Monday, January 28, 2013

BLU Desktop GNU/Linux SIG Meeting - Home Server - Weds, Feb 6, 2013

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 6:30PM

Location: MIT Building E51, Room 372


1) Room confirmed (Room 372).
2) Additional presenter, Stan Livitski, will demonstrate
a "free as in freedom" alternative to cloud services like
Dropbox and Google Drive, called Data Bag a.k.a.
"the uncloud."


Learn how to build a home/media server with GNU/Linux.


Part 1
Brendan Kidwell will show us how to use our favorite
GNU/Linux distribution to build a personal home server
for data storage and/or media serving.

Brendan will also discuss the dangers of entrusting your
data to the "cloud," in particular a cloud service that
you don't control. As an antidote, the home/personal
server solution that Brendan will present shows how you can
free yourself from a dependence on proprietary cloud services
such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

Part 2
Stan Livitski will demonstrate Data Bag - - a secure and "free as in freedom"
alternative to using cloud services like Dropbox and
Google Drive.

Meeting outline:
- Motivation / why you should have your own personal server
- Introduction to the components and what they can do
-- Your home router - providing optional off-site access.
(Also or similar service to provide a friendly
Internet hostname.)
-- Hardware - any old box or not-hot-running laptop will do
-- Operating System: Ubuntu Server
-- ownCloud - Personal file sharing, syncing; Calendar;
-- Subsonic - Audio / Video storage with browser-based
- Demo
-- ownCloud
-- Subconic
- Q&A for Brendan
- The "Uncloud" - Stan Livitski demonstrates Data Bag
- Discussion / Questions (open ended)

Transportation & Parking

Our meeting location is a short walk from the Kendall
Square T stop and other public transportation. There is
also free parking in the building's parking lot.

Volunteer Opportunities

We're still looking for volunteers to:
-- speak at upcoming meetings (full talks and lightening talks)
-- design a business card and/or flyer
-- help spread the word at local campuses
-- write blog posts for
-- contact media (newspapers, radio, etc.)
-- spread the word via Social Media

If you're passionate about the free software movement and
looking for a fun project, please let me know.
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