Meeting – December 14th, 2010

LAST meeting at this location!
Starting with the January 2011 the MUG meetings will be held at:

Engineering Society of Detroit
20700 Civic Center Drive
Fourth floor, Suite 450
Southfield, MI 48076

Main Topic: LinuxTV

Devin Heitmueller will be talking about LinuxTV, which is an open source project dedicated to making TV and video capture work well under Linux. This talk will cover the current state of hardware support, the various applications out there, and how you too can watch HD television being freely transmitted over the air. Break free from the crummy DVR your cable company is charging you fifteen bucks a month for!

Devin has been an active contributor to the Linux kernel
since 2007, focusing primarily on the media subsystem. He has also contributed patches to a variety of other projects including Wireshark, Perl core, Kaffeine, and !MythTV. He currently works at a popular TV tuner manufacturer but has previously held positions as a Linux kernel maintainer for embedded security products, designing ISDN terminal adapters and IP routing hardware for 3Com, and working at
Lucent Bell Laboratories.

Secondary Topic: IPMI – Intelligent Platform Management Interface

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification is an Intel-led standard that defines a set of common interfaces to a computer system that system administrators can use to monitor system health and manage the system. More than two hundred companies support IPMI. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corporation, and NEC Corporation announced IPMI v1.0 on 1998-09-16, v1.5 on 2001-03-01, and v2.0 on 2004-02-14. The technology is now considered a de-facto standard

Jim McQuillan will give an overview of the technology, how to configure it, and a demonstration of some very useful tricks with IPMI, including running a remote console and monitoring temperature sensors.

Command of the month: netcat

Dave Satwicz will be covering the netcat command this month. Netcat is often referred to as a “Swiss-army knife for TCP/IP.” Its list of features includes port scanning, transferring files, and port listening, and it can be used as a backdoor.