Columbia-Area Linux Users Group

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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 November 13th meeting for a fun and informal exchange of technical knowledge. Evan Bolt is scheduled to give an interesting and applicable "Linux Mirroring Made Easy" presentation:

Every major Linux distribution depends on some package manager which pulls software from a mirror server. During an internship, Evan was given the task of creating some Linux repositories for Dakota State University. After learning how many of the main distros (Arch, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu) do their mirroring he created a generic script for distros that just used a few rsync commands. Debian (and some derivatives) however make use of their own script called 'ftpsync' (which uses rsync) so Evan wrote a tool that allows for deploying using either Debian's tool for known supported distros or by using his custom script. Out of that project arose Evan's "mirror-deploy" script which deploys a full Linux mirror (minus a web server, that feature is to be added), a directory structure to keep scripts for each distribution organized, and logging for each distro.

Meeting attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30PM to enjoy pizza and soda courtesy of Aplura - 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 Thomas Delrue for leading the October CALUG meeting.


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