Become a member
How do I become a member?
If you believe that friByte is a good fit for you, or that you are a good fit for friByte, just send a short application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us a little bit about who you are, your abilities and why you want to become a member. If you are still wondering what being a member is like, you may find the answer below. If not, don't hesitate to ask!
What is friByte?
friByte is an independent student organization which performs secure and stabile IT services for other student organizations in Bergen. We are a volunteer organization, known for our great parties and rich learning environment! We have frequent meetings (around 1-2 times per month) to evaluate how things are going, do volunteer work, and socialize.
Most of our active members are students, and this implies that we keep a loose internal profile. Our founding document reflects this; The general assembly is required to be an excursion with a subsequent party! A lot of effort is put into sustaining social interactions, not just screen time.
Which duties do I have as a member of friByte?
We require you to:
- Attend crisis situations (server crashes, power failures, etc.)
- Attend volunteer events (maintainance work, setup of new systems and services, etc.)
- Partake in the organization, work on a project (or ten)
How much free time do I need to spend?
Members decide in large part how much time they want to spend, but you should plan to spend around 6-8 hours a week. This can vary depending on what needs to be done, and your studies obviously come ahead as a priority. We try to avoid working much during exam periods.
What systems do we use?
We mainly use Linux-based operating systems for servers. On work stations we use distros we are comfortable with. This can be anything from Ubuntu to Arch. When it comes to server distros we primarily use Ubuntu, Debian and OpenBSD. There are no rules on which distros our members choose. (As long as they work :D)
What do our members study?
At the time of writing, we mainly have students from the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences at UiB, but we also have some from the faculty of social sciences. They study everything from Computer Technology to Cognitive Science to Economics. There is also no requirement that you have to study at UiB, or that you have to study something technological. Any student in higher education in Bergen can become a member!
What do I need to know before I apply?
There are no knowledge requirements to apply! Although you are well on track if any of these apply to you:
- Basic knowledge of Linux (UNIX-systems) and/or networks
- Basic knowledge of Git
- Ability to delve into using new systems
- Interest in working with computers
- A wish to learn new things
What do our members know after having been here for a while?
- Setting up networks
- Administrating Linux-servers
- Git, the version control tool
- Deeper understanding in at least one of the following areas:
- Web programming
- Web design
- Web development
- System administration
- Server operation