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.

BLUG January 19th Meeting Report

Our January meeting was lightly attended, most likely due to the cold winter weather. We had 12 in Attendance. Steven-Henager College moved us to very nice room on the third floor; Taos provided pizza, cookies and soda for the evening and our thanks go to Taos as our meeting host.

BLUG December 15th Meeting Report

At our meeting of December 15th, we were joined by an IT class at Steven Henager, all the seats in the room were filled!  And we had plenty of Pizza to go around, with thanks to our host Taos.  Clint Tinsley was to start off the meeting with some very basic command line techniques including command line navigation and keyboard shortcuts but the addition of students from Steven Henager, he started off with a tour of the basic desktop based on Mate, a classic desktop based on Gnome2.

BLUG November 20th Meeting Report

This was our first meeting at our new location at Steven’s Henager College, corner Overland and Cole in Boise. (1444 S Entertainment Ave Boise, ID 83709) All went well, subject to a couple glitches in the move.  We were given a small conference room initially but their staff quickly moved us to a classroom which we did fill pretty well.  The Pizza was excellent.

BLUG October 20th Meeting Notes

Tonight, we had two presentations on the agenda.  First off, Ken Cenell, who makes the Monster Piano, will spent the better part of hour describing the architecture of the Monster Piano which runs on Ubuntu 10.04 and he looking to upgrade to 14.04 and answering questions about his creation.
Following his presentation and discussion, Darin Miller showed us the latest in Kubuntu 15.10 and Plasma 5 as the default desktop, which will be officially released on Thursday, October 22nd. He will be providing us some thoughts on configuring the Plasma 5 desktop.

September 15th Meeting Notes

Tonight we were given an excellent well-prepared presentation on rooting an Android phone, given by member Joe Homza. His prepared paper that he used for his presentation follows:

How to Personalize Your Android Phone 
How I rooted my phone and flashed a custom rom.

BLUG August 18 Meeting Report

We had another great meeting, with full room, and great pizza, cookies and soda provided by Taos.  As announced, after the opening time for announcements and other discussion, Clint spent the next 90 minutes going through his installation of Ubuntu 15.04 step and systemd usage as detailed in his outline for the evening:

Boise Linux Group July 21 Meeting Notes

We had an another great meeting with a packed conference room at Taos!  Long time member Jim Millard was our featured presenter and took us on a tour of Ansible, a IT management tool which can be used in a number of ways including configurations and applications.
Before we got started, Bryce Meyet of Taos, announced that they are looking for a Linux Engineer with AWS experience, a very high paying position to the right candidate.

Boise Linux Group June 16 Meeting Notes

We had an absolutely awesome meeting with a packed conference room at Taos!  Our presenter for the evening was Mark J. Crane and would be presenting on FusionPBX, a configuration/adminstration for the Linux based FreePBX scaleable phone system.  Mark had a flat tire on the way in the Boise for the meeting and was slightly delayed.  During that time, we had some conversations on using rdiff for archiving, robot.txt, using ipcam on Android and dropcam which requires a monthy subuscription.

Fedora 22 Released - May 26th

Fedora 22 was released on May 26th and I downloaded both the Workstation and Server versions of Fedora's Latest and Greatest!  The first thing I noticed was that the Server version was 2.1 GB in size while the Workstation version was a fairly light 1.3 GB (but it took longer to download probably because of the demand for it and it wasn't even posted on Distrowatch yet).  I thought it interesting that Server version was twice the size of the workstation so I decided to install that so what was available from the DVD.  All the server packages including containers/docker were av

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