Next Meeting

24th June 2019

For this month only we will be in the snug, not the dining function room.

It is the small room on the left as you walk from the dining area through to the back garden.


Place The Great Northern Hotel
Address 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054
Pre-meeting 6pm, in the snug
Time for Talks 7:30pm, in the snug
Phone (03) 9380 9569
Tram Routes 1 or 6 from Melbourne Central, get off at Pigdon st, Carlton

Volunteer for a talk

Feel like doing a talk? Please volunteer on our mailing list or email me directly at


24th June 2019

Talk Speaker Slides
Shell access via injection Damien Buttler
Kernel bug hunting with git bisect Duncan Roe

27th May 2019

Talk Speaker Slides
Bluetooth audio streaming to a Pi Michael Pope slides
Problem solving roundtable, Show and tell Discussion
Website conversion progress Discussion

29th April 2019

Talk Speaker Slides
bashrc fun Danny Robson slides

25th March 2019

Talk Speaker Slides
Multiboot USB Michael Pope slides
Jitsi, Matrix, IRC Open slides

25th February 2019

Talk Speaker
PiTooth - Raspberry Pi as a Bluetooth/​USB adapter Danny Robson
Kodi + Netflix, 3dprinters, etc Michael Pope

28th January 2019

Talk Speaker
Really complicated car clock Michael Pope
LCA2019 report Duncan Roe

30th December 2018

No meeting as per usual for December. Enjoy your break!

26th November 2018

Talk Speaker
Show and tell Open floor

For this month only we are in the 'snug' (still at The Great Northern) due to a booking clash.

You are encouraged to bring along, or have someone else bring along, something you have found interesting to show off in an unstructured discussion.

24th September 2018

Talk Speaker
Danny Robson & Remote Jitsi Conferencing Experiments

27th August 2018

Talk Speaker
Michael Pope Setting up a serial console
General Open Floor Problem Solving Q\&A

30 July 2018

Talk Speaker
Timothy Rice An introduction to filesystem ACLs

25 June 2018

Talk Speaker
Darren Wurf Blockchain Data Structures
Malcolm Herbert The jq JSON processor

28th May 2018

Talk Speaker
command line double entry accounting with ledger-cli Michael Pope
A Raspbery Pi as an ethernet-wifi bridge Danny Robson

30th April 2018

Talk Speaker
Static Blogging with Pelican Danny Robson

28th March 2018

Talk Speaker
NVMe Duncan Roe
Raspberry Pi air quality sensor Michael Pope

26th February 2018

Talk Speaker
Gentoo Linux Danny Robson
nftables Duncan Roe

29th January 2018

Talk Speaker
Spectre & Meltdown Discussion All @ Dinner
borg backup Danny Robson
csmanager for NextCloud management Bob Parker

27 November - Cancelled

This months meeting is cancelled as most people cannot make it.

30 October 2017

Talk Speaker
KRACK WPA vulnerability pre-meeting discussion Everyone
gnuplot Rick Miles
Low powered x86 board (lightning) Michael Pope

Feel free to volunteer for a talk on our mailing list.

Future meetings

Dates for 2017

Date Talk #1 Talk #2

Please show your interest on our mailing list or email me directly

Talk Preparation

Normal talks go for 45minutes, lightning talks go for 15minutes. If there a lot of questions please save them for after the talks. There is room for two full talks and one lightning. Please let me know which length your talk is when volunteering.

The talks are performed in the function room.

The LED TV supports HDMI up to 1920x1080.

Live Demos

MLUG is known for doing live demos and it's something which makes our group unique. We would like to continue this tradition so if you do a live demo as part of your talk please make sure it fits within the time limit. If it does take a long time you can setup the demo and perform the demo after all the talks have been done.


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It's best to head over to the mailing list for any questions, discussion or announcements. If you are having problems related to MLUG and you are not on mailing list you can contact:

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Notebooks with Linux pre-installed or no OS

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** Support GNU/Linux/BSD Vendors **

MLUG is not connected to these companies in any way. These are just companies we have found that are selling notebooks/computers with the option of Linux pre-installed or no OS installed.

Australia - Lots of options and lots of distros on offer (Melbourne based) -- Horize notebooks, better specs than some of the stores - Offer Ubuntu or No OS, competitive prices (Horize only) - Good range, plenty of options. - Sydney based but can deliver.

Overseas - They now deliver to Australia

MLUG workshop extras

The new extras that we talk/work on at meetings are:

  • Working on improving the MLUG group such as website, mailing list, services, venue selection, getting the word out about mlug.
  • Cool Things this month (everyone who comes gets a chance to tell us what's cool this month in the world of Linux and Open Source)
  • Too Hard Basket. Everyone has a task which is too hard to complete, this is a chance to get fresh input on your "too hard basket" item.


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