Monday, July 28, 2014

GNOME Beers @ LinuxCon + August ChicagoLUG Meeting

We are planning a GNOME beers event at LinuxCon North America. We're planning to meet at Howells and Hood at 7 pm on Thursday, August 2.  If you are going to be in town you can RSVP on the Chicago LUG's meetup page or you can put your name down on the Wiki page. Once we have an idea of how many people will be around we'll make a reservation :)

The ChicagoLUG will also be hosting a meeting at FreeGeek on Saturday, August 23rd at 2pm. If you'll be around after LinuxCon ends and you want to give a talk let us know :) or just come by and hang out.

See you then, and happy hacking.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chicago GNU/Linux User Group Meeting Saturday, June 28th

We'll be meeting @ 3pm on Saturday, June 28th, at Pumping Station: One. We'll have two talks and then head to Chief O'Neill's Pub.

 Jim Campbell will be giving a talk on Open VPN: why we use it, and what advantages it provides over something like basic SSH. Jim will also give us step-by-step instructions on how to set up and use our own OpenVPN server.

 Joshua Calloway will give us an introduction to Docker, a software tool for building and managing Linux containers. Docker containers allow you to run the same application, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud. We'll go through Docker setup, the Docker registry, creating Docker files, and will also have some time for demos and Q&A.

Note that there won't be any hacking time this month because the space will be in use before the meeting. See you there :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

RE: Let's Make Things Better

Making a difference in Free Software requires leadership, hard work, and problem-solving. OPW, in my opinion, has been a great success because of the dedication of the initiative's leaders and the GNOME community. Because of its success, the program has recently been embraced by other FOSS communities. The administrators of the program have also used what they have learned from OPW to create a better newcomer experience for all GNOME developers, regardless of gender.

If Philip Van Hoof would like to create better developer tools for GNOME, then he should focus his energy on that, not on deriding the efforts of other contributors to improve different aspects of our community. Creating a welcoming environment for new contributors is not part of the problem, it is part of the solution to increasing adoption of our platform.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Open Source Comes to Campus NEIU Chicago, April 26th

On Saturday, April 26th, there is going to be an Open Source Comes to Campus event at Northeastern Illinois University. It's open to all students. I've been helping a bit with organizing it and I'll be mentoring at the event. If you'd like to learn the basics and make your first contribution to FOSS, please follow the link below and sign up :)

Hope to see you then, and happy hacking.

Friday, April 4, 2014

GNOME & LUG & Flourish!

I'm going to be running a GNOME and LUG booth tomorrow at Flourish! Other members of the LUG -- Jim Campbell, Lincoln Bryant, and eviljoel -- are also going to be stopping by to help out at various points during the day. One of our group's founding members, Chris Webber (MediaGoblin*) is speaking about The Road Ahead for Network Freedom at 2 pm so I'm skipping out on booth-tending for that. If you are around, be sure to come by and say hello to us :)

* I've helpfully linked to the MediaGoblin campaign page, in case you forgot to donate :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hacking + Talks + February

LUG + Hack Saturday, February 22nd 
We'll be meeting on Saturday, February 22nd at Pumping Station: One (3519 N Elston, Chicago).  If you'd like to come by early and hack we should be there at around 12 pm.  
Formal talks will start at 2 pm. Lincoln Bryant of the University of Chicago will give a talk on how university sysadmins use Puppet to manage their servers. We may have an additional speaker lined-up within the next few days. You can RSVP on

Chipy Project Night
Chipy has their first monthly project night coming up on Thursday, February 27th from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at Braintree (111 N Canal St, Suite 455, Chicago). RSVP: meetup again :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Writing about FOSS Diversity for

Today published an article I wrote about my experiences as a FOSS contributor, the strategies I've learned to promote diversity, and why I feel diversity is important. If that kind of topic interests you you can read it :)

Happy reading, and happy hacking!