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:


General Tech Meeting - John Weintraub (Applying Science Method to Network Admin) April 28th, 2014

As this is the Easter Weekend and Monday is a statutory holiday, we will have no meeting on April 21. As per usual, we've moved our meeting date to the following week. So mark you calendar for next Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:00-10:00pm, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street.

Our speaker this month will be our own John Weintraub, Chair of VanLug. John has an excellent technology background as a network administrator and a strong understanding of the scientific method. He holds an associate certificate in Network Administration (Unix/Linux option) and three other technology certificates from BCIT. His undergraduate studies were in social and life sciences. He is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and is studying for his Linux Professional Institute Certifications, levels one and two. John believes strongly in promoting FLOSS and Linux and is a self-employed entrepreneur-consultant operating his own business, Weintraub Consulting, which offers a variety of administration, maintenance, and VAR services to  small and medium enterprises.

VanLUG Board Meeting - April 10, 2014

Location: SFU Harbour Center Room 1500


If you are interested in really dry administrative stuff, that actually has very little Linux content, and a lot of bureaucratic content, then you are welcome to attend even if you are not a Board member. It's a good way to learn about the Board if you are planning to run for the Board of Directors in the future. However, if you are an insomniac, please do come by for some well-deserved sleep.

As for those interested in volunteering for the website maintenance group, Bill McGrath and I will be conferring very shortly on when and where we shall meet. Please stay tuned for that announcement too. And of course, our thanks to all those who came to Volunteer Recruitment Night.

Our technical meeting normally is the third Monday in April, which is Easter Monday; Given that that is a religious holiday, I believe that the date of this event has been changed.

As soon as I know from Bill McGrath, who is in charge of Technical Meetings, I will let you all know.

Quantum Computing - Mark Furtney from D-Wave - March 17, 2014

Our next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, March 17, 2014, from 7:00 - 10:00pm, in Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, in Vancouver. That's one block south of Waterfront Skytrain station and next door to 555.  Please RSVP:

Our meeting this month will focus on the bleeding edge of Computer Science - Quantum Computing. For most of its existence computer science has functioned within a binary world of yes/no on/off technologies. Computing theory has speculated about the possibility of quantum computing and science fiction has long accepted it as a done deal that advanced computing would be probabilistic rather than logical. But theory and fiction have lacked a great deal of traction until now.

VanLUG Board Meeting - March 10, 2014

I am announcing the Monthly Board Meeting, to be held MONDAY March 10th, at 7 PM, SFU Downtown, in 2925 Hemlock Printers Seminar Room.

If there are any agenda items you want added to the agenda, please submit it NO LATER THAN Friday March 7th, by Midnight. Chris Mullin has submitted one already, so if there is an issue that is really burning you up, send it in -- and you DO NOT NEED TO BE A BOARD MEMBER TO SUBMIT an agenda item (it is up to my discretion as president/chair as to whether or not to include it, but I doubt that I'd refuse any reasonable agenda item).

Also, remember that we will be having our general/technical meeting in rm 7000 at SFU downtown, on Monday March 17th.

We are also very pleased to be holding a Volunteer Recruitment Night 7:00pm, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Corner of Davie and Pacific, right across the street from the Roundhouse Skytrain Station.

Calling All Vonunteers - March 27th, 2014

We are pleased to be holding a Volunteer Recruitment Night 7:00pm, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Corner of Davie and Pacific, right across the street from the Roundhouse Skytrain Station. This is your chance to get involved! We are looking for volunteers for the following areas:

  1. Website management (
  2. LinuxFaire Vancouver (an event similar to LinuxFest NW, or LinuxCon or the like).
  3. Teachers/instructors for Open Classroom Project, at FreeGeek Vancouver
  4. Speakers for Library discussions, in which we 'expose' people to non-Windows OSs
  5. Mailing List -- new locale, and software changes that would allow HTML publication of messages
  6. A graphic designer to help with the layout and, well, design of a banner for events.

Please continue reading for additional details:

VanLUG Board Meeting - Feb 18, 2014

VanLUG Board meetings are open to anyone.  This specific meeting will entail a planning session for the coming year.

Meeting is from 7pm-9pm @ the SFU Harbour Centre Room 1500 - 555 West Hastings Street

Tech Meeting - Server Room Hints, Tips, and Tricks - Feb 17, 2014

This can be a very detailed talk, or a very high-level view, expanding what people seem to be interested in.

So here are my high-level topics - let me know by direct e-mail ( if you have any thoughts on topics to include, or any questions you'd like me to address or focus on. Let me know what you want to hear, or if you've got something to add, I'm in.

This will tend to be a practical talk, about what you might expect to encounter.

Much of what I'll be talking about can apply to the home user with 3 or 4 PC's, or a LAN with 4000 PC of which 200 are servers (development environment)

Here are the main topics I had in mind.

    Short term
    Long term planning.

Physical layout
    The room(s)
    Air conditioning - keeping your cool some rules and some green tips.
    Power - how much is too much? - UPS and / or Generator /

    Data - Specifically, we'll be hearing from Iain Kyte shortly on this, so not too much.
    Access Control

VanLUG Annual New Year Party - Feb 6, 2014

I'm coordinating the New Year Party for Feb 6. Although Firday had the most votes, by the time we got to booking the time the date was taken by another party.  Thursday the 6th at 7:00pm is the start of the party.

The location is The Storm Crow Tavern ( located at:

1305 Commercial Drive (at Charles)
Vancouver, BC
V5L 3X5

The Storm Crow Tavern is Planet Hollywood for geeks, or a sports bar for nerds: a place where gamers, sci-fi and fantasy fans can hang out, drink a tasty microbrew and nosh on tasty edibles.

Pop and appies will be covered by VanLUG.

Please RSVP to the meetup site: as space is limited.

Hope to see you there.

The State of Python presented by Andy McKay - Jan 20, 2014

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 7:00 - 10:00pm in Room 7000 at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street.

Our meeting this month will focus on programming specifically on "The State of Python". Where is Python in 2014?  This will be a broad talk covering web applications, sys admin tools, CMS and the like.

Well into it's third decade of development, Python is a general purpose, object-oriented, interpreted and interactive programming language. You'll find Python being used in a wide variety of contexts, from high school education to the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone miniature computers, to the web, to scientific applications, to natural language processing, to system administration and much more.

Our speaker this month will be Andy McKay. Andy is a developer at Mozilla, where he works on Django sites. He's been doing Django and Python for quite a while and likes talking for ages about how awesome they are. Before Django Andy worked on Plone and Zope and even wrote a book about it. Nowadays he'll blog about curling, politics, beer and hiking instead.


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