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FiftyOneFifty May 21 – 22 Wichita State University:  The schedule isn’t up yet, but I obtained a list of topics.
-Linux and HPC
-It’s Dangerous to Go Alone – Exploring /proc with Friends
-Your System Calls and You – A Brief Exploration of Using strace
-Promoting Free Software, the Role of the Hobbiest Podcaster
-How to get started in the world of HPC
-Linux Processes and Job Control
-Improve your Bash Scripts!
-Embedded Linux Development
-Building an Open Source Artificial Intelligence
-On the outside looking in – Utilizing OSInt to Manage Organizational Risk
-Open Software/Hardware Phones
-Community Coding Exercises With
-Robot Operating System (ROS)
-Blender & Meshlab: Open Source 3D
-Affordable Computing, Education, Ethics, and History
-Window Managers
-Open Source Linux Based Network File System Connector for Apache Spark

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video of Bryan Lunduke’s talk, Linux is Freaking Weird ]

Finally installed ipfire on banana pi

Next recording date: May. 20, 2016




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Lord D Published episode 4 of Open FOSS Training

G+ Acre Maker
Re: Blu-ray playback on linux
Needed tools:
Makermkv, mkvtoolnix-gui, makemkv-libaacs (available in the aur)

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Synergy over SSH-The magic of a single client configuration

Progress (and lack thereof) on the Linux Gaming Box.
Space Nerds in Space
Tom Lawrence’s in depth pfSense tutorial
LinuxFest NW Bellingham, WA April 23-24 2016
Penquicon Southfield, MI April 29 – May 1 2016 is OUT OF SHOWS!!!!!!!!!








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Old Business: Fab’s Auto Backup doesn’t run under WINE?, apps in pfSense often require a target interface (usually WAN); follow the documentation, Suricata blocks my Chromecast

OPNsense is a pfSense fork that is supposed to make it easier to create plugins.

Hardkernel ODroid C2 First impressions
Browsers seg fault, except Midori.  You have to let Midori install gstreamer before you can see YouTube videos (after reboot).  This also allows you to see video in VLC, but performance is unusable.  Default mixed was unable to connect to HDMI audio in my monitor, but Pulse Audio Volume Control made it work.  Kodi’s interface was too sluggish to be usable as well.  Not many distros have binary images yet.  Default is Ubuntu Mate.  I also found ODRObeian vanilla, but it has no GUI OpenElec and LibreElec are still being worked on, I understand some people are running Arch, but I couldn’t find a link.  Lakka is working on a 64 bit port.  

OpenToonz (hand-drawn animation software) was released. No Linux version just yet, but it’s Qt5 and it’s been released under a modified BSD license, so it’s only a matter of time (

I launched a new site for Blender users to post ideas of ways to extend or improve Blender: (announced on the Blender Podcast)

Trying to use blue-ray with linux
What I have tried

Next recording date: April 15, 2016






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Mailing List:  Kevin Wisher explains that with the paid version of Crashplan, the company provides cloud storage and with the free version you only get two nodes.

Google+  Joshua Mason started a discussion about segmenting networks via MAC address rather than IP.   Father Finch explained while networks could be segmented via “vlan tags”, this would require every host on the network to recognize vlan tags, which wouldn’t be practical with IOT devices.

15 Good open source podcasts

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GUI package managers

Fab’s Auto Backup works under WINE

Kansas Linux Fest is set to take place on the dates of May 21 – 22 on the campus of Wichita State University. Register now!

Little recap of Great Wide Open (

Call for speakers at SELF is open until 1 April (



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Kwisher shares NagiosPi

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Installing and configuring pfSense  on an Intel mini PC -celeron-1037u-4g-ram-64g-ssd-build-in-300m-wifi-1121.html

How I solved glitches installing Steam under Ubuntu 15.10.

Little personal announcement. I was invited to give one of the Lightning Talks at the Great Wide Open conference in Atlanta on March 17th ( If you’re going to be there, perhaps you can drop by and watch me flail about for 5 minutes.

