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February 5, 2014
Talk Slides: Rick Moen's Feb. 2014 slides (285 kB ODF): How to Get Screamingly Fast Performance with Linux

August 8, 2013
Talk Notes: Jesse Monroy's talk Notes about How to Give a Lightning Talk.

April 4, 2013
Talk Notes: John Grafton's talk Notes about Raspberry Pi.

December 4, 2012
Talk Slides: Rick Moen's Dec. 2012 slides (285 kB ODF, 134kB PDF) and lecture notes: Real-World Linux Security

February 16, 2012
Occupy Linux! Flyer for our May, 2012 event (340 KB PDF). Panel discussion about our UNIX and UNIX-like distributions

October 10, 2011
OLPC-SF is hosting a three-day community summit from Oct. 21-23, 2011, at SF State University Downtown Center, 835 Market, Room #553. $40 general, $25 student for three days.

October 5, 2011
Talk Slides: Alison Chaiken's Oct. 2011 slides (3.8 MB ODF, 2.4 MB PDF): Automotive: The Next Hot Mobile Platform for Linux

May 2, 2011
Talk Slides: Jesse Monroy's May 2011 slides (120 kB tarball ) and rss tarball from the talk: RSS-Really Simple Syndication

February 2, 2011
Talk Slides: Rick Moen's Feb. 2011 slides (284 kB ODF, 134kB PDF) and lecture notes: The Wild, Wild Web: Web Browser Security, Performance, and Privacy

February 14, 2011
Talk Slides: Alison Chaiken's Jan. 2010 slides: Linux, Android, and Open Source in the Mobile Environment

December 5, 2010
February 25-27: Southern California Linux Expo, SCALE 9X, an excellent Linux expo and learning opportunity.

January 22, 2011
Talk Slides: Micah Cowan's Dec. 2010 slides: GNU Wget

March 13, 2009
Apr. 8-10: 3rd Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, co-located with CELF's annual Embedded Linux Conference, April 6-8, Hotel Kabuki, SF.

April 2, 2009
Apr. 17-19: CodeCon 2009, Cellspace, SF.

March 13, 2009
Apr. 20-23: O'Reilly's 5th MySQL Conference and Expo, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose.

March 13, 2009
July 20-24: O'Reilly's 11th OSCON, 2009 Open Source Convention, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose.

March 13, 2009
Aug. 12-13: IDG's OpenSource World (formerly LinuxWorld Conference & Expo), Moscone Center West, SF.

December 3, 2009
Talk slides: Richard Sharpe's December 2009 slides: SCST, a SCSI Target Framework for Linux

June 4, 2009
Talk slides: Alison Randal's June 2009 slides: The Parrot Virtual Machine

April 2, 2009
Talk slides: Ed Cherlin's April 2009 slides: Digital Textbooks

March 18, 2009
Talk slides: Alex Honor's May 2008 slides: CTL dispatcher.

March 18, 2009
Talk slides: Dirk Morris's Nov. 2007 slides: Untangle appliance (10MB PPT).

March 13, 2009
Mar. 24-25: InfoWorld's Open Source Business Conference 2009, the Palace Hotel, SF.

March 12, 2009
Mar. 23-26: EclipseCon 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center.

June 19, 2008
The mailing list server has been restarted. We apologize for the inconvienence.

June 18, 2008
Our mailing list server is currently down. We will be working hard to restore it within the next few days. Meantime you can try the Google Group mentioned in an earlier news item below.

December 3, 2007
SVLUG Kernel Walkthroughs are on YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Wikiversity has details and a discussion page.

November 19, 2007
Occasionally our site goes offline for whatever reasons. When that happens you might learn more via our Google Group.

December 12, 2006
Talk Slides: Ewa Matejska's Dec. 2006 slides: Eclipse IDE.

May 17, 2006
Talk Slides: Kevin Jameson's April 2006 slides: Automating Software Builds (Codefast).

