General Tech Meeting - Canceled - July 21, 2014

Two attempts to find a lecturer for July yielded no fruit so we will not have a speaker on Monday July 21, 2014.

VanLUG Board Meeting - July 17, 2014

Next board meeting is Thursday the 17th @ 7 PM, SFU Downtown, RM 1565

Unless you are very interested in bureaucratic goings-on, this is NOT the meeting for you. We do not discuss much at all about Linux per se,  but instead focus on the activities needed to run VanLUG. So if you are in a desperate need of sleep, please come by for a great snooze-fest. Otherwise, if you do come by -- and you welcome to do so, warnings aside -- be prepared to have next to no discussions about Linux or open-source software.

General Tech Meeting Iain Kyte presents security in the area of Linux, the OpenSSL Heart Bleed issue and demo of Tenable's Nessus and Sguil Snort IDS/IPS June 16, 2014

Our next monthly meeting will take place, as above, on Monday June 16, from 7:00-10:00pm, in Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

Our meeting this month will focus upon Security. We are delighted to welcome back this month our our own Iain Kyte. Last year Iain gave an outstanding lecture and we believe he'll do the same again this year.

Iain has been with Linux since 1996 back in the days of book based distributions and bundled CDs.  His first distribution was Slackware, and he then went on to trying other distributions in particular Linux From Scratch and Gentoo. This was a time when Linux was used to create a firewall router to the internet with the Linux firewall tools and it kindled Iain's interest in security.

VanLUG Board Meeting - June 10, 2014

Our meeting will be on the 10th of June at SFU Downtown, at 7 PM, tentatively set for CIBC Lecture Rm. 1505 (but it's a good idea to check the notice board at the entrance to SFU Downtown to see where the room actually is, in case it's been moved or I cited the wrong room).

I will have an agenda ready as soon as our secretary, Brian Matheson, is able to get the minutes from the last board meeting together. Otherwise, I will send out a truncated version around the 7th of June or so.

If you are interested in attending, PLEASE note that we do NOT discuss Linux-related issues at the board meeting (except occasionally, if there is a technical issue or event that directly affects VanLUG). These are almost exclusively administrative events; if you are an insomniac, this is the place for you. Narcoleptic? Not so much.

Our big event each month is the General Meeting, which is also held at SFU downtown, is held every third Monday of each month -- which means June 16th, and is very much Linux-focused.

Thank you all, and I look forward to seeing all the board members at the meeting (G-d willing).

General Tech Meeting - BSD presentd by Sha'ul Baptie - May 26, 2014

Our next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, May 26, 2014, from 7:00 - 10:00pm, in Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, in Vancouver.

Our meeting this month will focus on the BSD operating systems. BSD, or Berkeley Software Distribution, and occasionally Berkeley Unix, is not Linux, although it is a sister Open Source operating system and can utilize a great deal of GNU/Linux software.

Our speaker will be Sha'ul Baptie. Sha'ul has been a computer hobbyist for more than two decades. He first taught himself to program web pages in the nineties and then became interested in operating systems. He first tried GNU/Linux about ten years ago, experimenting with many different distros and then slowly gravitated to BSD because of its simple, although never easy, nature, and it's development as a whole operating system. He's been using FreeBSD and OpenBSD for a quite a while and is comfortable with both, although he prefers OpenBSD due to the quality and correctness of its code and the primary emphasis on security.

Call for nominations for the Dave Michelson Award

We are approaching the time of year again where you have a chance to hear and be heard at the Annual General Meeting of VanLUG, tentatively scheduled for some time in late June, (assuming Board of Directors' approval).

At the AGM, it has been our custom to award the Dave Michelson award to someone in the Linux/FLOSS community here in the Lower Mainland --
they don't need to be participants/members of VanLUG to be nominated.

The nominee should be someone who has been active in promoting some aspect of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) of any sort, or
Linux,(also including FreeBSD, or any other open-source OS or application). Such promotion or advocacy work can include software development, bug-fixing, social advocacy of FLOSS/Linux, education to the general public around FLOSS/Linux, work (paid or volunteer) done
within a non-profit group that promotes FLOSS/Linux, etc.

Call for nominations for VanLUG Executive & Board

We are approaching the time of year again where you have a chance to hear and be heard at the Annual General Meeting of VanLUG, tentatively scheduled for some time in late June, (assuming Board of Directors' approval).


At the AGM, we elect members of the Board of Directors and Executive. You may be nominated by someone else, or you may self-nominate. The nominees do need to be paid members of VanLUG to be nominated, at the time of the AGM. So if you want to run and are not yet a paid member ($20 regular, $10 students), either contact Kim Kulak (, our membership secretary to obtain a membership, or come with cash to the AGM when we do announce the date.

VanLUG Board Meeting - May 12, 2014

Agenda for Board Meeting
May 12th 2014 (7:00 PM)
SFU Downtown
1565 CIBC Lecture Room
1) Call to Order – Establishment of Quorum
2) Acceptance of Minutes of Last Meetings (March 2014)
3) Acceptance of agenda
4) Motion to table all but essential reports until June's Board Meeting (exception: Treasurer's report,
President's report); if anyone needs to report their bailiwick, mention the need, please.– Chair Motion
5) President's Report
  1. Mission-Statement Committee Report
    1. Vote by board to present three, at AGM:
      1) Life long learning and professional development
      2) Life-long learning; professional development; community
      3) Advancing FLOSS and Linux to the technical community
      4) Life-long learning; professional development; community; FLOSS
      5) Bringing the FLOSS community together for learning and professional development
      6) Life-long learning; professional development; support; community; FLOSS We (Bill and I) picked 2, 4 and 6
    2. Website Committee Report – NTR

Trusty Tahr Release Party

The Ubuntu Vancouver LOCO is celebrating the latest release of Ubuntu, 14.04 LTS, and you're invited.

Date: Saturday, 17 May
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Location: Free Geek Vancouver - 1820 Pandora Street, enter off the alley

We're using this excuse to party with our friends from Vancouver Linux Users Group (VanLUG) and Free Geek Vancouver. There is a lot of overlap already between Vancouver's great triumvirate of FLOSS groups, but there is always room to know each other better. Pizza, pop, music, and conversation supplied. All you need to bring is an open mind and a positive attitude! But other snacks will also be gratefully accepted.

This will be a family friendly event so the younger members of the community are more than welcome.

To keep things from getting out of hand, also limited space, we'd like to restrict participation. Please RSVP on the Ubuntu Vancouver or VanLUG meetup site. We'll figure something out for members of Free Geek.

See you on the 17th!

Bellingham Linuxfest Northwest - April 26-27

With around 1500 attendees over the weekend, the 15th annual Linuxfest Northwest will be held in Bellingham on April 26-27. LinuxFest Northwest is a grassroots, free and inexpensive event, that is organized by people just like you.  For more information and to register please go to their website at:



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