About SVLUG
Thanks to our sponsors!
Click to Search our Site
Subscribe to our mailing lists!
Find out what's going on!
See what our members are cooking up!
Links to Other Linux Resources
Get the latest News about Linux!
Learn More about Linux.
We'd like to thank our sponsors:
We'd like to thank our sponsors for making this Web site possible.

Welcome to the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group

Linux - The Operating System of the 21st Century TM


Possible future meetings, yet to be scheduled.
Date Location Speaker
Dec. 7th, 2011 Symantec (formerly Veritas), Mountain View Jesse Monroy
Topic: e-books

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jesse Monroy was founding president of Silicon Valley BSD User Group, and currently owns Book and Libros.
Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA TBA
Topic: ZFS on standard hardware (Nexenta, FreeBSD, and maybe Openindiana?)

 


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA TBA
Topic: DRBD (Distributed Replicated Block Device)

 


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Scott Chacon
Topic: GitHub

 


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Angela Byron
Topic: Drupal 7

Suggested by Margaret Wendall, based in part on reading about her in Linux Journal


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Jesse Monroy
Topic: Hardcover vs. Paperbacks vs. Ebooks

Jesse has offered to give this talk


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Jesse Monroy
Topic: The Ebooks Wars: Casualties, Causes and the Future. He adds: That will take sometime. Here is the first lead in that talk: Microsoft Sues B&N; Claims Nook Android Devices Infringe Its Patents http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/devices/article/46560-microsoft-sues-b-n-claims-nook-android-devices-infringe-its-patents.html

Jesse has offered to give this talk


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Jordan Gray ("STARPAUSE")
Topic: DJing and Music Composition on Linux

Have you ever wanted to learn beat-mixing or electronic music composition? Want to get started with software that's completely free and community-based? Jordan will cover the basics of DJing and introduce you to the free / open-source MIXXX digital DJ software. Then, we'll move on to tracker-based music composition using LittleGPTracker, which Jordan will demonstrate both on laptop and the Game Park handheld. LittleGPTracker is free and designed especially for 8-bit (GameBoy-style) music.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

"STARPAUSE" (a.k.a. Jordan Gray) is a chiptune producer and founder of the Mp3Death netaudio label, which publishes music under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA TBA,
Unicon Systems, Inc.
Topic: The MKitTM Mobile Linux Development Kit

Elena Petrova of Unicon proposed that Unicon give a product demonstration of this product development toolkit for Linux handheld devices.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Cricket Liu

Topic: As a guess: DNS and BIND?

Mentioned by Julio C. Acosta of Infoblox as a possible speaker. He (Cricket) now works at Infoblox, and last spoke to SVLUG in August, 2007.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Cricket Liu is author of the classic reference DNS and BIND for O'Reilly and Associates.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA TBA,
Open Vote Foundation and BlackBoxVoting.org (tentative)
Topic: Electronic Voting

Based on the Australian System, where source code is freely published for public review, the Open Vote Project's initial goals are to make a touchscreen voting system fully compatible with California election law, including a voter-verifiable receipt and easy access for the disabled. Once accomplished, the project will then expand into a global standard for secure, reliable, and full featured voting machine software, including features such as multi-lingual ballots, vote-anywhere technology, and onsite voter registration.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

The Open Vote Foundation is an organization dedicated to the development and implementation of open, secure standards for electronic voting machines. Based in California, the foundation's chief focus is the development of the Open Vote Project, is an open source effort to develop free software for Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Marilyn Davis, Ph.D
UCSC-Extension Corporate Training
Topic: Why Python?

Offer made to SVLUG Volunteers list.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Van Jacobson

Topic: Network Channels

Suggested as a possible future speaker on SVLUG Volunteers list.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA David Miller

Topic: A kernel topic

Suggested as a possible future speaker on SVLUG Volunteers list. (Miller last spoke at SVLUG in 1998, at the time the Linux 2.2 kernel arrived -- at which time, he drew a crowd of 200 people.)


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Bryan O'Sullivan
Topic: Mercurial - the distributed SCM written in Python

Suggested by member Aniruddha Mulay. May 2008 update: Bryan suggested that September 2008 or so would work for him.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA John Gage

Topic: New technology, and latest toys

Ed Cherlin speculated that he might be able to get John Gage to talk about "where technology is heading worldwide and also show us some of the latest toys."


