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FYM Spring 2014

Free Your Machine Spring 2014

Come to 20-124 (The networks lab in Engineering East) between 10am — 2pm this Saturday, May 3, to release your computer from the bonds of proprietary software, and come into the light that is FOSS!
Anyone is welcome to come, from the guy who vaguely understands what linux is, to the programmer who is tired of Debian and wants to try Gentoo instead.

Stop by this Saturday and see what your computer is really capable of! We currently install Linux Mint 16 and Ubuntu 14.04. We can also assist with the installation of more advanced distros by request.

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PGP/GPG Tutorial and Keysigning Party

When: Thursday, 2013-11-14, 5:00PM
Where: 14-232B
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In place of a general meeting this week, come learn how to use PGP encryption to communicate securely.

We’ll explain some of the ideas behind PGP, then demonstrate using GnuPG and Enigmail to create a public/private key pair and exchange encrypted email. Finally, we can all sign each other’s keys to expand the so-called “web of trust”.

To participate, please bring:
1. A photo ID. Your Cal Poly ID or driver’s license will do.
2. A computer with Thunderbird installed and configured for your email account: http://www.getthunderbird.com/


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IPython Tech Talk

When: Wednesday, November 20, 6:10pm
Where: 180-113
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Update: Video and slides

IPython is an interactive computing environment especially for the Python programming language.

In this talk, Dr. Brian Granger will discuss IPython’s features, history, and applications to scientific computing. Dr. Granger is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Cal Poly and a core developer of the IPython project.

Bring your laptop to install and play with IPython yourself after the talk.

Hope to see you there!

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General Meeting

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Our first general meeting of this quarter (indeed, our first in some years) will be this Thursday, October 17 at 5pm in 14-232B (inside the CSL).

Come with your questions and knowledge about anything Linux-related.

We’ll also discuss upcoming events, and eat pizza (thanks iFixit!).

Finally, we’ll have a bit of meta-planning of future meetings.

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FYM Fall 2013

What: Free Your Machine
When: Saturday, October 5, 9am-1pm
Where: 197-204 (Security Lab)
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Update: UEFI lessons learned

Come have CPLUG install Linux on your computer! We can also troubleshoot any Linux related problems you have, or you can even just show up to hang out.

We will dual boot your machine with Linux Mint (an excellent Linux distribution) so you won’t lose your current OS. We’ll have Linux Mint 15 and Ubuntu 13.04 disks/flash drives on hand, and we can help you install another distribution if you bring your own installation media.

Free Fatte’s pizza will be available, courtesy of our friends at iFixit. They’re hiring for internships!

If you have any questions about the event or Linux in general, chat with us on IRC.

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