Welcome to the Sarnia-Lambton Linux Users Group - SLLUG

This group is dedicated to the proliferation and advocacy of open source software in the Sarnia-Lambton area. We meet monthly to discuss and learn about Linux and other Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS).

The GNU/Linux system is an alternative operating system for multiple hardware platforms that has been licensed under a series of permissive open source software licenses. These licenses allow users to collaborate together openly to build a better system.

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Several members have asked, “How can I help out?”

We accept donations of time, money, and equipment. If you would like to share funds please add funds to our PayPal Pool or arrange other donation methods with Len Payne (len.payne@sllug.ca).


Ongoing meetings will be held on the Third Monday of the month (eg- Aug 20th, 2018).

Since the start of 2018, we hold monthly topical events, with a mix of discussion on a specific FLOSS topic, and a mix of non-specific networking and camaraderie.

Meetings are free to attend for all time, for all participants. Interested participants of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. We ask that attendees under the age of 13 bring along an interested adult.

Upcoming Meetings

August 19th, 2019 - Organizing Fall Events

On August 19th, 2019 at 7:30pm, we encourage all open-source-minded people to join us at Stoke’s Inland:

Stoke's Inland Grill and Bar
1202 Lambton Mall Road, Sarnia, ON N7S 5R6

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There is no set agenda for this meeting, but we have discussed loosely working on some technical events for the fall. We shall continue discussing them!

Past Meetings

April, May, June and July, 2019 - Regular Meetings

Contrary to the state of this website, we did in fact meet in April, May, June and July.

Regular meetings are continuing to happen on the Third Monday of the month, and meetings have been held at 7:30pm at Stoke’s Inland:

Stoke's Inland Grill and Bar
1202 Lambton Mall Road, Sarnia, ON N7S 5R6

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This is a reminder that our discussions are fairly free-formed, and if you, as a member, would like to lead a discussion or show off a cool new technology, we would love to see it.

If you’d like to reach us to learn more about Linux or Open Source tech, reach out to the Sarnia Tech Community where we have a #sllug channel on the Slack chatroom.

March 9th, 2019 - 2nd Annual InstallFest

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Join us Saturday March 9th, 2019 for the Sarnia-Lambton Linux Users Group InstallFest. You don’t need to be a computer guru or even a power user. We will introduce you to Open Source technologies and teach you how to harness them.

There will be activities for all levels of user, from the day-to-day web browser to the grey beard.

Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day. Seating is limited.



An opportunity to explore a variety of operating systems. Maybe you’ve thought of running Linux on your desktop, or you want to build a home theatre PC but would like some guidance.


Already have some system skills? Come out and learn how to build web servers, database servers and other important systems that can be consumed by Track 1 and make the internet go


Be a part of the team that creates the virtual private cloud and container system that the Intermediates use to setup services.

We will be providing desktops, servers and software for all of this to work as well as a few key people who’ve done this sort of thing before to help guide everyone.

Register at EventBrite to guarantee a spot.

The event is held at Lambton College, in room D1-204 on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 10am to 5pm.

Lambton College
1457 London Road, Sarnia, ON N7S 6K4

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February 18th, 2019 - Open Source Family

NOTE: New Time 7:30pm
EXTRA NOTE: New Location!!! Crabby Joe’s

On Monday, February 18th at 7:30pm, you are invited to meet at Crabby Joe’s with whoever will show up on the holiday. We will be discussing general open source topics, and laying out jobs, tasks and prep necessary for our next InstallFest.

Bring an open mind and some open source and we’ll see you there.

The event will held at 7:30pm on February 18th at Crabby Joe’s:

Crabby Joe's Sarnia
1249 London Road, Sarnia, ON N7S 4T3

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January 21st, 2019 - Community Outreach

On Monday, January 21st at 7:00pm, you are invited to meet at Lambton College in meeting room A2-126 (this used to be room L211.) Parking is no longer monitored after 6pm, so parking is free. The easiest access is at the south end of the parking lot, into the newly renovated Centre of Excellence. Go up to the second floor, and the meeting room is wrapped around the corner.

If you’re unsure where to go, please reach out to Len or another member of the group, or refer to the campus maps.

The goal of this meeting is to collaborate on an outreach strategy, including but not limited to:

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

More Past Meetings

See more past meetings in the meetings archives:


Quarterly, we will have “InstallFest” events. At these events, experienced users will guide newcomers through the installation process on a BYOD (bring your own device) basis, or using donated hardware as available. Installation options may include: Windows 10 bash, virtual machines, dual-boot, cloud server installs, open source hardware installs (ie- Raspberry Pi) and others.

Other advocacy events will be scheduled sporadically throughout the year, including but not limited to:

Friends and Family

SLLUG is a friend and follower of the Sarnia Tech Community. Go check out the Sarnia Tech Community on Facebook or join them on Slack by signing up to be a Sarnia Tech Community member.


The SLLUG can be reached by contacting Len Payne through Twitter, or E-Mail.

We are also currently occupying #sllug on Freenode if you’d like to chat.

Check out our Members Page to reach out to learn about other members and find ways to reach them.