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Project Night XIII

Montreal Python - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 00:00

Welcome to Python Night XIII (hosted by Caravan)

After a long absence, Python Night is back and we are inviting everyone to join us in a night of coding, laughs and all out good time.

What? You don't already know what a Python Night is?

Well, it's a friendly evening where we code, chat about projects (not too loud so people won't code bugs :) ) and help each other. You come, with or without your project and we'll try to something with it.

Already announces projects:

WHEN November 18, 2014 @6pm

WHERE Caravan, 5334 de Gaspé, office #1204 (Montreal)

HOW Just grab your free ticket on:

Bring your computer and your smile, we'll provide beer and pizza !

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Linux Journal - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:07

Hardware errors are tough to code for. In some cases, they're impossible to code for. A particular brand of hardware error is the Machine-Check Exception (MCE), which means a CPU has a problem. On Windows systems, it's one of the causes of the Blue Screen of Death. more>>

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21 Years of Linux Journal on One DVD - Now Available

Linux Journal - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:23

21 years of Linux Journal on one DVD. Order yours today and receive $10 off! more>>

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Meeting Python and VFX

Montreal Python - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:00

On Monday, November the 17th, the NAD Centre will partner up with our friends at [Savoir-Faire Linux to organize a "Python and VFX" meetup. Python is ubiquitous in the world of special effects: from Maya to Softimage and 3D Studio Max, not to mention Blender of course.

The presentations will be held at NAD Centre, 405 rue Ogilvy, 3rd floor, at 6PM.

As you rpobably know, we've already had an event about VFX and Python during MP31:

And this one is promissing to be very interesting if you are using any 3D software or if you would like to know more about real case study of useful way of using Python.

Program for the evening:

  • 6:00PM – Welcome
  • 6:30PM – Eric Thivierge, Rigging R&D at Hybride Technologie “Python: Bridging Technologies”
  • 7:00PM – Dave Lajoie, R&D Director at Digital District “Python in a vfx/animation pipeline”
  • 7:45PM – Jordi Riera, Python Software Developer at Savoir-Faire Linux “How to train your Python or how to improve python codes”
  • 8:15PM – Networking
  • 9:00PM – Wrap up

Don't forget to register your place at:

For more informations:

See you there !

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Tomahawk, the World Is Your Music Collection

Linux Journal - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:01

I don't listen to music very often, but when I do, my tastes tend to be across the board. That's one of the reasons I really like Pandora, because the music selection is incredible (in fact, I can't recommend the Pithos client for Pandora enough—I've written about it in past issues). Unfortunately, with Pandora, you don't get to pick specific songs. more>>

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Big Bad Data

Linux Journal - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:26

Obsession with Big Data has gotten out of hand. Here's how. more>>

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Call for speakers - Montréal-Python 50: Monochromatic Necessity

Montreal Python - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:00

For the last 7 years, Montreal-Python has been and still is the most awesome Python community in Montreal, if not the world. We are proud to celebrate our 50th monthly meetup in couple of weeks.

For this momentus occasion, we are looking for the best speakers in town for either a 5, 10, 20, 30 or 45 minutes presentation. If you are cooking up a crazy idea powered by Python or if you have been working on something awesome, this is the perfect opportunity to present it to all of Montreal!


Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 6:30pm


To be defined


Just send us an email at with the title of your talk, the length, and a short one sentence description.

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November 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: System Administration

Linux Journal - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:14
Folger's Crystals

Every time I write a Bash script or schedule a cron job, I worry about the day I'll star in my very own IT version of a Folger's commercial. Instead of "secretly replacing coffee with Folger's Instant Crystals", however, I worry I'll be replaced by an automation framework and a few crafty FOR loops. more>>

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Election for MTL:PY this Monday

Montreal Python - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 23:00

It's that time of the year again: the organisation team for the Montréal-Python community is going to proceed to the election of its board. People elected to the board are the legal representatives of the association, but they're also people who contribute their energy and ideas to drive the community.

Anyone who is subscribed to the mailing list can apply to one of these positions:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Please note that other positions could be added if needed.

