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 June 13th meeting for a fun and informal exchange of technical knowledge. Chuck Frain is scheduled to give an interesting and immediately-useful "Command-Line Basics" presentation:

Several new CALUG members are just starting out with Linux. Mr. Frain's presentation will therefore cover the most frequently-used Command-Line Interface (CLI, a.k.a. "shell") commands. These commands will include file-system navigation and file manipulation tools. No command will be covered in depth, but the concept of each will be conveyed. The presentation is being written with input from both experienced and new Linux users - so if you have a command or concept that you would like to see covered then please send notice of such to Chuck via email. Mr. Frain's January 2017 CALUG presentation (slides, notes) provides an example of the good information which will be presented at the June 13th meeting.

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 Tim Spangler for his interesting and timely "DIY Cable Boxes with Raspberry Pi and a HD Homerun" presentation at the May CALUG meeting.


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