January 20, 2014

Paradise Valley installfest Saturday/Ubuntu user Days

Paradise Valley Community College 18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA Sat, January 25, 9am – 2pm Bring your computer to get Linux installed, or get help with configuration issues, learn about Linux or help others. Great fun! We will help both on desktop and servers. Enter from the north east or east lot toward the center and look for the computer commons area Building E Room E152

Free online classes for new and midlevel ubuntu users with lots of tricks and tips
see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserDays for more information


January 04, 2014

Jan 4th Installfest Cancelled

We just wanted to let you know that the UAT campus is getting their floors waxed this weekend and the campus will be closed the entire time this is being done. I apologize for the inconvenience and the late notification. We only found out about this an hour ago (fri 5pm)and I wanted to personally reach out and let you know. Very sorry again and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
we resume normal events starting on the Jan 18 event


December 10, 2013

Upcoming Ubuntu Events

Happy Holidays!

=== Ubuntu Events Coming Up! ===
Jono Bacon informs us that every release cycle, a number of events are
organized that bring the community together to create things, share
ideas and knowledge, and more. Details of the latest planned events
are as follows:

* Ubuntu App Development Sprint – 12th December
* Ubuntu App Developer Week – 20th to 25th January
* Ubuntu Developer Week – 3rd to 7th March
* Ubuntu Global Jam – 4th to 6th April
* Ubuntu Open Week – 21st to 25th April

Those interested in helping with the events can let Jono know in the
comments section of his blog post.


Excerpted from:

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 346 for the week
December 2 – 8, 2013.

== Links to UWN ==

* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue346

November 08, 2013

New Installfest, this one is in Paradise Valley

Located at Paradise Valley Community College (in building E near the three pillars). Parking on the east side of the campus is best & enter on the east side of the building. Look for the area called "Computer Commons" near the center corridor on the left. Enter and make your way towards the room against the wall on the far right labeled E146. See the link below for the campus map.

We can install most Linux distributions. We are also happy to fix problems, answer questions or simply discuss free software. We meet the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 AM until 2 PM unless we cancel or reschedule due to a holiday. While we emphasize Linux on the Desktop, we happily assist with Server installs of linux as well. See the calendar for events.

We provide power and network connectivity as well as install media.
What to bring: You need to bring everything required to use your computer. For a server, bring your server, [with keyboard, monitor and mouse if ssh access isn't set up yet,] along with a 2nd computer for accessing the server via a network connection.

Feel free to share this event with any of your friends.

October 13, 2013

CPOSC Sat Oct 19th

What is CPOSC?

The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a small, low-cost, one-day conference about all things Open Source. It was started in 2008 by a few of the members of the Central PA Linux User Group and theCentral PA Ruby Meetup.
Will there be a CPOSC this year?

Oh, yes! CPOSC 2013 wil be held on Saturday October 19th, 2013! It will be held at the IU13 Conference Center in Lancaster, PA.

More Info: http://cposc.org/

Sat Oct 19th

August 22, 2013

Special Event This Saturday

To all AZ LoCos:
There will be a special team meeting on Sat. August 24th to help
anyone interested in working toward applying for Ubuntu Membership. We
will also be working on the Team wiki, team servers and forums in
preparation for Ubuntu Team renewal. There will be wifi and power
plus an extra laptop or two to lend.

Please Contact Todd Cole at toddc@azloco.com or 602-677-9402 for more

Saturday August 24 from 12-4pm
Iguana Mack’s
1371 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ, 85224
United States

*Phone: * (480) 899-6735
(no purchase necessary to attend but the proprietors appreciate our


August 20, 2013

Want to apply for Ubuntu Membership?

Hello everyone,

I'm scott_ev and I've been a member of the Arizona Local Community Team since Feb. 2009 and an Ubuntu Member since July 2010. What I'm going attempt here is to walk you through the process of getting ready to apply for membership, and if I don't leave anything out, you should be successful on your first attempt.

The first thing to do is to setup an Ubuntu Wiki so you can document everything you do for the LoCo and for Ubuntu in general. Here's a link to mine - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/j.scott.gwin . I recommend looking at several wikis and find a format you like. Once you have a basic wiki up you'll need to generate OpenPGP keys and add the public key to your wiki and sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

Keep in mind that it's vital that you find something to contribute to Ubuntu in general aside from your LoCo involvement. For a while I chased bugs as a part of the Bug Squad and I helped with the Ubuntu Weekly News. Helping with the UWN was a great way to volunteer as it didn't take up a lot of time and helped me build my wiki. There are many things you can do – you'll just need to think of something. If you are a developer there are even more options available.

That's the bare bones basics. I'll try to follow this up with more detailed instructions on OpenPGP, etc. If I can help find me in #Ubuntu-US-AZ and/or email me at j dot scott dot gwin at ubuntu dot com and I'll find someone that can actually help you.

Here are a few links that might help:

August 19, 2013

DC LoCo Meeting

In this meeting we will discuss upcoming events and our path towards reapproval.

August 17, 2013

Fosscon 2013 – all done til 2014

Another great Fosscon is now done. Thanks Jonathan and Crissi for all the hard work you do all year to make this event happen. I’d also like to thank all of the staff that assists with this event. Finally, I’d like to thank all that support and attend this local event.


The Ubuntu Local Community Team always sponsors an Installfest at Fosscon. This year, we had an open Installfest. Any distro that wanted, could represent themselves and be part of the Installfest.