April 7, 2006
As one result of the storied July 1998 "Future of Linux" panel in Santa Clara, SVLUG started creating a Press Kit. This project was revived in 2006, and will be maintained as an information resource for the technology press and others.

November 14, 2005
Talk Slides: Ian Kluft's Nov. 2005 "Nifty of the Month" & main talk picture gallery: Katrina relief, Sync4j.

October 11, 2005
Talk Slides: Ian Kluft's Oct. 2005 "Nifty of the Month" Impress 2, Impress 1, and PDF: Video on Linux

September 23, 2005
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, USENIX and BayLISA will co-sponsor a meeting of user group members at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. near US-101, Mountain View, with talks by invited industry leaders. Attendance is free, but you must RSVP.

June 10, 2005
The SVLUG Hacking Society, "an experiment in collective open source hacking" has started having evening meetings on 3rd Tuesdays.

June 6, 2005
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The "Picn*x 14" Linux 14th anniversary picnic will be held Sunday Aug 14, 2005 from 11AM - 4PM at Sunnyvale's Baylands Park. SVLUG will co-host the event along with BayLISA, BALUG, CABAL, LUGUD, PenLUG, and sbay.org. An RSVP is required, but there are no fees. Donations accepted.

May 31, 2005
Talk Slides: Bill Weinberg's June 2005 slides (11MB PDF): "OSDL Overview"

March 24, 2005
Thanks to help from Cisco Systems, Inc., we have a one-time meeting venue for the April 2005 general meeting (with Donald Becker), at the Santa Clara Westin Hotel / Santa Clara Convention Center, Ballrooms C & D. Remember: We're no longer meeting at Cisco, so don't go there out of habit!

March 18, 2005
Thanks to Jason Collins and Mark Nielsen of Google, SVLUG has a new long-term Installfest venue for April 2005 onwards.

September 24, 2004
John Ousterhout of Electric Cloud, Inc. will speak to SVLUG about "10-20x Faster Software Builds". Join us at Cisco Building 9, on Wed., Oct. 6, 2004, at 7 pm.

September 7, 2004
The results of the September 7, 2004 poll on term of office for SVLUG's President and Vice-President have been posted. There was a narrow preference for 2-year terms.

September 2, 2004
Please share your opinions with our poll regarding the term of office of SVLUG's President and Vice-President. The poll closes 5PM on Tues Sept 7, 2004.

September 1, 2004
Nominations are open for the SVLUG and sbay.org elections for 2005. We need to fill in the names for the ballot by the end of September, 2004. The elections will be held in November, 2004.

August 20, 2004
SVLUG's Speaker Coordinator has issued a Call for Speakers, describing the group and giving contact info. Forward the news to any good speaker prospect for a technical crowd.

August 17, 2004
Bernard Golden of Navica will speak to SVLUG about "Succeeding with Open Source". Join us at Cisco Building 9, on Wed., Sept. 1, 2004, at 7 pm.

August 17, 2004
Author Tom Limoncelli will speak to BayLISA on "Where the Heck Is My Flying Car?" (What happened to our old ideas about sysadmin best practices?) Thu., August 19, 2004, 7:30pm, Apple Town Hall, Cupertino.

August 17, 2004
Linux Consultants' Lunch: Buffet social lunch at Turmerik Asian Specialties restaurant, Sunnyvale (upstairs rear room). All are welcome. Thu., August 19, 2004, 11am-1pm. See announcement.

July 7, 2004
Pictures have been posted from the July 7, 2004 lecture by Jim Ready, CEO of MontaVista Software on "Open Source Linux and MontaVista Software: Next-Generation Software Engineering".

November 7, 2003
Paul F. Kunz from SLAC will present "Bringing the Web to America". Join us at Cisco Building 9 at 7 pm. P.S.: Happy holidays.

October 5, 2003
Wim Coekaerts, Oracle's Linux guru, will describe "Cluster Filesystem Design on Linux". Join us at Cisco Building 9 at 7 pm.

