Who we are

TALUG is a collection of computer enthusiasts from the Toledo, Ohio area, which include hobbyists to IT professionals interested in GNU/Linux. No previous knowledge of GNU/Linux is presumed or required, although most of the members have some GNU/Linux, *nix, or other open source software experience. TALUG membership is open to anyone, free of charge. We are located in the heart of Toledo, allowing us to serve all of northwestern Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Why form a user group?

TALUG was organized so that Linux users can get together (either through meetings or via the Internet) and discuss the latest developments with this rapidly growing operating system.

How can I join?

Please refer to Article III of our Constitution for membership information.

Does it cost anything to be a member?

Membership in TALUG is free, however, if you find the user group useful or helpful in any way, please consider a donation so we can continue to provide support to the community. Donations can be made to an officer at the monthly TALUG meetings or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an officer to make other arrangements for payment.

What services does TALUG provide?

The Mailing Lists are an excellent way to get technical support from fellow Linux users. We also provide free distribution CDs at all monthly meetings, as well as a library of GNU/Linux and other open source software books that may be borrowed by group members.

Free CD's

In an effort to promote Free and Open Source Software in our community, TALUG is proud to offer Free CDs of current Linux and BSD distributions ("distros") and other open source software for anyone in the northwest Ohio / southeast Michigan area! To request a copy, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating which CDs you would like (please also specify platform if not x86). We will then contact you to confirm your request and also to arrange your pickup of the CDs. All invalid requests will be IGNORED! If you do not live in the area, DO NOT send a request.

If you find this service valuable, please consider donating to TALUG when you receive your CDs! If you are requesting a large number of CDs, please donate an appropriate amount.

Title Short Description Platforms (key) # of CDs
(K/X/Ed)Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Debian-based distribution with up-to-date packages, a set release schedule, financial backing, and a large and vibrant community.
i386 1 CD
PCLinuxOS 2007 PCLinuxOS is an English only live CD initially based on Mandrake Linux that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Default desktop is KDE i386 1 CD
Debian Etch Community-based GNU/Linux distro, stable and has over 18,500 precompiled packages. Defaults to Gnome desktop, although KDE, Enlightment, XFCE, ICEWM, Fluxbox, Blackbox and more are avaliable i386 1 DVD
DamnSmallLinux 4.0 Mini (50MB) Knoppix-based live-CD distro; lightweight apps; good on older hardware; easily installs on usb sticks. i386 1 CD
Fedora 7 Community-based GNU/Linux distro; test bed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux; comes with a live CD, and an installation DVD i386 1 CD or 1 DVD
Knoppix 5.1.1 *the* bootable live-CD distro; Debian-based w/ KDE desktop; just put in the CD and reboot (install optional) i386 1 CD or 1 DVD
Linux Mint 4.0 Ubuntu based, community driven distribution whose purpose is to "produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop." Linux Mint shares repositories with Ubuntu and comes with pre-installed multimedia codecs. i386 1 CD
Archlinux Arch Linux is an community developed, i686-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses 'pacman', a home-grown package manager which allows installation of officially maintained binaries, or community maintained source code. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. i686 1 CD
TheOpenCD SFD 2007 Edition The OpenCD project aims to introduce users of MS-Windows to the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Windows™ 1
TTCS OSSWIN CD 1.74 (4/30/2007) open source software for Windows™ Windows™ 1

Key: "i386" refers to the Intil 80386 CPU. Distributions that support this platform can be used on PCs with any Intel x86-compatible processor including 386, 486, 586 (Pentium™), AMD, and Cyrix. "x86_64" = "AMD64" = AMD's 64-bit PC platform, which is NOT compatible with Intel's Itanium™ architecture, but which is compatible with the x86 architecture. "PPC" is short for PowerPC, the processors in Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5.

Check out Distrowatch or LWN for details on these and many other GNU/Linux distributions.

If there's a distribution you want that is not listed above and you lack the bandwidth and/or burning facilities to make your own disks, feel free to make a special request. We'll see what we can do.



  1. FLOSS Concept Booklet
    A wikibook explaining the concepts of Free/Libre and Open Source Software for the uninitiated... Presumably a good first-stop for people who are completely new to these ideas.


  2. How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    A HOWTO on asking questions in public forums and mailing lists. Invaluable advice for the person who is new to interacting with strangers (a.k.a. "the community") on the internet.


  3. The Linux Documentation Project
    Free, high quality documentation for the GNU/Linux operating system.


  4. Introduction to Linux: A Hands on Guide
    An overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.


  5. Linux Newbie Guide
    A complete reference for new Linux users who wish to set up and administer their own Linux home computer, workstation and/or their home or small office network. The answers are meant to be simple, with just sufficient detail, and always supported with a readily usable example.


