Next ELUG Meeting: 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 will be the test subject
Physical location: Sorry, no space available, no alternative space found; virtual meeting only this month.
Virtual location:


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: 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 –

ELUG Meetup: 27 April 2023

Topic: Home “labs”
Physical location: Strathcona County Library, Birch Room

Manuel and David shared an overview of their home lab setup.

ELUG Meetup: 26 January 2023

Topic: Remote desktop
Presenter: Manuel

Manuel walked through how to set up a remote desktop connection between Linux and any other operating system, using rdp (remote desktop protocol). rdp is Microsoft proprietary, but it has become the de-facto standard protocol.

First of all, the machine you want to connect to must provide the remote desktop service using rdp. The host OS controls how many simultaneous rdp sessions are permitted.

Second: install and configure client software:
Linux – xrdp, rdesktop / FreeRDP, Remmina, Vinagre
Win – MS RemoteDesktop
MacOS – MS RemoteDesktop

Other operating systems provide proprietary or OS-agnostic remote desktop services:
* VNC (platform independent; RFB remote frame buffer protocol = open source, not standardized)
* macos: Apple Remote Desktop (proprietary; uses RFB protocol)
* ChromeOS: Google Chrome Remote Desktop (proprietary; within Chrome browser)
* DWS (platform independent, browser-based)

If you would like to review the presentation please visit our nextcloud instance here:


ELUG Meetup: 22 December 2022

Topic: Year in review
Presenter: Everyone

This was a very informal affair, more of a hang-out and chit-chat about random Linux-related things. Some of the topics and references that were shared:

Raspberry Pi


Helm-Kubernetes, LAMP, dovecot:

Certificates, SSL


port forwarding
transmission, torrent
announce servers


micro-box for print/file server