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LUV Monthly Activities Summary

September 2021

  • Date: 29 Sep 2021 (Wed)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: September 2021 LUV Last-Wednesday Connect!
  • Meeting format: Online via Jitsi
  • Topic:

About this event series

LWC is aiming to bring Linux fans, users and experts together to share stories, learn about the latest and encourage collaboration and co-learning.

Those who join early will have the opportunity to take part in the group activities as a volunteer or simply listen to discussion and planning.

If you like to join us in planning and running community events and projects, the first 30 minutes is for you to bring your ideas and enthusiasm to the group!

Schedule

18:30 LUV volunteers and organisers meeting
19:00 Connect!
21:00 Wrap-up

LUV volunteers and organisers will have a meeting from 6:30pm until 7pm. Everyone’s welcome to join this discussion.

At 7pm, we will go around the room and we will each have the opportunity to grab the mic for 5 to 10 minutes and talk about something we have been working on lately, a topic of interest or a challenge we have been struggling with. The rest will be where the conversations take us!

At 9pm, we will officially wrap up the event, however the virtual venue will remain open for those who wish to hang out for longer!


  • Date: 18 Sep 2021 (Sat)
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Activity: Software Freedom Day September 2021
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topic:

This year's SFD was again organised by Free Software Melbourne, with LUV continued to be the Community Partner in this event.

Information:
<a href="https://www.sfd.org.au/">https://www.sfd.org.au/</a>
<a href="https://freesoftware.org.au/blog/software-freedom-day/">https://freesoftware.org.au/blog/software-freedom-day/</a>

Time Table:

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Time Items
10:30am Event opens
10:45am Welcome and Introductions
11:00am “Purism: Freedom, Privacy, and Diapers”, Todd Weaver
12:00pm “The Right to Ask”, Vanessa Teague
1:00pm “Next Cloud: Why you need it”, Tatiana Lenz
2:00pm Break – Online Discussion
2:30pm “Linux against E-waste”, Alexar Pendashteh
3:30pm Lightning Talks
4:30pm “Searx: developing a privacy respecting search engine”, Noémi Ványi
5:30pm Event Close

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  • Date: 7 Sep 2021 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: September 2021 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via Jitsi
  • Topic: Environmental Impacts of Technology

Tonight's main talk was presented by Martin Gleeson - one of the founders of Electron Workshop / Serversaurus.

The following are some of the points & issues covered in Martin's talk:

  • Bitcoin, Graphic cards, EVs, Data-hungry Apps …
  • Carbon footprint in the production or maintenance of IT infrastructure.
  • Google data centres that were abandoned.
  • The operation of IT infra globally is on par with emissions from flights.
  • Recycle servers instead of buying brand new ones.
  • Fully Solar data centres, Carbon Tax and investments.
  • PAYG for VPS, to encourage customers to only use what they need.

August 2021

  • Date: 25 Aug 2021 (Wed)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: August 2021 LUV Last-Wednesday Connect!
  • Meeting format: Online via Jitsi
  • Topic: Linux Birthday Edition - 30 Years Young …

Tonight's session was a group discussion led by Alexar Pendashteh, to celebrate 30 years of Linux! As LUV was among the earliest Linux User Groups (LUG) formed in Australia, we also used this opportunity to look back on LUV over the past 20+ years. We were delighted to see several of our past LUV presidents attending this online Birthday Celebration!

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  • Date: 3 Aug 2021 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: August 2021 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via Jitsi
  • Topic: Linux Distros

Tonight's session was a group discussion led by Alexar Pendashteh on Linux Distros - A timely topic, with the new Debian release 'Bullseye' coming out very soon.


July 2021

  • Date: 6 Jul 2021 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: July 2021 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB (Big Blue Button)
  • Topic: Containers

Tonight's session was a discussion led by Alexar Pendashteh on containers and alternative ways to isolate your environment.

Schedule for the night:

19:00 Meet and greet
19:30 Opening and announcements
20:00 Discussion
21:00 Closure and networking


June 2021

  • Date: 1 Jun 2021 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: June 2021 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topics: Server Platforms & OpenBSD

Russell Coker talked about Linux on server platforms (hot-swap RAID, management, etc).

David Zhan talked about the openBSD ports building cluster he is currently working on. David also touched on the general port building infrastructure of OpenBSD.


February 2021

  • Date: 2 Feb 2021 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: February 2021 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topics: Freezing a large FOSS project & Linux for audio/video

A summary of the events of the recent LCA 2021 was presented.

Talk 1: A talk by Russell Coker about the process of freezing a large FOSS project with Debian as an example.

Talk 2: Grany Diffey: What I learned in 2020 during the COVID lockdown.

A brief rundown of using Linux for non-linear audio/video editing and streaming. This talk will cover the basics of the Linux audio system in particular alsa, pulse and jack. He will demonstrate his workflow for producing videos for his local church service during the pandemic using kdenlive including the project sizes and asset management, basic audio production using ardour and some basic plugins for ardour and kdenlive particularly EQs and compressor/limiters.

Grant has been running Linux as his primary desktop OS for 25+ years now having first installed an early pre-release of Debian potato. He was a member of luv-ctte for several years in the early 00's and was president of Computerbank in a similar period. He has also sung in church choirs from childhood and continues to be a member of the morning choir at Wesley Uniting Church Lonsdale St.



