Ian, Bethany and I recorded a podcast about, the IRC network used by many open source projects. We will have it online soon. If you are interested in collaborating on open source use a web based client like or a local client like and join the conversations. Channels include but are not limited to #ubuntu #ubuntu-us-ca #fedora #firefox #wikipedia-en-help #libreoffice #wordpress #zareason #civicrm #openhatch #partimus #dvlug

We hope you join us for our meeting in Berkeley today at Bobby G’s Pizzeria. We meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

Free Culture

While Free Software and open source software (FOSS) are perhaps some of the oldest examples, free culture is a movement that has taken many forms. Creative Commons licenses have helped simultaneously make descriptions easier to understand and codify in detail the legal sharing of creative works like writing, pictures and video. This has been exemplified by FOSS licenses for years relating to software code. These licenses work within existing copyright law to specifically grant some rights to allow legal reuse. Text shared as blogs were an early expression of our need to share our writing quickly and easily. Video sharing sites like youtube, picture sharing sites like flickr and music sharing sites like Jamendo all provide user generated content to their users. Social media sites like twitter and facebook now serve similar purposes. The content users provide are the key attraction of social media.

Do it yourself DIY tech, hackerspaces like Noisebridge in SF, even the arab spring and occupy movements can also be seen as furthering the expression of people’s desire for transparency and a collaborative partnership using digital and other mediums. Please share some comments below.

Our group meets on the second and fourth Sundays from noon to three at Bobby G’s Pizzeria. Please join us for our meeting today.

LUG Podcast

Listen to the first two podcasts with Ian, Bethany and I. We cover a lot of ground. We are new at this and improving our show as we go. Feedback posted to comments on the website are encouraged. We invite all Berkeley LUG folks to comment and/or take a short BART ride to join us. We just recorded and will soon release a third episode with Jono Bacon of Canonical and Ubuntu about his book, Art of Community.

2012-06 Trusting Open Source

2012-07 Raspberry Pi $35 Computer

Berkeley LUG meetings continue every second and fourth Sunday each month from noon to three.’s new schedule is the second and fourth Friday each month at 7 PM.

Big Linux computer move Friday

Fundamental changes are under way at the Creative Arts Charter School, due to a fire that struck on 12.22.11. The Linux desktop lab is being dispersed to make room for a Linux notebook lab. If you would like to help us move machines, please show up at the Creative Arts Charter School this Friday, April 13, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., at 1601 Turk Street at the corner of Pierce. Please bring tools that you will need to triage machines, such as copies of Ubuntu 10.04, screw drivers, needle nose pliers, cable testers, and so forth. Also wear old clothes, because you might get just a little bit dirty moving machines! We will probably be done by about 2:30 pm or so, depending on how it goes. And we will feed you lunch! If you have a camera, please feel free to bring it! Also, people who can drive a truck or a car are especially welcome.

Please feel free to call my google voice number at 415-935-1701, which rings through to my cell phone, so that I can help orient you, as the school is fairly large.

You can read more about the fire here:

Come join us and be a part of this watershed event in the history of Linux in San Francisco public schools!

Ubuntu Installfest for Local Schools this Weekend

Reminder: Find us on Google+

This Saturday from 10:30 to 3:00, there will be a triagefest at the Creative Arts Charter School at 1601 Turk Street at the corner of Pierce Street in San Francisco. This is the school that had that huge fire on 12/22/11.  More about that fire here:

The purpose of this triage fest is to separate good equipment from bad equipment.  Volunteers with a pick-up truck for moving equipment 3 blocks would be particularly appreciated.  Pizza will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Please bring with you everything that you would need to test a computer and its peripheral equipment, and to take a computer apart and put it back together.  It would also be good to bring Ubuntu 10.04 on a flash drive, since we will be installing that distro on some machines.

This public charter school relies on our Linux computers heavily for the work that their students do, so they will definitely appreciate the work!  Thanks in advance to all volunteers!

Ubuntu Global Jam on Sunday April 3rd

At a special off-week BerkeleyLUG meeting we’ll be meeting at Bobby G’s Pizzeria at 2072 University Ave in Berkeley with members of the Ubuntu California Team for an Ubuntu Global Jam!

Ubuntu Global Jam

An Ubuntu Global Jam is an opportunity for users to get together to learn how to do testing of the latest Beta 1 ISOs for the next Ubuntu release, learn about bug work, documentation and other ways to get involved with the Ubuntu community and take your first steps.

There will be copies of the latest ISOs available for Live testing (without installing anything on your computer) on CD and USB stick.

You may RSVP here, but it is not required to attend: (you will need a account).

TV show promoting Linux in schools!

We have an opportunity to introduce a mainstream TV audience to the great stuff that Linux can do  in schools, but we need 25 Linux enthusiasts to commit to show up in order to accomplish it.

I just spoke with a program manager for a TV show called ABC 7 Live.  They are interested in having supporters of Linux in schools (and particularly attend a show. The show airs daily from 3 pm to 4 pm.  I need a list of 25 people who will attend.  I need the list by Thursday, 12/9/10 at 3 pm.  You must be on the list to be admitted to the studio.  I am coordinating the list, so please be sure to email me to get on the list. You can email me at einfeldt a t gmail dot com. You can watch shows from the archive here

They have had famous people like Mark Zuckerberg on this show.

The show features a host, Brian Copeland, with his two co-hosts, Elizabeth Bermuda and Jennifer Jolly.  Jennifer Jolly was an anchor on another ABC show.

During the show, the hosts will be chatting about technology and non-profits, and they will ask questions of 10 people in a portion of the audience called the Voice Box.  Apparently, the Voice Box is situated just to the left of the hosts, and the hosts will talk with them occasionally.  Apparently, there will time for numerous sound bites from the audience, say 5 to 10 seconds in length.  It is not a lot of time for speeches, but it is time for several one-liners from the audience in response to questions from the hosts.  Audience members are also allowed to boo and to clapp.

Again, the focus of this show will be technology and non-profits, and so the hosts will be asking us substantive questions that call for brief, snappy, on-point responses.  My impression is that this is a serious opportunity for us to present Partimus to a Bay Area audience.

We need 25 people to come to the Jackson Square district of San Francisco at Front and Pacific on Monday, December 13, 2010.  The Voice Box section of the audience can hold 10 people, and 2 people unrelated to Partimus have aleady signed up to be on that show.  During a break in the show, the hosts will rotate people out of the Voice Box so that others can rotate into the Voice Box and participate in the show.  Even if you don’t want to get into the Voice Box, this is an opportunity to support Partimus and Linux by showing up and cheering and making noise when Partimus or Linux is mentioned.  They want a lively show, so enthusiasm will definitely help.