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Saturday 3/21: Chicago GNU/Linux User Group meeting


WHEN: Saturday March 21, 2015, at 02:00 PM

Linux Charcuterie – How the Linux Sausage is Made

Ian McLeod will take a look at the entire chain of building a distribution from start to finish, exploring how source is packaged and built, and then complex combinations of packages are joined together to make a cohesive Linux distribution. His talk will include include details of how this all works in a diverse set of environments – from aging x86 hardware to public cloud environments, Linux containers, and immutable systems.

Fedora and Project Atomic

Sten Turpin will build on Ian’s talk, giving an overview of Red Hat’s new, container-focused platform, Project Atomic. Basing his talk around the Fedora-based version of the project, he’ll demonstrate how to deploy and use Project Atomic on the Amazon AWS infrastructure.


We will have food! Probably pizza! At least a few of us typically bring some beverage to share, as well. We’re a community-run organization, so we recommend bringing a few dollars if you’d like to partake of the food. No one will be denied a slice of tasty pizza for inability to chip-in, though.

Here is the event on

March Meeting of the ChicagoLUG

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015, 2:00 PM

Pumping Station One
3519 N Elston Chicago, IL

17 Free Software Users Attending

We will have two talks at this meeting:Ian McLeod (Red Hat) will an give an end-to-end explanation of how Fedora is constructed and released.Sten Turpin (Red Hat) will be presenting a demo of Fedora Atomic with Cockpit and Docker running on AWS.

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03 2015

Bring-A-Hack meetup on Feb. 25th

Hackaday and Pumping Station: One are bringing the Bring-A-Hack tradition to Chicago!


Sophi (left) at Bring-A-Hack following World Maker Faire (NYC) in 2014

Come hang out with friends in Hardware, Making and Hackaday!  We will have drinks and pizza and hacks.

Bring your blinky demos and sign up for a lightening talk (5 minutes or less).

Sophi Kravitz from Hackaday will be in town to talk about the Hackaday Prize.


Hackaday Prize in 2014 offered a trip space!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 6 – 9 pm

Pumping Station: One hackerspace
3519 North Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

This event is Free and Open to the Public.  Please RSVP on the page for the event, so that we will know about how many people to expect:

Bring-A-Hack meetup

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, 6:00 PM

Upstairs of Pumping Station One
3519 N. Elston Ave Chicago, IL

12 Members Attending

From blog post: and Pumping Station: One are bringing the Bring-A-Hack tradition to Chicago!Come hang out with friends in Hardware, Making and Hackaday! We will have drinks and pizza and hacks.Bring your blinky demos and sign up for a lightening talk (5 minutes or less…

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02 2015

NERP (Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi) meetup: Autonomous car & Aquaponics (Monday Sept-24)


The next meeting of our embedded systems interest group, Not Exclusivly Raspberry Pi (NERP), will be Monday, September 24th, at 7pm.  We have two presentations lined up:

  • Jeff will be talking about his research into machine vision on embedded systems.  He’s been working on an autonomous car project.
  • Christopher will give a demo based around the automation framework he’s been working on using Python, Raspberry Pi and Phidgets.  It’s currently based around his aquaponics system.

NERP is open to the public and free to attend – just RSVP on our Meetup page.


09 2012

Arduino for Total Newbies workshop

Hackers on Train 2012 will be pulling into town the first week of August, and maker instructor extraordinaire Mitch Altman will stopping by our hackerspace for a special “Arduino for Total Newbies” workshop on Thursday, August 2nd.  Mitch writes:

You’ve probably heard lots about Arduino.  But if you don’t know what it is, or how you can use it to do all sorts of cool things, then this fun and easy workshop is for you.  As an example project, we’ll be creating a TV-B-Gone remote control out of an Arduino you can take home with you.

