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Friday - Sunday 19-21 February : SCaLE 8x. SCaLE returns to the Los Angeles area for its 8th annual event. Learn about Linux, Open Source and Free Software at this community run conference.



Friday - Sunday, 20-22 February : SCaLE 7X. SCaLE is Los Angeles' own home-grown Linux convention. For anyone who misses the technically-oriented Linux conventions of years past, it's a breath of fresh air. Don't miss it! And for the beginners out there, SCaLE hasn't left you out. They will have a full track dedicated those who are new to Linux this year.



Wednesday 13 February 7:00PM : Rancho Cucamonga MySQL. MySQL replication, Rancho Cucamonga CA.

Friday - Sunday, 8-11 February : SCaLE 6X. SCaLE is Los Angeles' own home-grown Linux convention. For anyone who misses the technically-oriented Linux conventions of years past, it's a breath of fresh air. Don't miss it!



30 November 2007 : SCALE 6X Call For Papers submission deadline. If you know somebody who could give a good technical presentation, please point them to the CFP.


Thursday October 18, 2007: Ubuntu Gutsy Release Party. -- A group of Ubuntu users will be gathering in Santa Monica at Bizou Garden from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the Gutsy. Gutsy is the 7.10 release of Ubuntu.


Saturday, September 15: Software Freedom Day


Saturday, August 11: Desktop Shootout LiLAX


Sunday, July 15: Lula/Lilax Installfest at SMC! See David Morgan's page, LULA announcement

Satuday, July 14: Mike Fedyk LiLAX


Los Angeles LAMP sig's next meeting will be on Saturday, May 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Tom Bradley Center David will explain what Xen is, and walk us through the setup on an existing Linux server.  He will cover the basics of running multiple instances, and explain how a developer can easily set up multiple virtual Linux servers with completely separate LAMP environments, or conversely, how to clone an existing server with a complete LAMP environment.

Thursday 3 A Complete Open Source Stack: Hardware to Web 2.0" UUASC-LA Matt Ingenthron

Saturday 13, 10AM-2PM Differences Between Mac OS X and Linux – Gotcha's for the Practically Paranoid, Charles Edge,

Tuesday 1 JBOSS Clustering, Andreas Schaefer,

Wednesday 2 Meeting of a new advocacy for Linux and Free Open Source Software, Clay Claiborne


Thursday 5, MySQL Clustering UUASC-LA, Solomon Chang

Monday 9 Accessible IT for People with Disabilities UUASC-OCWayne Dick, California State University Long Beach

Saturday 14 10-2PM File Systems, Mike Fedyk

Saturday 21 AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript And XML: Zip Code fills in City, State fields Speaker: Peter Benjamin

Thursday 24 8-10PM X509 and SSL - USCLUG, Phil Dibowitz


17 Saturday 11:30 Pizza Lunch, El Segundo CA LiLAX

17 Saturday, LAMPsig Examining the SourceForge LAMP Stack,Ross Turk

12 Monday 7PM Virtualization on Mac OS X UUASC-OC, Mark Mellis , Mellis and Associates

Saturday 10 10AM - 2PM 10am Newbie hour, 11am Classic Specialties Printers


Wednesday 28 7PM SBAMUG Walt Ordway will talk on HDTV.  He will explain some of the confusing issues that surround this thing called HDTV and Digital Cinema.

Monday 19, 7PM UUASC  P I Z Z A   P A R T Y ! Nick's Pizza D'Oro, 10585 Slater (NE corner at Ward), Fountain Valley.

Friday 9-11: SCALE5X The Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Exp


Saturday, 20 1-3PM LAMPsig Drupal Introduction to Drupal by Richard Schave

Monday 8th, UUASC-OC, Irvine. Teaching Enterprise Open Source Darnell Gadberry, UCSD

Thursday 11 UUASC-LA, El Segundo CA.Linux Tuning 2, Darren Hoch.

Saturday 13 LiLAX, Wine: an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix., Dan Kegel.



Monday 11 MythTV , Andreas Schaefer, , UUASC-OC, Irvine.