Fedora stepped up to that challenge. Ben and his wife drove all the way from North Carolina to represent Fedora. They are wonderful people and wonderful advocates. It was a pleasure working with them.


The Installfest yielded 2 new installs and 1 issue resolution (performed by the Fedora Team). The 2 new installs came via NTR.


Many Ubuntu-US-PA members, alumni and friends were among the attendees at Fosscon. Some were speakers.


Alumna Elizabeth Joseph was a speaker.


Member Brent Saner was a speaker.


Friend/Member by default, Walt Mankowski was a speaker.


Exhibitors and Sponsors entertained and informed all.


Even Sunday, the day after Fosscon, some met at Hive76 for an impromptu Hackfest.


Project.Phreepoint.io, and Ecere were represented at the Hackfest on Sunday.


Each year gets bigger and better. Help us keep this going.


August 05, 2013

Forums are back up

Login has changed. Please read BEFORE logging in!

Ubuntu Forums is now using Ubuntu SSO at login.ubuntu.com for authentication. For more details, please see here.

For those new to the forum please register on login.ubuntu.com and then return to this page and login to the forums by clicking on the “Login with SSO” button at the top right of the page. If you already have an Ubuntu One (SSO) account, you need only click on the “Login with SSO” button.

If you have an existing Ubuntu Forums account please ensure that your preferred email address on login.ubuntu.com matches that associated with your Ubuntu Forums account. This way your accounts will be linked automatically. If you have an Ubuntu Forums account but no Ubuntu One (SSO) account, please go to login.ubuntu.com and create an Ubuntu One account with the same email address associated with your Ubuntu Forums account.

July 21, 2013

Ubuntu Forums security breach – PLEASE READ

Due to a security breach Ubuntu Forums is down.


Please let your loco members know what they must do if they have an account on Ubuntu Forums.

You can read below the official announcement from http://ubuntuforums.org/announce.html


Ubuntu Forums is down for maintenance

There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums. The Canonical IS team is working hard as we speak to restore normal operations. This page will be updated regularly with progress reports.

What we know

  • Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user’s local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
  • The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are stronglyencouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
  • Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach.

Progress report

  • 2013-07-20 2011UTC: Reports of defacement
  • 2013-07-20 2015UTC: Site taken down, this splash page put in place while investigation continues.

If you’re using Ubuntu and need technical support please see the following page for support:

If you’re looking for a place to discuss Ubuntu, in the meantime we encourage you to check out these sites:


June 16, 2013

FOSSCON 2013 Sat August 10th – Philly

FOSSCON 2013 is Saturday August 10th in Philadelphia.


FOSSCON is a local convention about Free Open Source Software.


Fosscon will be held at: The Friends Center on Cherry Street, easily reachable from Market East Station and Suburban Station. Both can be reached from Philadelphia International Airport by train.

Ubuntu US PA will be having an all day, distro agnostic Installfest!



Interested in trying Linux? Now’s the time. A convention full of computer and Free Software enthusiasts.

Running linux on a usb drive and ready to move it to your device? Take the plunge. We’ll be here to help you install.

Already installed but need a hand with the basics.
Stop by and we’ll guide you.

What’s this command line stuff I keep hearing about? Come by, and we’ll have a Command line Boot Camp.

Have old equipment lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Stop by and we’ll help you repurpose the old into something new and wonderful.

All distributions of Linux are welcome. All levels of interest are welcome.

Demo machines will be available to try.

Bring your laptop or desktop(only), we’ll have all the other peripherals(Keyboards, monitors, etc) to install Linux on almost anything.




March 05, 2013


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Last Weekend Was the Southern California Linux Convention.

WOW, I learned so much. Were do I begin or where does the learning end. If you have ever been to a software convention before or any kind of convention you know that you will always be blown away by all the new stuff coming out; and don't forget about the great schwag! But for starters I will just highlight three things that I enjoyed:

IPv6 and you:

By a show of hands in the audience, the latest news at the S.C.A.L.E. conference confirms that, yes, IPv6 is rolling out across the country and it will be slowly released into the Phoenix markets in short time. What does it mean to you and what do you need to do to prepare yourself for it; good question, go to this site and find out; http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale11x/presentations/linux-ipv6-dual-sta...

Ubuntu new and improved:

The latest release of Ubuntu as quoted from,(http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes)

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS is the latest point release of Ubuntu, released on February 14, 2013. It includes a move to the Qualtal hardware enablement stack as well as a series of bug fixes and security updates, making it our most robust Ubuntu to date.

Hacking is a hot topic:

If you have any interest in Hacking security this is the time to get into the field. At the conference there were talks on how to implement security and what to look for in existing system infrastructures. All the way to group hack-fests that were being encouraged during and after the convention. As we have all heard, information vulnerabilities do exist at all layers of the stack and being able to safeguard those openings is real big business. The new group out at Mesa Community College, Ethical Hackers, is just who you need to talk to to get in on the amazing opportunities. Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/MCCEthicalHackers?fref=ts

These are just a few of the great topics at the S.C.A.L.E. convention and so much more; but don't take my word for it, go to http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale11x and find out for yourself.
Anthony Rhodes


February 16, 2013

Global Jam March 1st to 3rd

The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 1st – 3rd March 2013 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.


I am unavailable that weekend to have a Philly based event.

Anyone is welcome to have an event.

December 09, 2012

CoLoCo Going Social

So in an effort to spread Ubuntu on a expansive scale. We have gone social on many fronts. So here is our social profiles.

