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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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