Archived Meetings - 2014

  • 23 Oct 2014

    Release Party and Install Fest!


    Octobers meetup is going to be a bit more casual. We will be meeting to celebrate the release of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, and Fedora 21. Bring any computer's you would like to install or upgrade Linux on. Install USB will be provided for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu GNOME 14.10, Fedora 21, Arch, Antergos, Manjaro, Elementary OS, Open SUSE, and anything else anyone requests.

    We will be meeting at Hogan Brothers on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    G+ Event

  • 25 Sep 2014

    Back To School with Linux!

    Meeting Notes!

    Last nights turn out was small, but it was an enjoyable evening. While the actual presentation got somewhat sidetracked by playing Super Tux Cart, everyone had a lot of fun. We'll keep this presentation around for a future meeting when lots of newer Linux users join us!

    If you want to check out the slides, they are posted below

    Back to School with Linux!


    This months talk is all about using Linux at school and in the work place. We will be talking on a variety of topics including installing Linux on your own computer, open source alternatives to popular software, where to find resources and help to common, and not so common questions, and much more!

    We will be meeting at the SPUR Coworking Space on September 25th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    G+ Event

  • 28 Aug 2014


    Meeting Notes!

    Last night, we had a great presentation on Emacs including some history, touching on the editor wars, and of course diving into using Emacs. There was talk of macro's, butterfly's and tramps. We also talked about some of the latest events in the Linux-verse and had a few short lightning talks on theming in Gnome and setting up JHBuild.


    A few months ago we had a great talk on Vim. This month, it's time to talk about the other side of the coin. Michael Domingues, a Linux Systems Administrator at St. Olaf College, will be talking about GNU Emacs, an extensible, customizable text editor.

    We will be meeting at the SPUR Coworking Space on August 28th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

    G+ Event

  • 24 Jul 2014

    You gotta keep 'em separated: Application Virtualization with LXC

    Meeting Notes!

    With a smaller group this month, we had a very hands on presentation with plenty of great questions and demo's. We learned how to set up very low cost (resource) containers for popular distro's such as Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE, and even Gentoo! We talked about some of the underlying technologies of LXC and even how it compared with full blown virtualizations like Virtualbox.

    We also covered a few recent news items that have happened in the Linux world recently. For future months, we will provide links to those news items in our meeting notes. Lastly, Marc gave a lightning talk on Bedrock Linux, which is a unique alternative to virtualization, but shares many of the same concepts


    You gotta keep 'em separated! For this months meeting, Adam will be talking about the benefits of using application virtualization, and how to implement virtualization in your own apps.

    In addition to our main presentation, we will be opening up some time at the beginning for a few lightning talks. Lightning talks are 5 minute (or less) talks on any topic of your choice. Everyone is welcome to participate. There is no need to let us know ahead of time, just show up and take the stage! This is a great opportunity to share an interesting experience you've had, or demo a project you are working on.

    We will be meeting at the SPUR Coworking Space on July 24th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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  • 26 Jun 2014

    Vim Basics Like a Pro!

    Meeting Notes!

    Vim Basics like a Pro was a major success! We had a record showing of people attend since our revival late last year. The presentation prompted quite a bit of conversation, including some really interesting history of vim, bash, grep and so many other tools that we all use on a daily basis. If your interested in viewing the slides from the presentation, check out the link below. The resources slides have quite a few links to various references, articles, and even a web based game designed to teach you vim!

    Vim Basics like a Pro!


    Ever been curious about how Vim, a simple command line text editor, has gained so much popularity among tech professionals?

    Did you know vim could perform magic? Well, maybe not actual magic, but what it can do sure seems like it sometimes. Come join NORLUG on June 26th to learn all about Vim, what it can do, and why every text editor today seems to be inspired by it.

    We will be meeting at the SPUR Coworking Space on June 26th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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  • 17 Apr 2014

    Ubuntu 14.04 Release Party

    Aprils monthly meeting will be to celebrate the release of the next Long Term Support (LTS) of Ubuntu code named Trusty Tahr!

    We will be meeting at Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse as a change of scenery. Install CDs and USB sticks will be available for anyone interested in testing out Ubuntu 14.04!

    If you have ever been interested in testing out Linux, but worried to take the plunge, this is a great opportunity to come test it out and get it installed with knowledgeable people around to help!

    G+ Event

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Raspberry Pi

    Meeting Notes!

    First of all, thank you everyone who was able to attend NORLUGs first official technical meeting since its revival! We had a great discussion and demonstration of the Raspberry Pi. We watched a bit of Star Wars, lit up some christmas lights and remotely controlled some fans over wifi! Afterwards we all met up at B&Ls pizza and had some great discussions!

    If your interested in seeing the slides from the presentations, check out these links:

    Marc Thomas: Raspberry Pi -Remote Server-

    Adam Ness: Raspberry Pi - Interfacing Linux to the Real World


    NORLUG will be hosting its first technical meetup on March 20, 2014 since its revival. What better way to kick it off than to talk about one of the most exciting pieces of technology to have come out of 2012. A low cost, low power credit card sized computer, the Raspberry Pi!

    Adam Ness and Marc Thomas have both volunteered to give a talk on how they use their Raspberry Pi.

    Marc will give a brief overview of what the Raspberry Pi is, and how people have been using it since its debut. His main presentation will be a starters talk on how to set up a Raspberry Pi as a remote file server using Arch Linux. Some of the tools he will be discussing include ssh, scp, screen, weechat-curses, port mapping, port forwarding, and some DNS magic.

    Adam will be showing off some hardware hacks that you can do when you combine a Raspberry Pi with an Arduino. If you have every been curious about custom home automation, then you will definitely want to see this!

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  • 09 Jan 2014

    Pizza and Planning

    Thank you for a successful and productive planning meeting! In addition to some wonderful pizza and beer, there was a great amount of brainstorming done. Some of the highlights are as follows.

    • Coffee House Coders
      • Change from Tuesday to Mondays due to the heavy scheduling of technical meetups in the cities on Tuesdays. Our hopes are that Monday's will not have as many conflictions.
      • Continue advertising CHC from 7-9. However, several individuals expressed interest in remaining until 10, when The Hideaway closes.
      • Begin new schedule starting first week in February.
    • Technical Meetings:
      • Begin hosting technical meetings in March. The topic will be on the Raspberry Pi. The speakers are as follows.
        • Main Presentation: Adam Ness
        • Lightning Talk: Marc Thomas
      • Timeline for technical meetings are not yet determined. Partially dependant on the outcome of our initial meeting.
    • Recruiting/Advertising
      • Create flyers listing NORLUG, Coffee House Coders, and our first Technical meeting with topic/date/time/location.
      • Post flyers in all coffee shops, both college campus'. Submit to Northfield newspaper, and any other local business'.
      • Get a booth at local tech conferences.
      • Attend other meetups and spread awareness of NORLUG.
    • Other NORLUG Events
      • Game Night - Modern and Retro Games
      • Hackathon:
        • 24 hour event - Team based
        • Competative coding on something such as robocode.
        • Collectively contributing to an open source project.
      • Installfests
        • All major Linux distributions.
        • Basic how to presentations at these events, geared towards newer users.
        • Provide disks/flash drives with install ISO's. Supply distro marketing merchandise.
    • More can be found here.