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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.

OmniTI is extending the courtesy of hosting the CALUG meetings at its Fulton Maryland office, conveniently located at:

11830 West Market Place, Suite F
Fulton, MD 20759

Meeting attendees should park in front of the OmniTI building and walk to the back of the building where they can enter thru an entrance labeled 'G' which opens into the meeting room (regular attendees will notice entrance-G is now surrounded by large planters encircling patio tables). You will know you are at the right place if you see otherwise non-threatening muppets engaging in Reservoir Dogs-type activity. OmniTI is located in the office park north-east of the Firestone building, which in turn sits north-east of the Harris Teeter building.

All interested in FOSS are welcome to join the CALUG at our October 8th meeting for an interesting and practical "Don't Forget the Elephant: A Review of Modern PostgreSQL" presentation by Database Administrator Keith Fiske:

Many database administrators were first introduced to PostgreSQL years ago and have memories (good & bad) of using version numbers starting with 6, 7 & 8. With the rise in popularity of MySQL, many open source advocates turned there since the majority of internet community support was centered around it. And the advanced features that commercial databases such as Oracle & SQL Server were advertising appealed to many enterprise administrators.

But in the last several years, things have changed. MySQL is still one of the most popular open source databases, but its ownership by Oracle has cast a vast shadow over the project. And the rising costs and license management of commercial database systems are causing enterprise headaches. In all this time, PostgreSQL has been getting many of those advanced features it used to be missing and has been getting some of its own unique capabilities that can set it above the rest.

This talk will go over the major feature improvements in PostgreSQL since the 8.x series was released, how its community has stepped up to fill in the missing feature gaps, and what the future holds for one of the longest running, truly open source relational database management system projects.

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

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 GiveCamp Director of Volunteers Erica Woods for visiting during the CALUG September meeting and explaining how we could have participated in the Baltimore GiveCamp had logistical constraints not required the event's cancellation.


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