September 5, 2003
Guy Sotomayor will tell us that "Moving Linux into the Living Room Takes Some Moxi". Join us at Cisco Building 9 on Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 7 pm.

September 5, 2003
Longtime SVLUG members Jim Dennis and Heather Stern are invited speakers to PC Expo's "Linux Boot Camp" track. Jim will be giving a whirlwind tour of Python, and describing a number of useful security tips (with examples). Heather will talk about rescuing systems with the LNX-BBC rescue disc, nifty things about X11 as a networked environmenti, and choosing the right Linux distro,

September 1, 2003
SVLUG member Bill Ward has started PenLUG (Peninsula LUG), a new Linux group meeting at Oracle in Redwood Shores.

October 2, 2002
Peter Reiser of Xilinx, Inc. will be SVLUG's featured speaker for October 2, 2002, speaking on Linux on Programmable Hardware. (Note: 23MB PowerPoint presentation.)

August 11, 2002
The "Picn*x 11" Linux 11th anniversary picnic will be held Saturday, Aug 17, 2002 from 11AM - 5PM at Sunnyvale's Baylands Park. SVLUG will co-host the event along with sbay.org, EBLUG, CABAL, and the Davis LUG. An RSVP is required, but there are no fees. Donations accepted.

January 25, 2002
SVLUG member Mark Plimley mentions that Codeweavers has concise instructions about making your comments on the Proposed Settlement for Microsoft. The Tunney Act requires them to accept public comment before accepting whatever they will; get your say in now.

September 5, 2001
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report of Linuxworld Expo Summer 2001

August 27, 2001
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report of SVLUG's Linux 10 year anniversary celebration

July 22, 2001
Protest the DMCA and Adobe at 11AM Monday, July 23, 2001 in downtown San Jose.

July 10, 2001
SVLUG and sbay.org will host the "Linux10" Linux 10th anniversary picnic/BBQ on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at Sunnyvale's Baylands Park.

May 10, 2001
Jon Callas of Counterpane will treat us to his efforts to end the grip of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. We'll all be at Cisco Building 9 at 7 pm.

April 10, 2001
Dave Taylor will tell us about Mobile Linux, and probably some other cool stuff, too. Join us at Cisco Building 9 at 7 pm.

April 3, 2001
Join us to hear about Subversion, a compelling replacement for CVS. We'll be in Cisco Building 9 at 7 pm.... Pacific Daylight Time, so if you haven't already set your watch ahead 1 hr, you want to do that.

January 30, 2001
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report of Linux.conf.au 2001 (with full story and pictures)

December 5, 2000
SVLUG's December 6, 2000 meeting was moved to Cisco Building J

November 28, 2000
SVLUG's December 6, 2000 meeting is at Cisco Building J. Fred Finster of the NEC embedded division and Mike McDonald, CTO and Director of Software Development of A Cool Computer Science Company will tell us about their trevails getting Linux (especially the kernel itself) ported to NEC embedded chipsets.

November 11, 2000
The results of the SVLUG 2001 Presidential Election Run-off have been posted.

November 10, 2000
The two candidates for SVLUG 2001 President, Marc Merlin and Karsten M. Self, have posted candidate statements.

September 17, 2000
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report of Linuxworld Expo Summer 2000 (with full story and pictures)

April 3, 2000
SVLUG's April 5, 2000 meeting is at Cisco Building 9 again, so if you went last month, you know where it is. Steve Giles will be telling us how of OpenNMS.Org will change the network management world by providing free software.

February 26, 2000
SVLUG's March 1, 2000 meeting, once again at Cisco Building 9 (Note: NOT building J as mentioned in the paper - we got moved), will have Greg Herlein of Quicknet Technologies, describing and demonstrating Internet Telephony, using Linux and the OpenPhone Project.

February 24, 2000
Talk Slides: Marc Merlin's Feb. 2000 slides: passwords talk.

