Originally written by Rob McCready on the CPLUG message board.

Some people have asked me to compile a history (as best I remember it) of
the Cal Poly Linux Users Group. This will by no means be complete as I was
not there for every single event, although I could often be found nearby.Fall 1996-1998:
Netscape was king, Internet Explorer was that crappy knockoff
Microsoft licensed from Spyglass. The Internet boom was just starting and
no one knew how crazy it was going to get. To give you an idea of where
technology was at I built a new computer to take with me to Cal Poly for
 	2GB SCSI2 HD (this plus the controller card broke the bank)
 	2MB Video card
 	ISA dual fan card (as advertized used in Desert Storm) because I
feared over heating.
 	Combo 10BaseT/10Base2 network card, and yes I used 10Base2
 	2x CDROM (not writer)
Man, that computer kicked ass. During the the Week of Welcome
(WOW) I found a flyer about a Free Your Machine (FYM) event for that
Saturday. I didn't know at the time but this was the first FYM. I
installed Slackware which was on par with RedHat at the time.
The first FYM announcement.
This was not CPLUG, but the Underground Student Support Network
(USSN) as far as I can tell the grandfather of CPLUG. I am unclear on who
all was involved but Daniel Kerry Hiltgen seemed to be the ringleader and
deserves as much credit as I can offer.
USSN website archive.org:
The world was starting to catch on to Linux. The USSN was still
active on campus with FYMs every so often. IEEE-CS seemed largely Linux
based and was (in my opinion) the center of Linux activity on campus where
the core foundation of CPLUG was meeting and conspiring. My personal
recollection of IEEE-CS puts Matthew Dupuy and Chad Tindel near the
center at this time. Paul Reed showed up in 97/98 (might have been 98/99),
Kevin Kress, Philip Shuman, Brian Kurotsuchi and of course myself were are
involved in varying ways. I am certainly forgetting some people as well.
There was talk of a CPLUG starting in late 1998 and I am sure some
of the paperwork was filled out then. The first meeting was Febuary 1999
we had the people that rendered Titanic (on a linux cluster) do a
presentation in the B5 room of bldg 52.
Because of the early IEEE roots of CPLUG the web/mail server was
initially hosted off of an EE subdomain, back when the EE department had
unix machines and admins that had a clue. For a long time the server was a
donated frankenbox running hiden in the SDL (20-115) room.
Early website archives:
Chad Tindel was the first president of the LUG, I can't remember the other
officers. Most likely some combination of the people named above (except
me, I never served in any official capacity).
In the early years we had Rasterman (The Enlightenment guy) from
VA Linux at the time, and others do presentations, since Silicon Valley
was flush with cash sending people to CalPoly to present and recruit was
not a big deal.
Paul Reed served as president, Kevin Kress as VP, Phil Shuman as
just about everything else. Also was the hay day of the SDL before the EE
students reclaimed it for pathetic activities such as studying, tutoring
and other academic trivialities.
I also wandered away from Cal Poly in June of 2001 so things get
fuzzy afterwards.
John Kew was Prez, Paul as VP?, Caleb Clarke as treasurer and lead
Ryan Joseph as prez?
So others will have to correct where I am wrong and fill in what I'm
missing so far. Its been a long fun 10 years so far. :)


Unknown. Can you help us?


  • President: Red Wagner
  • Vice President: Derek
  • Secretary: Rowen & Seth
  • Treasurer: David Sharp
  • Master of What’s Going On: Jimson Xu
  • Webmaster: Keith
  • Distro of the Year: Ubuntu
  • Unofficial “Year of the CSL”
  • Trivia Night!


  • President: Josh Lange
  • Vice President: Erik Carpenter
  • Secretary: Nat Welch
  • Treasurer: Mark Gius
  • Master of What’s Going On: Michelle Khuu
  • Webmaster: Nat Welch
  • Return of the SAN and http://mirrors.calpoly.edu
  • Invasion of the Female LUGers

2008-2010: The Dark Ages

  • President: Austin Hendrix (trainman)
  • VP: Timothy Goya (tuxdev)


  • President: Corey Farwell
  • Vice President: Michael LeKander


  • President: Michael LeKander
  • Distro of the Year: Linux Mint


  • President: Corey Farwell
  • Vice President: Corey Ford
  • Secretary: Kevin Stein
  • “Webmaster”: Michael LeKander
  • Lots of collaboration with The White Hat in this era


  • President: Corey Ford
  • Vice President: Peter Faiman
  • Treasurer: Robin Choudhury
  • Secretary/Webmaster: Michael LeKander
  • Chief party coordinator: Corey Farwell


  • President: Jacob Hladky
  • Vice President: Vignesh Kalidas
  • Treasurer: Robin Choudhury
  • Industrial Relations: Corey Ford
  • FYM returns to the Networks Lab and experiments with a weekly form


  • President: Jeff McGovern
  • Vice President: Vignesh Kalidas
  • Treasurer: Corey Ford


  • President: Jim Heald
  • Vice President: Leah Torres
  • Treasurer: Jasper Kahn
  • Secretary: Nick Gonella