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St. Charles Linux Users Group

Promoting GNU UNIX On the Western Highlands of St Louis

est. April, 2002 St.Charles, MO.
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Meeting Dates and Time: See Home Page for Next Meeting dates

Meetings are usually held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of each month, except during November and December (TBD) when dates may vary.

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Previous Meetings:


Topic: LibreOffice Mail Merge Processing - 28 July 2011
by Stan Reichardt

Informal demonstration of the Mail Merge Wizard process to create multiple documents from a simple database.

To begin, we export column and row data from a spreadsheet into a *.CVS file. That file is then used to quickly build a LibreOffice database. Using that database, we can filter selected records and extract specific data fields into a document or email format.

Output can be globally modified, or individual outputs can be customized before being printed or emailed.


Topic: Basic 3-D Graphics and Animation (In Multiple Parts) - 23 June 2011
by Ed Wehner

Animating 3-D Objects (Session 3)

We will conclude our 3 part 3D workshop with an overview of 3D animation with a hands on example of making and animating your own character. In addition to Art of Illusion, we will discuss other 3D tools including, Blender, Poser, DAZ Studio and others. We will also show a demonstration of the use of motion capture data to create realistic animations.

For those who have been following the series or completed the tutorials on your own, bring in a sample of one of your 3D objects. We will have prizes for the most artistic model, most realistic model and best overall scene.

Two latest demonstration videos:
Salsa staring Bruno Von Bear - Animation
Kick! With Bruno Von Bear - Animation

Bring your Linux, MAC or Windows laptop and learn, hands on, how to create 3D models using open source 3D Modeling tools. The techniques we will cover are used in 3D Art, Games and major motion pictures. In this first of two parts, we will show you how to make some simple objects such as an hour glass, apple, table, etc. We will also cover some of the basics of object textures and materials to give a real life look to your rendered objects.

For those who were unable to make previous sessions, please feel free to jump right in. All we ask is that you get Art of Illusion (AOI) ( http://www.artofillusion.org/ ) software working (requires java) on your laptop before the workshop.

It would also be good if you can work through the hour glass tutorial before the workshop at http://www.artofillusion.org/docs/hourglasstut/index. This will catch you up and you will be ready for this session.

Promotional video at http://www.sendspace.com/file/1xz8m2

Some sample 3D images of objects that we will make at the first session: http://www.sendspace.com/file/o8r45i

Topic: Basic 3-D Graphics and Animation (In Multiple Parts) - 26 May 2011
by Ed Wehner

Creating Basics Animated 3-D Objects and Textures (Session 2)

Bring your Linux, MAC or Windows laptop and learn, hands on, how to create simple 3D objects and animations in part 2 of our series of 3D Object Modeling. The techniques covered are the same used in games and major motion pictures. We will create some simple shapes and show how to animate these using an Open Source 3D system. These techniques and tools can be used to create your own videos or add characters to your home movies.

In response to popular demand, the 3D objects workshop that we started last month will be continued. We will pick up where we left off with techniques for creating 3D objects and textures.

For those who were unable to make last session, please feel free to jump right in. All we ask is that you get Art of Illusion (AOI) ( http://www.artofillusion.org/ ) software working (requires java) on your laptop before the workshop.

It would also be good if you can work through the hour glass tutorial before the workshop at http://www.artofillusion.org/docs/hourglasstut/index. This will catch you up and you will be ready for this session. The Animation session will be in June.

Promotional video at http://www.sendspace.com/file/1xz8m2

Some sample 3D images of objects that we will make during the session: http://www.sendspace.com/file/o8r45i


Topic: Basic 3-D Graphics and Animation (In Multiple Parts) - 28 April 2011
by Ed Wehner

The Basics of Making 3-D Objects (Session 1)

If you are interested in a multiple part presentation on 3D Object Modeling and Animation; simply, the process will be:

Bring your Linux, MAC or Windows laptop and learn, hands on, how to create 3D models using open source 3D Modeling tools. The techniques we will cover are used in 3D Art, Games and major motion pictures. In this first of two parts, we will show you how to make some simple objects such as an hour glass, apple, table, etc. We will also cover some of the basics of object textures and materials to give a real life look to your rendered objects. The Art of Illusion software will be provided and requires java.

Promotional video at http://www.sendspace.com/file/1xz8m2

Some sample 3D images of objects that we will make at the first session: http://www.sendspace.com/file/o8r45i


Meeting HIATUS:

There was no meeting on Thursday, 24 March 2011. Future meeting dates were to be determined.

How would you feel about having the STC LUG on the 4th Wednesday every month?

Email US!


Topic: Linux as a Home Router: Part 2 VPN - 24 February 2011
by Noah Lance

Its that time! What will this Linux box do for me!?

Now that we have our linux box setup as our home router, lets see if we can't add some convenient VPN access. This way we can remote in to our home network (unfiltered network) when needed and operate securely for those "need to get out of the house" moments.

We'll primarily be looking at setting up OpenVPN SSL, however we might take a look at a few other quick solutions out there.


Topic: Linux as a Home Router: Part 1 IP Forwarding with Shorewall - 27 January 2011
by Noah Lance

Lets see how hard it will be to turn our home linux desktop into our home router!

