Tuesday 4 October 6:30pm for 7pm start at The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan
Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.
* Use of Linux at the Australian Astronomical Observatory — Tim Connors
* OpenWRT: A GNU/Linux based firmware program for embedded devices such as
residential gateways and routers — Bernie Schelberg
* Library of LUV
* After the meeting, come have dinner with us at Maria's Trattoria!
122-124 Peel St
Also in this announcement:
* Beginner's Workshop — 15 October 2011
* #luv IRC channel
* mailing list policy
* Map of the meeting location
** Use of Linux at the Australian Astronomical Observatory — Tim Connors **
Tim Connors worked at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (nee Anglo-
Australian Observatory) in Coonabarabran as a telescope operator while
finishing his PhD in astrophysics at the Swinburne centre for Astrophysics and
Supercomputing. He never could quite let go of wanting the systems to work
just right, so was given the keys to the observatory computers, ands lowly
brought the systems kicking and screaming, into the modern age.
Machines running Linux came to represent a far more sensible way of managing a
heterogeneous network of custom controllers and hardware. And he's not joking
about the modernising: halfway through his tenure, he took part in a project
to replace what was almost certainly Australia's oldest continually operating
production computer — the telescope control computer that had been faithfully
reading and controlling the telescope's position 10 times a second for the
past 35 years (and acting as a 10kW room heater), with an industrial Linux
machine that only took up half a rack. This talk is a summary of that journey
through time (but not space).
Tim has since left the dizzying heights of the observatory, and helps ensure
the Bureau of Meteorology keep the data flowing. When he's not busy failing
over www.bom, he likes to hoon around on bikes that don't crash because of
proprietary kernel drivers.
** OpenWRT: A GNU/Linux based firmware program for embedded devices such as
residential gateways and routers — Bernie Schelberg **
OpenWRT is a GNU/Linux distribution for your wireless router, particularly
common residential networking devices. It is a highly configurable system that
enables you to do many things that normally require expensive equipment to do
Bernie Schelberg has a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, and works
as a computer programmer by day (and night!). He is passionate about free
(libre) software, and enjoys tinkering with various distributions,
virtualization, and embedded devices such as phones.
** Note — BTRFS talk cancelled **
Unfortunately, the previously announced talk on BTRFS had to be cancelled /
** Library of LUV **
Library of LUV is a collection of books available for loan to members. The
collection is managed through the wiki and the books are circulated at the
monthly LUV meetings (and the Penguin Picnic, in January). For more details,
please see the wiki: http://wiki.luv.asn.au/LoL
** Dinner **
Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join
other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat
near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the
most popular place to eat after meetings.
** Beginner's Workshop — 15th October **
The August Beginner's Workshop will be held on the third Saturday at The Hub,
with the usual unstructured workshop area and a talk by Donna Benjamin giving
an introduction to Inkscape. Bring your laptop! For more info, updates and
discussion about the Beginner's Workshop, subscribe to the luv-beginners
The Melbourne OLPC Club meetings are co-located with the Beginner's Workshops.
If you are interested in the OLPC project, please come and join in!
Drupal Melbourne meetings are also co-located with the Beginner's Workshops,
taking place in the Long Room at The Hub.
** #luv IRC channel **
A reminder that LUV has an IRC channel - join #luv on FreeNode to chat with
fellow LUVvers in real time!
** Mailing list policy **
The committee does not generally monitor or moderate the LUV mailing lists and
expects members to conduct themselves appropriately. On complaint, however,
we may investigate, and if behaviour is unbecoming a member of LUV, we may
remove that member from the mailing list for a period of time as deemed
appropriate by the committee.
** Map of the meeting venue **
Our website now has an all-new map of the meeting venue, more clearly showing
how to find the Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Just follow either of the red lines!
** RedHat training discount **
A discount on RedHat training is available to LUV members. To obtain this
discount, you need to enter: "Linux User Group member - 10% discount" in the
special offer section of the enrolment form.
** Acknowledgements **
LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard
Lecture Theatre venue, BENK Open Systems for sponsoring the Beginner's
Workshops and VPAC for hosting!
You may have received an unsubscribe notice for one of more LUV mailing lists earlier today. Do not panic, you are still subscribed to all your LUV mailing lists.
Earlier this week LUVs mail server broke down and a current backup of the list subscribers was not available. As I setup new lists ysterday, I temporarily used an older backup of list subscribers to populate these new lists.
Today I rescued current subscriber data from the old server and used that to populate the new lists. Before I did that, I had to clear the lists, and I forgot to make the system NOT send notifications when doing that. You were all (silently) re-subscribed approximately a minute later.
Apologies if I caused any unnecessary freak-outs :-)
The list archives are not yet available on the new system, but rest assured these archives were backed up properly and are not lost. You'll be notified when the come back online.
Software Freedom Day, Saturday September 17. 2011
The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.
12 noon: Free as in lunch with open sauce
Come join us for a BBQ (meat and vegetarian sausages, onion, sauce and
bread provided - byo drinks and salad) to celebrate Software Freedom Day.
1.30 Keynote - Ben Sturmfels, Why Free Software Matters
2.30 Workshops - Planning for Freedom in the Coming Year
a. Tony Forster, International Development with Free Software.
b. Alex Garber, Introducing Newcomers to Free Software
c. Alex Fraser, Code Sharing: A Programmer's Perspective
d. Daniel Jitnah, Free Software and Accessibility
e. Kathy Reid, Building Free and Open Source Communities
f. Lev Lafayette, Teaching Free and Open Source Computing
Drupal Melbourne will be running a stall and opportunity to discuss using
that free and open source content-management framework. Plus we'll have a
range of Linux distributions and various free software available to