Join Lab B every Thursday night at 7pm for FOSS (free + open source software) (or sometimes closed source but free) game nights. Meet up on our discord and we’ll go from there. If we’re planning on a specific game it will be listed on our events page
The next Old North End Repair Cafe is this Saturday, August 15th from 11am-3pm. Come on down and volunteers will do our best to repair anything you can carry in! And if you’d like to help out, please fill out our volunteer interest form (free snacks for volunteers!). This is an outdoor, socially distant event and masks are required.
Also, going on concurrently will be Degrowth Fest which Repair Cafe will be a part of. We’ll have a poster illustrating the merits of repair 🙂
More info on our Repair Cafe page.
The next Old North End Repair Cafe is coming up THIS SATURDAY, July 18th! Come on down to 12-22 North st between 11am and 3pm (we can only accept new repairs until 2:15pm)
More info on our Repair Cafe page
Laboratory B will finally hold our first Repair Cafe this weekend on Saturday June 20th. Assuming the weather is clear (we will decide Thursday night whether to postpone) we’ll have tables socially distanced apart for volunteers to repair whatever people show up with! Whatever you can carry with you, electronics, bicycles, furniture, small appliances, etc, we’ll do our best to repair it for you. All for free!
If you’d like to volunteer please fill out our volunteer interest form.
- Saturday, June 20th
- 12-22 North st
The main Lab B Repair Cafe page is here
Come hang out with us on our Mumble server. Mumble is a free, open-source, encrypted voice chat application and we’ve been using it to host our virtual member meetings and open hours. We’re online every Thursday from 7pm-9pm, we’d love to have you drop in and say hi.
Start out by downloading the Mumble client for your device. There are even clients for Android and iOS so you can connect from your phone.
After installing, you’ll want to grab some headphones, and get set up using Mumble’s Audio Wizard. If you run into audio issues after setup, you can always re-run the wizard from the Configure menu dropdown. This step is important so everyone can hear you clearly, and your mic only turns on when you’re talking.
These instructions are designed for the desktop Mumble client. If you’re using your phone, they’ll be slightly different, but the connection info is the same.
You’ll want to add the Lab server by going to the Server menu, then clicking Connect, and Add New. You’ll be prompted for a username, this can be anything, and others will see it when you join.
In the Add Server dialog that comes up, enter the mumble.laboratoryb.org in the Address field and press OK.
A list of servers will show up. Double click the new mumble.laboratoryb.org server you just added (under Favorite), and a message will come up prompting for a password. You’ll need to enter the password “laboratoryb” – without quotes.
That’s it! Any time you’d like to connect, load up Mumble and connect to the server you added.
Username: this can be anything you’d like!
Label: this can be anything, adjusts the server name in your list
At the Lab monthly meeting tonight, we decided on the policies that we’ll be keeping in playe until the Vermont “Stay-At-Home” order is lifted, and also some ideas for virtual events we’ll be putting on in the meantime.
- No public in-person events until the State of Emergency from City and State is lifted.
- Only one member may be in the space at a time. Members are expected to sanitize door knobs and any surfaces they use when they leave.
- Members will log their use of the space, and post to Slack if they are headed in so other members will know the space is in use.
- Thursdays, 7-9pm – Minecraft hang-out: Instead of our usual in-person public hours, we’ll have weekly Thursday night hang-outs on a Minecraft server a member created, with audio chat facilitated by the Lab Mumble server. We’re not posting the login credentials publicly to avoid griefers, but friends of the Lab are welcome, so feel free to reach out to a current member for details.
- Saturdays, 7:30-10pm – FOSS Virtual LAN Party: Each week we’ll pick a different FOSS game to play together, with voice chat on the Lab Mumble server. Check the Lab Facebook page for specifics, but we’ll be starting the series off with RTS 0AD
In the interest of public health, Laboratory B will not be hosting weekly Open Hours until further notice. This is a temporary measure and we will post an update when Open Hours resumes.
If you have questions or need to arrange access to the space, please email [email protected] or message us on Facebook.
We have decided to postpone the Old North End Repair Café due to public health concerns around gatherings. We are still planning on hosting the Repair Café on April 18th, 2020. We will provide further updates on our Facebook page and here at laboratoryb.org.
We’d like to thank everyone in the community for their interest, as well as everyone who signed up to volunteer. We are greatly looking forward to our debut, so stay tuned!
Feel free to message us on Facebook or send an email to [email protected] with any questions.
The end is within sight for CoreOS Container Linux: May 26, 2020. For a few years now we’ve made use of Container Linux for hosting the laboratoryb.org website. Sadly, this is where our CoreOS journey ends, with end-of-life coming right around the corner.
We’ve finally jumped the CoreOS ship over to Flatcar Container Linux by Kinvolk, an OSS fork of the original project. Everything has been faithfully copied over and is once again running smoothly.
Thanks to Kinvolk for keeping the Container Linux legacy alive!