We'll be taking a look a Debian based box, and installing Shorewall to set up both our firewall and our internal LAN. Also a quick wam, bam, "dhcpd start" to get our home LAN running.

Welcome back and lets get going!!!

HIATUS - December 2010

No meetings due to Christmas Day.

Topic: Setting up DRBL and Gentoo - 22 November 2010
by Noah Lance

This meeting date has been scheduled to avoid conflict with Thanksgiving Day.

Since it is Holiday weekend and likely peak vacation time, I will go with a "Planned" chat session where I might discover my recent experiences setting up DRBL, as well as Gentoo (evil beast)!!!

We will have fun.


Linux VS MS Windows: The Battle Continues - 28 October 2010
by Noah Lance

This week we'll take a look at some HDD commands and configuration options built into both OSes. We might even take a peak at some 3rd party tools that are readily available.

This will be, primarily, interactive conversation with a little guidance, so bring your Linux problems with!!



Setting up DNS Masqerading - 23 September 2010
by Jerry Stutte

dnsmasq is a lightweight DNS, TFTP and DHCP server. It is intended to provide coupled DNS and DHCP service to a LAN. Dnsmasq accepts DNS queries and either answers them from a small, local, cache or forwards them to a real, recursive, DNS server. It loads the contents of /etc/hosts so that local hostnames which do not appear in the global DNS can be resolved and also answers DNS queries for DHCP configured hosts.

Jerry Stutte has worked in molecular biololgy and bio informatics.


Open Discussion - August 26, 2010
By Everyone

Free format, nothing formal.

Open Source Rocket Control - July 22, 2010
by Bdale Garbee background - http://www.gag.com/~bdale/

Bdale Garbee serves his days as HP's Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist. He spends the rest of his time playing with rockets or contributing to Debian. He also is the President of Software in the Public Interest.

General Discussion - June 24, 2010
by Various Members

Multiple Linux topics covered. World Peace accomplished (within 12 minutes).

WINE - May 27, 2010
by Noah Lance

Wine Is Not an Emulator (WINE) - Running Windows applications on Linux.

Linux on Windows 7 - April 22, 2010
by Noah Lance

How to start using Linux on Windows 7 to ease transfer from Windows.

Bonded Network Interface Cards (NICs) - March 18, 2010
By Noah Lance

New leadership, new style, new topics, new vigor.

Open Discussion - February 25, 2010
By Everyone

Free format, nothing formal.

Whatever - January 28, 2010
By Gary McKee and someone else

Small turn out without Carl.

HIATUS - November and December 2009

No meetings due to Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Linux from Scratch - October 22, 2009
by Bob Hanse

Linux From Scratch (LSF) is a way to install a working Linux system by building all components of it manually. Bob covers his exploring this unique Linux system and points out issues and his techniques for keeping a grip on sanity during the process.

redmine - September 24, 2009 [Not Done]
by Carl Fitch

This was supposed to be a review of the redmine presentation done during September at the St. Louis LUG meeting.

Again, with no web access, it turned into an amazing social meeting delving into various 'NIX subjects.


Wildly Various Discussions by The Usual Suspects - August 27, 2009

Due to various technical difficulties with the projector and having the wrong laptop we degenerated into individual groups talking about one topic after another.

A Virtual Network Simulator - July 23, 2009
by Richard Warwick

Want to study for your CCNA or other Cisco certification, study network topography for work, practice or fun? Gns3 in combination with Dynamips may be your answer. Gns3 (graphical network simulator 3). Dynamips is a Cisco simulator.

Richard Warwick will walk us through the installation, configuration and operation of Gns3. Demonstrating how these suite of programs can ease the design of networks, from small home networks, to multi layered WAN's


Samba Shares Across Subnets on pfSense - June 25, 2009
by Carl Fitch

Want to study for your ccna or other cisco certification. Gns3 in combination with Dynamips may be your answer. Gns3 (graphical network simulator 3). Dynamips is a Cisco simulator. Richard Warwick will present the installation, configuration and operation of Gns3. Tonight we will set up a three NIC network. WAN, LAN and DMZ. When finished the computers on the LAN will be able to access the web server and Samba shares located on the DMZ. This is one time when laptops with the Dark Side will come in handy to provide proof of practice.

An in Depth Look at SystemrescueCD, A Follow Up - May 28, 2009
by Carl Fitch

This presentation will be a follow up to the SLUUG tutorial from May 13, 2009. SystemrescueCD is a toolbox in a live CD. Tonight we will dive into the depths of the programs that can be started from or after booting the CD. There is a number of tools available before entering the SystemrescueCD's Linux OS. SystemrescueCD boots into a CLI interface for speed, once there, you can enter an X GUI if needed. Some of the tools available are:
  • GNU Parted creates, resizes, moves, copies partitions, and filesystems (and more).
  • GParted GUI implementation using the GNU Parted library.
  • Partimage saves / restores partitions to an image file on another partition or to another system.
  • File systems tools (for Linux and Windows filesystems): format, resize, and debug an existing partition of a hard disk
  • Ntfs3g: enables read/write access to MS Windows NTFS partitions.
  • sfdisk saves / restores partition table (and more).
  • Test-disk tool to check and undelete partition, supports reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others
  • Memtest+ to test the memory of your computer (first thing to test when you have a crash or unexpected problems)
  • Network tools (Samba, NFS, ping, nslookup, ...)