Thursday 7 UUASC-LA, El Segundo CA. "Managers Panel" -- a group of seasoned UUASC members who have spent years on the management side of the desk will answer our questions about everything from career advice, to workplace policies, to layoffs.

Tuesday 5 Los Angeles Java Users' Group [LAJUG], Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J) by guests Panasonic. UCLA LUG also meets, Mike Fedyk will talk.

Saturday 9 LiLAX, A case for Linux in Universities, Dan Kegel.


Saturday 11th, LiLAX 11am - 3pm, MythTV, Dave Leifer.

Monday 13th Oracle, Storage, and Pizza Curtis Diblin, Applied Computer Solutions, UUASC-OC, Irvine.

Tuesday 21MythTV,,


Saturday 4th - SFVLUG 6pm, Vmware and XEN with Charles Wyble.

Thursday 2nd - Web Site Optimization, Jack Cate UUASC-LA, El Segundo.

Missing history between Nov. 2004 through October 2006

On Oct. 7, 2004, UUASC-LA presented RBAC, as one of Sun Microsystems' software engineers on Sun's Solaris security technologies group explained how role based access control works.

On Oct 6, 2004, presented NVIDIA developer Eric Enderton, who spoke about Gelato, a high performance renderer for NVidia's Quadro FX graphics cards.

On Sept. 13, 2004, UUASC-OC hosted a tutorial on how to migrate from CVS to Subversion.

On June 3rd, 2004, UUASC-LA presented Arild Jensen on OpenBSD and on building an embedded firewall using the tiny computers from Soekris (an interesting Santa Cruz vendor of small embedded PCs), and Matt Ingenthron of Sun on Sun's desktop Linux distribution (you know, the one that has that funny name that doesn't mention Linux :-)

On April 1st, 2004, UUASC-LA held another double meeting:
Neil Waybright discussed Gigabit Ethernet, then
Matt Ingenthron of Sun demonstrated the Linux-based Sun Java Desktop system, as well as a sneak preview of Sun's new 3D desktop interface, Project Looking Glass.

EclipseCon was held in Anaheim February 2nd through 5th, 2004.

On Feb. 5th, 2004, UUASC-LA held another double meeting, consisting of an Solaris x86 Installfest followed by Darren Hoch discussing the art of computer forensics, and demonstrating commands like truss, lsof, netstat, free online services like the Solaris Fingerprint Database, and bigger tools like Tripwire and Coroner's Toolkit to investigate compromised systems.

On Jan 18th, 2004, LPBN (the wonderful people who put streaming video of Linux events online) held a meeting on the following topics:

  • The Venice Neighborhood Area Network
  • Processing of the So Cal Linux Expo Videos
  • The LPBN interactive Internet radio stations.
  • Funding
For more info, see lpbn's meeting page.

On Jan 17th, 2004, the new LAMP SIG presented a walkthrough of how to install Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

On Jan 10th, 2004 at SCLUG, Orv Beach demonstrated Xinerama, the X extension introduced in XFree86 4.0 that lets you use multiple monitors to make a big desktop.

On Jan 8th, 2004, UUASC-LA's Kevin Long gave an overview of home automation software and hardware, particularly the Perl-based MisterHouse, the ever-lovin' X10, and alternatives -- all running on UNIX!

On Dec. 4th, 2003, UUASC-LA presented Jordan Schwartz talking about Sun's SunFire 15K, followed by Phil Dibowitz re IPv4's Path MTU Discovery and why it means you really shouldn't block all ICMP traffic.

On November 22nd, 2003 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the USC, UCLA, and Simi-Conejo Linux Users Groups presented the second annual Southern California Linux Expo. The talks I attended (and the one I gave :-) were well-attended, and it was neat hearing core Linux, Samba, and Wine hackers in person.

On Nov. 6th, 2003, Novell and IBM held a "Linux Solutions Seminar" at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport. Aimed at Netware users, the seminar purported to "show you how Novell Nterprise Linux Services, Ximian solutions, and IBM can help you enhance your NetWare environment, embrace open source solutions, and deliver secure, consistent services and support across your NetWare and Linux systems."

On Nov. 6th, 2003, UUASC-LA held a Solaris x86 Installfest before their regular meeting, which featured Matt Ingenthron of Sun giving an introduction to Solaris x86, who also gave out free copies of Solaris x86.

