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MUUG Monthly Meetings for 2019-20


Please note our current meeting location: 1M28 Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg, entrance on Ellice Ave. between Spence and Balmoral St. (Check out the UofW's maps for nearby parking locations.)

Meetings start at 7:30pm sharp.

September 10, 2019: Terraform (feat. Terragrunt)

Wyatt Zacharias presented Terraform, an open-source infrastructure-as-code tool maintained by HashiCorp, used to automate deployment of compute resources. Terraform provides a universal configuration language that can define resources across many different platforms. It offers stateful deployment to track and maintain deployed resources. Additionally Terragrunt is an open-source wrapper tool maintained by Gruntworks, which provides additional management features and fills in feature gaps of the vanilla Terraform tool.

Wyatt has made his slides available in PPTX and PDF formats.

October 8, 2019: E-mail Domain Rewriting

Adam Thompson discussed a UNIX-based solution to a Microsoft Office 365 email problem, allowing the arbitrary replacement of the sending domain, in a way that preserves legitimate DKIM, SPF, etc. anti-spam features. This involved using Postfix on a Debian Linux system, and using Ansible to maintain and backup the configuration between multiple server instances on a Cloud-based provider.

Adam has made his presentation slides, in PPTX and PDF format, available online.

November 12, 2019: PowerShell for Linux

Kevin McGregor introduced PowerShell Core, an open-source and cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) automation and configuration tool/framework that works with your existing tools and is optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. It includes a command-line shell, an associated scripting language and a framework for processing cmdlets.

AGM

Plus, this month's meeting was the MUUG annual general meeting, which included the election of the MUUG board of directors for the 2019-2020 year (by acclamation).

December 10, 2019: UNIX@50 (A Personal History)

UNIX turned 50 this past summer. Gilbert Detillieux has worked with UNIX systems for the last 40 of those 50 years. In this not-too-technical presentation, Gilbert took us through 5 decades of UNIX evolution (with some personal reflections on the last 4 of those decades). Folks came for the interesting trivia, and stayed for the philosophical musings!

Gilbert has made his presentation slides, in PPTX and PDF format, available online.

UNIX Trivia!

Think you know a fair bit about early UNIX? Or just want to learn some obscure trivia about it? This quiz from a 1984 USENIX conference may be just for you... (from the July 1984 ;login:) Stumped? Here are the answers, but don't peek until you've at least tried... (from the Sept 1984 ;login:)

Want an easier set of trivia questions? Gilbert has made his own list of questions available. Answers will be provided next month, but you should be able to find most of them online (either directly or indirectly) by following links in the presentation notes above.

Also, check out The Egregious Use of Unix Utilities Contest for examples of how to abuse, or how not to use, UNIX utilities!

Round-table, Mingling and Munchies

As 2019 drew to a close, MUUG continued our recent tradition of turning the December meeting into more of a social event.

Winnipeg Harvest Food Drive

Also as in previous years, we combined our pot luck with a food drive for Winnipeg Harvest. Cash donations were preferred this year as for every $1 Winnipeg Harvest receives, they are able to pick up and deliver $20 worth of groceries.

January 14, 2020: TBA

February 11, 2020: TBA

March 10, 2020: TBA

April 14, 2020: TBA

May 12, 2020: TBA

June 9, 2020: TBA

July 2020: No meeting this month

August 2020: No meeting this month

Please note our current meeting location: 1M28 Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg, entrance on Ellice Ave. between Spence and Balmoral St. (Check out the UofW's maps for nearby parking locations.)

Meetings start at 7:30pm sharp.

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