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Hosting the Cedar Falls Public Library Minecraft LAN Party

The Cedar Falls Public Library will be hosting a LAN party with a local server which supports multi-user Minecraft.

Minecraft players are invited to bring their own computers and monitors or to use one of 24 laptops provided by the library.

Participants with their own computers may connect to the server via either copper or WiFi Ethernet.

The library will be providing 24 Minecraft licenses for the event, but patrons may log on using their own credentials.

Pre-registration is advised but not required. See the Cedar Falls PL website for details.

Light refreshments will be provided by the library.

  • What: Multiplayer Minecraft LAN Part
  • Who: Minecraft players of all ages
  • Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Place: Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting and Conference Rooms, 524 Main Street
  • Registration: See the link at or call the CFPL Reference Desk at 319 268 5543

Already to go? Check the minecraft page to get started.

CedarLUG Team Fortress 2 LAN Party update

Dec 7 Lan Party Images

CedarLUG Team Fortress 2 LAN Party

CedarLUG will be hosting another LAN party Saturday Dec. 7th from 12:00 p.m. (noon) through 6:00 p.m. This LAN party will feature the game Team Fortress 2, which is available for free from Steam

CedarLUG will provide keyboards, mice, and monitors for those that want to bring in their own gaming rigs.

You *can* bring in your Windows or Mac boxes (you don't need to run Linux to join in the fun). All are welcome. Invite your friends.

O'Reilly Media, Inc. has donated some door prizes, including coupons for free eBooks from their (rather large) library of technical books. Everyone who attends will receive a voucher for a free eBook of your choosing.

The event will take place in ITT 322/328.

If you don't have TF2 downloaded, you might want to fire that up tonight before coming in. The transfer is large and takes several hours to complete.

If you are interested in the specific map rotation for practice, send an e-mail request to Dr. Gray.

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Testing the games in ITT 335

  1. The server in ITT335 is hosting repeated matches of each game. Each of the games has bots in the game arenea for you to practice with (the bots will attack you).
  2. If you're jacked into the switch in the front, you're good to go. You're on the private gaming LAN. If you'd like to connect over wireless, the ESSID is CedarLUGLAN, with a PSK of "Not2Hard2Cr@ck". You'll be given an IP on the same private game LAN as the wired network range.
  3. Once you have any of the games installed, simply fire up the game and wait for the initial screen to load.
  4. Once the initial screen has loaded, you may want to visit the UI settings and tweak your input settings.
  5. When you're ready to game on, simply type "~". This brings the drop-down console into focus. Type the command "connect cedarluglan" in ITT 335 and you'll be connected to the respective server for your game.

CedarLUGLAN Setup Day, Sunday Oct. 20

The CedarLUG LAN Party Setup day event runs from 5:00-8:00pm in room ITT322.

The protocol for Sunday's setup is to drop a pre-configured Linux image on a separate 3.25" SATA hard drive into workstations that people bring in.

This event is not for people with laptops. This event is intended to be a "lowest-friction to gaming" event and not a full-on install-a-thon.

To clarify what the setup event entails and what it lacks:


  • There will NOT be distribution installation support - we don't have

enough volunteers for this.

  • There will NOT be help to fix your broken Linux setup - that's not

what this setup is for.

  • There will NOT be repartitioning support for you - we don't have the

manpower for this.

  • There will NOT be GRUB tweaking for dual booting - we don't have time

to burn for this.


  • There will be CedarLUGgers on hand to help you BIOS-boot to the

secondary drive image that we will provide, fix your graphics, and connect to the games being hosted.

  • There will be a limited number of preconfigured drives available.

Once they're gone, setup is done.

  • There will be CedarLUGgers on hand to help you connect your existing

Linux system to the gaming environment. Ubuntu 12.04 is the preferred OS (again, a "lowest friction" decision).

What the Frag?

Yes, the rumors that you've heard are TRUE. CedarLUG will be hosting a Linux-centric LAN party. The date is Nov. 2nd, 2013, from 12:00-10:00 p.m.

The event will take place Saturday, November 2nd, in ITT 322 and ITT 328 (we'll remove the divider). Setup starts at noon and there will be open play through 2:00 p.m.

Open play will continue throughout the afternoon, but competition ladders will begin at 2:00 p.m. We'll play through 10:00 p.m.

The game titles that are slated for the day are all open source games (no cost), free to download, and work on multiple platforms. These include:

While you can play on any OS of your choosing, we're hosting a special setup day Sunday, October 20th for helping you to configure a fully-rigged Linux gaming system. Don't have a Linux system? That's okay! The goal of the setup day is to get YOUR computer configured and tweaked with Linux and all of these games. We'll even drop in a separate hard drive into your workstation so that you can leave your current system just as it is. We'd just like to see more people try Linux (of course) and this event is a great opportunity. The setup will take place in ITT 328 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

So the important dates to remember are:

  • Sunday, Oct. 20 - 5:00-8:00 p.m. Setup day.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 - 12:00 - 10:00 p.m. Game day!

Would you please take a moment to RSVP or send your regrets? Visit: The LAN RSVP Signup

If you'd like to practice up, there is a server in ITT 335 that's serving up all three games. If you'd like some help tapping into the game environment, just let me know.

Welcome to Fall term 2013 at UNI

CedarLUG is a recognized student organization at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

There will be a CedarLUG meeting Wednesday Sept. 11 at a soon-to-be-disclosed location. The meeting will start at 4:30 p.m.


  • Elect new officers (must be students)
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
  • Give away several books from O'Reilly (Linux command line books and a lot of books covering vi/vim - just in time for your first programming projects in CS!).
  • Set some times, locations, talk titles for upcoming meetings.

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Playstation Media Server Documentation updated

Documentation for installing the Play Station Media Server has been updated for Fedora 18 PS3_Media_Server

Did you get a gTablet too?

It seems like this is now an official trend around the campus here at UNI. Read How to update your gTablet to understand the process of dealing with different ROMs on your new Android Tablet.

Things I couldn't find in Google

Every once in a while, search engines come up short when you need them to come through for you in a big way. It's times like these when you waste more time searching for answers than had you just delved into the code and fixed the crux of the issue yourself. This page on "Things Google Won't (or didn't) Find For Me" was set up as a place to put things that eluded my favorite search engine.

Ironically, Yahoo crawled this page almost immediately after I created it.

Who we are

The Cedar Valley Linux Users Group (CedarLUG) serves the Cedar Valley region in Iowa from the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The group consists of both college students and community members that hold a common interest in the GNU/Linux operating system.

Where is the discussion?

A majority of the CedarLUG discussion is held on the CedarLUG mailing list. Feel free to sign up for the mailing list and contribute to the discussion.

In addition, there are several students and community members actively taking part in the IRC channel #cedarlug, found on the server