  6. Linux Step-By-Step
    Setup documentation in an easy-to-follow format.
    (Newbies, check out "SxS Inferred Knowledge" under "Bedtime Stories")


  7. Linux on Laptops
    Documentation specific to using Linux on a notebook or laptop computer.


  8. LinuxPrinting.org
    Help users of free software operating systems and commercial Unix systems to get their printing to work.

Mailing Lists

Note: All TALUG mailing lists are subject to this disclaimer.

List Name Description
talug If you want to keep abreast of the goings-on, get help with Linux or other Free or Open Source software, or just want to hear what others in the community are talking about, the best thing to do is subscribe to the general 'talug' mailing list. That's where pretty much everything goes down. If you want to have a voice in the planning of meetings, topics, events, you should be on this list.

Also, since there are no membership dues or formal membership procedure, being on the mailing list pretty much constitutes membership!

If you are new to the world of Linux and online communities in general, then please consider briefing yourself on how to ask questions the smart way.

talug-announce This is a read-only list that you can subscribe to if you are only interested in receiving announcements of upcoming TALUG meetings, events and changes. These announcements will also be sent to the general 'talug' list, so you don't have to subscribe to both lists.
talug-board Yes, TALUG actually has a board. And we actually discuss things from time to time. It's usually boring stuff that has to do with the running of the LUG, though, so we keep if off the main mailing list.

Subscription to this list is open to anyone, so you can subscribe and send us a message if you want. But that's really what the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address is for. You could subscribe just to eavesdrop on the conversation, but the archive is public.

talug-murch Please note that the TALUG-Murch project is no longer active.

The Murchison Center decided to convert as much of their facilities as possible to Linux and Open Source software. This mailing list has remained online to document the project. This list and its public archive are part of that documentation effort.




  1. Freshmeat
    The first stop for Linux users hunting for the software they need for work or play.


  2. Linux Game Tome
    Linux gaming news along with reviews, ratings and screenshots.


  3. Linux Games
    The latest gaming news for Linux.


  4. Linux Gazette
    An on-line WWW publication dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux just a little more fun and sharing ideas and discoveries.


  5. Linux Journal
    Subscription magazine that has been around since 1994.


  6. Linux Magazine
    Subscription magazine that has been around since 1999.


  7. Linux Planet
    Contains articles critiquing Linux software and related issues.


  8. Linux Security
    The Linux community's center for security.


  9. Linux Today
    A resource for professionals interested in maintaining the highest level of awareness pertaining to Linux and the Open Source community news.


  10. Linux Weekly News
    Dedicated to keeping Linux users up-to-date, with concise news for all interests.


  11. Linux World
    Addresses the needs of core decision-makers to skillfully manage Linux and open source technologies within enterprise environments.


