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Welcome to PLUG

Celebrating 20 years of Portland's best technical dialog

The Portland Linux/Unix Group (PLUG) is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to teaching and learning about Linux, Unix and related projects. There is no membership fee to join and we welcome people of all levels of experience. PLUG has met since 1994 and hosts monthly General and Advanced Topics presentations plus a hands-on support Clinic.

PLUG Mailing Lists, IRC and Twitter

Between meetings, we converse on a number of mailing lists and IRC:

irc.geekshed.net #pdxlinux
chat.freenode.net #orlug

You can also follow PLUG on Twitter at twitter.com/pdxlinux

PLUG General Meeting Information

Our general meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of every month, unless the first Thursday falls on a major holiday. Our meetings are generally held in Room FAB 86-01 of The Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science Building at Portland State University. This room is hidden away in the basement; but go into the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering building, go to down stairs to the basement and wonder around the halls and you will find it.

The Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science Building (also nick named the New Engineering Building) is at 1930 SW 4th Avenue across from SW College Street. See location H-10 on the PSU campus map.

Many of us head to the Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall at 1945 NW Quimby Portland, Oregon after the meeting for refreshments and continued discussion.

Live Streaming

We stream some of our 1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday 7PM PST meetings at pdxlinux.org/live
Thank you ScaleEngine for providing this service!

Our next General meeting is:

Who: Beth 'pidge' Flanagan
What: Open Sourcing the Modern Battle Rifle: Legal and technical
implications in home building the semi-automatic AK-47
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

A look at the technical and legal issues surrounding home construction
of firearms, focusing on semi-automatic AK-47 style rifles.

Home gun building brings interesting legal and technical challenges
needed to keep someone both safe and on the right side of the law. This
requires an individual to be both an amateur metalsmith as well as
knowing the ins and outs of firearms and international patent law. This
talk will discuss the building of the semi-automatic AK47 rifle from a
technical perspective, from demilling parts kits to the construction of
a fully functional semi-automatic weapon.

We will also discuss the origins of the AK design, the history of it’s
variants and its current patent status as a public domain firearm
design, delving into Soviet and Russian Federation patent law as well as
US firearms law.

Bio:

Beth 'pidge' Flanagan is an embedded linux geek who works at Intel's
Open Source Technology Center on the Yocto Project.

Beth also gave a keynote at OSCON 2014, "Yes, Your Refrigerator Is
Trying To Kill You..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd8dXzAL-W8


Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

Calagator Page: http://calagator.org/events/1250466346

Agenda:

7:00 - 7:15  Announcements
7:15 - 8:30  Presentation and Questions
9:00 - ...   Refreshments

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting:

             The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall
             1945 NW Quimby

Rideshares Available

PLUG Advanced Topics

We have a monthly talk about topics for advanced Linux users, which usually meets once a month every third Tuesday at 7:00PM

LOCATION: Free Geek Community Technology Center, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland

Our next Advanced Topics meeting is:

Who: Jared Boone, Kenny McElroy and you
What: Software-Defined Radio Hack Session
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live
IRC: irc.geekshed.net #pdxlinux

Want to get into software-defined radio hacking but don't know where to
start? Bring your laptop and an RTL-SDR dongle, HackRF, BladeRF, USRP,
or other SDR hardware to this hack session and get expert help.

Jared Boone and Kenny McElroy will be on hand to help install and
configure software and explain concepts. Do try to install GNU Radio on
your computer before you come, since it can be a long, slow process. If
you get into trouble, we will do their best to get you unstuck. For
those who come with GNU Radio already functional, we will advise you on
things to experiment with. If you do not already own a software-defined
radio, purchasing an RTL-SDR dongle from HackerWarehouse.com or
NooElec.com is recommended. They are quite inexpensive ($15 to $20) but
very functional and a great way to get started in software-defined
radio.

Bring some radio-based toys to hack on! If you can't make this meeting,
be sure to watch Calagator, where Jared and Kenny will be starting an
SDR meetup in the next few weeks.

Jared Boone has an ongoing obsession with software-defined radio. He
helped with the design and coding of the HackRF SDR and has done some
privacy-related work, particularly around automotive tire pressure
monitors. He is a frequent user of GNU Radio, baudline, and radio signal
processing techniques.

Kenny McElroy is a computer security researcher, focused on improving
understanding and visualization of how the ones and zeros of computer
security move around in the real world.


Organizer's Notes: Ham Radio Outlet in Tigard has a number of good
magazines including the July/August QEX which features an article on GNU
Radio. You may also want to read:
http://www.csun.edu/~skatz/katzpage/sdr_project/sdr/grc_tutorial1.pdf
I can also help you set up FreeBSD-current with GNU Radio.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

Calagator Page: http://calagator.org/events/1250466458

PLUG Clinics

PLUG volunteers hold a monthly clinic to help one and all with their Linux (and other *NIX) computer problems on the third Sunday of every month from 1PM to 5PM.