February 2, 2000
SVLUG will once again spoof Microsoft's product launch events by literally launching Win2K on a rocket on Sunday, February 13, 2000. Real Win2K CDs were cut in half to make the rocket's fins.

January 27, 2000
SVLUG's February 1, 2000 meeting will be at the Cisco Building 9 - that's right, amid the newer, numbered set of buildings. Our own Marc Merlin will tell you all you ever wanted to know about UNIX passwords.

January 4, 2000
The San Jose Mercury News has an article on the DVD encryption battle and SVLUG's assistance with the case.

January 1, 2000
SVLUG's January 5, 2000 meeting will be at the Netscape Cafeteria (building 22) once again (not Cisco). Donnie Barnes of Red Hat will be speaking: see you there!

December 28, 1999
Chris has posted the plan for meeting outside Wednesday morning's DVD decryption hearing at the Superior Court in San Jose. This is not a demonstration so act appropriately cool for a courthouse.

December 3, 1999
Talk Slides: Jeremy Allison's Sept. 1999 slides: Windows NT, a Linux Perspective (10MB).

November 29, 1999
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report of Comdex Fall 99 (with full story and pictures)

November 15, 1999
SVLUG's December 1, 1999 meeting will be at a new location during the holiday season. Join us at the Netscape Cafeteria (building 22) for a great talk about the next generation of Linux boot loaders, presented by Peter Anvin.

September 11, 1999
In conjunction with Linux Demo Day SVLUG's Installfest will be held Saturday, September 18, 1999 at Computer Literacy Bookshop on First Street in San Jose.

August 18, 1999
In September's SVLUG meeting (on Sept. 1, 1999: mark your calendars) Jeremy Allison will speak on Windows NT: A Linux Perspective. John Ousterhout will speak about TCL in October.

August 13, 1999
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report of LinuxWorld Summer 99 (with full story and pictures)

August 13, 1999
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted a while ago his report on the Linus talk at BALUG. While it's a bit old, it can be nice if you missed it.

August 1, 1999
WebFetch 0.08 has been released by SVLUG.

July 28, 1999
SVLUG's next meeting will be Wednesday, August 4, 1999. Larry McVoy will talk about Bitkeeper: The Next Generation Version Control System.

July 6, 1999
WebFetch 0.07 has been released by SVLUG.

July 5, 1999
SVLUG's next meeting will be Wednesday, July 7, 1999 Daryll Strauss will talk about his use of Linux "From Titanic to 3D".

June 10, 1999
SVLUG's June 19, 1999 Installfest will feature a talk on "Linux Security 101: the basics" presented by Rakesh Bharania.

June 1, 1999
As of June 1, 1999, we've created a new look for our Web site. Have a look around and watch for further improvements in the near future.

May 26, 1999
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report (including many pictures) from Linux Expo in North Carolina.

May 6, 1999
SVLUG's June 2, 1999 meeting will be in a different location, at Cisco's brand-new Vineyards Conference Center in Bldg 9. Geoff "Mandrake" Harrison of Enlightenment will discuss the Linux Desktop.

May 5, 1999
WebFetch 0.06 has been released by SVLUG.

May 3, 1999
SVLUG Meeting May, Wednesday the 5th, 1999 will feature Rob Ferber speaking on Scalable Linux Commerce and Content Sites. Mandrake of Enlightenment fame will discuss the Linux Desktop in June. Scope it out.

April 21, 1999
Rick Moen's notes on upgrading to Linux 2.2 have been moved.

April 19, 1999
Sorry about the network difficulty over the past weekend. There were some problems while our hosts at VA Research moved to a (much) bigger building. But the result is worth it.

April 10, 1999
EHeadlines 1.2 can now put SVLUG news on your Enlightenment desktop menus

April 8, 1999
WebFetch 0.04 has been released by SVLUG

April 2, 1999
News feeds from comp.os.linux.announce and CNN (Linux news search) have been added to SVLUG's home page.