  12. Security Focus
    Security information for all operating systems.


  13. Slashdot
    Read and discuss the latest in technology and other related issues.


  14. SourceForge
    Host to many open source projects.


Popular Linux Distributions

Damn Small Linux
Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop. Damn Small Linux has a nearly complete desktop, including XMMS (MP3, and MPEG), FTP client, links-hacked web browser, spreadsheet, email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor, three editors (Nedit, nVi, Zile [emacs clone]), Xpdf, Worker (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE, a web server, calculator, Fluxbox window manager, system monitoring apps, USB support, and soon it will have PCMCIA support as well. If you like Damn Small Linux you can install it on your hard drive. Because all the applications are small and light it makes a very good choice for older hardware.
Debian GNU/Linux
The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system is called Debian GNU/Linux, or simply Debian for short. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel. Linux is a completely free piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. Of course, the thing that people want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents to running a business to playing games to writing more software. Debian comes with over 20,000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) - all of it free. It's a bit like a tower. At the base is the kernel. On top of that are all the basic tools. Next is all the software that you run on the computer. At the top of the tower is Debian -- carefully organizing and fitting everything so it all works together.
Fedora Core
The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat, open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from open source software. Development will be done in a public forum. The project will produce time-based releases of Fedora about 2-3 times a year, with a public release schedule. The Red Hat engineering team will continue to participate in building Fedora and will invite and encourage more outside participation than in past releases. By using this more open process, we hope to provide an operating system more in line with the ideals of free software and more appealing to the open source community.
FreeBSD is a UN*X-like operating system for the i386, IA-64, PC-98, Alpha/AXP, and UltraSPARC platforms based on U.C. Berkeley's "4.4BSD-Lite" release, with some "4.4BSD-Lite2" enhancements. It is also based indirectly on William Jolitz's port of U.C. Berkeley's "Net/2" to the i386, known as "386BSD", though very little of the 386BSD code remains. FreeBSD is used by companies, Internet Service Providers, researchers, computer professionals, students and home users all over the world in their work, education and recreation.
Gentoo Linux
Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free Linux distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, "fake" (OpenBSD-style) installs, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more.
Knoppix is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. Knoppix can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.
Mandriva Linux
Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrakelinux) was created in 1998 with the goal of making Linux easier to use for everyone. At that time, Linux was already well-known as a powerful and stable operating system that demanded strong technical knowledge and extensive use of the "command line"; MandrakeSoft saw this as an opportunity to integrate the best graphical desktop environments and contribute its own graphical configuration utilities and quickly became famous for setting the standard in ease-of-use and functionality. With this innovative approach, Mandriva Linux offers all the power and stability of Linux to both individuals and professional users in an easy-to-use and pleasant environment. Thousands of new users are discovering Linux each and every day and finding it a complete replacement for their previous operating system. Linux as a server or workstation has no reason to be jealous of any other more established operating systems.
The openSUSE project is a community program sponsored by Novell. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, this program provides free, easy access to openSUSE, a complete Linux distribution. The openSUSE project has three main goals: make openSUSE the easiest Linux for anyone to obtain and the most widely used Linux distribution; leverage open source collaboration to make openSUSE the world's most usable Linux distribution and desktop environment for new and experienced Linux users; dramatically simplify and open the development and packaging processes to make openSUSE the platform of choice for Linux developers and software vendors.
Puppy Linux
Yes, Puppy Linux is yet another Linux distribution. What's different here is that Puppy is extraordinarily small, yet quite full featured. Puppy boots into a 64MB ramdisk, and that's it, the whole caboodle runs in RAM. Unlike live CD distributions that have to keep pulling stuff off the CD, Puppy in its entirety loads into RAM. This means that all applications start in the blink of an eye and respond to user input instantly. Puppy Linux has the ability to boot off a flash card or any USB memory device, CDROM, Zip disk or LS/120/240 Superdisk, floppy disks, internal hard drive. It can even use a multisession formatted CD-R/DVD-R to save everything back to the CD/DVD with no hard drive required at all!
Red Hat Linux
Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers. Red Hat was founded in 1994 by visionary entrepreneurs Bob Young and Marc Ewing. Open source is the foundation of our business model. It represents a fundamental shift in how software is created. The code that makes up the software is available to anyone. Developers who use the software are free to improve the software. The result: rapid innovation. Red Hat solutions combine Red Hat Linux, developer and embedded technologies, training, management services, technical support. We deliver this open source innovation to our customers via an Internet platform called Red Hat Network. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Slackware Linux
The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table. Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX-like Linux operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users and developers around the world. Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server. Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments. A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software.
Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. "Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
Linux Mint
Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.

You can download torrents of these and other distributions from LinuxTracker.

For all the up to date news regarding GNU/Linux distributions, check out Distro Watch.

A list of GNU/Linux live CDs can be found at The Live CD List.

Radio/TV Shows

Radio Shows (a.k.a. Podcasts)

  1. The Linux Action Show
    "Linux enthusiasts talk top news stories, current trends and any other subject regarding Linux and Open Source!" The first episode of The Linux Action Show aired on June 10, 2006. Download the podcast in ogg or mp3 format. All kids of feeds are supported...


  2. The Linux Show!!™
    "'TLS' as many of our community of listeners now call it, is the oldest, longest running and without question most listened to webcast focused on Open Technology in the known universe."
    Forced off the air by frivolous lawsuits in 2004, TLS is resuming operations soon! Stay tuned...


  3. LugRadio
    "From Britain, a bi-weekly pre-recorded Linux show by a bunch of really nifty guys. Ribald at times, but always entertaining as well as informative."


  4. The Linux Link Tech Show
    "The Linux Link Tech Show was Started in September 2003 by the founders of the Lehigh Valley Linux User Group. Our goal is to provide a weekly webcasted web radio style show about Linux and Technology."


  5. The Linux Box Show
    "The first episode of The Linux Box Show aired on January 11, 2005. Listen to the stream or download the show in ogg format."


  6. LQ Radio
    Public Beta, January 14, 2005.
    "Open Talk... about Open Source"
    Podcasts, RSS feeds...


  7. The GNU/Linux User Show

    Podcast, multiple subscription feeds (RSS, Bloglines, etc.), MP3 and Ogg...

TV Shows

  1. NerdTV
    "NerdTV is essentially Charlie Rose for geeks - a one-hour interview show with a single guest from the world of technology... There are two versions of the complete show -- one with subtitles and one without -- and three audio-only versions..."


  2. go_open
    The world's first TV show dedicated to promoting open source software.
    Based in South Africa, but it has plans for syndication and it is available in mp4 via BitTorrent.
    "success stories, interviews with the top local and international pioneers, and the latest products and news from the open source world."
    "Go_Open also provides a very important forum for Go Open Source to raise awareness, the skills level and enthusiasm for Linux."

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