Frequently Asked Questions

What is the San Diego Linux Users Group (SDLUG)?
The San Diego Linux Users Group serves Linux professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts in the San Diego area. The SDLUG provides a central meeting place where people interested in using, learning and talking about Linux can meet to discuss various topics about the newest/hottest operating system to come out in recent years. Our members generally share interests in Linux, UNIX, *BSD and Open Source software.

Who are the People Involved?
Anyone with an interest in Linux, UNIX, or Open Source Initiative. We support freedom in collaborating on software. We support software and hardware companies that enhance the technological creative spirit.

Why become a Member of SDLUG?
There is no cost to join the SDLUG, and by joining you will receive emails on meetings and events at the SDLUG. We also encourage you to join the SDLUG Mailing List to ask and answer questions concerning Linux.

Past Speakers Include:


How do I Become a Member?
The San Diego Linux User Group (SDLUG) has no membership dues. Therefore, if you join our SDLUG Mailing List or attend an SDLUG meeting, you are welcome to call yourself an SDLUG member. All members are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings. All functions that SDLUG performs are entirely accomplished by volunteers. You may volunteer to help via the mail lists or in person at a meeting. Some of SDLUG's volunteer tasks include:

  • Answering questions at our Third Saturday Technical Seminars.

  • Answering questions on the SDLUG Mailing List

  • Meeting speakers

  • Web site maintenance (applicable experience requested)

  • Publicity and press releases

  • Sergeant-at-arms for meetings

  • or, present your suggestions on the SDLUG Mailing List.


What Topics are Discussed During Meetings ... ?
SDLUG topics vary, but include two or more useful topics during each meeting. We discuss operating system, application level, and current happenings topics concerning Linux. During each meeting there is time for open discussion when questions can be asked. Members are always welcome to suggest their own topics and can always send email to We will read your email, and give it serious consideration.

Where and When are the Meetings Held?

3954 Murphy Canyon Road
Suite D-200 (Above the gym)
San Diego CA, 92123
Driving  Directions

Meetings are the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month. Please see the Events page for the topic and speaker.

What is an InstallFest?
An InstallFest happens where the Linux community helps install and configure Linux. Currently, is hosting Installfests, and we encourage you to attend if you need an initial installation of Linux.

The SDLUG hosts 3d Saturday Technical Seminars. The third Saturday of each month, the SDLUG hosts a new topic. Bring your computer, monitor and keyboard, and prepare your system for against greater intrusion, and for better service. January to May 2002, the SDLUG is hosting its Linux Business Series, where we will give you all of the tools to migrate from other OS's to Linux for email, proxy firewall, webserver, heterogeneous network compatibility (SAMBA), and security.

What is Linux ... ?
Linux is an Open Source, free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Linux is an independent POSIX implementation and includes true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, proper memory management, TCP/IP networking, and other features consistent with Unix-type systems. Developed under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone.

Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released. The current full-featured version is 2.2 (released January 25, 1999), and development continues.

Linux is developed under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. This however, doesn't mean that Linux and it's assorted distributions are free -- companies and developers may charge money for it as long as the source code remains available. Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes including networking, software development, and as an end-user platform. Linux is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive operating systems.

Due to the very nature of Linux's functionality and availability, it has become quite popular worldwide and a vast number of software programmers have taken Linux's source code and adapted it to meet their individual needs. At this time, there are dozens of ongoing projects for porting Linux to various hardware configurations and purposes.

Tux is the official Linux Penguin mascot. Tux was selected by Linus Torvalds to represent the image he associates with the operating system he created.

Although many variations of the word Linux exist, it is most often pronounced with a short "i" and with the first syllable stressed, as in LIH-nucks

 Updated: 03/21/02

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