Open Source Club

at The Ohio State University

The Open Source Club at 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
    info@opensource.osu.edu
  • office
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 112F
  • next meeting
    February 04, 2016
  • meeting location
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 120

Pure Data

posted: 01-31-2016

Thursday, 2016/02/04 at 7:00pm in Caldwell Labs 120, Alex Fuhr will present Pure Data. Pure Data is an open source visual programming language for audio, graphic, and signal processing. This talk will start with the basic concepts of the language, and then dive deeper into topics such as audio generation and manipulation, helpful subroutines, graphical processing, connecting to an Arduino, and more advanced audio examples.

In order to follow along with all the demos, make sure to install pd-extended (Pure Data with extra libraries) before the meeting. You can find installation instructions here

announcements, pure date, language

Arch Linux

posted: 01-27-2016

Thursday’s talk will be on installing Arch Linux, performed by our longtime sysadmin William Osler. I also want to finalize a schedule for at least the next couple weeks after gauging interest at last week’s meeting.

Many distributions like Ubuntu or Fedora are configured and set up with out-of-the box programs and features. While this is very convenient, digging deeper and setting up a system yourself will allow you to understand your system and better customize it to your needs. Arch Linux is a distribution that makes it easy to build your system up from a lightweight and simple base into an operating system tailored to you. I’ll be covering everything from how to install Arch using the Arch live image (there’s no installer, but I promise it’s not scary!), to configuring your base system, working with packages, and eventually building your way up to a desktop interface.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Alex Krieger

announcements, arch linux, distribution, distro

Meeting Planning + Lightning Talks

posted: 01-21-2016

Tonight’s meeting will be drafting future talks for the semester + some lightning talks; and I’m going to give a condensed version of a powerpoint at a conference that I saw on Monday dealing with the economics of zero-day vulnerabilities. Future meeting dates will posted on the website as they’re determined.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Alex Krieger

announcements, lightning talk

Welcome Back

posted: 01-10-2016

This Thursday, January 14th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, we will be voting on whether or not to amend our club’s constitution. So for that reason, I encourage everyones’ attendance.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, first

Spring 2016 Semester Schedule

posted: 12-22-2015
meetings, schedule

Meteor.js

posted: 12-09-2015

This Thursday, December 10th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, I will be discussing / demoing Meteor.js.

“Meteor is a full-stack JavaScript App Platform that assemble all the pieces you need to build modern web and mobile apps, with a single JavaScript codebase.”

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

Good luck on exams.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, meteor, meteorjs, js, javascript, webdev, web development

Redis

posted: 12-01-2015

This Thursday, December 3rd at 7PM in Caldwell 120, J3RN will be talking about Redis, the in-memory key-value store.

Redis is a nice (and fast!) alternative to using a database if the values you are trying to store are simple, and is commonly used for caching. The types that Redis natively supports are strings, hashes, lists, sets, and sorted sets. Additionally, Redis has other cool features such as a configurable level of on-disk persistence and “sentinels” for high availability. Redis is used widely by companies such as CoverMyMeds and was the persistence for the deceased IRC bot “spell,” and might be the perfect fit for your next project!

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Jonathan “J3RN” Arnett

announcements, redis, database, nosql

No Meeting

posted: 11-20-2015

No meeting this Thursday, November 26th. Go home.

The club systems will be undergoing scheduled maintenance this weekend, so expect downtime. Our sysadmin, William, will be reverting Gluster. Also, We will be upgrading Stallman’s ram from 4GB ram to 12GB, in addition to replacing the power supply.

– Eli Gladman

announcements

Password Management

posted: 11-18-2015

This Thursday, November 19th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, We will discuss the many ways to safe guard/manage your passwords. Everyone at sometime or another has relied on their browser to store sensitive credentials quite often due to sheer simplicity. Did you know up until 2013 Chromium was storing a user’s credentials in PlainText.

Now if your the type that likes to use a password manager, you might already be aware that not all services are created equal. Just this Summer LastPass’ security was breached, exposing email accounts, encrypted master passwords, and password hints.

We will also discuss the lesser known solutions such as hardware encrypted HID devices. Just this year the Hack A Day community came together and designed/produced the Mooltipass, an open source hardware encrypted offline password manager.

It’s difficult to strike a comparable balance between convenience and security. The intention of this talk is to explore a wide variety of cross-platform solutions to secure your personal data.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, security, passwords

Git - An Introduction and Explanation

posted: 11-11-2015

Come join us Thursday, the 12th of November, as Nikit “Nefari0uss” Malkan talks about Git source control and how to use it for your projects (and perhaps even an upcoming hackathon).

