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Free Software Mastermind

What are your goals for using, developing, teaching or evangelizing Free Software, including GNU/Linux, in 2013?  Kick off the New Year right and join us for this lively group discussion.

The format will be open with some structure.  It will be open so there will be plenty of opportunity to:

  • ask and answer questions
  • trade tips and favorite tools
  • brainstorm how to increase awareness in our communities of the benefits of free software

The discussion will be structured in that I will provide moderation to make sure everyone has a chance to speak and/or have their questions answers.


Please take my 30-second, 4 question, 100% anonymous survey so I can plan the best meetings possible for you in 2013:


  • You'd like to give a lightening talk at our next meeting
    • (Lightening talks are 5 minutes or less, can be as formal or as informal as you like, and you can talk about anything related to GNU/Linux)
  • You have a meeting topic idea
  • You'd like to speak at a 2013 meetup
  • You want to participate in Free Software advocacy
  • You want to volunteer to design a business card or flyer for the group
  • You want to volunteer to write a blog post or update our web page
  • You have a question about GNU/Linux
  • To say "Hey"


P.S. Did I mention the survey? Thanks ;-)

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  • Kevin G.

    The focus of the group meets a definite need. Too many Users Groups are for the 'hard-nosed' user but I liked the demeanor of the various personalities...I will be back!

    January 3, 2013

    • Brendan K

      I hope my 'build your own home server' talk next month doesn't scare you away or alter that impression. I'm going to keep it as newbie-friendly as possible.

      January 6, 2013

  • Celso

    I'm trying to get a copy of the latest redhat linux? Does anyone have any suggestion or link to where I can get a safe copy online? besides of course!

    January 5, 2013

    • Celso

      I'm studying for the RHCSA exam and wanted to play about with the Redhat Enterprise Linux 6. I believe fedora is the desktop version of Redhat. I should be able to find something online somewhere. thanks rico...looking forward to the next meetup!

      January 5, 2013

    • Brendan K

      There are three flavors of Linux closely associated with Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is their flagship commercial product which is either completely open source or almost so, but not free-as-in-beer. I'm pretty sure you need a support contract to get a copy of RHEL. Fedora Linux is the community project fully supported by Red Hat, appropriate for servers and desktops, but not guaranteed by Red Hat to be suitable for any purpose or error free; it's the development sandbox which happens to produce stable releases. CentOS is built by an outside team, legally and fully license compliant, from the same sources as Red Hat Enterprise Linux but with all the Red Hat branding replaced with CentOS branding. If you want RHEL without a support contract, get CentOS.

      January 6, 2013

  • Tom

    I'm still at work (down the street at the CIC)! Will try to make the next one!

    January 2, 2013

  • Will R.

    Our room at MIT has been confirmed. Building E-51 (as usual), which is 70 Memorial Drive. Room number is 395.

    1 · December 18, 2012

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