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Venue Info[edit]

Meeting to be held at The Coffee Tree Roasters at 5524 Walnut Street in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. 6:00pm, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.


  • Approve minutes of February 7 board meeting
  • Free Linux PC Project discussion
  • Review/approve pro forma resolution provided by bank, authorizing signature changes on bank account
  • List your item here


The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group was held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 6:15 PM, at Coffee Tree Roasters in Shadyside. The regular presiding officer was in the Chair and the Secretary was present. The minutes of the February 7, 2012 meeting were approved as read.

The Chair reported that he made contact with Todd Templeton at Google. Todd is a software engineer who also deals with community affairs. It is possible that WPLUG could get some speakers from Google due to this connection. Also, the Chair announced that Pat Barron will be giving a future talk about KVM this spring.

The Vice Chair was not present and had nothing to report.

The Secretary reported that there are 16 members after the most recent update. The Secretary also reported that he applied for the O'Reilly User Group program, but did not hear anything back yet. It was also stated that he would try to get all of the WPLUG social networking login credentials so that they can be utilized to promote the group.

The Treasurer reported current available funds of $925.67 as of the end of February 2012. Currently $8.00 is owed to Judi Galardi, and also he renewed the WPLUG PO Box for a year. These funds were paid out of his pocket, so he will need to be reimbursed $94.00. Also, he tracked down a syllabus for an introductory Linux course, and all materials will be made available to WPLUG. It is a 12 week college course, however, and the material would have to be condensed down quite a bit. He also looked into online payment options, and currently Dwolla looks like it doesn't appear to be a viable option, and Paypal is an option, however the WPLUG account with them was frozen in the past. He'll investigate what happened on that front to see if Paypal should be given another chance. He'll also look into what other LUGs and non-profits are doing on this same front.

The Director-at-Large reported that not much new is going on at the moment. She hasn't heard back from Johnny Q. at Goodwill about the Linux classes as of yet, so will need to contact him to see if there are any developments in that area. Also, she'll likely send a message to the WPLUG general and members lists to get feedback about the type of audience the classes would attract. Lastly, she reported that she is still trying to get the individual from E-Safe to come to a future General User Meeting to see what WPLUG is all about.

The Internet Committee has nothing to report.

The Program Committee reports that Pat Barron will give a future talk about virtualization. It was also reported that Todd Templeton of Google will ask around to see if anybody at Google would like to speak at a future meeting. Vance Kochenderfer will be giving a talk on Saturday about secure shell, and will likely do a follow-up talk with more advanced topics.

The Investigating Committee has nothing to report.

The Newsletter Committee has nothing to report.

The Public Relations Committee has nothing to report, as it is currently on hiatus until the Vice Chair returns.

The Wilkin's School Networking Committee reports that Brian Seklecki's former boss will be brought in to finish electrical work. Also, ways to fund all work to finish the Wilkin's School will be explored. Avenues such as the Pittsburgh Foundation, Sprout Fund, and the Heinz Foundation will be explored. Also, Dave Sevick should be contacted, as he has obtained money from Google in the past. Lastly, seeing as Wilkin's School is a 501(c)(3), perhaps WPLUG could write a grant through them and have it submitted.

There are no Special Orders that need to be addressed.

With respect to Unfinished Business, the Director-at-large is waiting to hear back from Johnny Q. at Goodwill currently. There is no old business that requires a motion or vote.

With respect to New Business, the first item to be discussed is the Free Linux PC Project, that vaguely requested help from WPLUG. Seeing as there was no definite request, the following motion was made:

MOTION to table the Free Linux PC Project's request indefinitely; seconded and passed.

In other new business, a letter was received from the bank with respect to the signature card signature changes as a result of a change of the board. There is a resolution that the bank wants WPLUG to pass as organization for the change of the signatures. This is a resolution that WPLUG must adopt and that the Chair must sign-off on.

MOTION: Adopt pro forma resolution from First Commonwealth bank; seconded and passed.

The Treasurer now also has a debit card with his name on it, as well as got the one with Beth Lynn Eicher's name on it canceled.

The Treasurer also mentioned he'll draft something to the announce list about the Friday, March 16th Installfest with Hack Pittsburgh. This event will take place at 6 PM that evening at Hack Pittsburgh's site.

The Chair proposed the board investigate what finishing Wilkin's School will cost to finish and how to get funds. In addition to the methods aforementioned in the Wilkin's School Networking Committee's report, other ways to get money should be explored. One such avenue would be using a site like Kickstarter to raise funds. Besides finishing the networking of the school, getting a projector screen, small sound system, and blackboards would be great for not only WPLUG, but the school itself. Perhaps a small, local theater company could help on this front. The first step is to get an estimate from the electrician before writing grant proposals for Wilkin's School to submit. There will also have to be communication with the electrician to see when he will be able to come in and do the work.

It would also be nice to do some sort of podcasting through WPLUG at some point, with perhaps having Klaatu help with this due to his experience in this realm.

The final piece of new business is that the Chair suggests a sign-in sheet should be on-hand at all general user meetings and Installfests. This way attendees can be thanked for attending afterwards to help them feel more of a part of the WPLUG community. All of this information could also be put into a meeting database.

The meeting adjourned at 7:57 PM.

Joseph Prostko
Secretary, Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group

(Approved on April 4, 2012 - JP)