Fall 2021 Week 5

Events Oct 17, 2021

Happy Week 5! You're almost halfway through the quarter! I believe in you!

FYM on Sunday!

We will be hosting an FYM (Free Your Machine) next Sunday (2021 October 24) from 11 am - 3 pm in room 197-204 (Bonderson, Sec Lab)! Just like last week, we will have free pizza. We host these meetings regularly, and you're not obligated to stay for the whole time.

We can help with anything Linux-related, ranging from basic UNIX/Linux help, including the UNIX servers and VPN access, to setting up your Linux environment up in a virtual machine or dual boot. We'll even help with any CPE 357 woes you have!

If you have any other questions about the club or Linux, feel free to come and talk to other members of the club. Hope to see you all there!

Recap of FYM on 10/17

  • We had pizza!
  • We looked at The Waite Group's UNIX Primer Plus 2nd Edition, a manual for Berkeley UNIX Version 4.3, which had its final release in 1995.
  • We discussed our favorite...
    • Distros: Most people use Arch Linux. There was also Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, NixOS.
    • Editors: Most people use Vim, Visual Studio Code, Sublime, or a combination of those. Surprisingly, no one here uses Emacs. If you use Emacs, please come. Otherwise, the Vim users will take over.
    • Programming languages: Languages people like include C, C++, Rust, Python, Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, Dart, and Go. Surprisingly, there were no English users.
  • We also discussed Windows Subsystem on Linux.
  • We discussed how we manage our configs, like dotfile repos and Nix flakes.
  • We discussed some of the details of Arch Linux package management.
  • Some of us also did homework, or worked on our own apps.

Upcoming Tech Talk(s)

  • Why use NixOS? - Astrid Yu, date TBD

For a list of our previous talks, see https://cplug.org/tag/technical-talks/. If you would like to give a technical talk, please send us an email ([email protected]), or message one of the officers via Discord or Slack!


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