LOCATION: Free Geek Community Technology Center, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland

NOTE: Free Geek is closed Sundays, and no one will be answering the phones. Please enter through the south door, next to the Thrift Store. We'll have a sign by the door.

How to Present at PLUG

PLUG has hosted some of the biggest names in the open source community and is always looking for future speakers. A great presentation involves nothing more than your passionately stating the obvious about a technology-related topic that isn't yet obvious to the rest of us. Linux/Unix topics are given priority but having predated most specialized groups in Portland, PLUG has long covered broader technology and community-related topics.

If you are interested in presenting at any of the PLUG monthly meetings, please e-mail a description of your talk, your contact information and your available dates to David Mandel and Michael Dexter: 503-789-8978

Other Regional Events

Visit the calagator.org the most comprehensive and up-to-date index of Portland area tech events.

DebConf - August 23rd through 31st debconf.org

Past Presentations

2014-08-07 Open Sourcing the Modern Battle Rifle: Legal and technical implications in home building the semi-automatic AK-47
2014-07-15 GO TO OSCON
2014-06-05 Security and OpenSSH - Steve Dum PDF
2014-05-20 Hands-on Internet of Things - PDF
2014-05-01 Federated Wiki - Ward Cunningham
2014-04-15 Heartbleed: It's cause, the solution, lessons learned
2014-04-03 Q & A with Linus Torvalds
2014-03-18 Dynamic Tracing with DTrace and SystemTap
2014-03-06 pfSense
2014-02-18 Roundtable: Protecting Your Volunteer Effort from Caustic People
2014-02-06 Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess (CANCELLED)
2014-01-21 Speaking in Public is Easy
2014-01-02 Advanced OpenSSH - PDF
2013-12-17 Lustre Distributed File System
2013-12-05 PC-BSD 10 and the holy trinity of bhyve, Packet Filter and ZFS
2013-11-19 Multi-App Security Analysis: Looking for Android App Collusion
2013-11-07 Samba 4 - Brian Martin
2013-10-15 Virtual Machine Fair: Erlang/ocaml/Haskell VMs, bhyve, Xen & LXCs!
2013-10-03 FreeNAS Plugins - Michael Dexter
2013-09-17 GUI Programming with Qt - Michael Faunce
2013-09-05 Virtual Private Networks - Ted Mittlestaedt
2013-08-01 The Perl Renaissance - Paul Fenwick
2013-07-11 Physical Security and Surveillance - Steve Pasco
2013-06-18 Social Event at the Lucky Lab
2013-06-06 Hacking on the Beagle Bone Black - Russell Senior
2013-05-21 The KURB Kernel UseRspace Bridge
2013-05-02 Confronting Depression - Yshai Boussi
2013-04-04 Mozilla Socorro: an Open Source crash reporting system evolves
2013-03-19 flashrd+nsh OpenBSD Network Appliances
2013-03-07 Mike Rogoway from the Oregonian
2013-02-19 The CASH Music Project
2013-02-07 Open Source Medical Informatics
2013-01-15 Recoupling Computer Science and Computing
2013-01-03 Linux in Schools project: Past, Present, and Future
2012-12-18 Snow! Huddle at the Lucky Lab
2012-12-06 Bootstrapping an open source project community
2012-11-20 Linux Network Driver Development
2012-11-01 CUPS Unix Printing - Daniel Hedlund
2012-10-16 UnMeeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne
2012-10-04 UEFI Secure Boot and Open Source. It's not a 'general war against computation.' - Vincent Zimmer, Intel
2012-09-06 The Joy of LVM - Brian P. Martin, The Happiness of ZFS - Michael Dexter
2012-08-21 Vyatta
2012-08-02 OSCON Feedback and General Questions
2012-07-05 systemd - Intel
2012-06-19 Tech Interviews!
2012-06-07 The Ganeti Virtualization Management System
2012-05-15 Verilog Synthesis - Galen Seitz
2012-05-03 OpenBSD - Bryan Linton
2012-04-17 Round Table Discussion
2012-04-05 Asterisk, FreePBX and Trixbox
2012-03-20 Linux Containers (LXC) - Brian Martin
2012-03-01 OData Open Data and Interoperability - Microsoft
2012-02-21 FreeNAS 64-bit
2012-01-17 Hands-on FreeNAS
