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WPLUG will hold a general user meeting on Saturday, July 14th, 2014 at IBM's Squirrel Hill office, 1710 Murray Avenue (third floor), Pittsburgh, PA 15217. You don't need to be a member of WPLUG to come to our meetings, and there is no cost to attend.

After our "business meeting," which typically doesn't take more than half an hour, we'll open the floor to presentations, discussions, and generally just hanging out. If you're interested in having fun with other Linux and open source enthusiasts in the area, we invite you to stop by!

RSVP link[edit]

If you plan on attending this meeting, we would appreciate it if you could RSVP to this meeting's Eventbrite invitation. RSVP is optional unless you need guest WiFi access at the meeting location - guest WiFi users must be registered in advance, and will be issued an individual username and password for WiFi access. Even if you do not need WiFi access, submitting an RSVP will help us plan for how many attendees to expect.

Schedule for the Day[edit]

1:30pm - Doors open, set up

2:00pm - Business Meeting starts

2:30pm - Presentation - Charles Butler will present on Distributed Version Control Systems and Git.

4:00pm - Meeting ends, everyone out. Some of us may seek out a local food establishment to adjourn to afterwards.

Business Meeting[edit]

  • Review of minutes (5 minutes)
  • Reports of officers (10 minutes)
  • New business


Presentation: Distributed Version Control Systems and Git

  • Presenter: Charles Butler

Charles will discuss Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) concepts, and provide an introduction and practical examples of the use of Git, a popular DVCS.

Please feel free to bring a laptop with Git installed to the meeting, if you would like to follow along with the examples in real-time.

(Abstract to be provided)

Meeting Minutes[edit]

The business meeting was called to order at 2:03 PM with all board members but the Vice Chair present at the start of the meeting.

Reports of Officers

The Chair reported that he would like to propose that at an upcoming GUM there should be a movie at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, at either the main location or else the Regent Square theater. There needs to be some discussions about right of clearance for showing films there however. The film should be independent or Creative Commons, preferably, and the Treasurer suggested something like Code Rush or Revolution OS would eb a good idea. The Chair also mentioned that Pittsburgh Filmmakers will be teaching Blender in the future, which is likely the direct result of the WPLUG event held this year at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Lastly, the Chair mentioned that the decision has been made to migrate to CentOS 7, still being hosted with Linode. There is still some work to do, before doing that, but the migration should happen before the end of August.

The Vice Chair arrived and had nothing to report.

The Treasurer reports that there is $233.51 in the bank currently. There is also 20 dollars in undeposited dues not reflected in that number. With respect to upcoming expenses, 10 dollars a month for a month or two are needed for the upcoming server migration. Charles Butler mentioned that he will donate the 10 dollars for one month's worth of server fees. The current annual hosting plan with Linode is done at end of August. Charles mentioned that WPLUG should seriously look at DigitalOcean as an alternative to Linode. The Treasurer also mentioned that the upcoming WPLUG picnic is not going to draw from treasury for anything other than shelter cost. The Treasurer and the Vice Chair said they would donate to help with picnic costs. To further help with this, it may be a good idea to hold a joint picnic with SNAPGH.

The Secretary reported that currently there's 15 members. In light of this discussion, the online membership portal was brought up. Charles Butler mentioned it would be great to use Stripe on the site and that he would help. There was also some talk about alternative cyber-currencies being accepted as well.

The Director-at-Large has nothing to report.

New Business

There isn't anything to discuss, but at the upcoming board meeting on Tuesday, there will be some discussion if Linode should be the host for the VPS, or if some place like DigitalOcean would be a better fit.

The meeting concluded at 2:20 PM.

Meeting Staff[edit]

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

  • Host: Pat Barron
  • Co-Host: Your name here
  • Snacks/Refreshments: Your name here
  • Setup: Your name here
  • Clean Up: Your name here


  • Your name/location here