Welcome to the OSU LUG website!

The OSU Linux Users Group meets every week

Tuesday at 6:00pm at Kelley Engineering Center in KEC 1005

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

Check back soon for future events!

Recent Blogs

Running the Barcamp BBQ

It is a tradition that every year the OSU LUG participates in the Beaver Barcamp Unconference by throwing a post-conference BBQ. This is a time-honored tradition that literally everybody enjoys and most people attend.

TLDR Checklist:

  1. Reserve a spot at Avery Park, Maple Grove Shelter, and an alcohol permit.
  2. Get insurance through your renters insurance ... more

How to Log your Professor saying the Same Word as a Service

Have you ever found yourself listening to a professor and wondering just how many times they're going to repeat the same word or phrase, over and over again? No? Yes? YES? Then this is the post for you.

As an Electrical Engineering student here at Oregon State, I'm currently going through the hazing ritual junior year courses, including such variety as Electronics 1 and Electronics 2. In day one of lectures ... more

Securing IRC with SSL/TLS.

Although IRC is useful, the default IRC protocol is unencrypted, which means that anyone listening to your network traffic, such as a black hat sniffing WiFi packets in the same coffee shop as us, or perhaps an unscrupulous Three-Letter Agency or Internet Service Provider, is able to read, and possibly modify, the contents of our messages. In order to defend against this, you can use ... more

Essential Github

Install git locally

You'll more than likely want access to git on your local machine, so will need to install git or a git client. On Debian based systems you'll run sudo apt-get install git, on RHEL you'll run sudo yum install git, and for other systems we recommend following the most up-to-date instructions here.

Create ... more

(Living) Recommended Reading


Python is a high-level programming language that's popular for scripting, web development, and prototyping projects of all kinds. You'll use Python at OSU in CS160 and again in CS311. Other languages that are used for similar purposes include Bash and Perl for shell scripting, and Ruby on Rails for web development. One project developed by LUG members using python is our IRC ... more

Getting Started with Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean is an accessible cloud computing resource, which will give you access to a system without needing to maintain it or give up your current set up. It's great for getting familiar with linux, testing projects, and even deploying an application. Here's how to get started.

Through the github education pack, you get $50 of credit to ... more

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

LUG's Laptop Reviews

The #osu-lug channel on Freenode has recently seen a lot of requests for advice on choosing laptops. Here's a summary of the advice you're likely to get from each channel member.



I play a bit of Minecraft and occasionally like to compile code or run VMs locally, so a machine's performace is moderately important. Most of my schoolwork and real work is done on remote machines while I'm at home or ... 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

Intro to Weechat

This weechat guide is broken into two parts. The first part is all about how to use weechat. It starts by handing you a git repo of weechat config files to give you a better "default". After getting that set up the rest of the guide will go over how to use these configs. The second guide is the advanced guide, which goes over the changes made to these configs as individual changes with the what, why, and how of the change. If you are an ... more