If there’s time (probably not ;), I’d like to talk about doing secure offsite back-ups. Right now, the solution with the greatest appeal looks to be Duplicity or Duply pushing to Amazon S3 (reference tutorial: I’d love to hear other solutions that anyone has used or is using. Let’s discuss it more on the mailing list.



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Arch Pi setup guide (Kevin Wisher)

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FiftyOneFifty revisited.  Chris Waid responded to an e-mail I wrote back in November where I linked an article.  The article said the EFF no longer feared the FFC would force manufacturers of routers to lock out third party firmware.  Chris’ response was that he is still unimpressed with the response from the FCC and sent me this link    Also, Claudio Miranda posted this link to Facebook yesterday:

Command Line Tip:  This last week, I installed Samba on my server so my shared storage could be accessed by a customer’s Windows machine.  I got the error:
:: File /var/cache/pacman/pkg/smbclient-4.3.4-1-armv6h.pkg.tar.xz is corrupted (invalid or corrupted package (checksum)).
Do you want to delete it? [Y/n]   I tried again and got the same error, so I searched the web for the filenameand found it on  I manually downloaded the file and copied it into /var/cache/pacman/pkg/, re-ran “sudo pacman -S samba” andthis timeI was successful.

Starship Tux
used lets encrypt to encrypt his site

There’s a big ol’ bug in glibc. Update your machines!



pcduino3 nano lite
debian for pcduino3


My piclock monitor

Next recording date: Mar. 4, 2016



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Kevin Wisher, Ken Fallon, Sam, Fweeb’s mini-pc (, ZipIt 2)

Dave Morriss’ link to small computer bits (SBCs – Small Board Computers… 64 of them!):

And a link from Thomas Naser:

Kwisher asked in the mailing list “How to process an entire folder of scans and have the output saved to another folder with the same file name as the source.”
for f in ~/Pictures/scans/*.jpeg; do new=${f##*/}; convert $f -crop +0-20 +repage $new; done

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Successfully ran “Chrome OS” on a regular PC. was fail on all the systems I tried it on, but thanks to Linux For The Rest Of Us, I found Cloudy Ready OS  Unfortunately, there appairs not to be an easy way to install Crouton.

Progress on the home security project; I bought this to install pf-Sense on:

Two new mini PC Podcasts:

For reference on where I’m at on my writing appliance:

Next recording date: Feb. 19, 2016




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ubuntu on the rpi2

Sam from Gecko Linux

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PoE hat for the Pi

A question (if there’s time): How would you go about building an ultra low-power writing appliance?
Capable of running ssh, vim, mercurial, and possibly pandoc

Small form-factor (no larger than a full-sized keyboard without numeric keypad)

Minimum 4×40 characters of text visible on screen

Useable without a flat surface (i.e. your lap)

Runs from battery, but with a life measurable in days or weeks

Next recording date: Feb. 5, 2016




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kwisher: The AUR has no packages for ARM, yaourt -A can force ignore, Debian/Ubuntu Nagios package is nagios3

acremaker: using vlc to stream video “to play encrypted bluray (movies) with linux … to install Makemkv and its modified libaacs
library (from AUR for Arch users)”

Dave Morris: more about Nagios  and running a pi off a drive not an sdcard:

Ilan Rabinovitch: SCALE announcement

mailing list:
monsterb: let’s encrypt
ssl cert checkers:
sslscan (available in most repos)

G+ community page:
Mark Rice: owncloud or seafile

Monsterb: world’s first commercial remote-controlled drone powered by ubuntu

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Nagios progress: Evaluation of Snappy Core as a platform. Chose Ubuntu Mate for ARM instead, attempting terminal only mode
install grub2-common, sudo update-grub
ChromeOS evaluation:  Google doesn’t produce images for installation on generic systems.  While there are several ChromeOS skinned versions of Ubuntu,  the only true ChromiumOS based images are available here:
Quickrevue: Fluke Networks MicroMapper  (Ethernet Cable Tester)