March 30, 1999
SVLUG member Chuck Ritter has written an editorial regarding Network Solutions and DNS competition.

March 29, 1999
Linux 2.2.5 has been released.

March 23, 1999
Linux 2.2.4 has been released.

March 21, 1999
WebFetch 0.03 has been released by SVLUG

March 18, 1999
Come volunteer for SVLUG's Linux Night at KTEH on Saturday, March 20.

March 16, 1999
Brian Behlendorf of the Apache Group will speak at the SVLUG meeting on Wednesday, April 7 at 7PM at Cisco Systems.

March 10, 1999
SVLUG's Marc Merlin has posted his report (including pictures) from LinuxWorld.

March 8, 1999
Linux 2.2.3 has been released.

February 22, 1999
Linux 2.2.2 has been released.

February 20, 1999
SVLUG Editorial: "What Should the DoJ Do If It Wins?"

February 19, 1999
SVLUG's Installfest will be held Saturday, February 20, 1999, at Computer Literacy Bookshop in North San Jose.

February 16, 1999
SVLUG has posted pictures from Windows Refund Day on Feb 15, 1999.

February 8, 1999
SVLUG will host a panel discussion on "Running an Effective Linux User Group" at the March 3, 1999 meeting, which will be at the LinuxWorld Expo in the San Jose Convention Center.

February 7, 1999
SVLUG's March 3, 1999 meeting will be in a different location, at the LinuxWorld Expo in the San Jose Convention Center.

February 3, 1999
Windows Refund Day is coming February 15, 1999.

February 1, 1999
Dr. Kirk McKusick will speak about the "History of Unix at Berkeley" at the SVLUG meeting on Wednesday at 7PM at Cisco Systems.

January 31, 1999
UMN and NASA Ames will be hosting a workshop on "GFS and High Performance Networked Storage in Linux" on March 5-6, 1999 in Mtn. View

January 31, 1999
SVLUG has updated the Editorial: "Who's the Largest LUG in the World?" With luck, this should put the debate to rest.

January 30, 1999
SVLUG Editorial: "Who's the Largest LUG in the World?"

January 28, 1999
Linux 2.2.1 has been released.

January 26, 1999
SVLUG has made a list of distributions who have announced early availability of their 2.2-based systems.

January 26, 1999
Linux 2.2.0 has been released.

January 23, 1999
Some Linux enthusiasts at Stanford informed us of a promotional activity at the on-campus job fair.

January 15, 1999
The Samba Team, led by SVLUG member Jeremy Allison, has released Samba 2.0.

January 12, 1999
Rick Moen's technical note on upgrading to Linux 2.2 has been updated for the 2.2.0pre6 kernel.

January 11, 1999
WebFetch, the Perl5 module that handles SVLUG's Web-based news feeds, has been released as version 0.01 beta.

January 1, 1999
Jim Dennis will talk about "Twelve Steps to Ensure a Secure Linux System" at SVLUG's January 6, 1999 meeting.

December 21, 1998
A news feed from LinuxToday has replaced c.o.l.a. on SVLUG's home page.

December 21, 1998
SVLUG wishes you a Merry Christmas. (Or your preferred holiday for the season.)

December 14, 1998
We've added more Linux-related searches to the SVLUG search page. Please search before asking questions on the mail list.

December 1, 1998
The December 2, 1998 after-meeting dinner/social Wednesday (after 9PM) will be at Harry's Hofbrau in Mtn View. See the directions.

November 14, 1998
Directions have been posted for SVLUG's December 2, 1998 meeting at Netscape. We'll return to the Cisco meeting location in January.

November 12, 1998
See the results of SVLUG's Silicon Valley Tea Party from November 11, 1998.

November 10, 1998
The Linux revolution continues on Wednesday, November 11, 1998 with the Silicon Valley Tea Party.

November 9, 1998
At the November 21, 1998 SVLUG Installfest, Rafael Skodlar will talk about configuring sound under Linux.

