Open Source Club

at The Ohio State University

The Open Source Club at the Ohio State University is a registered student organization composed of members from all around campus and out into the community who share a common enthusiasm for free, open source software. Our focus is on building a strong community of open source users and developers in order to bring the benefits of open development, open standards, and free software to the university community.

  • email
  • office
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 112F
  • next meeting
    October 20, 2016
  • meeting location
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 120
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PGP KeySigning Party

posted: 10-17-2016

Pretty Good Privacy(PGP) is a great way to communicate privately, but also to verify the identity of an online source. PGP is commonly used in fields such as journalism when identity is a must or when signing your code. PGP can also be used to encrypt communications so that only one party can read it.

Join us this Thursday, October 20, 2016, as Michael Yanovich describes the functionality of PGP and demonstrates how to use it. You’ll learn how to generate your own key, and have the opportunity to partake in a key signing party!

As always, laptops are encouraged and pizza will be provided


Ohio LinuxFest

posted: 10-07-2016

Android vulnerabilities and security

posted: 10-04-2016

Come join us Thursday October 6th at 19:00EDT, as Chandler Freeman talks about Android vulnerabilities and the world of mobile security. Chandler will do a brief analysis given some newer exploits, and try to determine how widespread the vulnerabilities still are in the ecosystem.

Did you know about Ohio Linux Fest? It’s a great opportunity to learn from some great speakers and meet fellow FLOSS enthusiasts. You can register for FREE at

As always there will be pizza, and laptops are encouraged.


Vim vs Emacs

posted: 09-24-2016

Join us Thursday, September 29th, at 19:00 EDT, as we talk about the storied editors that have been pitted against each other for forty years. The speed and extensible nature of these editors have made them very popular along with the ability to be ran headless unlike modern day editors. Learning one of these two editors is strongly advised in order to be effective in any environment.

As always laptops are encouraged, and pizza will be provided.


Harris Corp on embedded software

posted: 09-20-2016

Join us this Thursday, September 22, at 19:00EDT as Tim Armstrong from Harris Corporation talks about embedded software. Tim is an Ohio State alumni and would love to answer your questions about anything from embedded software to life after college.

Laptops are encouraged, and pizza will be provided


Capital One presents trends in computing

posted: 09-09-2016

Join us this Thursday as Kapil Thangavelu, the Data Engineering Director from Capital One, gives us an industry view of trends in computing. Topics will include big data, the cloud, and containers. Kapil will also talk about opensource projects from Capital One and why opensource is important in industry.

As always, laptops are encouraged, and there will be pizza.


Intro to the Command line

posted: 09-07-2016

If you’re new to the command line, stop on by and we can get you comfortable with the terminal. Be it moving around, updating software, or anything else in your daily computing needs.

If you can navigate your way around the terminal just fine, don’t skip this meeting yet, we’ll be discussing different shells and tips and tricks. Want to get a nice customized setup nice and quick, try FISH or OH-MY-ZSH. Plan on jumping between systems with little control, make sure you know Bash or Csh.

We strongly encourage that you come with a Unix-based system such as Linux or BSD(VMs are acceptable). As always there will be pizza.



posted: 08-29-2016

Interested in running Linux or BSD, but haven’t gotten around to installing it? Wanted to change distros, but you didn’t have the time? Come to our installfest and take the time to eat some pizza and install the OS of your dreams. We’ll have 5 copies of Ubuntu, 3 copies of Mint, 2 copies of Elementary, one OpenBSD stick, and one Arch ISO. If nothing strikes your fancy, we can download it!

If you don’t know what OS would best fit you, don’t worry, our officers can help you decide. If you don’t want to dual boot we can help you install the OS in a virtual machine.

As always, there will be pizza


Welcome To Open Source

posted: 08-25-2016

Come join us August 25th at 19:00 in Caldwell 120 to learn what Open Source is and why you should use it. You’ll meet our officers for the year, and there will be plenty of time for socializing and eating pizza!

