TechFest Results

TechFest 2024 and the DLUG exhibit were both fairly successful. Attendance at the show was lighter then expected due to the weather, but there were 2500+ attendees (including over 1100 kids). We had a decent amount of traffic at our booth (considering our out-of-the-way location), and gave out 150 flyers.

Please join me in thanking our booth volunteers: Gary Turner, Ben Kendrick, Catherine Devlin, Steve Edwards, Rick Wills, Pat Flynn, and Ken Phelps. (Apologies if I forgot anyone!) These intrepid folks showing up and working the crowd are what makes this annual community outreach so successful for DLUG!

Next up is our Installfest on March 16th. This obviously a much more laid-back event, and we’ll have a lot of fun helping people get into Linux or solve their issues. Some of us will even bring our own toys to play with as well, such as our new Raspberry Pi 5s! But it’s important to have as many experienced Linux users there as possible, so please consider coming out for at least part of the day. (Did I mention we’ll have pizza?) More info here: https://linux.dma1.org/events/

February Meeting: Food Storage Inventory w/ Open Source

When:

Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 7:00pm

Where:

Wright State University
Russ Engineering Center, Room 302

We will also have an online presence via the Zoom web conferencing service.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87602254357
Meeting ID: 876 0225 4357

If joining a meeting from a Windows PC, the Zoom client will automagically download and attempt to install. For those using Linux, you can download the free (not Free) Zoom client from this page. It’s available for a variety of distributions.

For those attending in person, we will most likely adjourn to Milano’s afterward for food and socializing.

Presentations/Topics:

Ben Kendrick will demonstrate his inventory program that his family uses to manage food storage in their basement.

“I built it on open source software. We use it to keep track of what is in our storage room so that when we run out of things there is a handy report to use when going to the grocery store or ordering on line.

“We use bar code scanners to scan the UPC of items that go into basement when we do shopping trips and then a permanent station in the basement running Linux with a bar code scanner to scan things out of inventory. The center of the system is a database that runs on MariaDB (a MySQL fork). The processes are primarily written in PHP and run on a Linux virtual machine accessible only within the house. The reporting is done either in PHP, Jasper Reports, or Libreoffice Base. The system features multiple locations, audio response to input, inventory checking and correction, and bulk inventory expansion.

“The fact that the technologies used are open source allowed me to set up and deploy all of this with no cost beyond the hardware. The light footprint of Linux also allows for the permanent stations to be very old surplus netbooks.”

As always, any news, discussions, and questions about Linux / Open Source topics are welcome.

January Meeting: TBD

When:

Thursday, January 18, 2024 @ 7:00pm

Where:

Wright State University
Russ Engineering Center, Room 302

We will also have an online presence via the Zoom web conferencing service.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87602254357
Meeting ID: 876 0225 4357

If joining a meeting from a Windows PC, the Zoom client will automagically download and attempt to install. For those using Linux, you can download the free (not Free) Zoom client from this page. It’s available for a variety of distributions.

For those attending in person, we will most likely adjourn to Milano’s afterward for food and socializing.

Presentations/Topics:

No presentation is scheduled at this time.
As always, any news, discussions, and questions about Linux / Open Source topics are welcome.