Originally Published: Wednesday, 3 May 2000 Author: Kara Pritchard
Published to: interact_articles_lugs/Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Road Trip to MLUG

Last night I took a three hour road trip (one way) to visit MLUG, the Mizzou Linux Users Group in Columbia, Missouri. MLUG meets once a month in a really neat classroom (N15) in Memorial Union on campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

MLUG has been around since at least 1998 (well, at least that's when their mailing list archives start ;) . It's a good sized group for the midwest, having over 300 list subscribers and typically 30-50 to each meeting. (Last night's attendance was low due to finals)


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Last night I took a three hour road trip (one way) to visit MLUG, the Mizzou Linux Users Group in Columbia, Missouri. MLUG meets once a month in a really neat classroom (N15) in Memorial Union on campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

MLUG has been around since at least 1998 (well, at least that's when their mailing list archives start ;) . It's a good sized group for the midwest, having over 300 list subscribers and typically 30-50 to each meeting. (Last night's attendance was low due to finals)

MLUG meets at 6:00pm CST for a general meeting and newbie hangout time. Last night opened with a brief introduction (to us new to MLUG) of what the area of campus we were in did. It's a very interesting meeting location where one member works doing research for virtual reality applications. They're currently working on virtual reality classrooms. Very neat.

Later in the first hour some of the newer members were given an introduction to compiling and using SSH. This was done in an open forum style, with several members interjecting small tips and suggestions helping new users ease into the transition of secure shell. It was during this presentation I knew I was at a rather comfortable LUG, when I mentioned "just install the RPM" and one member in the front row shouted along the lines of "Oh bah, I'm tired of you RPM people". Heh, good old LUG wars. Almost felt like home.

At 7:00pm CST, MLUG starts their official presentations. Last night's presentation was given by member Scott Greathouse. Scott gave a very thorough and realistic demonstration of what he's done recently to move Linux into an office environment. Scott's been very busy since he started the office project in January. He showed how he wired the building, connected the offices via DSL to the Internet via IP masquerading, set up dial-up internet and intranet access, set up file and device sharing with Samba, as well as created PHP and MySQL intranet applications (rolodex, calendar, task lists, network messaging, etc).

This presentation ended around 8:00pm CST or so. This is when I chatted a little bit about LUGs.linux.com and Linux certification. (Lucky for me it was a small crowd, as I wasn't feeling very well and probably sounded like baboon) We also handed out a few freebies I'd brought along with me. Tshirts from LinuxFund, CDs from Redhat, SuSE, and TurboLinux, and a TurboLinux Tux lapel pin. I had some flyers from LPI as well, and hope some of them (after finishing finals) take the time to get their LPI certifications.

Overall I thought MLUG had a good meeting, still having a good turnout even with finals going on. They have a good set of officers, Jay Buffington - President, Blake Lewis - Expo Coordinator, Mike Finn - Treasurer, and Neil Bradshaw - Secretary.

If you're interested in attending, joining, or otherwise participating with MLUG, contact them here or visit their website at http://mlug.missouri.edu.

Thanks for a great meeting guys, I enjoyed it (even with the 'male-geek' jokes :P )





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