General Tech Meeting - MariaDB presentd by Gerry Narvaja - October 20, 2014

Our next monthly general meeting will take place, on Monday October 20 from 7:00-10:00pm in Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Our meeting this month will focus on databases, those essential tools for business, websites and any kind of data management and control. The more information we collect, the greater our need for people who know how to manage that data professionally.

Because of concerns about licensing and the future direction of MySQL, it's original developers released a new fork of MySQL in 2009, after it was acquired by Oracle. This new database, called MariaDB, is designed to be a stable, cross-platform, drop in replacement for MySQL, and has become the leading centre for development in the MySQL orbit. Prominent users of MariaDB now include Google and Mozilla, and distributions such as Arch, Fedora, Gentoo, OpenSuse, OpenBSD, Oracle, Red Hat and Slackware. Other supporters include the LampStack, Drupal, MediaWiki, Moodle, Plone, and WordPress. So our topic this month will be MariaDB.


Vancouver Linux Users Group Society

Would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting for 2014

Monday, 29 September, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia


1. Call to Order and Establishment of quorum based upon the 11 current members of VanLug and additional new and renewed memberships.

2. Presentation and acceptance of Minutes from the 2013 AGM (Brian Matheson).

3. Acceptance of 2014 Agenda.

4. The Year in Review (John Weintraub).

5. Financial Reports (Alishams Hassam).

6. Membership dues review.

7. VanLug Dave Michelson Award Presentation.

8. Special resolutions:

    A. To permit the by-laws of the society to allow transmission of notices to paid members by electronic technology, (e.g., e-mail, web, SMS, etc), especially as regards notices of AGMs, SGMs, and EGMs.

    B. To change the date of board meetings to be the first Monday of each month, barring conflicting holidays, in which case, the board meeting will be held on the following Monday.

VanLUG Board Meeting - Sept 8, 2014

When: Sept 8th (Monday -- normally the first Monday in each month, but this time we had Labour Day instead)
Where: SFU Downtown
Room: 1500 Xerox Conference Room
Time: 6:30-9:00 (meeting starts at 7 PM, room opens at 6:30)
Chair: Bill McGrath (Vice-President/Vice-Chair)
Special Topic: Annual General Meeting

I should warn those who haven't attended a board meeting before, we DO NOT discuss Linux very much. If you want a discussion on Linux stuff, attend our General meeting on the FIFTEENTH of September.

I hope all our board members can make it.

See you there!
John Weintraub, President, VanLUG

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.


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