November 9, 1998
SVLUG's December 2, 1998 meeting will be held at Netscape. We'll return to the Cisco meeting location in January.

November 2, 1998
Don Marti of SVLUG and BALUG has initiated the Web page for "NEBALU: Niche Economy for Bay Area Linux Users". (Link is to an archival mirror.)

October 31, 1998
Eric Allman of Sendmail, Inc. will speak at the Nov. 4, 1998 SVLUG meeting.

October 16, 1998
We've Web-posted a copy of Rick Moen's notes on upgrading to Linux 2.2.

October 9, 1998
This weekend's TV broadcast of C|Net Central will include an interview with SVLUG President Ben Spade.

October 4, 1998
SVLUG is setting up a new Web site, www.installfest.com, to promote Linux and Open Source OS Installfests (sadly, discontinued and not archived).

October 4, 1998
Phil Hughes, Publisher of Linux Journal, will speak at SVLUG's October 7, 1998 meeting.

September 24, 1998
Chuck Ritter has moved from SVLUG's Web Content Coordinator to the new Installfest Coordinator position. Amy Abascal has been appointed to be SVLUG's Web Content Coordinator.

September 4, 1998
c.o.l.a. and Yahoo Biz news feeds have been added to the bottom of the SVLUG home page.

September 2, 1998
Due to equipment problems, there will be no MBONE coverage of tonight's SVLUG meeting (Sept. 2, 1998). Our apologies.

August 27, 1998
SVLUG will have a booth at ISPCon at the San Jose Convention Center, Sept 28-Oct 1, 1998.

August 27, 1998
SVLUG will have a booth at Comdex Enterprise, Sept 8-10, 1998 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

August 27, 1998
Paul Vixie, author of BIND and other significant programs that run the Internet and Linux, will speak at SVLUG's Sept 2, 1998 meeting.

August 22, 1998
Video clips from the July 14, 1998 "Future of Linux" panel are online.

August 18, 1998
The osi++ (Operating Systems on the Internet) counter ranks Linux the #1 OS for Web servers.

August 10, 1998
TechWeek's August 10, 1998 article on "Breaking Windows" links to SVLUG. Thanks.

August 6, 1998
At SVLUG's August 5, 1998 meeting, a Linux-based Cobalt Qube server was raffled. It was won by Niloy Banerjee from Oracle.

July 29, 1998
The San Francisco Perl Users Group (SFPUG) now has a Web site.

July 25, 1998
Live Freshmeat and Slashdot news summaries have been added to the SVLUG home page.

July 22, 1998
We have posted information about becoming an SVLUG member. (It's easy.)

July 19, 1998
At SVLUG's August 5, 1998 meeting, David Miller will speak about TCP/IP networking changes in the Linux 2.1/2.2 kernel.

July 14, 1998
Reviews from the July 14, 1998 "Future of Linux" panel are online.

July 14, 1998
Richard Stallman's talk at SVLUG has been postponed to December 1998.

June 28, 1998
SVLUG's "Launch Win98", a spoof of MS's "Win98 Launch", was held on June 28, 1998.

June 24, 1998
On the evening of June 24, 1998, SVLUG members held a rally (mirror) and handed out free Linux CD's at Fry's Electronics and CompUSA when they opened at midnight to sell the newly-released Win98.

May 29, 1998
See SVLUG's overview of the MBONE (Internet multicast backbone.)

May 18, 1998
A vote was held for a debate that raged on the discussion list, "Where should we eat after the meeting?" Voting is now closed but the results are available.

March 1, 1998
The April 1998 meeting will feature Netscape Communications founder Marc Andreessen talking about Netscape and the founding of the Mozilla Project. Afterwards, SVLUG will have buses running to San Francisco for the enormous and historic party celebrating the open-sourcing of Netscape's browser.

November 5, 1997
The November 1997 meeting will feature SVLUG President Ben Spade speaking about "Using your Linux Box as a Gateway to the Internet".
See also SVLUG's Meeting History page.

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