Welcome to the OSU LUG website!

The OSU Linux Users Group meets every week

Tuesday at 6:00pm at Kelley Engineering Center in KEC 1007

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

  • Python vs. JavaScript Hivemind Challenge

    Two teams, two files, zero expectations.

  • Mock Interviews

    Come and get help on writing resumes, learn how to survivethe technical interview, learn how to network and schmooze with the best!

  • LaTex Talk

    Learn how to write professional documents and do it well!

  • Vim Tips Night!

    A talk about some tips and tricks for vim, new and experienced users welcome!

  • Nordstrom Talk

    Nordstrom is coming to talk to LUG about exciting technologies!

  • Modern Cryptography

    Talk on Modern Crypto, want to know how RSA works? Come learn how we define secure algorithms and how we communicate securely!

  • Docker

    Docker! Come learn about containers and Docker and why you should start using them!

  • Board Games

    Come play board games and relax, nothing serious during dead week.

Recent Blogs

(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

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

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

Advanced Weechat

In the irc guide the goal was to get you on irc and able to talk to people. hopefully once you start using irc you won't stop and with the amount of time you are about to spend on irc you should tune it for you.

over the course of the guide we are going to be going over two things how to use weechat and how to configure weechat.

To go along with this guide I have created a quick ... 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