As always, laptops are encouraged

– Brandon (Malide) Moore


Autumn 2016 Semester Schedule

posted: 06-08-2016

Ohio LinuxFest 2016

posted: 05-05-2016

Why Open Source at Microsoft?

posted: 04-15-2016

Thursday, 2016/04/21 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

What started as a war is turning to a love affair. Over the last two decades, Microsoft has moved from a fierce opponent of the penguin to recently being welcomed by Ubuntu, Red Hat and others. Come for an interactive discussion of Microsoft’s journey with Open Source and see some demos of the new Bash on Windows and .Net Core.

Brian Sherwin is a Sr. Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 17 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he’s not trying to figure out some new technology, he spends time reading, Scouting, and drinking enough coffee to keep up with his five kids.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.


How to SSH into club systems

posted: 04-14-2016
tutorials, ssh, linux, headless

Introduction to FreeBSD

posted: 04-11-2016

Thursday, 2016/04/14 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

This talk is aimed at giving a overview of the operating system, why to use it, and some of its wonderful features such as the z file system (zfs), jails, and ports/pkg (its software build system). Unlike what many might think the BSD projects are not dead. They are heavily used, maintained, developed, and documented by many people from around the world ranging from hobbyists to multimillion dollar companies.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements, BSD, FreeBSD

Package managers and Open Source election

posted: 04-03-2016

Thursday, 2016/04/07 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

This Thursday, Brandon Moore will present on package managers. From distro-based package managers to project-based package managers, we will discuss what a package manager is, the advantages and disadvantages of package managers, the recent issue with the mass-unpublishing of Node modules, and more.

Don’t forget that the election will also occur at this meeting. If you haven’t registered to vote yet then please get in contact with the officers. If you’d like to run for a position, please get in contact with the officers.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements, package managers

Bedrock Linux

posted: 03-26-2016

Thursday, 2016/03/31 at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120

Daniel “paradigm” Thau will present Bedrock Linux, a Linux distribution which allows the use of software from a variety of typically mutually exclusive Linux distributions, simultaneously and transparently.

If one would like a rock-solid stable base (for example, from Debian or a RHEL clone) yet still have easy access to cutting-edge packages (from, say, Arch Linux), automate compiling packages with Gentoo’s portage, and ensure that software aimed only for the ever popular Ubuntu will run smoothly - all at the same time, in the same distribution - Bedrock Linux will provide a means to achieve this.

The presentation will cover the motivation behind the Bedrock Linux, various real-world use cases for the project, concepts useful for utilizing and understanding it, as well as future plans.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.

announcements, bedrock, linux, os

Spring LAN Party

posted: 03-24-2016
lan, pary

A Recap of NICAR, and open source in journalism

posted: 03-16-2016

Open Source Club and Lantern alumnus Ben keith will talk about open source software in journalism. Topics covered will include notable newsroom teams working in the open, tools available for anyone to use, conferences and training available, and some story ideas from the conference.

This talk will also be a recap of NICAR 2016, and give overviews of some talks given there.

This talk is suitable for all audiences, and journalism students are particularly encouraged to come.

Slides will be available.


Open Source and Linux Gaming

posted: 03-07-2016

Level up this Thursday, 2016/03/10 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120 as Nikit Malkan and William Osler present a talk on gaming with Linux. From free software games like 0 A.D. and Super Tux Cart to proprietary games that run with a compatibility layer, come learn about some of the essentials for getting the most game out of your Linux system. We’ll also be covering details like how to get set up and going in Wine, games you can run Linux servers for, game engines with Linux support and more.

Also important this week, we’ll be having registration for club voting. We’re changing up how voting is done for University compliance reasons. If you want to be able to have a vote in future club leader or constitution changes, attending this week’s meeting is super important.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped volunteer during the OHI/O Makeathon over the weekend. Volunteer efforts help keep our club running (and buy that pizza we all enjoy).

Laptops are encouraged, and as always there will be pizza.


Open Source Hardware and Hobby Electronics

posted: 02-27-2016

Thursday, 2016/03/03 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120

Alex Fuhr will be giving an intro to open-source hardware and hobby electronics. This talk is designed for those who are entering the Makeathon or who just want to learn more about hardware in general, and will cover topics such as microcontrollers, digit and analog I/O, prototyping tools, serial communication protocols, and potential project ideas.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Makeathon this Saturday (March 5th). No matter your level of experience in hardware, you can still make something great.

announcements, hardware