On October 2nd, 2003, at the ArcLight Cinema, Linux Movies Group presented IFX Piranha visual effects and Amazon paint.

On October 2nd, 2003, at GBET Los Angeles, Charles Kalil, Information Systems manager for the city of Garden Grove, California gave a seminar at the event called "Open Source and Linux in a Government Entity: A case study on the City of Garden Grove". Garden Grove has been using Linux since 1995; see the 1997 article in Linux Journal, and Mr. Kalil is regularly quoted in the press on the subject; see e.g. the July 2003 issue of CIO Update.

On Oct. 2nd, 2003, UUASC-LA presented "AWK, level 3 (Advanced!)" by Mark Gordon, covering cover awk's associative arrays, BEGIN and END statements, and control statements. This was the third in a series of UUASC talks on awk.

On Sept. 10, 2003, at a joint meeting of LA ACM and AITP-LA, Peter Coffee discussed the state of the Personal Computer today.

On Sept. 4, 2003, at UUASC-LA presented "Working With $0: Editing With awk" by long-time sysadmin Vincent Cordrey. This was is the second in a series of UUASC talks on awk, a widely-available, general purpose programming and scripting language that picks up where sed and shell scripts leave off, and was one of the inspirations for perl.

On August 7th, 2003, at UUASC-LA, Drew Beach presented a quick introduction to XML, various related buzzwords like DOM, SAX, XPath, RSS, Dweezle, and Flipnart (ok, I made up the last two), Perl and PHP APIs for XML, and all sorts of other goodies.

On July 10, 2003, at UUASC-LA, Jim Winstead, lead web programmer at MySQL, reviewed MySQL's history and discussed MySQL and PHP.

On June 20th 2003, in Las Vegas, Zope Corporation held a Zope User's Group meeting (ZUG).

On June 12, 2003, at UUASC-LA, Mark Nagel of Willing Minds demonstrated network monitoring using the free perl-based Simple Event Correlator package to integrate and act on multiple sources of network information (like SNMP traps).

On May 29, 2003, at LULA, Whil Hentzen gave a special presentation about running FoxPro on Linux using Wine, covering both technical and legal issues. (See his blog for more info about the legal aspects.)

On May 20, 2003, at LULA, David Morgan demonstrated setting up 4 kinds of VPN (Virtual Private Network): IP-in-IP, ppp-over-ssh, CIPE, and IPSec, on a live testbed network.

On May 22, 2003, the Ocean Park Lug (whoops, I mean Santa Monica Lug :-) met on the topic "How to listen with Linux: Internet Audio -- File formats, streaming audio, multicast".

On 1 May 2003, at UUASC-LA, Darren Hoch from Sun explained the ubiquitous ARP protocol, security problems associated with it, and showed how to use snoop and arpwatch to detect ARP-based attacks.

On April 27, Lula held its second Installfest and demo at SMC. 25 people attended, about ten copies of various flavors of Linux were sold at $1/disc, and a good time was had by all.

On April 24, 2003, at USCLUG, Dallas Legan discussed the Kermit file transfer protocol and the C-Kermit scripting language.

On April 19 2003, at Lilax, Fredrik Norrman from Axis Communications in Sweden presented "Embedded Linux Development with the ETRAX 100LX".

On April 17, 2003, at the Santa Monica LUG, Alex Braehler described Tekkno Collaboration software, based on the Horde Framework, itself based on PHP.

Starting April 14th, Katharine Osborne is teaching a six-week online MySQL class at, a nonprofit group associated with the HTML Writers' Guild. Tuition is $220.

MySQL held Users Conference April 10-12 in San Jose.

On April 3, 2003, held a get-together chaired by CinePaint/FilmGimp project leader Robin Rowe, at Take One! Film & Theater Books, in West LA.

On April 3, 2003, at UUASC-LA, Jeff Carlson gave a talk implausibly titled "Sendmail Made Easy".

On Februay 12, the "Santa Monica Linux Users Group", organized by Dennis Allard of Ocean Park Software, held a re-organizational meeting. See

On Feb 18th, 2003, the Linux Movies Conference (part of Creative Cow West 2003), was held at the Westin Los Angeles Hotel and Conference Center. See for more info.