EXPO - Free Software & Technology Expo on Saturday - 9 May 2009
This live event will be held from 1 PM - 7 PM at the Sheraton hotel (Gold Tower), Westport Plaza, in St. Louis Missouri. It will showcase free software applications and other technology for home and business.
Attend to learn more about Free Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows and the GNU/Linux operating system. See them demonstrated, have them installed on your PC at no charge, or buy a PC with them pre-loaded.
More information and directions are available at the http://freesoftwareexpo.com home page.
++ Posted 28 Mar 2009 Updated 29 Mar 2009 Updated 3 Apr 2009

Ubuntu Release

The Ubuntu Linux distribution will be releasing a new version the end of April.

Two Google Topics - Thursday - April 23, 2009
by Two Guys

First: Google Calendar by Stan Reichardt
Google Calendar is a free time-management web application offered by Google. While users are not required to have a Gmail account, they are required to have a free Google Account in order to use the software.
Stan will give Carl and Gary hands on instructions that are focused on maintaining multiple calendars.

Second: Google Gadgets by Jerry Stutte
Gadgets powered by Google are miniature objects made by Google users like you, that offer cool and dynamic content that can be placed on any page on the web.


Bulk Deployment with Linux - Thursday - March 26, 2009
by Tony Lovasco

What is bulk deployment?

Also more planning for the Ubuntu Release Party.


Google Apps Experieces - Thursday - February 26, 2009
by Jim Roe

Jim recently converted an organization to Google apps. Tonight he is going to Explain the processes, problems and positives he encountered.

Also tonight Tony Lovasco is talking about the progress on the Ubuntu Release party on May 9, 2009.


Software RAID - Thursday - January 22, 2009
by Carl Fitch

Software Raid, long scorned as the cheap substitute for big money, can be useful in a lot of circumstances. This presentation will touch on installation on Debian and how to get a broken mirror running. We will also touch on some of the ways it can be better then the high dollar raid cards. If you have used software raid before, bring some of your "good and bad" experiences.


Favorite Applications - Monday - December 22, 2008
by Various Members

Holiday scheduling has moved this meeting to the Monday before Christmas.

This meeting will be sort of like our past keyboard karaoke meetings. They were a lot of fun and very informative. Participation was very active with a lot of positive feedback.

Come forward and briefly demo or just talk about your favorite application. It can be either something that strictly uses a Command Line Interface (CLI) or something that uses a Graphical Users Interface (GUI), or even uses both.


No meeting was held during November 2008


Nexradix™ Release Party - Thursday - October 23, 2008
by Tony Lovasco

We are going to host the release party to celebrate the latest release of Nexradix™.

This evening's session will include:
  • Copies of the latest version,
  • a live demonstration,
  • a complete walk through of all unique and new release features,
  • a VirtualBox installation,
  • a laptop installation.

Nexradix™ is a locally developed, full featured, free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system based on the Ubuntu distribution.

Our community has given out some Nexradix CDs at the SLUUG Linux booths manned during the August EPC Warehouse Sales event and at the St. Louis Business Expo that was held the first of October in the St. Charles Convention center.

Spearheading development is Tony Lovasco, of Twisted Lincoln, Inc., an O'Fallon, Missouri company. Tony is also a Linux savy contact at EPC, Inc.


Nagios Demonstration - Thursday - September 25, 2008
by Carl Fitch

Nagios® is an Open Source host, service and network monitoring program. Additional background information is available here and here .

Our speaker for July had "called in sick" and the meeting was a very informal affair. We had returned in August to demonstrate Nagios in action, but, events all too often overwhelm the presenter's ability and inclination to follow the schedule. Fortunately the alternate topics of discussion were very interesting and varied.

We have rescheduled the demonstration again. However, with the new projector, life will be very good. Everyone will be able to see the demo in living color!! Or, at least without crowding around a laptop screen.

Bring some questions and/or share your knowledge. Soak up the experience and enjoy the company. Plus, you can learn while enjoying the food.


Directions:

I-70 to O'Fallon MO exit 217.
Then South on K to Veterans Memorial Parkway (first light at top of hill)
Turn right (west) and continue past the Woodlawn Light for 300 feet.
In the Plaza to the left is JJ's. Big sign on the street side of the building.
 

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Mission:

To provide a not-for-profit, vendor-independent organization dedicated to promoting the Linux operating system; offer a forum for exchanging information about systems, products, services and architectures related to Linux and promote use of free open-source GNU/Linux computer network operating systems for PC desktops, workstations and servers. We will help computer users evaluate, use and enjoy free non-commercial Internet capable UNIX-like computer operating systems and applications.

Membership:

Attend, observe and participate and you will be a member. All meetings are free and open to the public. Registered attendance at any two SLUUG affiliate meetings during a calandar year entitles voting rights.


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