Meetings are free for everyone to participate in and are very informal. Most meetings are just gatherings but sometimes we will have a presentation followed by a Q&A session. Presentations range from beginners level to technical.

SLUG meetings lately have been held at the Main Branch of the Siouxland Libraries in Downtown Sioux Falls.

Meetings generally start at 6:00pm on the third Wednesday of each month.

Stay tuned to the mailing list and IRC channel for exact details.

Here is an archive of past meeting minutes.

Here is a list of topics for anyone looking for something to do a presentation on:

  • setting up a dokuwiki or other small wiki for documentation
  • setting up a monitoring system like nagios or zabbix or http://omdistro.org/
  • a pbx distro like elastix
  • virtual machines
  • setting up a python environment
  • network troubleshooting tools like mtr and wireshark/tcpdump
  • os troubleshooting tools like strace, ps, top, io monitoring etc.
  • openvpn
  • a discussion on home fileservers
  • steam and linux games
  • Graylog log analysis
  • getting pfsense to send coherent syslog to remote server (Graylog) for processing.
  • making pfsense and Graylog work together to auto-block attacks aimed at any part of your network (eg block bots trying to brute force into ssh)
  • android virtual devices
  • odroid laptop build with Motorola lapdock
  • algorithmic password managers
  • window managers
  • cross-distro package managers? Flatpak / snappy
  • nix / guix
  • wayland / mir / arcan / state-of-x
  • Containers / cgroups
  • alternative linux distro for mobile phones
  • openstack
  • what hardware problems do we have
  • privacy
  • security & paranoia
  • cheap, tiny hardware -- are we arduino-ing? pi-ing?
  • For what desktop applications categories does linux still lag behind?
  • your favorite shell / terminal
  • nonfree codecs & plugins - are we just installing them, or are we purists
  • laptop hardware. dell, system 76, etc?
  • purism?
  • power management - any tricks for reducing idle power for always on HTPCs? tricks for keeping laptop batteries new and long running?
  • application sandboxing?
  • dbus?
  • systemd
  • kvm
  • coreos / alpine linux, anyone?
  • containers on the desktop?
  • do licenses matter?
  • HTPC hardware and software config... how are we keeping our hardware quiet?
  • how and why are we using linux? home? work?
  • commercial / non-free paid linux apps we are using?
  • linux hosting providers and paas that we use?
  • What's up with microsoft? Do we like them now? Do we run msft things on linux? if so, how?
  • OS X apps on linux? Anyone got anything working?
  • State of wine? Windows 10 apps working on Linux?
  • core infrastructure initiative
  • how have cloud services liberated or chained us as linux users?
  • evangelism: do we want more slug linux members? if so, how do we reach out to the community?
  • software development: what languages, tools, and tricks have we found on linux?
  • language-specific package managers.... how do you live with npm / pip / gem / etc and the native package managers? how do we manage concurrent versions of libraries and vms -- e.g. ruby 1.9 and 2.0 on the same system-- without the gnashing of teeth?
  • linux / open source podcasts? blogs? news sites?
  • IoT ? Home automation? embedded projects? linux gadgets?
  • any new fun distros out there?