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Upcoming Meetings and Events

November Meeting: Setting up a VPS

Date: November 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin (Woodroffe) P201

Tonight's meeting is about setup and use of servers.

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Setting up an inexpensive VPS

Speaker: John C. Nash

Needing to be able to run Subversion to support my writing, with an existing need for static web pages and mail forwarding for two addresses, I took advice of both OCLUG members and the manager of my previous hosting (who could not support Subversion) and set up a VPS on I will walk through the process with the ups and downs. Some issues remain concerning hardening postfix for which discussion is welcome. While I've run a few servers over the years, this is my first time with postfix as well as some other aspects of server management, while other tasks were very straightforward for me. A lot of the information I found on the web offered multiple and different approaches to problems. My goal is to share my experiences and to write them up to streamline the job for others.

Topics for discussion relating to server setup and management are welcome. Please raise them on the list at so they can be added as agenda items (and so I can hopefully find some people willing to provide advice).

Note that the Board is working on setting up a similar facility for OCLUG because our existing Tux is very old (about 15 years!) and, like all older systems, has accumulated a goodly amount of unused crud. We want to simplify while keeping useful functions for members. Ideas (and help!) welcome.

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October Meeting: GitLab services and PBX log extraction

Date: October 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin (Woodroffe) P201

We are back at Algonquin this month Room P201

This month we will have two talks, one from Rob Echlin on GitLab services and one from Ian Gorman on PBX log data extraction.


There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 17:30 to 18:30 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there typically will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken at the end of the talks.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk and possibly the BoF, there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

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Git services: GitLab beats GitHub

Speaker: Robert Echlin

In some use cases, just for variety and flair

Rob has used git for 7+ years, and managed Git servers just as long. His experience with Bitbucket, and older VCSs informs this discussion . It looks like these two are the future of central repositories: others are already following.

We will look at workflows, features, ease of use, and choices.


PBX log extraction

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Ian will be giving a short talk and demo of some work he is doing for the National Capital Freenet's phone system.



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Meeting Location - Algonquin

For the months of October, November, and December we will be meeting in Building P, room P201. This building is directly south of parking lots 8,9, and 12.

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