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General Meeting Basics (starts at 6:30pm) Main Presentation
November 11, 2015
Choosing a BSD Distro
by Bryan Bilgere
Putting the Logic in LVM
by Steve Lembark
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General Meeting on Wednesday - 11 November 2015
The St. Louis Unix Users Group (SLUUG) general meetings are usually on the second Wednesday of each month.

We start the general meeting with a basic session; which may include either simple tutorials, displays of newly discovered web sites, command line wonders, demonstrations of useful applications, amazing graphical packages, major resolution of long standing anomalies, blinking lights, or quantum shifts in both time and space. Then we will have our usual quick welcome, introduction, administrative announcements, and a Questions and Answers Period. After all that, we take a break before our main event.

Basic Session

The basics portion will be Choosing a BSD distro by Brian Bilgere

Read ahead information available at

  • Berkeley Software Distribution
  • List of BSD operating systems
  • Comparison of BSD operating systems
  • BSD licenses
  • Comparison of free and open-source software licenses
  • The BSD daemon, nicknamed Beastie, is the generic mascot of BSD operating systems.

    Learn more about BSD distributions Wednesday at the SLUUG Base presenation @1830!

    Main Event

    The main presentation will be Putting the Logic in LVM by Steve Lembark

    Sometimes LVM (Logical Volume Manager) seems like an impenetrable wall of alphabet soup, other times water flows uphill. This talk covers the basics of what LVM is and how to apply it for small systems, hot backups, and dividing up wide open spaces.

    Read ahead information available at

  • Logical volume management, a method of transparently storing computer data spread over several partitions.
  • Sysresccd-Guide-EN-LVM2 - SystemRescueCd Site, quick basics if you have never heard of LVM before in the first chapter. It also gives you an idea of whether or not LVM is good for you. Then much more.
  • Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in Linux by Jeff Muse ~ Nov 2006 (PDF version)


    Steven Lembark is a systems consultant at Workhorse Computing designing database, ETL, and virtual systems for startups. He learned LVM working in phone support at EDS and HP, talking SysAdmin's off eigth-story ledges after their disks crashed. Somewhere in all the confusion he actually learned how to make LVM work.

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