Open Source Club

at The Ohio State University

The Open Source Club at the Ohio State University is a registered student organization composed of members from all around campus and out into the community who share a common enthusiasm for free, open source software. Our focus is on building a strong community of open source users and developers in order to bring the benefits of open development, open standards, and free software to the university community.

  • email
    info@opensource.osu.edu
  • office
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 112F
  • next meeting
    April 21, 2016
  • meeting location
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 120
announcements
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Why Open Source at Microsoft?

posted: 04-15-2016

Thursday, 2016/04/21 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

What started as a war is turning to a love affair. Over the last two decades, Microsoft has moved from a fierce opponent of the penguin to recently being welcomed by Ubuntu, Red Hat and others. Come for an interactive discussion of Microsoft’s journey with Open Source and see some demos of the new Bash on Windows and .Net Core.

Brian Sherwin is a Sr. Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 17 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he’s not trying to figure out some new technology, he spends time reading, Scouting, and drinking enough coffee to keep up with his five kids.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements

How to SSH into club systems

posted: 04-14-2016
tutorials, ssh, linux, headless

Introduction to FreeBSD

posted: 04-11-2016

Thursday, 2016/04/14 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

This talk is aimed at giving a overview of the operating system, why to use it, and some of its wonderful features such as the z file system (zfs), jails, and ports/pkg (its software build system). Unlike what many might think the BSD projects are not dead. They are heavily used, maintained, developed, and documented by many people from around the world ranging from hobbyists to multimillion dollar companies.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements, BSD, FreeBSD

Package managers and Open Source election

posted: 04-03-2016

Thursday, 2016/04/07 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

This Thursday, Brandon Moore will present on package managers. From distro-based package managers to project-based package managers, we will discuss what a package manager is, the advantages and disadvantages of package managers, the recent issue with the mass-unpublishing of Node modules, and more.

Don’t forget that the election will also occur at this meeting. If you haven’t registered to vote yet then please get in contact with the officers. If you’d like to run for a position, please get in contact with the officers.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements, package managers

Bedrock Linux

posted: 03-26-2016

Thursday, 2016/03/31 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

Daniel “paradigm” Thau will present Bedrock Linux, a Linux distribution which allows the use of software from a variety of typically mutually exclusive Linux distributions, simultaneously and transparently.

If one would like a rock-solid stable base (for example, from Debian or a RHEL clone) yet still have easy access to cutting-edge packages (from, say, Arch Linux), automate compiling packages with Gentoo’s portage, and ensure that software aimed only for the ever popular Ubuntu will run smoothly - all at the same time, in the same distribution - Bedrock Linux will provide a means to achieve this.

The presentation will cover the motivation behind the Bedrock Linux, various real-world use cases for the project, concepts useful for utilizing and understanding it, as well as future plans.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements, bedrock, linux, os

Spring LAN Party

posted: 03-24-2016
lan, pary

A Recap of NICAR, and open source in journalism

posted: 03-16-2016

Open Source Club and Lantern alumnus Ben keith will talk about open source software in journalism. Topics covered will include notable newsroom teams working in the open, tools available for anyone to use, conferences and training available, and some story ideas from the conference.

This talk will also be a recap of NICAR 2016, and give overviews of some talks given there.

This talk is suitable for all audiences, and journalism students are particularly encouraged to come.

Slides will be available.

announcements

Open Source and Linux Gaming

posted: 03-07-2016

Level up this Thursday, 2016/03/10 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120 as Nikit Malkan and William Osler present a talk on gaming with Linux. From free software games like 0 A.D. and Super Tux Cart to proprietary games that run with a compatibility layer, come learn about some of the essentials for getting the most game out of your Linux system. We’ll also be covering details like how to get set up and going in Wine, games you can run Linux servers for, game engines with Linux support and more.

Also important this week, we’ll be having registration for club voting. We’re changing up how voting is done for University compliance reasons. If you want to be able to have a vote in future club leader or constitution changes, attending this week’s meeting is super important.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped volunteer during the OHI/O Makeathon over the weekend. Volunteer efforts help keep our club running (and buy that pizza we all enjoy).

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements

Open Source Hardware and Hobby Electronics

posted: 02-27-2016

Thursday, 2016/03/03 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120

Alex Fuhr will be giving an intro to open-source hardware and hobby electronics. This talk is designed for those who are entering the Makeathon or who just want to learn more about hardware in general, and will cover topics such as microcontrollers, digit and analog I/O, prototyping tools, serial communication protocols, and potential project ideas.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Makeathon this Saturday (March 5th). No matter your level of experience in hardware, you can still make something great.

announcements, hardware

Forensic Data Analysis

posted: 02-24-2016

Thursday, 2016/02/25 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120

This week Matt Curtin will present on forensic data analysis. This will focus on the use of technology in legal cases. Matt Curtin, and his company Interhack Corporation, has addressed courts on the topics of wiretapping, data breaches, and more. Matt Curtin will address the merits of opensource software in forensic data analysis in court rooms in order to reach a resolution that may be much more controversial when using proprietary software.

