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Venue Info[edit]

Meeting to be held at IBM Squirrel Hill at 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.


  • Line up September and October GUM programs/scheduling
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The regular meeting of the WPLUG Board of Directors was held at 7:30pm on September 20th, 2016 at IBM Squirrel Hill.

In attendance were:

  • Vance Kochenderfer (Chair)
  • Justin Smith (Director at Large)
  • Pat Barron (Secretary)

Not attending:

  • Terry Golightly (Treasurer)
  • Joe Prostko (Vice Chair)

The meeting was called to order at 7:50pm.

The minutes of the previous (August 16th) board meeting were read. The minutes were approved as read.

Reports of officers:

Chair: Nothing to report.

Vice chair: Not present, left no report.

Secretary: WPLUG currently has 16 members. 3 memberships are due to lapse through the end of October, these members have been notified.

Treasurer: Not present, left no report.

Director at large: Became aware that there may be a Cleveland Linux User Group still in existence, and is willing to get in touch with them to ask if they are willing to collaborate with WPLUG (if they exist and are active). There are groups in Canton and Akron that are active.

Reports of committees:

Event committee: The biggest item we have to tackle is setting up our program for the October nominations meeting and November elections meeting. Got in touch with Martin Geherke with SNAP/LOPSA, who is doing a presentation at OLF on CFEngine, he is more than willing to do that presentation for WPLUG - the only issue is getting on his schedule, Saturdays are generally difficult for him. He could do it possibly on October 29th or November 12th. Another possible option is to consider a weeknight. We will have to consider and come up with a date that works out for us. Another option might be Justin's proposed Nagios talk. This is gated on Justin's availability. Justin wanted this to be a success story, but there may be other Nagios services that his company wants to evaluate. So the best timeframe for Justin is probably the November election meeting. Justin was planning to be in Pittsburgh during the first weekend of November but may not have free time then, so the usual second weekend should be fine for him. We have to have a minimum of three weeks between the nomination and election meeting, so the October and November meetings must be scheduled to meet that requirement. For a weeknight, we need the exact date to check the availability of IBM Squirrel Hill. Vance moves to authorize the chair to set the date for the October and November GUMs (Justin seconded). The motion was adopted. Justin suggests perhaps trying to order some food to entice people to come at a less convenient time, and would be open to donating a small sum to the petty cash fund to facilitate this.

Technology Committee: Pat reported that the volume of spam directed to the mailing lists is increasing substantially. Vance stated that our Postfix configuration should currently be set up with DNS blacklists that are currently only logging warnings. We should evaluate the logs to determine which of the blacklists seem to be helpful. Justin has been working with Zimbra admin software and knows there are some free and open source Zimbra-based spam management tools that we might look at. Pyzor and Razor2 are anti-spam services that calculate a checksum on messages to see if many people have received messages with the same checksums to help determine if the messages are spam. Vance thinks that historically this might not be a great option, but since we have additional memory on our VPS now, content-scanning may be more feasible than it was before. Vance mentioned that another thing we could try to do would be to put a call out on the WPLUG mailing list for mailing list volunteers to get additional help. Pat stated that many of the automated Mailman subscription reminders bounced last month due to bad addresses, and Terry has volunteered to help clean this up. Vance stated that the "Mailman" list on Mailman (where admin messages go) had previously been directed to a former member who asked to be removed, which is why we never saw these messages before, but now we get them.

Investigating Committee: No report.

Marketing and Communications Committee: Not aware of anything specific for that committee.

New business:

Vance asked that since Ohio Linuxfest is coming up again, they'd like to borrow the box of extension and power cords. No one expressed any objection. Pat asked if projectors would be needed, but we don't know at this time - will find out.

Justin pointed out that Microcenter has Raspberry Pi Zero's on sale for $1 each and this might be a good giveaway to entice people to come to the October and/or November meetings. Raspberry Pi Zero is a Raspberry Pi One with twice the RAM and a faster processor. His employer also has a number of 4:3 LCD monitors available which might be available as giveaways. Justin also has 4 rack mount servers originally targeted for PITTmesh, which hasn't pursued interest in them lately. Vance thinks the Raspberry Pi Zero's would be most attractive as giveaways. Justin thinks there is a distro based on Raspian that has Nagios preinstalled, which could be a tie-in to his presentation.

It was reported that we received a missed delivery notice from the Post Office in our box. Someone will need to visit the post office to retrieve the delivery. It would be best to call first and verify that it is still there, since the notice was received some time ago.

Old business:


There being no further business, it was moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was adopted. The meeting was adjourned at 8:32pm.