On February 20, 2003, at USCLUG, Luke Ravitch talked about the startup scripts used by various versions of Unix (Solaris, BSD, and several flavors of Linux).

On Feb 20-21, 2003, in San Diego, the self-proclaimed Desktop Linux Summit was held. Reports are the event was reasonably successful in spite of many speakers being uninvited or cancelling out as a result of the unpopular actions of the conference host. (Completely coincidentally, the Desktop Linux Consortium was formed at about the same time.)

On 23 January 2003, at USCLUG, Dallas Legan presented an introduction to programming with the Bash shell.

On February 5, 2003, a joint meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of ACM, CPSR, the IEEE Computer Society, Engineering Management Society, Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), and the IEEE Foothill Section was held on the topic
Security for Whom? - TCPA and Hollywood vs. Open Computing Platforms
Speakers were Seth Schoen and Cory Doctorow from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
For more info, see

On 25 Jan 2003, at Cosmos Engineering, the lula-biz group met; Brian Redfern was scheduled to demo the 3d modelling tool Blender, and Clay Claiborne reported on the New York LinuxWorld.

On 26 Jan 2003, at Santa Monica College, LULA and SMC staff member David Morgan held a Linux Demo Day and Installfest. It was well attended - there were about eight experts and twice as many newbies there. Rumor is this will become a quarterly event at SMC; let's hope!

On January 13th, 2002, the Consultants Network of the San Diego section of the IEEE hosted a one-evening introduction to Debian Linux.

On January 11, 2003, at Lilax:
Will Cohen, a member of RedHat's GCC team, presented
"Performance Characterization and Tuning on Linux with OProfile".
OProfile is one of a new breed of free programmer's tools available on Linux.

On December 12th, 2002 at SGVLUG at Caltech, Rob Wehrli of the Arizona Power Cooperative discussed "Porting uClinux to the Hitachi H8 processor".

On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at UUASC-LA in El Segundo, Sun Microsystems Educational Services instructor Mark Gordon taught an awk tutorial.

On Thursday, November 14th, 2002, Hans Reiser discussed his Reiser4 file system at SGVLUG.

November 14th-16th, 2002: UCLA hosted the third annual Open Source Health Care Alliance meeting. Dr. Mike McCoy of UCLA, CIO of the medical school, said in his keynote, "I am humbled by the quality of open source software...". Sounds like UCLA's well on its way to considering stepping away from proprietary software.

On November 12th, 2002, at USC, a Round Table discussion was held with Red Hat on the topic "Linux on the University Desktop: where we're using it, and what's stopping us from using it everywhere". A good time was had by all, and Red Hat got an earful. taped the event, so you should be able to see for yourself soon...

On October 26, 2002 at Lilax, Zak Greant of MySQL AB, lead author of Php Functions Essential Reference spoke on

  • An Introduction to MySQL and PHP
  • Advanced Development with Apache, MySQL and PHP
  • The Devil and the Penguin: Open Source/Free Licensing in a Proprietary World

The Southern California Linux Expo on November 2nd, 2002 was a worthy successor to the LUGfests. Hats off to the organizers! Thanks to for taping and making available the presentations.

On Oct 3rd, 2002, at UUASC-LA, Mark Mellis of SystemExperts Corp. discused setting up a Kerberos realm comprised of both freeware and commercial operating systems.

On Sept 5th, 2002, at UUASC-LA, Jeff Carlson and Drew Beach demonstrated Gnome 2 and KDE 3, and presented a brief history of both desktops -- including why Gnome was developed in spite of KDE's head start.

The Mozilla 1.0 Release was celebrated with a big party in San Francisco and little ones all over, even here in Los Angeles.

On June 6th, 2002, at UUASC-LA, Kevin Long demonstrated how to set up Samba as a primary domain controller and fileserver for Win98 and Win2000 clients.

On May 2nd, 2002, at UUASC-LA, Dallas Legan presented a tutorial on shell script programming with Bash.