We'd like to stress that it is not necessary to be a member of the board (or even a member of the permanent organisation team) to organise events under the banner of Montréal-Python; the board is the official organ, but it is you, the members of the community, who do great things with Python in Montreal.


Monday, November 3rd, 8pm


Ajah offices, 1124 Marie-Anne Est


Show of hands

Comme see us on Monday! :)

UPDATE The new board as been elected, please welcome your new montreal-python's board for 2014-2015:

  • President: Mathieu Leduc-Hamel
  • Vice-president: Jean-Philippe Caissy
  • Secretary: George Peristerakis
  • Treasurer: Rory geoghegan

Rock on !

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Weapons of MaaS Deployment

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:06
My Day with Canonical

I've been researching OpenStack deployment methods lately and so when I got an email from Canonical inviting me to check out how they deploy OpenStack using their Metal as a Service (MaaS) software on their fantastic Orange Box demo platform I jumped at the opportunity. more>>

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Ubuntu & SUSE & CentOS, Oh My!

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:18

It's Halloween week, and the big names in Linux are determined not to disappoint the trick-or-treaters. No less than three mainline distributions have released new versions this week, led by perennially-loved-and-hated crowd favourite Ubuntu. more>>

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Easy Watermarking with ImageMagick

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:02

Let's start with some homework. Go to Google (or Bing) and search for "privacy is dead, get over it". I first heard this from Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, but it's attributed to a number of tech folk, and there's an element of truth to it. Put something on-line and it's in the wild, however much you'd prefer to keep it under control. more>>

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The Only Mac I Use

Linux Journal - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:59

Mac? Only if it's a vim macro. more>>

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Promise Theory—What Is It?

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:41

During the past 20 years, there has been a growing sense of inadequacy about the "command and control" model for managing IT systems. Years in front of the television with a remote control have left us hard pressed to think of any other way of making machines work for us. more>>

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Mercurial: An easy and powerful alternative to git!

Montreal Python - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:00

You have probably heard about git and you understand that source control is a good thing. Who made this change? When? Why? How do I go back to before this change happened? Which change broke the code? How do I combine two different streams of the same code? How do I collaborate with others? How do I collaborate with my past self, who knew things that my present self has forgotten?

Mercurial answers all of these questions! Like git and others, Mercurial is a distributed version control system (DVCS). Big players like Python, Mozilla, Facebook and others use it to keep track of their source code. Many hosting services exist for it, such as Mozdev, Google Code, or Bitbucket.

During our workshop, we will introduce the basics of using DVCS and how to configure and use Mercurial to suit your needs. The presentation will be in English, but we encourage questions and discussions in French.

Just bring your laptop, we'll have power and wifi!


Room A-3230
École de Technologie Supérieure
1100 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal, QC H3C 1K3 (Canada)


Novembre 6th, at 6pm, until 9pm


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New Products

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:45

Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.

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Linux Journal - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:00

Back when I started to use the Internet in 1988, there was a simple way to get answers to your technical questions. You would go onto "Netnews", also known as Usenet, and you would post your question to one of the forums. There were forums, or "newsgroups", on nearly every possible topic, from programming languages to religions to humor. more>>

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Non-Linux FOSS: Remember Burning ISOs?

Linux Journal - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:38

I was chatting with a Windows-using friend recently, and he wanted to try Linux on one of his older computers. I always like those sorts of conversations, and so I kept chatting, walking him through setting up Unetbootin to create a USB installer and so on and so on. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get the USB drive to boot. more>>

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Integrating Trac, Jenkins and Cobbler—Customizing Linux Operating Systems for Organizational Needs

Linux Journal - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:55

Organizations supporting Linux operating systems commonly have a need to build customized software to add or replace packages on production systems. This need comes from timing and policy differences between customers and the upstream distribution maintainers. more>>

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EdgeRouter Lite

Linux Journal - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:18

In the September 2014 issue, I mentioned my new router, and I got a lot of e-mail messages asking about how well it works. I can say without hesitation it's the nicest router I've ever owned. And, it was less than $100! more>>

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