Greater Toronto Area BSD Users Group
Gee Tee Ay Bug eh? Tell me more.
GTABUG is a group of folks in the Toronto area that dig the BSD Unix family of computer operating systems. We're loosely knit, and most of the time use nerdy computer language as an excuse to eat pizza and drink beer. The meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and usually start around 7 o'clock. For the past number of years we've been meeting at Olympic 76 Pizza, 8A Gloucester Street, Toronto. There's a list of proposed meeting dates below but (just our little secret) these are generated by a computer, so there is always the chance they may be wrong. Or, we may cancel the meeting for other reason. Just to be safe, you should sign up for the mailing list as this page will probably not be updated in time for the meetings.
Calendar: You can add events to your Google or other calendars by clicking on the individual dates, or to your Ical or compatible calendar as a recurring event using gtabug.ics.
So, what do we do at the meetings? Anything... all get-togethers are very informal; everyone chips in on the pizza and we just let the conversation flow. Have a technical issue? Chances are very good that someone else has tinkered with the same thing and would love to gab about it.
Great, so what the heck is this BSD stuff?
A lot of people around the world use an operating system from Redmond, USA. It costs money, can be a pain in the butt and has a low "geek factor". BSD is a free operating system with a rich history spanning three decades, thousands of free applications ready to run, and a diverse and mature community. BSD (originally: Berkeley Software Distribution) refers to the version of the Unix operating system that was developed at and distributed from the University of California at Berkeley.
And in fact there is more than one BSD out there...
There are also many smaller distributions based upon one of the above (in alphabetical order):
Finally there are some special-purpose distributions (with web-based admin consoles) based on one of the major BSD's (in alphabetical order):
Resources, tips and tricks
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