On April 29th, 2002, at UCLALUG, Dan Bovet gave a talk about the recent evolution of the linux kernel, in particular, changes made during 2.4 kernel development in TLB handling, scheduling, and memory management. A free copy of Bovet's book, Understanding the Linux Kernel, was to be given away, courtesy of O'Reilly and Associates.

On April 21st, 2002, the inaugural meeting of LinuxChix LA took place.

On April 16th, 2002, at AVLUG, Peter Green presented a talk on qmail.

On April 4, 2002, at UUASC-LA, Drew Beach presented "The Whys and Wherefores of mod_perl.".

On March 19th, 2002, Matt Johnson both hosted the LULA meeting and opened his new Linux School Torrance with a walkthrough of a Perl/PostgreSQL cgi-bin script.

On March 16th, 2002, OCLUG held their annual Linux Demo Day event.

On March 9, 2002, at LILAX, Tim Poor of Tricor gave an introduction to and demo of SAN and NAS (two flavors of network storage).

On March 7, 2002, at UUASC-LA, Matt Ingenthron discussed "Gridware, Clusters, and High Availability".

On 19 Feb 2002, Dan Kegel and Chris Smith gave an introduction to Corba programming at LULA.

Lots of people signed Dan Kegel's Open Letter to the DOJ.

On 12 Jan 2002 at Lilax, William Cohen of Red Hat demonstrated C/C++ cross-development for handhelds, and yours truly (Dan Kegel) gave a short talk about the proposed Microsoft antitrust settlement.

On Nov 1st, 2001, at UUASC-LA, Aleksey Tsalolikhin of Earthlink talked about web server performance monitoring and tuning techniques.

On 23 October 2001, AIP-LA presented "the Battle of the Operating Systems: .Net, Unix, Linux". Speakers were Dennis G. Allard Steve Kirkham of Sun, Daniel Morales of Mandrake, and Bruce Onder of Guidance. The debate was lively; Linux seemed to carry the day.

On Sept 20th, 2001, Drew Beach spoke again about the Snort intrusion detection package.

On Sept 6th, 2001, at UUASC-LA, Parasoft talked about "C/C++/Java Code Development on Linux".

(Parasoft offers commercial debugging tools that compete with free tools like njamd, electric fence, lclint and jlint.)

On August 25th, 2001, at Simi-Conejo LUG, Chris Lyttle discussed the GNUCash project.

Also on August 25th, 2001, a Linux 10th Anniversary Picnic/BBQ was held in Sunnyvale (in Northern California). Your truly attended, and had a great time talking with Eugene Clement from Mandrake (in Altadena) about what's going on in Los Angeles with Linux.

On August 21st 2001, Drew Beach discussed Snort at LULA. It was a huge crowd, thanks to the caliber of the speaker, the hot topic, and Peter's good publicity work. His notes are online at

On August 11th 2001, Ben Moore discussed making movies with Linux at Lilax.

On August 2nd, 2001 at UUASC-LA, Don Gibbs of JPL gave a talk about the Linux startup process.

On July 14th 2001 at Linux at LAX (LILAX), Dan Owsley of IBM discussed IBM's commercial Beowulf clusters, and Darryl Strauss of VA Linux showed off Sony's port of Linux to the Sony Playstation 2.

On July 11 2001, at San Diego Linux Users Group (SDLUG) Brad LaRonde (president of Agenda) talked about embedded Linux on Agenda's VR3 PDA.

On 26 June 2001, Borland held a free all-day seminar at the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel on Kylix, their Object Pascal Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment for Linux.

On June 19th, at Lula, Kevin Cohen presented the Nessus Vulnerability Scanner, and Clay Claiborne gave a talk about Playing DVD's under Linux.

On May 12, 2001, Lilax presented "LDAP on Linux" and a Parasoft representative talking about "C/C++/Java Code Development on Linux". The Parasoft speaker was polite, and didn't just push Parasoft's tools.

On May 3, 2001, CSUN's chapter of the ACM and SFVLUG held a joint meeting. Nice to see cross-pollination like that.

A new LUG is forming: SCVLUG - Santa Clarita Valley Linux Users Group Their first meeting was April 28th.

Simi-Conejo LUG (SCLUG) held LUGFest IV on April 21st and 22nd; see for more info.