Google + | Twitter | Facebook

So spread the news, subscribe, and enjoy. Also don’t forget to give thanks to Emma Marshall for all the hard work on setting up and managing all of this.

December 06, 2012

Tis the Season……for Installfests!

WPLUG – Pittsburgh Area
Saturday December 8th:

What:  Installfest
Where:  Monroeville Public Library, Monroeville, PA
When:  Saturday, December 8th, 2012, 12:30pm -4:30pm


CPLUG – Harrisburg Area
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 6:30pm

What:  Installfest
Where: ITT Tech, Harrisburg Campus
449 Eisenhower Boulevard, Suite 100
Room: Theory 9 or Theory 7 usually, but sometimes we are
in another room.
Directions via Google Maps


Give the gift of Linux this season.


November 14, 2012

District of Columbia Monthly LoCo Meeting.

Chair: Brian Curtis

  • Action Item Review:
    • kjcole to add these events to LoCo calendar.
    • marcoceppi to send summary of DCWEEK to bcurtiswx.
    • kjcole to send summary of broadband summit to bcurtisx.
    • Sujit to work on organizing an installfest for Quantal Quetzal.
    • kjcole to talk with maco about flickr group maintainence.
  • Installfest Organizational Team.
  • Flyer Design and Distribution Team.
  • LoCo Idea Review Team.
  • What is our self image?
  • read more

    October 22, 2012

    October 11, 2012

    Ubuntu US DC LoCo Monthly Meeting

    1: Monthly Meeting official new date.
    2: Upcoming Events (Insert upcoming events list for the next 2 months)
    3: Advertising mailing list Unix/Linux help "hotline"
    4: Gathering information about our members and where they are with the Ubuntu experience
    5: Ideas for the LoCo going forward

    October 06, 2012

    CPOSC October 27th

    What is CPOSC?

    The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a small, low-cost, one-day conference about all things Open Source. It was started in 2008 by a few of the members of the Central PA Linux User Group and the Central PA Ruby Meetup.

    Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
    Harrisburg, PA

    Sessions: http://cposc.org/sessions/

    Registration: http://cposc.org/registration/

    Website: http://cposc.org/

    September 30, 2012

    Sugar Labs DC Xubuntu Deployment

    The DC Ubuntu Loco is preparing 30+ laptops with Xubuntu 12.04 and Sugar to be sent to a school in Senegal. See full post here:


    September 23, 2012

    A visit to FREE GEEK, Portland, OR (2012.07.24)

    A visit to FREE GEEK, Portland, OR (2012.07.24)

    [This is a somewhat dry follow-up to Free Geek, a Computer Recycler: Testing the Limits of Reproducing Worker-Managed Enterprises by Jim Johnson, GEO Collective.

    read more

    August 24, 2012

    Welcome to Ubuntu Arizona Loco Team

    If you are interested in Ubuntu or linux or even open source products you are in the right place
    Our Team along with other local groups host local events and training and support. Take a look at our calender
    to find the next events or contact us on IRC on freenode #ubuntu-us-az or just click the link on the upper right support link and pick a user name and join our chat channel. We hold a weekly meeting there and have more events starting up all the time, so check back often. Our installfest are the first saturday of the month and we can help you install Linux operating systems and open source programs. Or there is a server installfest on the third Saturday of the month if you are instersted in Servers. There is a new ubuntu hour on the forth Thursday if you want to meet us and say hi. We will be hosting a 12.10 release Party. see the calender for locations and times and current events

    August 01, 2012

    Ubuntu Village @ FOSSCON Sat August 11th

    Ubuntu Village – All day INSTALLFEST – Bring your or your friends/family laptops or desktops that you would like Linux installed on and the Ubuntu US PA volunteers will assist you with the install.

    Also, refurbished Linux laptops will be available (while supplies last) FREE of charge to SUPPORTER registrants to FOSSCON.

    These laptops are older and refurbished, and will have minimal RAM and 4 gig hd’s. Power supplies will not be provided, but are available at NTR and online.

    Fosscon Registration Info: https://www.wepay.com/events/fosscon-2012

    NTR info: http://ntrweb.org/

    Ubuntu Village volunteers needed and welcome.

    June 06, 2012

    FOSSCON 2012 – Aug 11th Philadelphia

    FOSSCON 2012 August 11th Philadelphia, PA

    Hi ubuntu PA. Below is the announcement for fosscon this summer.  Of special note, Ubuntu-us-pa will be hosting an “ubuntu village” room with install and troubleshooting assistance. Get on over and register for the event :)

    Fosscon 2012 will be held Saturday,August 11th, in the Venturef0rth facility at 417 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA.  This new location provides easy access from Market East station, has elevator access,and cool air conditioning.

    This year’s keynote will be provided by Bradley M. Kuhn, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy,who will be speaking on “Promoting Software Freedom Development  via Non-Profits.”

    Fosscon 2012 is a free and open source software conference, and will include six general interest talks and dozens of smaller talks and workshops on topics including development, community building, hackerspace activities,and more. Learn about 3D printing, security,and protecting your privacy.Network with the local tech community and discover new technologies.The Ubuntu PA group will also be hosting an Ubuntu Village, with experts ready to help you dive into an Ubuntu install and troubleshoot issues.

    Fosscon is also searching for speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for this year’s event.
    For information on speaking, visit http://fosscon.org/speakers.
    For information on sponsoring,visit http://fosscon.org/sponsors.
    For information on exhibiting, visit http://fosscon.org/exhibits.
    For information on the venue, visit http://venturef0rth.com.

