What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in open source software and hardware. We aim to encourage self-hosting of services to contribute to a better, more decentralised Internet.

We plan to run regular meetups to discuss all aspects of open source from modern federated services and approaches to open standards for communication.

We also aim to run regular informal sessions to teach basic server administration, command line usage, hosting basic services web servers as well as Mastodon or PeerTube and showcase some of the latest developments in open source.

Upcoming events (4)

Linux command line basics for beginners (no set-up necessary)

Guided exploration of the Linux server command line. Informal and relaxed meeting in the quiet lounge of Avalon bar on Kent Road. Aimed at absolute beginners. We'll show how to securely connect to a server then we'll work through Bandit, an adventure game set in the command line that progresses step-by-step from the basics to common programs and beyond. I'll have my laptop plugged into a screen and we'll work together to introduce to you to each concept. Bring a laptop and play along as I explain how to progress to each level. See how far you get before you come along and try on the night: http://overthewire.org/wargames/bandit/ This event is free, but there will be a [completely optional] donation jar to cover the costs of the meetup group.

The Scottish Linux Users Group - August 2019 - Planning meeting

This is a "Planning 2019 - 2020" meeting of the Scottish Linux Users Group. Meetings are held at 19:00, with the talk beginning at 19:30. Even if you've never came along to Scotlug before, it would be good to meet you and get to know who is out there in Scotland interested in open source and what they might like to see from Scotlug in coming months. Afterwards we usually have a couple drinks in Hengler's Circus, across the road on Sauchiehall Street. You can see more about this event and previous events on the Scotlug website: https://www.scotlug.org.uk/meetings/

Setting up an Ubuntu web server from scratch

The Avalon Bar

This is a monthly event to teach newcomers how to set up a basic Ubuntu web server. I'll have my laptop plugged into a big screen and we'll work alongside the group to talk you through how to set things up. We'll use Amazon Web Services to set up an EC2 instance and install Ubuntu on it. Then install a webserver, a database and show you how to securely connect to it. This event is in conjunction with a 'Learn to program from scratch' (web/PHP) event that I'm also hosting, so if you'd like to learn some of the very basics (how to transfer files, get your environment set up etc) we'll cover that too. Alternatively, you can skip the programming part - you might want to try installing any software you are interested in (like Wordpress, Pleroma or any new projects you'd like to try out) and we'll help you get them set up. You'll need a laptop to get the most out of this session.

Open source social media: ActivityPub and Mastodon - a gentle introduction

Don’t you miss the days when the web really was the world’s greatest decentralised network? Before everything got locked down into a handful of walled gardens? Enter ActivityPub! ActivityPub is a decentralised social networking protocol based on the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format. ActivityPub is an official W3C recommended standard published by the W3C Social Web Working Group. It provides a client to server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server to server API for delivering notifications and subscribing to content. Mastodon is one of the most feature rich implementations of ActivityPub - join us for a quick demo of what it’s capable of and what might come in the near future! This event is free, but there will be a [completely optional] donation jar to cover the costs of the meetup group.

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