2012-01-05 The xkcd1k Eve Celebration
2011-11-03 Hands-on IPv6, Web Hosting with GitHub - Ted Mittelstaedt and Daniel Hedlund
2011-10-18 The Android Debug Bridge (Root your phone!)
2011-10-06 Arch Linux - Daniel Hedlund
2011-09-20 Roundtable: Web serving in the post-LAMP era
2011-08-04 Open Source in State Agencies
2011-07-19 IPv6 Networking Part 3 - Ted Mittelstaedt
2011-07-07 Rapid Discussions on Any Topic
2011-06-21 IPv6 Cont. - Ted Mittelstaedt
2011-06-02 Introduction to OpenEMR - Tony McCormick
2011-05-17 IPv6 Networking Part 2 - Ted Mittelstaedt
2011-05-05 Comments on the IPv6 Transition - Ted Mittelstaedt
2011-04-19 IPv6 Networking Part 1 - Ted Mittelstaedt
2011-04-07 Canceled to attend Richard Stallman talk
2011-03-15 Release your hardware hacker potential with gEDA
2011-03-03 Free Content and the Data Revolution
2011-02-15 BSD
2011-02-03 What is Open?
2011-01-18 Artificial Neural Networks: Principles and Applications
2011-01-06 Mini-presentations on variety of topics
2010-12-02 Open Source Desktop Publishing with Scribus - John Jason Jordan
2010-11-16 Artificial Neural Networks: Principles and Applications
2010-11-04 Forgerock - Alan Foster
2010-10-19 Ubuntu Release Engineering - Allison Randal
2010-10-07 Zentyal Linux Small Business Server
2010-09-21 The AIDE Tripwire Alternative
2010-09-02 Berkley DB
2010-08-05 Server Sky - Data Centers in Orbit
2010-07-01 Open Source Car Entertainment
2010-06-16 Perl 5 & 6 Gems - Paul Fenwick and Eric Wilhelm
2010-06-03 Puppet - An Introduction - Teyo
2010-05-19 DRBD & Pacemaker part II by Adam Gandelman - LinBIT
2010-05-06 How Linux Containers fit your cloud - Parallels
2010-04-21 What's new in Linux Wireless - Reinette Chatre - Intel
2010-04-01 Rapid Discussions on Any Topic
2010-03-17 What Went Wrong with My Disaster Recovery Plan - Brian Martin
2010-03-04 A Talk by Jeri Ellsworth
2010-02-17 OpenEmbedded - Scott Garman
2010-02-04 A Talk by Jeri Ellsworth (Rescheduled)
2010-01-20 Automated Failure Recovery/High Availability - Dwight Hubbard
2010-01-07 Drupal! What is it good for?
2009-12-16 DRDB HA Clustering on Commodity HW - LinBIT
2009-11-19 Git - Alan Olsen
2009-11-05 Unit Test Your Database!
2009-10-01 BSD Virtualization
2009-09-03 Crash Reporting: Mozilla's Open Source Solution - K Lars Lohn
2009-08-06 Virtualize vs Containerize
2009-07-15 Webslide Presentations That Don't Suck
2009-07-02 Rapid Discussions
2009-06-04 What is Linux Fund?
2009-05-07 Displaying HD Video Content with a PC
2009-04-02 Presentation by Bart Massey
2009-03-05 Fun with blktrace and seekwatcher
2009-02-05 Intro to Digital Forensics
2009-01-21 FreeTUIT - Codeless GUI Programming - Eric Wilhelm
2008-12-04 Some Random Thoughts on Open Source Philosophy
2008-11-19 OpenWrt, it's not just for Linksys Routers anymore
2008-11-06 LANs, iptables, routing, and more
2008-09-17 Perl: Indexing CPAN
2008-09-04 Building Open Source Communities
2008-08-20 Advanced Topics
2008-07-03 Stupid USB Tricks, reading magstripes, barcodes, 10-key pads, and keyboards
2008-06-18 IPv6 networking
2008-06-05 Open Source Unified Threat Management (UTM) - Dan Carrere
2008-03-19 Smalltalk - Randal Schwartz
2008-02-07 MetroFi: How Lame is It? - Russell Senior
2008-01-08 Rapid Discussions on Any Topic by Anyone & Everyone
2008-01-03 Either Mass Replication or Thin Clients
2007-10-15 Power Management Quality of Service (PM_QOS) - Intel
2007-10-04 Open Source Virtualization Xen and Multi-server / Cluster Management - Dan Carrere
2007-09-06 Comments on Starting and Running a Tech Business, especially Aboutus.org
2007-06-07 The Portland State University Aerospace Society's Linux Rocket
2006-06-19 The Eclipse on Linux Project Proposal
2005-10-06 HP Open Source Printing Activities
2005-03-16 Mozilla, the IDE (Internet Development Environment)
(Better archives to come)

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