    To register for fosscon, visit https://www.wepay.com/events/fosscon-2012. Basic admission is free. Paid admission of $25 helps keep fosscon available to those who are unable to supportus in this way, and will also receive a special gift.

    Thanks for reading. We hope to see you there!
    The fosscon 2012 team.

    April 13, 2012

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / Precise Pangolin Release Party!

    Come celebrate the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ( Precise Pangolin ) with us!



    March 19, 2012

    Help Needed!

    We need a Team Reporter.

    If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BuildingCommunity/TeamReporting

    February 12, 2012

    Bug Jam March 2nd to 4th

    What the heck is a Bug Jam?


    Ok, so now what?

    From Friday March 2nd to Sunday March 4th in IRC at #ubuntu-us-pa on
    freenode we will be working as a group to help with this event.

    On Sunday March 4th from 10am to 6pm at
    Hive76 we will have a Bug Event.

    If you can get out and join us, please do! No experience necessary.

    Heck, even if you want to just hangout, stop on by.

    Event info and Registration


    Just do it!















    January 13, 2012

    Ubuntu User Days Jan 14th-15th 2012

    Ubuntu User Days — This Weekend!
    By pleia2 | Published: 2012-01-11
    This weekend from Saturday 13:30 UTC through Sunday 03:00 UTC the Classroom team will be hosting Ubuntu User Days!
    It’s OVER, but it was a great session.
    And if you did attend, or even if you read the logs, please fill out this survey:

    November 17, 2011

    ABLEconf 2012 Call for Participation

    ABLEconf 2012 Call for Participation

    The annual Arizona Business Liberty Experience Conference (ABLEconf) brings together technology experts and business leaders to discuss how open technologies can help transform Arizona businesses. It is a meeting place where innovative companies can discuss how they have benefited from open source technologies, and where technology experts can gain real-world feedback from business leaders on their latest projects. Previous attendees and presenters represent a wide array of backgrounds, including:

    October 17, 2011

    Ubuntu Open Week Oct 17th-21st

    Ubuntu Open Week

    Ubuntu Open Week


    Takes place from Mon 17 October – Fri 21 October on IRC in #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat.


    Road test our community

    In just seven years, Ubuntu has become one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world with millions of users and a thriving community. Ever wondered what all the fuss is about? How have we achieved such a great feat in such a short space of time? Here’s where you can find out. Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC tuition and Q+A sessions all about getting involved in the rock-and-roll world that is the Ubuntu community. We organise this week for the beginning of a new release cycle to help new contributors get involved.

    Ubuntu Open Week is a series of online workshops where you can:

    • learn about the Ubuntu landscape
    • talk to some of the key developers from the Ubuntu project
    • find out about the Community and its relationship with Canonical
    • participate in an open Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu. (Mark is on vacation this week, but we’ll schedule a separate IRC session with him, stay tuned!)

    Find out more about the Ubuntu DesktopServerKubuntuEdubuntu XubuntuUbuntu StudioMythbuntuUNR, anddownload them.

    Schedule here.


    October 09, 2011

    Welcome to Ubuntu Arizona Loco Team

    If you are interested in Ubuntu or linux or even open source products you are in the right place
    Our Team along with other local groups host local events and training and support. Take a look at our calender
    to find the next events or contact us on IRC on freenode #ubuntu-us-az or just click the link on the upper right
    support link and pick a user name and join our chat channel. We hold a weekly meeting there and have more events
    starting up all the time, so check back often. Our installfest is the last saterday of the month and we can help you install
    Linux operating systems and programs. Or there is a server installfest on the Third Saturday if you are instersted in Servers. We will be hosting a 11.10 release Party on Oct 29 at the installfest. see the calender for locations and times


    September 29, 2011

    September 23, 2011

    Ubuntu User Days Tomorrow!

    User Days

    User Days is a chat-based series of classes in #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net (#ubuntu-classroom-chat for questions). Classes will cover everything from Unity to thecommand line to switching from another OS, check out the full schedule here:


    Full Blog post

    September 05, 2011

    Great Ubuntu/Linux training this week from Ubuntu check it out


    these are done via IRC and a program called Lernid. Please contact me or a Team member on hoe to get these
    free online training classes

    August 26, 2011

    Welcome to our site

    here you will find a lot of good information on Linux and open source information
    Please contact us for more information and join us for our Installfest Saturday
    Aug 27 at UAT presented by azloco/plug see our calender for more info

    August 18, 2011

    Software Freedom Day Event (Philly Region)

    September 17, 2011 “Open-Source 3D Printing” by Members of Hive76

    Philadelphia Area Computer Society SFD Extravaganza
    Supported by Ubuntu US PA Local Community Team.

    3D printing would have been science fiction just a short time ago. Now there are many printers available at affordable prices. Hive76 members will be demonstrating one this month. It’s an open-hardware model using open-source software.

    They have offered to ‘print’ any 3d object that a PACS member makes with Blender (preferred) or Google Sketchup. If there are more objects than time available, members can visit Hive76 open houses to print their ‘things’.

    The September meeting coincides with Software Freedom Day. SFD celebrates Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). If you think FOSS is just Linux, it’s much more than. Free and open source applications exist for Windows, Linux, and Mac desktops see this. The Linux SIG will devote their session to FOSS.

    August 16, 2011


    We have just been Approved by Ubuntu as a official Team for another Two years. YEA!!!!!
    I also want to note that we have 11.04 cd's and azloco email addresses
    if you would like them please see me or a team member in the IRC
    there is a link in the upper right corner or contact me. we are now planning a software freedom day event so stay tuned


    Team Renewal Today!!

