Open Source Saturday

Freedom in the software dimension is no April Fools joke. So here's one: 3 programmers walk into a bar and the bartender asks can I get you all a drink? Programmer 1 says "maybe". Programmer 2 says "maybe". Programmer 3 smiles and says "Yes!" OK, that is also not exactly a joke but, similarly, the logic works out. :) Here is what we are doing on Sat...

Quickly:

Random output about /dev/random
Syed will give a talk because he has become fascinated with this topic and can't stop talking about it. Like... - Random numbers, an intro
- Types of RNGs - RNG in linux
- /dev/random vs /dev/urandom - Testing RNGs with the "ent" tool
- Q & (random) A

If people are interested in deeper dive he can do a second, more technical, talk we are calling RND() for !Dummies. Rolling Releases, here they come! SolydXK is a prime example if the latest trend in Linux distros. The rolling release simply means never again installing from scratch. Apps get updated as soon as they hit the stable repositories, and OS updates happen quarterly. . Once you setup your desktop, SSH keys, fonts, GPG keys, document structure, that one off app... It is all still there post update(s). . Discuss! News!

Microsoft opens the source (NOT open sources) the code to MS-DOS and Word 2.0. They picked a really restrictive license so don't plan on really doing anything with it. https://www.gov.uk/design-principles (These rock!)

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For lunch the usual... The Wild Turkey by the bowling alley on Walnut is a North Dallas institution, burgers and beers.


Cya here, then there!

---- Caution: Generic Meetup description follows ---

We are a group of some serious, and some not-so-serious, geeks that want to see the Open Source Ethos spread and help as many people as will let it. During the meetings, which are pretty much an excuse to get together and have fun, we catch up on topical and industry news, projects, code releases, recent technical problems and solutions...

There are sometimes presentations - anything open source but if it is software then running on more than 1 platform is preferred (Linux, Mac, Win, etc.). Mobile is an exception due to Apple's refusal to let FOSS code onto their IOS platform - so we talk about Android a lot more.

I you have an itch to scratch that can be solved by technology, bring it on in! You well always get an educated opinion and sometimes a useful answer too. The group is not homogeneous around one specific technology, or industry, or language or nationality. What we have in common is our desire to make our lives better, and the set of people in "our" is everyone, everywhere.

Join us afterwards for lunch! Hope you have a hunger for adventure. ;)

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John Fields

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  • syed

    Can some one remind me what I promised I would post. Aaji starting off with the link to the Duke guy's page http://bit.my/1ertT13

    April 9, 2014

    • syed

      Jon, I would like to know more about your perspective on this issue.

      May 1, 2014

    • Jon

      Fundamentally /dev/{u,}random is not meant to be a source bulk randomness. These sources of entropy are designed to seed user-space. Imagine some kind of recursive function to XOR the data with occasional seeds of entropy each iteration from /dev/random. It is a delusion to consider /dev/{u,}random to be anything otherwise, thusly that entire article is based on faulty premise. That is about the most polite way to state the inaccuracies. It's written in an aspirational way, the author wishes Linux kernel provided entropy were something that it is not. (patches welcome)

      1 · May 2, 2014

  • Bart K.

    This is not a random assessment. Chaotic, perhaps.

    3 · April 6, 2014

    • syed

      I think I have succeeded in my mission.

      April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    does anyone mind if I bring my son along?

    April 2, 2014

    • John F.

      As long as he is not disruptive, there is no problem! Is he old enough to be interested in the subject matter? That always helps... We will try to make him feel welcome.

      April 2, 2014

    • mowgli

      Yeah he better not b disruptive. Otherwise he'll render rest of us redundant.

      2 · April 3, 2014

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