About the Boise Linux User Group

The Boise Linux User Group was founded by the Idaho PC User Group as a special interest group (SIG) and conducted its first meeting in April of 2003. Based in Boise, Idaho, we are Idaho's oldest Linux User group meeting continuously for 11 years. While the group is primarily focused on Ubuntu Linux users and its derivitives, we also support Fedora, openSUSE, Slackware, and Puppy Linux users. Welcome to our website.

Octorber 21st Meeting Notes

Good meeting with 12 in attendance, good pizza, soda, and cookies, thanks given to our host, TAOS of Boise. We started off the evening looking at trying to get LinuxMint 17 Cinnamon to make a network connection in the Microsoft Hyper-V environment.  After spending about 15 minutes in this effort, unsuccessful, we came to conclusion that there is something going on Hyper-V side with it's networking and it is possible that some special guest network client must be installed on LinuxMint as we observed in Windows 10 that was working in the same environment.

September 16th Meeting Notes

Another good meeting.  Clint, started out with short demonstration on Ubuntu 14.04 password recovery and then went through his prepared demonstration on the ins and outs of using VirtualBox starting with installation and configuration tasks.

August 19th Boise Linux Group Meeting Report

Clint started off the meeting with a presentation on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) as announced. The current release version of Ubuntu is 14.04.1 and now supports upgrading existing 12.04 LTS to 14.04. Clint always looks to the .1 release of LTS as an indicator that all the installation bugs and issues with the initial release have been resolved and is now a "stable" release. With LTS, one does not have to be concerned about upgrading for another 5 years if desired, however, a new LTS version is released every two years, allowing for a full upgrade of the LTS desktop or server.

Boise Linux Group Meeting July 15th Report

The July Boise Linux User's Group (BLUG) Meeting was hosted by Taos who also provided pizza, cookies and soft drinks.  Thanks Taos!  Darin got the meeting started by having everyone introduce themselves.  The attendees were: Mike, Devin, Joe, Martin, Darryl, Darin, Brian, Tom, Ryan, Marc, Jeff, Ron, Josh, Rosco Howard (our host at Taos), and Tom.  Thanks to Darryl Kurt for providing the great meeting notes, almost like being there at the meeting.
 
Rosco Howard introduced himself as the Storage Systems Manager at Taos.

Boise Linux Group Meeting June 17th Report

We had a great meeting with 20 in attendance at our new location and with Taos providing pizza and soda, it was a well fed group as well.

Boise Linux Group May 1st Meeting Notes

The meeting attendance was light with 8 present, which could be due to the "summer weather" we are having in Boise; Clint brought in and setup 3 laptops for the presentations tonight:
 
1) 2007 Dell running RoboLinux with both WindowsXP and Windows 7 running in Virtualbox
2)  A 2012 Dell i7 17" running a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, again with the same Virtualbox configuration of WindowsXP and Windows 7.
3)  An old 2005 Pentium M (non-PAE) laptop where he d

April 3rd Boise Linux Group Meeting Notes

April's Boise Linux User Group meeting was a very well attended even no formal program was planned. Two folks that are new to Linux posed questions about loading Linux on older computers. A discussion of Linux versions specifically targeted at older computers with lower resources ensued. It was generally agreed that for someone new to Linux, Puppy Linux is probably the preferred version because it comes fairly complete and maintains similarity to Windows look and feel.

February 12th Boise Linux Group Meeting Report

The meeting was light, which could be due to the heavy rain. There were 6 in attendance including a new person. We went over the the new Zorin 8 and Pinguy 13.10. Answered a couple of questions, one about printing from Firefox. I posed a question about editing Grub2 and we went on line and found Grub Customizer and installed it on my laptop. It gives full control over naming and what is displayed etc. So it was a learning experience for all of us. The meeting broke up around 8:00 PM. Thanks to Hugh Stroupe for leading the meeting and providing this report.

Boise Linux User Group January 2nd Meeting Notes

Another great meeting!  As announced, we focused in Linux versions that are focused on providing a Window's like experience for new Linux users.  We started at about 6:25 with Ed W. who had brought in a Desktop system that we was building for use as a Network Storage system (Network Accessible Storage or NAS).  It was recommended that he set up as a Samba or CIFS server as that is the common storage system that is easily accessible from Windows and Linux based devices.

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