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.

April 3rd Boise Linux Group Meeting Report

This month's BLUG meeting was a very well attended open forum. 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. For a somewhat "newer" computer the group agreed that Linux Mint - Cinnamon edition probably provides the closest experience to Windows.

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.

Boise Linux User Group December 5th Meeting Notes

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:

Boise Linux User Group November 7th Meeting Notes

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

Ubuntu Server KVM and LVM

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

Boise Linux User Group October 3rd Meeting Notes

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).

Boise Linux Group Sept 5th Meeting Notes

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.

LinuxMint 15 & Linux Format Magazine (LXF174)

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.&