Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

TMUX + Lightning Talks

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Akamai Broadway


Window management for your terminal, with tmux!


Window management for your terminal, with tmux!

Plus, bring a lightening talk (5..10 minutes) as we'll be leaving time for lightning talks after the main presentation.

tmux - a “terminal multiplexer” - is free software under a BSD/ISC license ( [] []

Tmux can be used to run various applications in multiple panes and windows within just a single containing terminal window. This provides many benefits in many categories, such as:

  • improving usability with features like clipboard support, and being able to see output from multiple programs at once.
  • improving stability: work done on remote systems can be easily resumed after a network disconnect, also local window managers bailing don't kill local sessions.
  • just plain-old “neat tricks” like synchronizing input to multiple systems, displaying a clock, and even multiple users attached to the same tmux session.

Terminal multiplexers such as tmux (or GNU Screen, if you prefer) are indispensable tools for console management that no frequent terminal user should be without. This presentation will cover everything from getting started with tmux, to configuration, and of course using it for a variety of tasks in a few usage scenarios, focusing mostly on single-user console application management.

About the presenter:

Chris Thompson is a hacker/activist and partners with Agaric, a web development worker-owned cooperative. Chris has spent several years using various GNU/Linux systems as a hobbyist and now as a professional, programming custom applications with Python. Chris really enjoys playing with various desktops/window managers, and favors the KDE and Cinnamon desktops. As a result of productivity improvements from using tmux, Chris is now considering new adventures in a window manager such as the i3 window manager ( []).

About the Lightning Talks

Have an interesting idea or project to share? Or a question to pose to the group? Bring it along! We will reserve at least 30 minutes for lightning talks. The following rules apply:

  • relate to free software
  • strict time limit per talk/question (5- 10 minutes depending on number of participants)
  • selection at organizers' discretion
  • no need to send talk ideas in advance (register to give lightning talk at event)


The Akamai office is a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop and other public transportation. Metered parking is normally available near the location.

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