The North Bay Linux® Users' Group is a computer users group serving the San Francisco North Bay and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to Linux, Open Source and other related topics. We strive to promote Linux, Free Software, open standards and to generally have a good time by hosting social events that educate, allow members to share ideas and knowledge and to build friendships.

We hold regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month with a selected topic presented by a guest speaker. We also hold other meetings and events on a regular or semi-regular basis. Meetings and membership are free and open to the public. Please sign up for the announce email list to receive notifications of upcoming events. Or the talk list to get help with Linux.

General meeting 2014-04-08 - SteamOS

2014/04/08 7:30 pm
2014/04/08 9:00 pm

I'll be firing up my SteamOS box (built from various pieces I cobbled together) and demonstrating this distribution based on Debian Wheezy that's designed for a 10-foot experience, i.e. sitting on a couch. I'll be showing how Valve configured the OS and how XBMC and even Netflix support can be added. I'm almost positive there will be some 4-player local co-op going on by the end of the meeting. In other words, expect a live demo - there's no need for slides for *this* presentation! :)

Linux in School: Starting Kids Early

2014/03/11 7:30 pm
2014/03/11 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jordan Erickson
Location: O'Reilly Media

Kids are exposed to computers and other technology very early in school. What better place to demonstrate the benefits of Linux and Open Source Software than here? Speaker Jordan Erickson will talk about his experiences with helping bring Linux to several local Sonoma County schools and after school programs, and how you can do the same.

General meeting 2014-02-11: An Introduction to Debian Packaging

2014/02/11 7:30 pm

Speaker: Tom Most
Location: O'Reilly Media

Tom Most will be presenting "An Introduction to Debian Packaging". This talk is aimed at developers and system administrators who wish to deploy applications to Debian and Ubuntu systems. Topics include the structure of a .deb, writing debian/control files, and use of debhelper and dh_make.

Comment from Allan: This should be of interest to anyone who uses a distribution that relies on .deb package management. See you there!

Pi to Game Console Tool-Assisted Speedruns

2013/12/10 7:30 pm
2013/12/10 9:00 pm

Speaker: Allan Cecil
Location: O'Reilly Media

Description:
A Raspberry Pi, connected to a custom PCB with a PIC microcontroller, connected to... a game console's controller port? In this presentation, Allan will talk about the Tool-Assisted Speedrun community from http://tasvideos.org, game console emulators in Linux, Raspberry Pi GPIO serial interface capabilities, PCB design, reverse-engineering, and how a TAS can be an artform.
There will be plenty of technical details but the presentation should be enjoyable by all, with demonstrations of games being played perfectly using tools to overcome the limitations of human reflexes and a finale of taking complete control of an unmodified Super Nintendo using only the controller input.

GnuPGP and PGP encryption

2013/10/08 7:30 pm
2013/10/08 9:00 pm

GnuPG is the free open source version of the OpenPGP standard.
GPG can be used to encrypt and/or digitally sign files for secure
storage or email. I'll cover creating GPG keys and using
them for encryption and signing.

MK802, Bringing Linux Home to the Masses

2013/08/13 7:30 pm
2013/08/13 9:00 pm

This talk will cover a introduction of mini-computing at home using Linux.
Topics covered will include Rikomagic's MK802 and MK802II based on the
All-winner A10 Chip set and Android operating system. There will be a brief
introduction to the Dalvik VM, an overview of Hardware specifications,
comparisons of similar devices, as well as a demonstration of stock and
custom images. Recently restricted releases of Chromecast by Google have
prompted a revisit to hardware that is Linux-friendly and ships with
access to root. Active participation for this talk is encouraged, so if you

General Meeting: Automobiles and Linux

2013/07/09 7:30 pm
2013/07/09 9:00 pm

Speaker: Alison Chaiken
Location: O'Reilly Media

Linux developers play a major role in bringing forth the surprisingly
near-term technology of autonomous vehicles. The talk will present
lessons from a few years of work on vehicular SW and make the case
that automotive software will have an outsized societal impact.
Imminent decisions by government and private industry will influence
how long-running problems like privacy and security play out in this
new space. What code is important in automotive Linux, and what's it

General Meeting : Lightning Talks

2013/06/11 7:30 pm
2013/06/11 9:00 pm

Lightning Talks
According to Wikipedia: A Lightning talk is a short presentation given
at a conference or similar forum. Unlike other presentations, lightning
talks last only a few minutes and several will usually be delivered in
a single period by different speakers.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to talk about Linux.
Which distro are you running?
What hardware are you running Linux on?
What projects are you working on?
We want to hear about it.

A sign up form will be provided at the beginning of the meeting for
anyone wanting to give a lightning talk.

General Meeting: DNSSEC

2013/05/14 7:30 pm
2013/05/14 9:00 pm

Speaker: Kyle Rankin
Location: O'Reilly Media

Like IPv6, DNSSEC is one of those great ideas that just hasn't seen widespread adoption yet. That's a shame because it turns out it's not that difficult to deploy DNSSEC for a domain once you have the basic concepts down. In this talk Kyle will talk about general security issues that have plagued DNS over the years, how DNSSEC addresses some of them, how DNSSEC works, and finally how to deploy DNSSEC yourself.

General Meeting: The NAND in Nand2Tetris

2013/02/12 7:30 pm
2013/02/12 9:00 pm

Speakers: Bill Marlin and Allan Cecil
Location: O'Reilly Media

This unique talk will cover the NAND part of the open source
http://nand2tetris.org project, which has an aim of showing how to build a
general-purpose computer system from the ground up. This talk will take
advantage of the Nand2Tetris hardware simulator running under Linux to delve
into how NAND gates alone can be used to build other logic gates and complex
circuits. The talk's focus and depth will be driven by audience feedback

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