Columbia-Area Linux Users Group

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The Columbia-Area Linux Users Group (CALUG) is a friendly informal group of Columbia-area residents who share an interest in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in general, and Linux in particular. The CALUG meets at 7:00PM on the second Wednesday of each month. Like the software that interests us, our meetings are free - and open to everyone.

OmniTI is extending the courtesy of hosting the CALUG meetings at its Fulton Maryland office, conveniently located at:

11830 West Market Place, Suite F
Fulton, MD 20759

Meeting attendees should park in front of the OmniTI building and walk to the back of the building where they can enter thru an entrance labeled 'G' which opens into the meeting room (regular attendees will notice entrance-G is now surrounded by large planters encircling patio tables). You will know you are at the right place if you see otherwise non-threatening muppets engaging in Reservoir Dogs-type activity. OmniTI is located in the office park north-east of the Firestone building, which in turn sits north-east of the Harris Teeter building.

All interested in FOSS are welcome to join the CALUG at our February 10th meeting for a fun and informal exchange of technical knowledge. Chuck Frain is scheduled to give an immediately useful OpenVPN presentation:

The most frequent concern raised during and after the home-networking focused CALUG meeting last month was the subject of remote network access. It was learned not everyone prefers to port-forward ssh to a computer on their home-network, configure a local proxy for apps and the OS, and take other such actions to gain secure remote access to their home-network. In response Chuck setup an OpenVPN server on his home-network and created a slide presentation of the setup process and the issues he encountered/overcame during that process. Chuck will present this information and discuss the benefits of using a VPN in various situations. Chuck's presentation is focused on using OpenVPN in a home environment but the information is equally applicable to small business utilization of OpenVPN. The presentation will not cover the underlying cryptographic technology used by OpenVPN except to possibly answer specific questions Chuck receives beforehand via email regarding that technology.

Regarding the scheduling of CALUG presentations; Please contact Chuck Frain if you have a FOSS technology to present to a friendly group in a relaxed environment. The presentation schedule is open and flexible:

If you are interested in giving a talk or have a topic you would like to discuss, please let me know. We can accommodate our traditional one topic meeting or if a few people have shorter presentations or topics, we can do it that way as well. This is a great forum for novice speakers to practice their skills!

Please join us for pizza and soda between 6:30PM and the 7:00PM start of the February meeting. We do not currently have a pizza/soda sponsor. If you or someone you know is interested sponsoring food and drink for the CALUG please contact Chuck Frain. Until a new sponsor is found those persons partaking in the food and drink will be asked (but not required) to make a small donation to help offset the cost. All donations exceeding the actual food and drink cost will be applied to the next month's food and drink costs.


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