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.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 18th. We are now meeting at Taos of Boise at 1307 S. Eagle Flight Way, in the Black Eagle Business park area, northwest corner Maple Grove and Overland. Taos will be furnishing Pizza and soda for the meeting. Meeting time will be at 6:30 PM, as usual. Tentatively, the night's meeting will focusing on the Rasberry Pi and similar micro single board computers. Mark, our resident guru on using these devices, will be bringing some Raspberry Pis, an Odroid, and a Cubox I-4Pro. The Cubox is currently running Android and the Odroid is running Debian/Ubuntu.
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.