Welcome to the OSU LUG website!

The OSU Linux Users Group meets every week

Tuesday at 6:00pm at Kelly Engineering Center in KEC 1001

What is the Oregon State University Linux Users Group?

We are self described as "mostly a group of nerds. However we are not your normal nerds. We are a highly active and self-organizing group dedicated to teaching and advocating free and open source software (FOSS) on campus."

That might sound like we are on a bit of a high horse; put simply we are a group of students and community members in and around Oregon State University that believe in the use of and contribution to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). In practice this means we contribute to the tools we use and the use the tools we love.

If you don't yet use Linux, or you want to learn more about FOSS, come to a meeting. We don't bite -- but we might offer you pizza.

How do I participate?

Participation is completely voluntary and non-compulsory; show up to a meeting when you can at any point during the Fall, Winter, Spring term.

When are are not at meetings, we keep in touch via...

  • the OSULUG mailing list where we post about events and useful information, and
  • the #osu-lug IRC channel on irc.freenode.net.

If you're currently an OSU student and would like to become an official voting member of LUG, please fill out this member form.

Keep an eye out for helpful information and upcoming events posted here. We also have lunch together on Fridays, at a time determined in the IRC channel.

LUG is also on GitHub if you would like to read our Laws and the source code for this website.

Is there anything else like LUG at OSU?

The DevOps BootCamp program, run by the Open Source Lab, teaches students how to develop web applications (think: Facebook, Twitter, etc) software and run Linux servers (think: The Cloud). This program is free to attend, no strings attached.

Upcoming Events

  • Projects Exhibition

    Bring a list of projects you've had your eye on, and we'll swap lists before the holidays!

Recent Blogs

Reminder: Test Your Backups

It's week 9, which means that you've probably invested many hours in a final paper or project for at least one class.

This is your reminder to stop and ask yourself:

If the most important file in my project suddenly disappeared, what would I do?

If the answer is git checkout -- filename or cp filename_yesterdays_date filename, you're on the right track! If losing the file would ruin your ... more

Channel Administration on Freenode

This guide will be targeted toward LUG officers who haven't done channel administration on Freenode before, but contains information that's relevant if you want to start your own channel as well.

First, go read all the freenode guidelines, but especially the channel guidelines and faq. These will ... more

Getting Started with Web Development

1) Get familiar with Python. Many (but certainly not all) web apps and web frameworks are written in python, which makes it very handy to know your way around the language. And if you don't already know python very well, or have a lot of programming experience, writing web apps are a great way to develop your skills and learn some awesome stuff! There are lots of great resources to help you get familiar with python, ... more

Hints on Running a University LUG

So, you want to start a LUG? DO IT! Here are some hints that I've picked up in 2 years as President and 1 year as Vice President of the OSU LUG.


Your first task is to evaluate what already exists in your community, to determine whether a LUG is needed.

Current and former local LUGs and friends

Has your campus ever had a LUG? If so, find its web site and mailing list. Use the names, IRC handles, and ... more

Technical Resume Hints

Technical Resume Advice

The advice you'll get at a place like OSU Career Services is appropriate for generic resumes, but not all of it applies when tailoring your resume for a technical role. Technical resumes will typically be read by automated systems, HR people, and the professional engineers who conduct your interview.

Know Your Audience

Once you get your resume into ... more

Event Publicity

The Event Publicity Cheat Sheet

LUG runs or contributes to a variety of events, from Installfests to BarCamps to regular outreach activities. This guide will be a work in progress -- please update it with what you learn as you try to implement its suggestions.

A month before the event:

  • Talk to whoever runs the mailing lists for the departments you're recruiting from, to make them aware of your event and ... more

Running an InstallFest

0) 1-2 weeks Before Term Starts

Pick a time and date for the InstallFest. The usual LUG time (Tuesday at 6pm) generally works, and we usually have a room for it as well. Contact Tina Batten from EECS to reserve KEC1005 or KEC1007. Week 2 or 3 is generally a good time to have InstallFest, since students in the introductory CS classes have realized they need Linux but haven't gotten it yet.

  • Take inventory ... more

Linux Filesystem Hierarchy Primer, A Guide for Windows Users

This guide will provide a brief introduction to the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy (LFSH; ie, the filesystem layout) for those familiar with Windows. The first section will clarify any terminology used, the second section will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the LFSH, and the third section will provide a brief rundown of the LFSH. The goal is to help new Linux users figure out where things are located.

note: Linux ... more

How to Write a Guide

0) Identify a topic about which we need a guide. If you have an idea, great! If you're looking for something to write about, check out the open issues about Guides. Ask around in the IRC channel and at meetings about what people would like to see guides on, as well.

  • Remember that you don't have to start out as an expert ... more