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Election for MTL:PY this Monday

Montreal Python - il y a 20 heures 10 minutes

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! :)

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Weapons of MaaS Deployment

Linux Journal - jeu, 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 - jeu, 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 - mer, 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 - lun, 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 - ven, 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 - mer, 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 - mer, 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 - lun, 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 - ven, 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 - jeu, 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 - mer, 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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Montréal-Python 49: Kaleidoscopic Lunette

Montreal Python - mar, 10/14/2014 - 23:00

For the the begining of fall, we are proposing subjects ranging from open data, to SciPy and Django, walking by Docker and finally Go-lang. What a program for one evening.

Before that we'll have Rory presenting the module of the month pyp and Brice Salmon will come present how E-180 is using Python.

Please, also, don't hesitate, if you have anything to announce or present, just come, we are always happy to give you your chance !

As usual, the evening will continue with our friends at the Benelux, it's your chance to meet the Python Community in Montreal.

Flash Presentations (5-10 minutes each):
  • Rory Geoghegan: Module of the month: pyp

  • Patrick Picher: Python and E-180 - Brain dates for learning humans

E-180 est une entreprise sociale montréalaise qui se spécialise dans la création d’outils web et mobile de jumelage, connectant des gens aux intérêts similaires intéressés à apprendre les uns des autres, en personne et un-à-un. Cette courte présentation a pour but de montrer ce que nous faisons ainsi que de balayer notre stack technologique utilisant, entre autres, le langage Python

Main Presentations:
  • Guillaume Pratte: "Les efforts d'importation des données ouvertes de la Ville de Montréal"

The city of Montreal recently authorized the entry of its open data into OpenStreetMap. The challenge is the data is in mutliple formats (ShapeFile, KML, even CSV). This presentation goes through the process of converting the data to a format appropriate for OpenStreetMap using Python.

  • Eleyine Zarour: "Automating microscopy data analysis using Django and Scipy"

Eleyine will be demonstrating how she used Django coupled with Scipy to automate microscopy data analysis tasks during her undergraduate research project in biology.

  • Rory Geoghegan and Luis Rojas: How to get your python services running in docker

  • Alexandre Bourget: Golang for Pythonistas


Monday, the 20th of October 2014


UQÀM, Pavillion PK

145, avenue du Président-Kennedy

Room PK-1140

  • 6:00pm — Doors open
  • 6:30pm — Presentations start
  • 7:30pm — Break
  • 7:45pm — Second round of presentations
  • 9:00pm — One free beer offered at Bénélux just across the street
We’d like to thank our sponsors for their continuous support:
  • UQÀM
  • Bénélux
  • Outbox
  • Savoir-Faire Linux
  • Caravan
  • iWeb
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Linux Journal - lun, 10/13/2014 - 16:54

How many times you have been hit by unit tests failing because of environment differences between you and other team members? How easy is it to build your project and have it ready for development? Vagrant provides a method for creating repeatable development environments across a range of operating systems for solving these problems. more>>

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What's Happening above Your Head?

Linux Journal - ven, 10/10/2014 - 14:39

In the past, I've covered various astronomy packages that help you explore the universe of deep space. But, space starts a lot closer to home. It actually begins a few hundred miles above your head. There are lots of things in orbit right above you. more>>

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The Cow Says, Have Fun!

Linux Journal - mer, 10/08/2014 - 12:52

Sometimes, when the clock hits 3:00am, and you've been in the server room since 9 o'clock the previous day, you start to get a little batty. That's the only explanation I have for programs like cowsay in Linux. Still, I'm glad they're there, because life wouldn't be nearly as fun without them. Here's a quick list of silly Linux programs off the top of my head. more>>

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Call for Speakers for MP-49: Kaleidoscopic Lunette

Montreal Python - mar, 10/07/2014 - 23:00

We are proud to announce our next monthly event, Montréal-Python 49: Kaleidoscopic Lunette, on the 20th of October at 6:30pm at UQAM.

We especially love to hear from new speakers. If you haven't given a talk at Montréal-Python before, a 5 or 10 minute lightning talk would be a great start, but we also have slots for 20 to 40 minutes talks!

If you have an idea for a talk, send us a title, the length of your talk and a short description to

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SUSE, MariaDB and IBM team up to tame Big Data

Linux Journal - mar, 10/07/2014 - 15:23

SUSE and MariaDB (the company formerly known as SkySQL!) officially teamed up today, joining forces with IBM Power Systems, in a partnership that promises to expand the Linux application ecosystem. According to sources at SUSE, customers will now be able to run a wider variety of applications on Power8, increasing both flexibility and choice while working within existing IT infrastructure. more>>

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Linux Journal - lun, 10/06/2014 - 13:19

Kernel configuration has become more and more complex through the years with the proliferation of new drivers, new hardware and specific behaviors that might be needed for particular uses. It has reached about 3,000 config options, and that number will only increase. more>>

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Android Candy: Goodbye RDP, Hello Chrome Remote Desktop!

Linux Journal - ven, 10/03/2014 - 13:47

Controlling a remote computer is something you're all familiar with. Whether that means RDP to your corporate Windows Server (we don't judge), Apple Remote Desktop (which is really VNC) to your OS X machine or VNC/X11/etc. into your GUI Linux machine, it's always a pain in the rear. more>>

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