User Tools

Next Meeting Details Below

Note: for December 2018 only we won't be having a meeting. Enjoy your Christmas break!


PlaceThe Great Northern Hotel
Address 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054
Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room
Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function room
Phone (03) 9380 9569
Tram Routes 1 or 6 from Melbourne Central, get off at Pigdon st, Carlton


30th December 2018

No meeting as per usual for December. Enjoy your break!

26th November 2018

Talk Speaker
Show and tellOpen floor

For this month only we are in the 'snug' (still at The Great Northern) due to a booking clash.

You are encouraged to bring along, or have someone else bring along, something you have found interesting to show off in an unstructured discussion.

29th October 2018

Talk Speaker
NanoPI M4Michael Pope
IP validation, IPtables, and GeoBlockingTimothy Rice

24th September 2018

Talk Speaker
Danny Robson & RemoteJitsi Conferencing Experiments

27th August 2018

Talk Speaker
Michael PopeSetting up a serial console
GeneralOpen Floor Problem Solving Q&A

30 July 2018

Talk Speaker
Timothy RiceAn introduction to filesystem ACLs

25 June 2018

Talk Speaker
Darren WurfBlockchain Data Structures
Malcolm HerbertThe jq JSON processor

28th May 2018

Talk Speaker
command line double entry accounting with ledger-cliMichael Pope
A Raspbery Pi as an ethernet-wifi bridgeDanny Robson

30th April 2018

Talk Speaker
Static Blogging with PelicanDanny Robson

28th March 2018

Talk Speaker
NVMeDuncan Roe
Raspberry Pi air quality sensorMichael Pope

26th February 2018

Talk Speaker
Gentoo LinuxDanny Robson
nftablesDuncan Roe

29th January 2018

Talk Speaker
Spectre & Meltdown Discussion All @ Dinner
borg backupDanny Robson
csmanager for NextCloud managementBob Parker

27 November - Cancelled

This months meeting is cancelled as most people cannot make it.

30 October 2017

Talk Speaker
KRACK WPA vulnerability pre-meeting discussion Everyone
gnuplot Rick Miles
Low powered x86 board (lightning) Michael Pope

Feel free to volunteer for a talk on our mailing list.

Future meetings

Dates for 2017

Date Talk #1 Talk #2

Please show your interest on our mailing list or email me directly

Volunteer for a talk

Feel like doing a talk, please volunteer on our mailing list or email me directly at

Talk Preparation

Normal talks go for 45minutes, lightning talks go for 15minutes. If there a lot of questions please save them for after the talks. There is room for two full talks and one lightning. Please let me know which length your talk is when volunteering.

The talks are performed in the function room.

The LED TV supports HDMI up to 1920×1080.

Live Demos

MLUG is known for doing live demos and it's something which makes our group unique. We would like to continue this tradition so if you do a live demo as part of your talk please make sure it fits within the time limit. If it does take a long time you can setup the demo and perform the demo after all the talks have been done.


A big thank you to our sponsors; IT support & Domain Name Services

Join the MLUG mailing (Google Group)

The MLUG mailing list is great place to keep up to date on Linux news and events and discuss Linux/open source related questions.

Melbourne Linux User Group
Join the MLUG Google Group

IRC Channel

'mlug-au' at freenode.

Do you want to help make the MLUG website better?

  • Evaluate alternatives to dokuwiki, set them up and show them at MLUG meetings either before or after.
  • Mock up a better design or suggest a better menu structure.
  • Updates to our other groups listing, I would love this to be complete.
  • Create tutorials / content for our website, such as cheat sheets or handy hints.

Refer to our discussion at the start of the year at: rolling distros & MLUG 2012 improvements

Mailing list tips

Main MLUG Contact

It's best to head over to the mailing list for any questions, discussion or announcements. If you are having problems related to MLUG and you are not on mailing list you can contact:

Contact Danny Robson
Twitter @dcro398

New to Linux

Notebooks with Linux pre-installed or no OS

Check compatibility before buying a notebook:

Hardware guide

Support GNU/Linux/BSD Vendors

MLUG is not connected to these companies in any way. These are just companies we have found that are selling notebooks/computers with the option of Linux pre-installed or no OS installed.

Australia - Lots of options and lots of distros on offer (Melbourne based) – Horize notebooks, better specs than some of the stores - Offer Ubuntu or No OS, competitive prices (Horize only) - Good range, plenty of options. - Sydney based but can deliver.

Overseas - They now deliver to Australia

MLUG workshop extras

The new extras that we talk/work on at meetings are:

  • Working on improving the MLUG group such as website, mailing list, services, venue selection, getting the word out about mlug.
  • Cool Things this month (everyone who comes gets a chance to tell us what's cool this month in the world of Linux and Open Source)
  • Too Hard Basket. Everyone has a task which is too hard to complete, this is a chance to get fresh input on your “too hard basket” item.


Linux useful commands:
You can contact us via our Mlug mailing list