Past Events

Monday 20th of May 2019 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Having a social media presence has become critical for marketing your business in an increasingly digital world. Savvy businesses are using social media to add value and build loyalty with their existing customers, and attract new ones. But how do you make sure you get the most from your time and any budget you have? How do you cost effectively create engaging and useful content, and use different social media channels to reach the right audiences? This workshop will show you how.

The Social Media workshop is for 1 hour and will cover the following topics -

  • What social media channels your business should use
  • How to create great social media content
  • Telling your story online
  • How to create a simple and actionable social media plan and publishing schedule
Friday 17th of May 2019 at 6pm to Sunday 19th of May 2019 at 5pm
Greymouth High School [map]

Calling all innovators, leaders, changemakers, problem solvers, startups, techies, and entrepreneurs! If you’re a passionate and dedicated Coaster with the desire to see our region grow then have we’ve got just the challenge for you!

The West Coast Activator is an idea incubation event where you will be challenged to work in teams to come up with innovative, tech inspired solutions that will encourage visitors to spend more time and money in our beautiful corner of NZ. This is a West Coast version of a sort of ‘Startup Weekend’ and there is no such thing as a bad idea but all sorts of upside in making that idea into a reality.

We’ll have the whole startup activation crew from Ministry of Awesome and West Coast Tech Space on hand as well as experienced mentors, keynote speakers, and friendly facilitators all there to help the ideas and solutions flow. There will …

Monday 21st of January 2019 to Friday 25th of January 2019
University of Canterbury, Christchurch [map]

Over on the other coast, Christchurch is hosting the 2019 L.C.A. - Australasia's regional Linux and Open Source conference.

Themed Linux of Things, the 2019 will again attract speakers and attendees from across the world to socialise, fraternise, lecture, listen, ask, answer and share with their peers. The conference will explore the use of free open source software and hardware for internet of things devices, along with security concerns, privacy and legal aspects, environmental impacts, everyday communication, health, ethics, and much more.

Hope to see some other West Coasters there.

Tuesday 6th of November 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]

The Cacophony Project

The Cacophony Project aims to protect our native birds and bring back a healthy dawn chorus using smart technology and machine learning.

Their main product, the "Cacophonator", is an open-source Linux device that uploads thermal video to their servers in the cloud. With this device they have learnt a lot about predator behaviour. They are now in the process of building new and improved predator capturing systems.

On Tuesday 6 November we are fortunate to have Clare McLennan, Cacophony software developer, joining us via teleconference to tell us more about the project and technology.

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]

No Linux Users' Group meeting this Tuesday (2 October).

See you 6 November though!

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]

Accessibility with Linux

Andy will share Linux alternatives for the blind or vision impaired. Followed by tea and coffee.

Tuesday 7th of August 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]


Creating graphics on Linux.  Using the Gimp/Inkscape/etc.  Followed by tea and coffee.

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]

computer vision

Mike will share how computer vision makes a cool project of his work. Followed by tea and coffee.

This will be an Advanced-level talk, "Could get technical. Will include code." Everyone is still very welcome, and there is plenty of eye-candy to look at, we are just letting you know so expectations are set correctly.

Tuesday 5th of June 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]


LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux.  Richard will give a demonstration of how he is using LibreCAD to design the house he is building.   Followed by tea and coffee.

This will be an Beginner-level talk, "Suitable for those just starting out with Linux". Everyone is still very welcome, we are just letting you know so expectations are set correctly.

Tuesday 1st of May 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]


David will give a demo of Ansible and talk about automated deployments.  Followed by tea and coffee.

David's slides from the talk: glug_ansible.odp

Juergen's original slides: Ansible_v2.odp

David's example Ansible project: ansible-example

Juergen's example Ansible project: ansible_cluster_setup

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]


Andy will give a talk about anonymity online and things like Tor.  Followed by tea and coffee.

Tuesday 6th of March 2018 at 6:30pm to 8pm
6 Mackay St, Greymouth (upstairs) [map]

Don't fear the penguins

I haven't got much prepared, but still want to kick off, so it'll be a low-key informal first meeting. Talking about Linux, what it is, and what we want from this User Group. Followed by tea and coffee.