Next ELUG Meeting: 29 February 2024

Presenter: TBD
Topic: TBD
Physical location: Strathcona County Public Library; 401 Festival Lane Sherwood Park https://maps.app.goo.gl/yhBzVWn4UoVTGW1T7
Virtual location: meet.elug.rocks/22Feb2024

NOTE: Due to room (un)availability, February’s ELUG meeting has been moved to the 29th.

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The Edmonton Linux User Group (ELUG) is a chance to get together with other users of Linux, GNU, and Unix-like operating systems, and open source software. Our members range from newcomers to power users to seasoned administrators and developers; so, all are welcome!

We meet as an opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences for several reasons:

  • to educate for personal and professional growth
  • to promote and advocate for free and open source software
  • to support and assist with Linux related challenges
  • and to socialize with peers who have common interests

Meetings are held virtually, and now that the pandemic has become endemic, we have begun to meet in person again as well, usually at Strathcona County Public Library.

We would like to find a more centrally-located and technologically equipped venue within Edmonton proper for the monthly meetings. If you know of a location or have space to offer, please let us know! (Contact info below)

Standard Agenda:

6:00pm – Arrival, random chitchat
6:30pm – Welcome & introductions, topic discussion begins
7:30pm – Announcements, open discussion
8:00pm – Event conclusion

Examples of topics that may be discussed or presented include (but not limited to):

  • Exposure to different distributions
  • Workshops on various tools and commands
  • Applications, development and tuning
  • just about anything else Linux-related

We welcome anyone with an interest in Linux and/or open source software and look forward to building the Linux community in Edmonton.

ELUG Meetup: 25 January 2024

Presenter: Robin S
Topic: An overview of some distributed/clustered filesystems
Physical location: Strathcona County Public Library, Maple Room; 401 Festival Lane Sherwood Park

Robin introduced us to a variety of different distributed filesystems, and walked through some of the basic features of MooseFS, SeaweedFS, JuiceFS, and a few others.

ELUG Meetup: 28 December 2023

Physical location: Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB
Virtual location: none

Thanks to everyone who came out to the December social. It was so nice to see and meet everyone in person, including a few new faces.

Good eats, good conversation, good company, good times.

ELUG Meetup: 23 November 2023

Topic: bash ‘vim mode’ and general discussion
Presenter: Rajiv
Physical location: Strathcona County Public Library, Maple Room; 401 Festival Lane Sherwood Park

ELUG Meetup: 26 October 2023

Topic: Tools to use to detect and block bad “stuffs”
Presenter: Rajiv
Physical location: Strathcona County Public Library, Maple Room

Rajiv walked through a list of tools that are useful in managing computer and connectivity security in Linux-centric environments.

OS
Qubes: qubes-os.org
Tails: tails.net
Sandbox
firejailtools.wordpress.com
kasmweb.com
Malware
clamav.net
rootkit hunter: rkhunter
Network
nmap
Vulnerability
nessus: tenable.com
openvas.org
qualys.com
Logging
ELK: elastic.co/elastic-stack (community edition)
ossim: cybersecurity.att.com
Analysis
Zeek: github.com/zeek/zeek (packet capture)
RITA: github.com/activecm/rita
vim
Forensics
docs.velociraptor.app
Google Rapid Response: github.com/google/grr
Detection/Prevention
snort.org
suricata: github.com/OISF/
Privacy badger: github.com/EFForg/privacybadger
pi-hole.net
Ublock-origin: github.com/gorhill/uBlock
Firewall
OpenSnitch: github.com/evilsocket/opensnitch
PortMaster: safing.io
github.com/hectorm/hblock
pfsense.org
(opnsense)

Random other links:
linuxsecurity.expert/
www.isc2.org/certifications/cc
speedtest.net

ELUG Meetup: 28 September 2023

Topic: How to set up and use opnsense/pfsense, a.k.a. a refresher in how to secure your home network
Presenter: Robert was the test subject

We walked through a hypothetical home network setup, where the user (me) wanted to isolate his home network from the default ISP router-created network. I also wanted to add pihole (or some equivalent adblocking functionatlity).

Either one of pfsense or Opnsense will do for this purpose; i happened to choose opnsense because that’s the one that installed with no issues. David and Rajiv provided some direction in how to configure opnsense, and we discussed other options and configurations that may be useful for other users and varying situations.

ELUG Meetup: 27 July 2023

Topic: Linux Desktop
Physical location: Strathcona County Library, Birch Room

Twas a fairly informal affair, discussion about different desktop experiences and various and sundry related babbits…

ELUG Meetup: 22 June 2023

Topic: Shell scripts!
Presenter: Everyone!
Physical location: Strathcona County Library, Maple Room

We apologize for the technical difficulties that prevented us from starting the online meeting on time. (Something to do with ISP, technical jargon, blah blah blah, reboot, oh look there it’s up again.)

So, after introductions and a token cursory round of questions to each person about shell scripts, we ended up just munching pizza (thanks Rajiv!) and chit chatting about whatever.

Nice to finally meet HD Rajiv live and in person! 🙂 And welcome to the group Max!

ELUG Meetup: 25 May 2023

Topic: Random and sundry things
Physical location: Veterans Village Common Room

‘Twas an enjoyable evening in a different physical location.
Dave was kind enough to lend his internet bandwidth so that we could stream the meeting. Thanks Dave!

We went around the virtual table and each person talked a bit about what they were doing with Linux:
* Dave talked about proxmox and hypervisor stuff
* Norman had a question about pbx
* Sam talked about his ideas for his home lab
* Sam had a question about security for backup codes
-> the general consensus is: As much as possible, KEEP YOUR SECURITY CODES OFFLINE, i.e. not connected to internet AT ALL.

There was some general discussion around gaming on linux, as well as some talk about linux on android – grapheneOS.org