    We be renewing our Team with Ubuntu today at 1 PM az time please join us if you can at #ubuntu-meeting on freenode.com please contact if you need help. and we will also be meeting in http://azlocobbb.banditti.com/
    during the meeting. We also have azloco email addresses so if you would like one just contact myself or a team member on #ubuntu-us-az or the link on the right upper tab.

    July 07, 2011

    Software Freedom Day at the 34th Takoma Park Folk Festival

    Assuming everything goes as usual...

    Takoma Park Middle School
    7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Rt. 410)
    Takoma Park, MD

    Festival details at http://tpff.org/.
    Software Freedom Day details at http://softwarefreedomday.org/.

    Ubuntu Global Jam

    Source: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/1011/detail/

    The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 2nd - 4th September 2011 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

    May 03, 2011

    Melbourne/Viera Natty Release Party

    The Florida Team held our second Natty Release Party at the Pizza Gallery in The Avenue at Viera shopping area on May 1, 2011. We have been here at the Pizza Gallery for a previous release party, and we have always enjoyed this venue. Lupine made the arrangements, and everything was ready to roll when [...]

    Orlando Natty Release Party

      On Saturday, April 30, our team held an excellent release party at Panera Bread located off of Vineland Ave. in Orlando. We had 14 total attendees, and enjoyed good food and fellowship while we discussed the new features found in Natty. Munz (Chris) and Bluebomber brought a long a couple of friends and everyone [...]

    April 12, 2011

    Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) Release Party

    Hey Everyone!  We’re having our Natty Narwhal Release Party on Sunday, May 1st, at 6:30 PM.  It will be at Hanson’s Pub – in Washington Park.  You can find more information on the venue here:


    If you wouldn’t mind, please RSVP on our meetup page:


    Thanks!  Looking forwarding to seeing you all there!

    February 22, 2011

    Tucson Installfest arranged for April 2, 2011

    We are glad to announce the UofA / AZ LoCo / PLUG Installfest at the U of A Computer Science Dept.
    in the atrium of a building and floor to be announced shortly. We will be doing full installs and answering Open Source software questions from 10 am to 4 pm. Please RSVP if you are able to attend or need help with anything. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved with us and to have fun meeting other open sourcer's.
    Keep checking back for more details as they become available.

    I have attached a final draft of the Installfest flyer that everyone can and print and distribute.

    RSVP to toddc@azloco.com

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    October 19, 2010

    Bug Jam and Meeting

    Where: 1201 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202
    Borders @ Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, VA

    An opportunity to be seen by more of the unwashed masses and other riff-raff who wander through the mall. ;-) Also, an opportunity for those Virginians who dare not brave the wilds of DC.

    October 12, 2010

    Maverick Release Parties

    10.10.10  was a great success for Ubuntu and for the Florida Team. We have had several release parties, stretching from Melbourne/Viera, down to Miami, and over into Tallahassee where they celebrated their Double Impact  Event (combining the birthday celebration for Ian, with the release of Ubuntu Maverick). Many people were doing in place upgrades, and [...]

    October 08, 2010

    An Appeal to Ubuntu Activists to Help Us Out with Ubuntu Sugar Remix

    On Saturday, October 16 from 1 to 4 pm we will be having a "release party" for Ubuntu Sugar Remix (USR). This is a joint event between the DC OLPC Learning Club (http://olpclearningclub.org) and our own LoCo Team. I'd like to make an appeal to any and all Ubuntu activists who would like to see Ubuntu be more widely used to join us in the development of USR. Adding Sugar to Ubuntu creates a computer for the whole family (see http://proyectojuanchacon.blogspot.com/2010/10/introducing-ubuntu-family...).

    read more

    October 05, 2010

    Ubuntu / Ubuntu Sugar Remix (USR) Release Party w/ OLPC Learning Club

    The Maverick Meerkat (no relation to the Maverick McCain) is rapidly approaching. In a parallel universe, some of our LoCo folks — among them, Luke Faraone and Jeff Elkner — are lobbying, cajoling, and fixing last minute issues with the Ubuntu Sugar Remix (USR) in an effort to get it included in the official set of supported goodies.

    read more

    September 29, 2010

    CPOSC 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010

    CPOSC 2010 is almost here!

    ***Harrisburg Event***

    The Pennsylvania LoCo Team is going to be at  CPOSC again this year! I have sent out a couple of emails on the email list, but have been so far behind due to work and school, that I haven’t had a chance to post it as I would have liked to.   The Central PA Open Source Conference is back again (3rd Annual) at Harrisburg University. Below are the details, there are still tickets available, and once again, I am asking for help (both financial and feet on the ground). It’s going to cost us $100, and I think this is a really valuable venue for promoting Ubuntu and the Pennsylvania LoCo Team. Last year we really had fun and met a lot of very friendly people.

    I’ve posted a PayPal link on my blog and there is one at the bottom of this posting to raise the money. I already have a  $25 dollar donation , and any other amounts would be appreciate (no amount too small, every dollar helps).  I will happily cover whatever we can’t raise.

    I have ordered a conference pack which should arrive by Friday, which will give us some nice loot to distribute. And I hope to see quite a few teammates there. INCLUDING Brian Stempin and Chris Teodorski who will be giving talks (congratulations guys!). Last year Lyz presented and made us all very proud, so this continues to show how our members are on the cutting edge of open source in Pennsylvania!

