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.
Good Meeting, lots of discussion during Clint's 90 Minute presentation on his "Out of the Box" experience including a live demonstration on the overhead of what he was presenting. The following is Clint's Outline that he used. This will be updated with some narrative and cleanup this coming weekend, rather than just the dry outline presented here:
Our Meeting was a Pi Fest wtih 13 present including 12 year old with interest in Linux. Mark Y. brought a in 8 Pi's for us to all work with and these were setup with keyboards, mice, and monitors configured in a Ubuntu graphical environment (Rasbian Debian Wheezy) available from www.rasyberrypi.org/downloads. There is also what is almost a daily blog to see what others are doing at http://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/. Also available on the Pi's was Mindcraft Pi Edition for those with a gaming interest.
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.
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.
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.