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The Columbia-Area Linux Users Group (CALUG) is a friendly informal group of Columbia-area residents who share an interest in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in general, and Linux in particular. The CALUG meets at 7:00PM on the second Wednesday of each month. Like the software that interests us, our meetings are free - and open to everyone.

UMBC Training Centers is extending the courtesy of hosting the CALUG meetings at its Columbia Maryland training center, conveniently located at:

6996 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046

Meeting attendees should park in the dedicated parking lots marked for UMBC Training Centers. To find the CALUG meeting-room enter the training-center thru its main entrance and proceed down the hall to the right of the training-center's main lobby. The CALUG meets in the last room on the right at the end of that hall.

All interested in FOSS are welcome to join the CALUG at our December 12th meeting for a fun and informal exchange of technical knowledge. Matt Duren is scheduled to give a career-impacting "#recruiterfail / #candidatefail" presentation:

Looking for a new job is tough. Finding talent for open jobs is tough. The recruitment and interview process is hard enough as it is; let's not make it more difficult than it has to be. Let's pull back the curtain a bit, leave our egos at the door and talk about some real (maybe extreme) examples of #recruiterfail and #candidatefail in an attempt to break down the barriers between recruiters and applicants in a fun and comfortable way.

Matt Duren has been in recruiting since he graduated college in 2001. Starting out in a technical staffing agency, Matt quickly transitioned to corporate recruiting and has lead recruiting teams responsible for IT and college recruiting, as well as Employment Branding. Matt is currently the Technical Recruiting Manager at Tenable, located in Columbia, MD.

Meeting attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30PM to enjoy pizza and soda courtesy of Aplura prior to the 7:00PM presentation - so you do not need to choose between dinner and the fun of a CALUG meeting.

Regarding the scheduling of CALUG presentations; Please contact Chuck Frain if you have a FOSS technology to present to a friendly group in a relaxed environment. The presentation schedule is open and flexible:

If you are interested in giving a talk or have a topic you would like to discuss, please let me know. We can accommodate our traditional one topic meeting or if a few people have shorter presentations or topics, we can do it that way as well. This is a great forum for novice speakers to practice their skills!

Please thank Chuck Frain for his interesting NextCloud presentation at the November CALUG meeting.


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