    Anyone wanting to get together afterward or before, shoot me an email at freelancer317 AT gmail Dot com Last year we got together at ABC (Appalachian Brewing Company a local brewpub/restaurant) afterwards and had a great time (and pretty good beer for the beer drinkers).

    I really look forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

    Here’s the link and information on the event:


    21 Speakers, 3 Tracks, 1 Awesome Day

    CPOSC 2010 is shaping up to be our biggest and best conference yet! Where else can you see over twenty experts in the open source community, with sessions covering everything from system administration to coding and everything in between, all in one day?

    This year’s conference will be on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Harrisburg University in downtown Harrisburg, PA.

    What is CPOSC?

    The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a small, low-cost, one-day conference about all things Open Source. It was started in 2008 by a few of the members of the Central PA Linux User Group and the Central PA Ruby Meetup.

    This year’s conference will be our third annual event.
    When and where is CPOSC 2010?

    CPOSC 2010 will be held at Harrisburg University on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

    What’s the format of the conference?

    There will be 21 speakers divided into 3 tracks, and all sessions will be 50 minutes. You can check out the schedule, but please note that it is subject to change.

    How can I get updates about the conference?

    Follow @cposc on Twitter. That’s the best way to get up-to-the-minute updates regarding the conference. You can also add the blog to your favorite RSS reader.

    Ubuntu at  CPOSC 2010

    September 20, 2010

    Ubuntu Hour – Miami-Dade

    Maddog_2009 and I headed down to a couple of Software Freedom Day 2010 Events, with one thing in mind… Celebrating Software Freedom Day, and  attending Ubuntu Hour – Miami-Dade in honour!!  The first event we attended was locatee on the FAU Boca Raton Campus. The Palm Beach County Linux User Group had a very nice [...]

    September 17, 2010

    SANS Phoenix 2011


    Why SANS for Computer and Information Security Training?

    As the leading organization in computer security training, the SANS Institute is known for providing intensive, immersion training designed to help you and your staff master the practical steps necessary for defending systems and networks.

    We also develop, maintain, and make available at no cost the largest collection of information security research documents and whitepapers about various aspects of information security and operate the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center.

    At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in government agencies, corporations, and universities around the world who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the entire information security community.
    What makes SANS courses the best investment for information security training:

    * They are full of important and immediately useful techniques that you can put to work as soon as you return to your office. That is the SANS Promise.
    * They were developed through a consensus process involving hundreds of administrators, security managers, and information security professionals and address both security fundamentals and the in-depth technical aspects of the most crucial areas of information security.
    * SANS features the best instructors and authors in the industry. To find the best faculty in the world SANS runs a continuous competition for instructors.
    o Last year more than 90 people tried out for the SANS faculty, but only five new instructors were selected.
    * SANS training courses prepare you for the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) which has over 10,000 security professionals who have already proven their skills and knowledge to meet our challenging standards.
    o GIAC is unique in the field of information security certifications because it not only tests a candidate's knowledge but also the candidate's ability to put that knowledge into practice in the real world. Certification is available for our five- and six-day courses, and certificates are available for half-day, one- and two-day classes.

    SANS also offers various formats to fit your schedule and training needs that include both classroom and online options.

    SANS offers courses appropriate for all levels of experience. Whether you are new to computers or looking for advanced technical courses, we have what you need from half-day sessions to intense six-day bootcamp classes.

    Learn about all of our exciting course offerings and which one is best for you!
    The SANS Promise is "You will be able to apply our information security training the day you get back to the office!"
    Check Them Out!

    * Network Security 2010
    * Security Awareness Training
    * Top Cyber Security Risks
    * SANS Reading Room
    * Career Roadmap
    * Storm Center
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    "This is the best group of instructors I've ever been exposed to."
    -Mark Jeanmougin, 53.com
    SANS San Antonio 2010

    Contact us: (301) 654-SANS(7267)
    Monday - Friday 9am-8pm EST/EDT

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    September 16, 2010

    Software Freedom Day 2010

    Just wanted to take a moment to share with all of you that this upcoming Saturday, the 18th of September, is Software Freedom Day 2010. I would like to encourage all of you to go out, celebrate, and spread the word about why all of us love and use Free Software. There are hundreds of [...]

    August 28, 2010

    Software Freedom Day needs Volunteers!!

    Software Freedom Day is coming up again soon. PLUG and the AZ LoCo will be working together to do something to celebrate this. If you are interested at all in helping with this please let Scott Gwin know by emailing j.scott.gwin@ubuntu.com and/or emailing Dennis Kibbe at denninsk@linuxquestions.net. More info can be found at:
    http://softwarefreedomday.org/ . Info may be coming in the near future at the PLUG website: http://plug.phoenix.az.us/.

    Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere! The non-profit organization Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.


    1. to celebrate software freedom and the people behind it
    2. to foster a general understanding of software freedom, and encourage adoption of free software and open standards
    3. to create more equal access to opportunities through the use of participatory technologies
    4. to promote constructive dialogue on responsibilities and rights in the information society
    5. to be inclusive of organizations and individuals that share our Vision
    6. to be pragmatic, transparent, and responsible as an organization

    Dear all, this is with a lot of struggles that we have finally managed to open the SFD 2010 registration! As you can see there is still a lot of ongoing work on the site, and this includes a New Wiki where you can create your team page, a new home page for all the information about Software Freedom International and other generic and important stuff and much more to come. I want to particularly thank Thilo, JM, Matt and Robert for helping out as well as our web infrastructure sponsors, that is Canonical and Linode for providing our little corner on the web. Due to the delay there will only be 10 days to get free CDs this year, so don't slack! And happy SFD preparations! Oh and by the way, the direct link to registering your team is here http://cgi.softwarefreedomday.org/register.html after reading the StartGuide and creating your team page of course.