November 2020

  • Date: 28 Nov 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Activity: November 2020 LUV Workshop
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topics: Federated services

Russell Coker and Andrew Pam demonstrated and discussed Matrix, an open standard for secure, decentralised, real-time communication including text messages, voice and video; Mobilizon, a free-libre and federated software for event and group management, and also Diaspora, a federated social network. We have set up LUV instances of these services for use by the members and the community and welcome discussion about how and why to make use of these services.



October 2020

  • Date: 31 Oct 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Activity: Social Media Working Group meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topic:

The first meeting of the LUV Social Media Working Group. This is for programmers and sysadmins who want to work on implementing FOSS social media technologies for the use of LUV members.

There are many reasons for wanting to avoid the commercial social media sites, but to do so we need viable alternatives. The aim of this group is to implement some of the alternatives and see if we can get them to a stage where they are useful. We will document what we do and make public instances of things that we determine to be worth using.



  • Date: 17 Oct 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Activity: October 2020 LUV Workshop
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topic: BTRFS and ZFS Training Session

LUV hosted an online training session on BTRFS and ZFS. The session started with Russell Coker giving a short introduction to BTRFS and ZFS.

This was followed by a hands-on session, with the participants given a choice of either practising it on their own VM (needs Debian/Buster with 3 empty block devices), or practising on a VM that we hosted. Those who wanted to use one that we hosted would need to email Russell their ssh public key privately so Russell could set it up for them.



  • Date: 6 Oct 2020 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: October 2020 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topics: Ubuntu New release, FOSS News & Community announcements
  • Meeting hosted by: Alexar Pendashteh

The format was group discussion and the topic was the new release of Ubuntu - Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla. There were open discussions about some other FOSS news of the day, as well as some relevant community announcements.



September 2020

  • Date: 19 Sep 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Activity: Software Freedom Day September 2020
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topic:

This year's SFD was again organised by Free Software Melbourne, with LUV continued to be the Community Partner in this event.

Time Table:

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Time Items
10:00am Welcome and Introductions
10:15am What is Free Software?
11:00am John Gieryn - Software for decision making and how to make a living from FOSS
12:00pm FLOSS Chat Room
1:30pm Dr Morgan Leigh - Ethics in Software Development
2:30pm Kathy Reid - Good, better, breast: Building a sensing mastectomy prosthetic with open hardware
3:30pm Frank Karlitschek - How Nextcloud stayed productive during COVID-19 and how others did the same
4:30pm Mike Saunders & Italo Vignoli - LibreOffice and the future


  • Date: 1 Sep 2020 (Tue)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Activity: September 2020 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topics: Monitoring in Linux

This month's Main Talk was about Monitoring. Our speaker, Russell Coker gave a demonstration of ETBE Mon.

ETBE Mon is Russell's fork of the traditional Unix system and network monitoring system “Mon” by Jim Trocki.

Due to COVID-19, this became LUV first Main Meeting online.



June 2020

  • Date: 20 Jun 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Activity: June 2020 LUV Workshop
  • Meeting format: Online via BBB
  • Topics: Emergency Security Discussion

A discussion led by Alexar Pendashteh on cybersecurity and cyber resilience, in view of the recent warning from the Australian Government about cyber attack in Australia.



February 2020

  • Date: 15 Feb 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Activity: February 2020 LUV Workshop
  • Meeting format: In person
  • Location: Infoxchange, 33 Elizabeth St. Richmond.
  • Topics: Film Freedom: making and releasing films with free software

Film Freedom is a documentation and development project to make filmmaking with free-software and releasing via free culture funding models more accessible. It currently includes the following development projects:

  • KitCAT: the Kit for Creative Arts Teamwork is a virtual studio system and client which connects the TACTIC studio DAMS and Project Management suite to popular filmmaking and creative software packages.
  • Lib-Ray is a project to create an alternative to DVD and Blu-Ray for fixed-format releases, using only free-licensed software and open formats, without encryption or region-coding.
  • Lunatics! is an original animated science-fiction story about the first permanent settlers on the Moon. This is an independent, free-culture, open-movie production, made with open-source software, especially Blender. Regular updates and support are through Patreon.

Andrew Pam is the past president and current treasurer of Linux Users of Victoria. Andrew and his partner Dr. Katherine Phelps ran an animation fan club for many years. Andrew is a supporter and render server provider for Terry Hancock's “Lunatics!” FOSS animated TV series project.

There will also be the usual casual hands-on workshop, Linux installation, configuration and assistance and advice. Bring your laptop if you need help with a particular issue. This will now occur BEFORE the talks from 12:30 to 14:00. The talks will commence at 14:00 (2pm) so there is time for people to have lunch nearby.



  • Date: 4 Feb 2020 (Tue)
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Activity: February 2020 LUV Main Meeting
  • Meeting format: In Person
  • Location: Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton
  • Topics: Lightning Talks & Brief Report on LCA2020


January 2020

  • Date: 25 Jan 2020 (Sat)
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00 PM
  • Activity: LUV Annual Penguin Picnic January 2020
  • Meeting format: In person, outdoor
  • Location: Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn

Some photos

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