I will talk about the different models of work flow, how source control plays a role, and then will talk extensively about how Git works. Following that, I will briefly cover how to use some basic Git commands and how to set it up quickly for the upcoming OHI/O 2015 hackathon. Plan on this meeting being slightly longer than usual as I want to ensure people will walk with a working knowledge of Git for the hackathon. Laptops are highly encouraged so you can follow along. A Github account is highly prefered as we will work on a live demo, time pertaining. As always there will be Pizza.

The presentation slides can be downloaded here

–Nikit “Nefari0uss” Malkan

announcements, git, vc, version control

License to Code

posted: 10-30-2015

Come join us Thursday, the fifth of November, as Brandon Moore talks about licenses and why you should use one on any project you work on. Licensing is a key part of the open source community, and your choices are diverse. We will talk about licenses ranging from the copyleft to the copyright, the unlicense to the Apache license. We will discuss how you choose your license for a project and what implications your choice has, and more importantly what a lack of choosing a license means and how it affects the Open Source community.

Like every week, laptops are encouraged and there will be pizza.

The presentation can be found here

–Bam

announcements, license, legal

Wireless Security and Penetration Testing

posted: 10-27-2015

This Thursday, October 29th at 7PM in Caldwell 120, I, Eli Gladman, will speak on wireless security and penetration testing. Specifically I will be going over common network vulnerabilities and misconceptions. After a brief introduction, I will demonstrate how to brute force particular types of WiFi access points due to their inherently insecure “encryption”. I encourage people to follow along and learn the most they can about wireless security.

The intention of this talk is to educate members with respect to securing their own local networks. We are by no means responsible for the actions people take using these techniques learned at this meeting. Performing said activities without the explicit permission of said owner is against the law.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Eli Gladman

announcements, wifi, wireless, security

Startup Weekend

posted: 10-23-2015
events

Working in a Production Environment

posted: 10-22-2015

Hi everyone,

This Thursday at 7:00PM in Caldwell Labs 120, Jay Bobo and Vasanth Pappu from CoverMyMeds will discuss what it’s like working in a production environment. For those that are unfamiliar, CoverMyMeds is a Columbus startup that automates the Prior Authorization process in the healthcare industry. I urge everyone to go check them out!

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

– Eli Gladman

announcements

No Meeting This Thursday

posted: 10-12-2015

Hey everyone,

Due to OSU’s Autumn Break we won’t be having a meeting this week, October 15th. Enjoy your time off!

–William Osler

announcements

Engineering Homecoming Tailgate

posted: 10-07-2015
volunteering

Exploring Majors Fair

posted: 10-07-2015
volunteering

BDAA Career Fair

posted: 10-07-2015
volunteering

Pretty Good Privacy: Secure communications with PGP

posted: 10-03-2015

This Thursday, October 8, at 7PM in Caldwell 120, William Osler will be presenting on GPG, the GNU implantation of the PGP standard. PGP is a tool that allows people to communicate with each other securely, even if they’ve never met in person. We’ll talk about the Web of Trust concept, and how you can help expand it via key signing.

After the meeting, we’ll have a “key signing party”. If you’ve never heard of this: don’t worry, we’ll talk about it during the presentation. But if you want to participate, bring some for of photo ID with you to the meeting.

Laptops are encouraged (this is a highly interactive presentation for newcomers) but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

–William Osler

announcements, gpg, pgp, encryption, security

Logical Volumes and Fancy Filesystems

posted: 10-01-2015

This Thursday, October 1, at 7PM in Caldwell 120, Matt Meinwald will speak on logical volume management, specifically covering LVM, ZFS, and Btrfs. He will discuss a bit of the background and history of these systems, and describe the key features each provides. Hopefully by the end of this talk you will consider throwing away your legacy partitions (after taking backups!) and embracing these technologies.

Laptops are encouraged but not required, and as always, there will be pizza.

This weekend (October 2nd & 3rd) is the thirteenth annual Ohio LinuxFest held in the greater Columbus Convention Center. Registering in advance is free however the price jumps to $10 the day of the event. On Saturday morning (October 3rd) at 8:00am we are meeting at Tim Hortons (200 West Nationwide Blvd, Stadium). We will then walk over to the Convention Center together in time for the 9:00am keynote.

For those using COTA, the 18 Kenny/OSU line goes right by Tim Hortons, use stop 7084.

register here

– Eli Gladman

announcements, fs, filesystems