    August 26, 2010

    Greater Philadephia Area Geeknic Saturday, Sept 11th

    It’s time for another Geeknic, this one will be happening in Oaks, PA, just off of route 422 for easy access from the suburbs and the city.

    We’ll be gathering at Lower Perkiomen Park for food, games, and fun from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday Sept 11th, 2010.  The location includes various sports fields, playgrounds, and walking trails, and there are a few geocaches near our location as well.  The event is free and food will be provided in a potluck fashion: we ask that attendees bring something along with them.   You can indicate what you will bring on the wiki when signing up.

    Our last picnic geeknic was in the summer of 2009, and you can see pictures here.

    Head over to http://wiki.geeknic.org/index.php/Lower_Perkiomen_Geeknic to sign up.  Contact jonathand@geeknic.org with any questions.

    August 14, 2010

    Monitor Services with Nagios on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid)

    I found this howto for installing Nagios on Linode and thought I'd share it after using it to successfully install and configure Nagios.

    Author: Amanda Folson
    Published: May 26, 2010

    Nagios is a flexible monitoring system framework that makes it possible to maintain consistent monitoring of a broad range of infrastructural components. Many users use Nagios to monitor a broad range of network services over protocols that include SMTP and POP3 (email), HTTP (web), ICMP (ping), and SSH. In addition to simple uptime monitoring, Nagios also contains features for advanced notification and graphing as well as an extensible plugin architecture that allows users to develop simple plugins for accessing unique monitoring information and providing customized reports.
    Before beginning this document, we assume that you have followed our getting started guide and LAMP Guide to achieve a fully functional LAMP stack on your Linode. If you're new to Linux system administration, you may also want to consider the administration basics article in our using linux series.
    These instructions work with the Linode platform. If you don't have a Linode yet, sign up for a Linux VPS and get started today.

    Prepare for Nagios Installation

    Ensure that your system's package repository and installed packages are up to date by issuing the following commands:
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    Install Dependencies
    Before we can begin installing Nagios, we must first install several prerequisites. Issue the following command:
    apt-get install build-essential php5-gd wget libgd2-xpm libgd2-xpm-dev
    Create Users and Groups
    Create a new system user account to run Nagios under. Issue the following commands:
    adduser --system --no-create-home --disabled-login --group nagios
    groupadd nagcmd
    usermod -G nagcmd nagios
    usermod -a -G nagcmd www-data
    Now we're ready to continue with the installation of Nagios itself.
    Install Nagios
    Download Nagios Software
    Begin by downloading the latest version of the Nagios Core. At the time of writing the latest version of Nagios is 3.2.1, but be sure that you are downloading the latest version by checking the Nagios download page. Issue the following command:
    cd /opt/
    wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/nagios/nagios-3.2.1.tar.gz
    Next, download the official plugin package for Nagios. At the time of writing this is version 1.4.14, but check the Nagios plugin download page to ensure that this remains the latest version. Issue the following commands:
    cd /opt/
    wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/nagiosplug/nagios-plugins...
    Build and Install Nagios Core
    Issue the following command to extract, compile and install the Nagios Core software:
    tar -xzvf /opt/nagios-3.2.1.tar.gz
    cd /opt/nagios-3.2.1
    ./configure --with-command-group=nagcmd

    make all
    make install
    make install-init
    make install-config
    make install-commandmode
    Configure Nagios Core
    Begin by editing the /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/contacts.cfg file's email field, according to the example below:
    File excerpt: /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/contacts.cfg
    define contact{
    contact_name nagiosadmin ; Short name of user
    use generic-contact ; Inherit default values from generic-contact template (defined above)
    alias John Doe ; Full name of user

    email nagiosuser@ducklington.org ; <<***** CHANGE THIS TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ******
    Issue the following commands to configure the web interface for Nagios:
    cd /opt/nagios-3.2.1
    make install-webconf
    Now issue the following command to create a password for the nagiosadmin user. To learn more about HTTP Authentication consider our documentation. You will use this password to log into the Nagios administration panel when it is configured.
    htpasswd -c /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users nagiosadmin
    Now reload the configuration of the web server by issuing the following command:
    /etc/init.d/apache2 reload
    Before we continue with the web configuration of Nagios we need to install the default plugins for Nagios.
    Build and install Nagios Plugins
    To install and configure the Nagios plugins, issue the following commands to extract, build, and install them:
    cd /opt/
    tar xzf /opt/nagios-plugins-1.4.14.tar.gz
    cd /opt/nagios-plugins-1.4.14

