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 8 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.
Had a great meeting with 12 in attendance. Clint took about 90 mintues and then we spent the remaining time in discussion. Here is Clint's presentation outline:
Our next meeting is this Thursday, December 5th, 2013. We will be meeting in our usual location on the 1st floor meeting room of the Boise Public Library! at 715 S. Capitol Blvd, 6:30 PM. The 1st floor meeting room is located in the rear of the library on the right side as you enter through the main doors, behind the Audio CD area.
Tonight's meeting was well attended and was an "open forum" with no formal presentation planned. We had some good discussions and conversation. Starting off, we had one person who had attended just once before and wanted to know which Linux he should load on his older Toshiba laptop (only 256 mb of ram). The group discussed several options, but considering that Linux is totally new to him, the consensus was Puppy Linux for a relatively familiar user interface and ease of use. CrunchBang was suggested as a next best option. Everyone agreed that whichev
I obtained the latest version (3rd Edition) of The Official Ubuntu Server Book a couple of days ago and in just my first browsing of this new tome on Ubuntu Servers, I found a complete section dedicated to implementing KVM on Ubuntu Server. KVM is an acronym for Kernel Virtualized Machine which qemu/ovirt to implement something called libvirt. This system allows you to implement virutal machines that are easy to build and configure and they run fast, provided you have a capable 64 bit VT enabled hardware. Forget about VirtualBox or VMware Workstati
Had a great meeting tonight with a full house, standing room! Clint led off with his presentation on the latest Fedora 19 release. Several of those in attendance were impressed by the use of the latest kernel (3.11.2) and version of wine (1.7.2).
Our thanks to Darryl Kurt for supplying these notes of the meeting. Darren started off the meeting by talking about watching streaming movies from Netflix on a Linux machine. This hasn't been supported because Digital Rights Management (DRM) is required by the movie companies in order for them to grant a streaming license to Netflix. DRM is built into Microsoft SilverLight, but is not available for open source (the Linux world) because of fears that it will be misused to pirate copy-righted movies. Sometime around November 2012, Netflix-Desktop was released.
It is no scret that Linux Format magazines is one of my favorites, even though a bit spendy at $16 a month (I really should subscribe but then how would I aviod the thrill of going to the bookstore to see if is in yet?)! The September issue was not a disappointment as not only was it was rich in content (grub2, puppet, encryption - the short list) but also included 4 distributions on its DVD, Mint 15, Bodhi, Siduction and SnowLinux. Long story made short, the "superspin" of LinuxMint 15 caught my attention in that it includes 4 different desktops, Mate, Cinnamon, KDE and Unity.&
Darin open the meeting tonight for the early arrivals with a demonstration of both KDE's Dolphin file manager as a tool to convert music tracks from CD's to files you can use on your mobile device. Dophin makes this a drag'n'drop operation but it has some limitations such as not being able to change the sampling rate from 128kbits to something higher (or lower), nor does it provide any notification of completion of the tracks as they are converted. Darin gets around these limitations by using K3B which provides full control over the conversion process including bit r
With thanks to Darryl Kuhrt, here is the report of our June 6th Meeting: Meeting led off with a discussion on BitTorrent Sync which can be used to do folder to folder synchronization between two client PCs (Linux 2.6+, Windows XP+, Mac OS X Snow Leopard+). Connections are controlled by the sharing of a "secret" (password key). "Secrets" can be specific for read-write sharing, read-only sharing, one-time only read-write sharing, and one-time only read-only sharing. Bittorrent Sync.