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 make arrangements with Len Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ongoing meetings will be held on the Third Monday of the month (eg- Aug 20th, 2018).
Since re-opening post-pandemic, SLLUG has been meeting at 7:30pm on the Third Monday at Two Amigos in Sarnia at 914 Murphy Road.
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.
We use the Sarnia Tech Community’s Slack instance to communicate outside of meetings, and have had a few interesting conversations.
March 18th, 2023 - InstallFest
The goal of this event is to offer a chance for users to work with free (as in freedom) open source software. This software is used every day, in devices all around you. The site you’re viewing this through is built on free and open source software like Linux.
Come learn more about it!
This event will be audience-driven, but possible activities will include:
- Installing Linux to a RaspberryPi and connecting sensors to the GPIO ports
- Installing a Linux Desktop Environment to a desktop computer for personal use
- Advanced Linux Installation (Gentoo/Arch/Debian Minimal) in a VM or to hardware
Experienced users will be available to guide small groups through individual activities and to answer questions.
The event will be from 10-5 on Saturday, March 18th, in room D1-204 in the new building at Lambton College.
You can expect fun, food, and freedom. All for the low-low price of free so that you can learn more about free software (as in liberty.)
Activities will be available for Installers of all skill levels, from:
- Beginner (“I’ve never heard of this, please tell me more”), to
- Intermediate (“I’ve been meaning to install Gentoo one of these days”), to
- Advanced (“Let’s build a small business server including e-mail, web server, and logins”)
You can bring your own device and install Linux on that, or use one of our loaners kindly donated by the School of Computer Studies at Lambton College.
- 10:00 - 10:15 Networking and Coffee Kickstart
- 10:15 - 10:30 Introduction to Open Source and SLLUG
- 10:30 - 12:00 Group Activities Commence
- 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch (free as in pizza)
- 12:30 - 2:30 Group Activities Continue
- 2:30 - 3:00 Wrap-Up and Next Steps
Location is Room D1-204 at Lambton College.
Lunch will provided.
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:
- Open Source Debates
- Guest Speakers
- Conferences and Conventions
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 the Sarnia Tech Slack 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.