    ./configure --with-nagios-user=nagios --with-nagios-group=nagios
    make install
    We're now ready to run Nagios for the first time and continue with the configuration process!
    Running Nagios
    Issue the following command to ensure that Nagios will be restarted following a system boot.
    chmod +x /etc/init.d/nagios
    /usr/sbin/update-rc.d -f nagios defaults
    Run the following command to check your Nagios configuration file for errors:
    /usr/local/nagios/bin/nagios -v /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg
    Any errors will be shown in red. If everything is okay, you may issue the following command to start Nagios for the first time:
    /etc/init.d/nagios start
    Now you can access the web based administration and reporting tools by visiting http://ducklington.org/nagios/, where ducklington.org refers to your Linode's default virtual host. You may also access this interface by visiting where is the IP address of your Linode. You will need to authenticate with the nagiosadmin user you created earlier.
    Configure Nagios Alerts
    A great deal of the power of Nagios is its ability to send notifications and alerts of the status of the components of your network on a very granular level. While most of this fine grained configuration is beyond the scope of this document, we have outlined some basic notification systems below.
    Installing Prerequsites to send Mail Alerts
    Before Nagios can send Alerts by way of email, basic mail services need to be installed. Issue the following command:
    apt-get install mailutils postfix
    When the installation process prompts you to define the type of mail setup you're running, select "Internet Site." You will also want to specify the machine specific hostname for this server during the installation process. Next, we'll need to update the path to the mail binary in the Nagios command file. Change both references from /bin/mail to /usr/bin/mail. The relevant section of this file should look like this:
    File: /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/commands.cfg
    define command{
    command_name notify-host-by-email
    command_line /usr/bin/printf "%b" "***** Nagios *****\n\nNotification Type: $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$\nHost: $HOSTNAME$\nState: $HOSTSTATE$\nAddress: $HOSTADDRESS$\nInfo: $HOSTOUTPUT$\n\nDate/Time: $LONGDATETIME$\n" | /usr/bin/mail -s "** $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$ Host Alert: $HOSTNAME$ is $HOSTSTATE$ **" $CONTACTEMAIL$

    # 'notify-service-by-email' command definition
    define command{
    command_name notify-service-by-email
    command_line /usr/bin/printf "%b" "***** Nagios *****\n\nNotification Type: $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$\n\nService: $SERVICEDESC$\nHost: $HOSTALIAS$\nAddress: $HOSTADDRESS$\nState: $SERVICESTATE$\n\nDate/Time: $LONGDATETIME$\n\nAdditional Info:\n\n$SERVICEOUTPUT$" | /usr/bin/mail -s "** $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$ Service Alert: $HOSTALIAS$/$SERVICEDESC$ is $SERVICESTATE$ **" $CONTACTEMAIL$
    Issue the following command to restart Nagios and put the changes into effect:
    /etc/init.d/nagios restart
    You will now be able to successfully configure and send email alerts using Nagios.
    Configuring Basic IRC Notifications
    You can also configure Nagios to send notifications to an IRC channel. Issue the following commands to download, extract, and build the IRC bot:
    cd /opt/
    wget http://www.vanheusden.com/nagircbot/nagircbot-0.0.29b.tgz
    tar -zxvf /opt/nagircbot-0.0.29b.tgz
    cd /opt/nagircbot-0.0.29b
    make install
    You are now ready to run the bot, however you will need to specify some parameters such as the IRC network and channel. For a list of parameters, issue the following command:
    nagircbot -h
    Now to start the Nagios IRC bot issue the nagircbot command. See the following example as a starting point. Replace irc.ducklington.net with the domain of your IRC network, and #bucknell with the name of the IRC channel to which you would like to send notifications. Replace nagircbot with the desired nickname for your bot, and ident and realname with the ident and real name strings for the IRC bot.
    nagircbot -f /usr/local/nagios/var/status.dat -s irc.duckligton.net:6667 -c \#bucknell -C -n nagircbot -u ident -U realname -I 900
    In the above example, "-f /usr/local/nagios/var/status.dat" tells the bot where to get status updates. The "-C" flag will allow the bot to send colored messages to the channel depending on the status of the service. When services are down, red status messages are displayed, and these messages turn green when the service has recovered. Warnings are displayed in yellow, but do not typically represent a critical status. The "-I 900" parameter tells the bot to send a status message to the channel every 900 seconds (or 15 minutes). For example, the bot may send something like "Critical: 0, warning: 1, ok: 6, up: 2, down: 0, unreachable: 0, pending: 0", which indicates that there are no critical messages and 1 warning.
    These two examples only scratch the surface of the kinds of monitoring and notifications that are possible with Nagios. Explore the resources listed below and the administrative interface for more information regarding the setup and configuration of Nagios. Congratulations on your new Nagios monitoring and notification system!

    This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please feel free to redistribute unmodified copies of it as long as attribution is provided, preferably via a link to this page.

    July 29, 2010

    Software Freedom Day at the 33rd Takoma Park Folk Festival

    2010-09-12 10:30
    2010-09-12 18:30

    Still waiting for confirmation (as of 2010.07.29), but if the check is eventually cashed by festival officials, we'll be tabling once again at the Takoma Park Folk Festival.

    Takoma Park Middle School
    7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Rt. 410)
    Takoma Park, MD

    Festival details at http://tpff.org/.
    Software Freedom Day details at http://softwarefreedomday.org/.

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    Open Source for Orgs presentation from 2008

    Attached is a pair of PDF's created from a presentation by Kevin Cole, Mackenzie Morgan, and Nick Wheeler on February 23, 2008. The OpenOffice.org presentation is also available, but the configuration here maxes out at 1 MB per upload, and the presentation weighs in at 4.1 MB. C'est la vie.

    July 21, 2010

    Sunday night meeting

    The votes are in and the overwhelming response is that we should move the Sunday Night Meeting to 7:00pm MST. According to the emails I've received we should be seeing a rise in the number of participants in our weekly meetings; I hope so. So, starting this week, July 25th, the new meeting time will be 7:00. Put it on your calendars and please come. It should be fun.

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