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WPLUG will have a General User Meeting and presentation on Saturday, March 10, 2012, starting at 2pm in the auditorium (bottom floor) of the Wilkins School Community Center.

Schedule for the Day[edit]

1:30pm - Doors open, set up
2:00pm - Business Meeting starts
2:30pm - Featured Presentation
3:30pm - Meeting ends, everyone out. We are likely to go to D's 6pack afterward.


Name: Vance Kochenderfer

Title: Introduction to SSH

SSH is the current standard for interactive logins to a remote machine. Vance will review basic usage and how SSH is an improvement over earlier methods. Using it to transfer files will also be discussed. OpenSSH, which is included with most Linux, BSD, and Mac OS X systems, will be the main focus, but PuTTY for Windows will also be covered.

Slides: download PDF
randwords script: download gzip tar archive

Meeting Minutes[edit]

The regular meeting of the Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group was held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 2:06 PM, at the Wilkins School Community Center, the regular presiding officer being in the chair and the secretary being present. The minutes of the February 11, 2011 meeting were approved as read.

The Chair reported that WPLUG is trying to find funding. So far, the Sprout Fund is the only known option due to WPLUG not having 501(c)(3) non-profit status. ComputeReach may be another resource to look into, and it will require talking to Dave Sevick. The Secretary mentioned he'd have more information about the costs for 501(c)(3) status at the next meeting, as another club he is with is pursuing the status as well currently. Member John Lewis mentioned the possibility of pursuing standard incorporation instead of non-profit status, although the consensus seems to be that having non-profit status would allow the group to grow best in the manner desired. On another note, the chair mentioned that an electrician may be hired too to complete the wiring of Wilkins School. Brian Seklecki will pursue this on behalf of WPLUG.

The Vice Chair was not present, so had nothing to report.

The Secretary reported that there is currently 16 paid members.

The Treasurer reported that as of the last bank statement dated 2/29/2012, there was $925.67 in the checking account, and that there is $9.79 in petty cash at the moment. Currently all dues are accounted for, and there are no undeposited checks.

The Director-at-Large reports that WPLUG would like to get a grant from the Sprout Fund. This would likely require the grant to have to be written through the Wilkins School with input from WPLUG. She has not heard back from Goodwill yet about the possibility of having training classes there, but hopes to soon.

The Internet Committee has nothing to report, although some future projects include upgrading to CentOS 6 and perhaps implementing IPv6 connectivity. There is no timeline to get either done. Also, John Lewis mentioned he'd like to take on integrating Google Calendar into the WPLUG website.

The Program Committee reports that Vance Kochenderfer will be speaking about Secure Shell (SSH) today. The Treasurer, Pat Barron, will speak about KVM/virtualization at the general meeting next month. It was also reported that WPLUG is currently looking for more speakers on varied topics. The Chair mentioned that a contact from Google, Todd Templeton, may want to give a future talk at an upcoming meeting.

The Investigating Committee has nothing to report.

The Newsletter Committee has nothing to report.

The Public Relations committee has nothing to report as the Vice Chair is not present.

The Wilkins School Network Committee reports that currently Brian Seklecki is pursuing getting the wiring project done by an electrician he knows and recommends. The project will require running conduit and cabling through the building. The next step is to get the electrician into the school and get an estimate. In addition to wiring the rest of the building for internet, a long term goal would be to perhaps have wireless antennas installed outside the building to get wireless coverage to blanket more of the building. This would require looking into the costs and how to finance it. It would also require direct talks to the people in charge at the school as well.

There are no Special Orders.

There is no Unfinished Business to address.

There is no New Business to address.

The meeting adjourned at 2:40 PM.

Joseph Prostko
Secretary, Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group

(Approved on May 12, 2012 - JP)

Meeting Staff[edit]

If you would like to volunteer to assist with this meeting, please add your name to one or more of the categories below.

  • Host: Terry Golightly
  • Co-Host: Your name here
  • fruit -- Judi
  • Setup: Your name here, Your name here
  • Clean Up: Your name here, Your name here


  • Your name/location here