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

John was formerly Chief Researcher at Sun, and now (June 2008) a principal at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA fyodor

Topic: nmap

Andrew Fife reported that fyodor's July 2008 nmap talk would need to be rescheduled. "fyodor" (a pseudonym) is a very entertaining speaker (who has spoken at BayLISA), and an expert on network and system security.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

fyodor is author/maintainer of the famous nmap security-probing utility.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Someone from Hadoop

Topic: Hadoop

Aniruddh Mulay suggested a speaker from that project (http://hadoop.apache.org/, which is an open source (Java) implementation of Google's MapReduce (http://labs.google.com/papers/mapreduce.html), which Yahoo is backing and running on thousands of servers.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Unknown.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Someone from Devicescape

Topic: Devicescape

Aniruddah Mulay listed Devicescape as a possibility.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Unknown.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Bernard Li

Topic: PS3 Linux Cluster

Aniruddh Mulay listed Li as a possibility.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Unknown.

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Kyle Rankin

Topic: Introduction to Forensics, other topics

Rick Moen reminded us that past SVLUG speaker Kyle Rankin can speak on a variety of subjects, and quoted this lecture description from NBLUG's February 2008 talk: "In this talk Kyle Rankin will provide an introduction to performing forensics analysis on Linux machines using the popular Sleuthkit tools with their easy-to-use Autopsy web-based front-end. The talk will cover initial installation and configuration of Sleuthkit and Autopsy, basic concepts and considerations for a forensics investigation, and at the end there will be a demo with a compromised Linux image."


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks, and has contributed to a number of other O'Reilly books. Kyle is also a columnist for Linux Journal, and has had articles featured in PC Magazine, TechTarget, and other publications. He most recently spoke to SVLUG in March 2009, on "Where'd my Files Go? - A Guide to the Modern Ubuntu Distribution".

Date Location Speaker
TBA Location TBA Robert Harker

Topic: Various sysadmin topics

Heather reminded us about inviting Robert, and Rick Moen commented further: Rob Harker is a fabulous speaker. I'd forgotten, until you mentioned him. My recollection, though, is that he lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills, above Sacramento, so I don't know how often he's in the Bay Area. Best guess on current contact info:
harker@harker.com
530-210-1101
http://www.harker.com/people/robert.html


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

To come.

Date Location Speaker
TBA Location TBA Gerald Combs

Topic: Wireshark

Mark Weisler listed Gerald Combs (Wireshark developer) as a strong possibility.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

To come.

Date Location Speaker
TBA Location TBA Todd Rychecky
VP Sales, Opengear, Inc. (or a related speaker)
Topic: Network UPS Tools (NUT) and Powerman

Todd suggested someone from his firm as a speaker about (impliedly) either or both of these two open source projects, the first being broadly useful software for administering Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPSes) from Linux/*ix, and the other a PDU management package.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

To come.

Date Location Speaker
TBA Location TBA Owen DeLong

Topic: Migrating applications from IPv4 to IPv6

Owen kindly posted offering to present on "Migrating IPv4-only Applications to IPv4/IPv6 dual stack, with working code examples", and adds that he can "also discuss a variety of IPv6 topics in a Q&A format", and that presentations and supporting materials can be found at http://owend.corp.he.net/ipv6/.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Josh Gay
Topic: Open Textbooks

Andrew Fife mentioned in Nov. 2009 that he'd written asking about interest in speaking to SVLUG.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Amanda McPherson
Topic: Linux Foundation

Andrew Fife mentioned in Nov. 2009 that he'd written asking about interest in speaking to SVLUG.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
TBA location TBA Grant Bowman
Topic: Ubuntu Linux

Andrew Fife mentioned in Nov. 2009 that he'd written asking about interest in speaking to SVLUG. This might be redundant the Jan. 2010 talk Mark Terranova will be giving about Ubuntu Linux 9.10 "Karmic Koala", but wouldn't be if it occurred after some passage of time. (There are new things to say, and Grant's a good speaker on his own merits.)


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 




In a pinch, it's often useful to look at the most recent six months of speakers at ACCU, BALUG, BayLISA, BayPIGgies BayLISA's Monitoring SIG, CocoaHeads, EBLUG, LUGOD, NBLUG, PenLUG, SF Perl UG SF PostgreSQL UG, Sonoma County Sysadmins, and Stanford U. LUG.

There are also some ongoing institutions we can call on, from time to time, such as the EFF people in San Francisco, Computer History Museum (Mountain View), and the guys who put on CodeCon each year in San Francisco.

Feedback to SVLUG webmasters.