Registration: Eventbrite (space is limited so please register as soon as possible)

Cost: $40

Date: Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm

Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Workshop Itinerary:

  • Very short lesson to learn everything you need to know about electronics!
  • Then we will learn to solder. Don’t let this scare you! Mitch has taught well over 35,000 people to solder, many of whom have never made anything before in their lives. It is actually a very easy skill to learn. It is also very useful.
  • Then we will each make our own Arduino clone from a kit made by Ladyada: BoArduino
  • Now that we each have our own Arduino, we will set up the free and open-source software on our laptops (if you bring one) — Windows, MacOS, or Linux are all fine!
  • And then its time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Arduino! Mitch will show you how to read schematic diagrams, and you’ll put together your own TV-B-Gone remote control using your BoArduino. We will use a solderless breadboard. These are really useful, and provide a fast, and very easy way to put circuits together without needing to solder.



07 2012

Circuit Hacking Fun Night featuring Mitch Altman

The most excellent Mitch Altman, co-founder Noisebridge & TV-B-Gone inventor, is in town to speak at Flourish Open Source Conference at UIC this weekend.

Mitch Altman presents ‘Hacking Cool Things with Microcontrollers’ at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Mitch loves hackers, so he’s coming by our space for a special Thursday edition of the our bi-weekly Circuit Hacking Wednesday: Circuit Hacking Fun Night!

Come get your electrons & solder on with Mitch and other friendly hackers on Thursday, April 7th, 7pm-9pm.

Inspired by Noisebridge’s Circuit Hacking Monday, any experience level is welcome. Beginners can learn to solder and make cool stuff in a couple hours. DIY electronics kits from Cornfield Electronics (Mitch’s company) and Adafruit Industries will be available for cash sale.

And remember: Soldering is Easy!

Solder is Easy - Here's how to do it!


04 2011

iFixit to talk DIY Repairs

iFixit CEO, Kyle Wiens, is in town and will be stopping by Pumping Station: One on Tuesday, October 19th, to talk about DIY repairs at 8:30pm (following the weekly meeting).

Checkout the iFixit website for more info on DIY repairs:


10 2010

GoodFET Friday: Build the Sonic Screwdriver of Reverse Engineering

The neighborly Travis Goodspeed will be giving a workshop this Friday, September 3rd, at 7pm on building and using his GoodFET JTAG adapter.

Travis Goodspeed speaking at NeighorCon Chicago 2010 (photo by Anne Petersen)

More than just a programmer & debugger, the GoodFET is a hardware hacking swiss army knife similar to the Bus Pirate.  The workshop will cover the surface mount assembly of the GoodFET31 and how to use the GoodFET firmware.

GoodFET31 PCBs

Cost: $20 cash at workshop (same for member or non-member; includes GoodFET PCB & all components)

Equipment: soldering equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring any tools you prefer; strongly recommend bringing a laptop if you want to interact with the GoodFET firmware after assembly.

NOTE: Only 10 GoodFET31 kits are available.  Please RSVP to reserve at kit:   This workshop is open to the public.


08 2010

Mitch Altman, Jimmie P. Rodgers to join Circuit Hacking Wednesday

Come get your electrons & solder on at Pumping Station: One’s Circuit Hacking Wednesday (2nd & 4th of the month)!

Mitch Altman presents 'Hacking Cool Things with Microcontrollers' at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Mitch Altman (co-founder Noisebridge & TV-B-Gone inventor) and Jimmie P. Rodgers (creator of the OpenHeart & LoL Shield) will be our special guest stars on Wednesday, August-25, 7pm-10pm.

Jimmie P. Rodgers instructing makers of all ages in the Learn to Solder tent at Maker Faire Detroit 2010

Inspired by Noisebridge’s Circuit Hacking Monday, any experience level is welcome. Beginners can learn to solder and make cool stuff in a couple hours.  DIY electronics kits from Adafruit Industries, Cornfield Electronics (Mitch Altman), Jimmie P. Rodgers will be available for sale.

And remember: Soldering is Easy!

Solder is Easy - Here's how to do it!


08 2010