As always there will be good pizza and good fun.

announcements, data analysis

Intermediate Vim

posted: 02-16-2016

Thursday, 2016/02/18 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120

This talk is targeted at the Vim user who is looking to take their knowledge of the editor to the next level. It can take several years to master a text editor in all it’s intricacies, and Vim is no exception. Having used Vim for the last four years or so, I will try to impart some of the lessons I have learned - not just about how to use Vim, but also about how to learn to use Vim. Some prior Vim experience will be beneficial.

Thanks,

Jonathan Arnett

announcements, vim, text editor

Pure Data

posted: 01-31-2016

Thursday, 2016/02/04 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120, Alex Fuhr will present Pure Data. Pure Data is an open source visual programming language for audio, graphic, and signal processing. This talk will start with the basic concepts of the language, and then dive deeper into topics such as audio generation and manipulation, helpful subroutines, graphical processing, connecting to an Arduino, and more advanced audio examples.

In order to follow along with all the demos, make sure to install pd-extended (Pure Data with extra libraries) before the meeting. You can find installation instructions here

announcements, pure data, language

Arch Linux

posted: 01-27-2016

Thursday’s talk will be on installing Arch Linux, performed by our longtime sysadmin William Osler. I also want to finalize a schedule for at least the next couple weeks after gauging interest at last week’s meeting.

Many distributions like Ubuntu or Fedora are configured and set up with out-of-the box programs and features. While this is very convenient, digging deeper and setting up a system yourself will allow you to understand your system and better customize it to your needs. Arch Linux is a distribution that makes it easy to build your system up from a lightweight and simple base into an operating system tailored to you. I’ll be covering everything from how to install Arch using the Arch live image (there’s no installer, but I promise it’s not scary!), to configuring your base system, working with packages, and eventually building your way up to a desktop interface.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Alex Krieger

announcements, arch linux, distribution, distro

Meeting Planning + Lightning Talks

posted: 01-21-2016

Tonight’s meeting will be drafting future talks for the semester + some lightning talks; and I’m going to give a condensed version of a powerpoint at a conference that I saw on Monday dealing with the economics of zero-day vulnerabilities. Future meeting dates will posted on the website as they’re determined.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Alex Krieger

announcements, lightning talk

Welcome Back

posted: 01-10-2016

This Thursday, January 14th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, we will be voting on whether or not to amend our club’s constitution. So for that reason, I encourage everyones’ attendance.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, first

Spring 2016 Semester Schedule

posted: 12-22-2015
schedules

Meteor.js

posted: 12-09-2015

This Thursday, December 10th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, I will be discussing / demoing Meteor.js.

“Meteor is a full-stack JavaScript App Platform that assemble all the pieces you need to build modern web and mobile apps, with a single JavaScript codebase.”

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

Good luck on exams.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, meteor, meteorjs, js, javascript, webdev, web development

Redis

posted: 12-01-2015

This Thursday, December 3rd at 7PM in Caldwell 120, J3RN will be talking about Redis, the in-memory key-value store.

Redis is a nice (and fast!) alternative to using a database if the values you are trying to store are simple, and is commonly used for caching. The types that Redis natively supports are strings, hashes, lists, sets, and sorted sets. Additionally, Redis has other cool features such as a configurable level of on-disk persistence and “sentinels” for high availability. Redis is used widely by companies such as CoverMyMeds and was the persistence for the deceased IRC bot “spell,” and might be the perfect fit for your next project!

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Jonathan “J3RN” Arnett

announcements, redis, database, nosql

No Meeting

posted: 11-20-2015

No meeting this Thursday, November 26th. Go home.

The club systems will be undergoing scheduled maintenance this weekend, so expect downtime. Our sysadmin, William, will be reverting Gluster. Also, We will be upgrading Stallman’s ram from 4GB ram to 12GB, in addition to replacing the power supply.

– Eli Gladman

announcements

Password Management

posted: 11-18-2015

This Thursday, November 19th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, We will discuss the many ways to safe guard/manage your passwords. Everyone at sometime or another has relied on their browser to store sensitive credentials quite often due to sheer simplicity. Did you know up until 2013 Chromium was storing a user’s credentials in PlainText.

Now if your the type that likes to use a password manager, you might already be aware that not all services are created equal. Just this Summer LastPass’ security was breached, exposing email accounts, encrypted master passwords, and password hints.

We will also discuss the lesser known solutions such as hardware encrypted HID devices. Just this year the Hack A Day community came together and designed/produced the Mooltipass, an open source hardware encrypted offline password manager.

It’s difficult to strike a comparable balance between convenience and security. The intention of this talk is to explore a wide variety of cross-platform solutions to secure your personal data.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, security, passwords