if you are not necessarily on campus. This semester we are going to be doing things a bit differently. Meetings will still be held Fridays from 4:30-6:00pm, however they will be conducted on our new Discord Server. You can still reach out on the Slack channel, however this semester we will be primarily moving over to Discord.

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Week #15: Final Email

07 May 2020

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens,

This is the final email from RITlug this semester. I, for one, will miss composing these slightly memey emails and sending them off to all you lovely people. With that said, we got a few final announcements for the semester.

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Week #11?... 12?: What even is time?

02 April 2020

Howdy RITluggers!

It has been quite the chaotic past few weeks; I hope that this email finds you all in good health and spirit.

As you all probably have assumed, RITlug will no longer have any meetings for the rest of the semester. However, that does not conclude our semester. If you still want to engage in the open-source community at RIT, you can join FOSS hours on Jitsi from 5-6 PM on Thursdays. Additionally, we are always looking for more people to join our open-source projects. Please enter the #projects channel on slack and check out some open issues on our Github.

We are opening the nomination process for our Eboard next year. If you are interested in helping run the club in any way, please fill out this campus group survey. Don’t feel intimidated or hesitant about joining Eboard; we are looking for people that we can mentor and teach– we are not just going to throw you into the metaphorical fire.

I would like to personally invite/encourage everyone to join our discourse on slack and other mediums like weekly FOSS hours on Jitsi. These can be stressful times with social distancing, but I want to remind everyone that you have a family that you can talk to at RITlug.

Stay safe,

Jeffery Russell (@jrtechs)
RITlugger
Local memester
Man with too many titles

Event Details

Thu, Apr. 02, 2020
05:00pm - 06:00pm
Jitsi

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Week #8: Data Privacy

06 March 2020

Howdy RITluggers!

This week Sergio Zygmunt will be visiting us to give a talk on privacy and security. If you are interested in learning about how companies track and use your information this is a great talk to catch.

We are in the process of booting up a project for Imagine RIT where we are implementing the IP stack over semaphore flags. If that sounds interesting to you, talk to an eboard member during the meeting or drop in the #semaphore channel on slack.

If you are interested in some RITlug swag, please fill out this interest survey.

Hope to see you all this week,


What is RITlug?

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.

Event Details

Fri, Mar. 06, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Med. DB Lab)

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Week #7: Fedora Community Lead

28 February 2020

Hey RITlug!

This week is a special meeting. The Fedora Community Action & Impact Coordinator (FCAIC), Marie Nordin, will be coming to give a talk to RITlug this Friday. Marie is an active member of the Fedora Design and Fedora Badges teams. One of her most recent contributions is the Fedora 31 wallpaper in conjunction with Máirín Duffy.

Now as a new member of Red Hat, Marie’s main job as the FCAIC is to help support and grow the Fedora community. Marie will be going over her background, what it’s like to be the FCAIC, what it means to contribute to Fedora without programming, and other insights working in a community management role.

Hope to see you there!

  • Tim Zabel (Tjzabel)

What is RITlug?

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.

Event Details

Fri, Feb. 28, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Med. DB Lab)

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Week #6: Linux Gaming

21 February 2020

Hey RITluggers!

This week Dev is giving a talk on the exciting developments in Linux gaming.

Since 2013, things have only gotten exponentially better for gaming on Linux. So what does Linux gaming look like now, and what developments are on the horizon? Come to this week’s meeting to become an Ebic LINUX Gaimer!


What is RITlug?

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.

Event Details

Fri, Feb. 21, 2020
04:30pm - 06:00pm
GOL-2620 (Med. DB Lab)

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