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July 25 2017 KLUG Meeting with R Wolf

Rafael Wolf of Express IT Solutions, LLC gave the Kalamazoo Linux Users Group a very technical and enlightening presentation in the use of the Raspberry Pi as a secure remote access solution.  Using his creative solution only port 80 need be open for establishing an SSH connection.

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Computing, Freedom and Privacy

Kalamazoo College Departments of Physics and Mathematics/Computer Science sponsored a discussion on computing, freedom and privacy led by world renown “Free Software” activist and a member of the Internet Hall of Fame Dr. Richard Stallman.  http://internethalloffame.org/inductees/richard-stallman

Dr. Stallman gave an articulate and passionate talk on GNU (GNU is Not Unix), GPL (General Public License), and FSF (Free Software Foundation).

GPL (General Public License)

The central idea of copyleft is that we give everyone permission to run the program, copy the program, modify the program, and distribute modified versions—but not permission to add restrictions of their own. Thus, the crucial freedoms that define “free software” are guaranteed to everyone who has a copy; they become inalienable rights.

FSF (Free software Foundation)

“Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote the freedom to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer software, and to defend the rights of Free Software users.”

“Yoda’s aphorism (“There is no ‘try’”) sounds neat, but it doesn’t work for me. I have done most of my work while anxious about whether I could do the job, and unsure that it would be enough to achieve the goal if I did. But I tried anyway, because there was no one but me between the enemy and my city. Surprising myself, I have sometimes succeeded.

Sometimes I failed; some of my cities have fallen. Then I found another threatened city, and got ready for another battle. Over time, I’ve learned to look for threats and put myself between them and my city, calling on other hackers to come and join me.

Nowadays, often I’m not the only one. It is a relief and a joy when I see a regiment of hackers digging in to hold the line, and I realize, this city may survive—for now. But the dangers are greater each year, and now Microsoft has explicitly targeted our community. We can’t take the future of freedom for granted. Don’t take it for granted! If you want to keep your freedom, you must be prepared to defend it.” – Richard Stallman … https://stallman.org/

Free GNU/Linux Distros:  https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html

Home Built NAS Server Presentation

Kevin Quiggle gave a great presentation on his “Home Built” NAS server at our Jan. 24th Meeting.  The system featured an AMD motherboard with 16 Gb of RAM, three sets of mirrored SATA hard drives, NAS4Free and the ZFS file system.

For more details of this build goto:

https://sites.google.com/site/

KLUG Annual Holiday Party 2016

The Kalamazoo Linux User Group was very pleased to welcome Kalamazoo’s native son, Matt Crampton, to our holiday party.  Matt co-founded KLUG in 1998, and as a rising star in the Silicone Valley, he co-founded Gigwalk in 2010.  He currently serves as Gigwalk’s CTO.

Gigwalk is an innovative addition to the “Sharing Economy” where Gigwalkers can earn extra income using a mobile app on their smartphone and performing “Gigs”. Follow this link to a Wall Street interview Matt gave explaining the whole concept:

http://www.wsj.com/video/gigwalk-the-app-for-people-who-need-a-side-gig/92D483E4-28CE-416D-AE43-601DF1B88F00.html

Those who attended our annual holiday party were very impressed with Matt’s accomplishments and his willingness to share his journey with us. We also had Erbellie’s Pizza and Pasta salad and, of course, our usual Raspberry Pi and Banana Pi from The Crew Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

Matt’s talk to the Kalamazoo Linux Users Group.

 

KLUG Meeting Dec. 13th 2016

The group remoted into the ClearOS server that we are setting up for our network lab.  Working from a terminal on a Linux laptop we used the SSH protocol and learned the how to login remotely.  We then created group and user accounts using command line tools.  We will be expanding the network in future meetings with a variety of physical and virtual machines with a both microsoft and linux software.

The public is welcome to join us at our weekly meetings we welcome both novices and experts!

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