On March 10, 2001, at, Paul Everitt (co-founder of Digital Creations, Inc.) gave a talk about Zope, and Martin Bäehr talked about Roxen.

On February 10, 2001, Todd Lyons presented Building and Installing Sendmail, and Steve Redlich discussed the Linux Router Project at the February Lilax meeting.

On January 13, 2001, Will Cohen of the Red Hat gcc team presented "GCC: From C to Executable" at the January Lilax meeting.

On December 9, 2000, MandrakeSoft sponsored a Linux-Mandrake Fest at the Pasadena Conference Center.

On December 1st, 2000, VA Linux and Metapa hosted an evening of discussion with Daryll Strauss of VA Linux ("The State of 3D for Linux" Wook of Metapa ("How to Scale Media Infrastructure with Linux").

IBM and Turbolinux held a joint presentation on October 29th; see their press release.

The Simi-Conejo Linux Users Group held LUGFest III on October 28th, 2000; see for more info.

On October 14th, 2000, LInux-At-LAX held a full day tutorial by John Terpstra on how to build, setup and maintain a Linux based network infrastructure for businesses. Reports are it was an excellent event.

On August 27, 2000 Cerritos LUG held a Linux Business Solutions Demo Day.

On 22 July 2000 LULA held a free six-hour program on Threats to Electronic Privacy & Countermeasures To These Threats at the eLinux offices in Torrance, with speakers Ismet Kursunoglu, Michael Elkins, Lynda True, and Chris Smith. Several people commented that it was a very good show. Hats off to John Wenger and everyone else involved.

Gene Barlow, head of Caldera Systems' User Group Program, spoke July 11, 2000 at the Los Angeles Computer Society. held a vendor fair on May 20th at their offices in Torrance. The event was well worth attending; here's Linuxpower's writeup.

Red Hat came to Caltech on May 5th; the visit was very brief.

John Terpstra, Samba developer and V.P. of Community Relations at TurboLinux, talked on April 8th at LILAX about technical aspects of Samba and TurboCluster Server.

Corel brought their road show to Los Angeles on April 4th, 2000.

We were hacked! The system logs indicate that the intruder was a certain Alan Smithee. He appears to have used a coordinated attack from a renderfarm somewhere in Hollywood.

In a related note, Gerald Holmes wrote to confirm his speaking engagement at Caltech on April 13th. I had to tell him that a hacker was responsible for the invite, and that there was no LAWUGS. Sorry, Gerald!

SCLUG held their second LUGFest on March 18th, 2000; see for their wrapup. About 200 people attended; it was a very interesting afternoon. (I especially enjoyed watching Luke use vmware, Win2k, and Linux on a laptop to debug packet traces of Win2k accessing a Samba server.)

Eric Raymond, author of the famous essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar, the guy who broke the story of Microsoft's strategy for combatting Linux, and board member of VA Linux, came to USC and Caltech on Dec 3rd and 4th 1999 to talk about "Linux and Open Source as Social Revolutions", "Effective Open Source Evangelism", and "the Zen of Unix". A panel including local Linux folks and Eric took questions afterwards, and discussed online privacy issues. About 100 people attended each event. Raymond had a lot of interesting things to say -- e.g. his list of the ten bullets Microsoft has to dodge to survive the coming year -- , and it was great seeing folks from all the local user groups in one room.

Thanks to Clay Claiborne of Cosmos Engineering for setting up this event! (See also Clay's page.)

UCLALUG hosted a talk by Chris DiBona of VA Linux Systems and SVLUG on Saturday, November 6, 1999.

Simi-Conejo LUG (SCLUG) held a LUGFest on Saturday, October 23rd, 1999. We hear it was a good gathering - lots of demos. Here's a writeup of the event.

lilax sponsored a full day of demos and installs on September 11th, 1999 as part of the international Linux Demo Day. The MiniVend (an e-commerce package) demos by Charlie Blanchard are reported to have been a hit.

USCLUG held an installfest on Thursday September 9th, 1999. They report that the $3 Red Hat 6.0 CD's from CheapBytes were very popular, and should be a regular feature at future Installfests.

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