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.

Boise Linux Group Meeting July 15th Report

The July Boise Linux User's Group (BLUG) Meeting was hosted by Taos who also provided pizza, cookies and soft drinks.  Thanks Taos!  Darin got the meeting started by having everyone introduce themselves.  The attendees were: Mike, Devin, Joe, Martin, Darryl, Darin, Brian, Tom, Ryan, Marc, Jeff, Ron, Josh, Rosco Howard (our host at Taos), and Tom.  Thanks to Darryl Kurt for providing the great meeting notes, almost like being there at the meeting.
 
Rosco Howard introduced himself as the Storage Systems Manager at Taos.

Boise Linux Group Meeting June 17th Report

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.

Boise Linux Group May 1st Meeting Notes

The meeting attendance was light with 8 present, which could be due to the "summer weather" we are having in Boise; Clint brought in and setup 3 laptops for the presentations tonight:
 
1) 2007 Dell running RoboLinux with both WindowsXP and Windows 7 running in Virtualbox
2)  A 2012 Dell i7 17" running a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, again with the same Virtualbox configuration of WindowsXP and Windows 7.
3)  An old 2005 Pentium M (non-PAE) laptop where he d

April 3rd Boise Linux Group Meeting Notes

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.

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

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