Boise Linux Group April 17 Meeting Notes

We started a few minutes late, around 6:40 in that attendance was light with 8 in attendance. Then Jacob, a recent addition to our group, started his presentation on FLATPAK which turned out to be very developer focused on building your own flatpaks!  What follows is an outline taken from his presentation:

Revolutionize the Desktop

How it works
What’s in there?
Elements of a flatpak
Getting Started
SDKs and looking around
Building a flatpak
The sandbox

Boise Linux Users Group March 20th Meeting Notes

On arrival, we discovered that the overhead projection system had been replaced with a flat screen and the only connection was HDMI, not in and of itself a bad thing with most devices now supporting HDMI, rather than the old VGA connection. The downside was the library didn't have an extension cable for it. Fortunately, Clint's laptop had an HDMI connector, and with a little scrambling, we got connected to the screen, and things looked pretty good at 1368X768, mirroring Clint's laptop display and we actually enlarged the fonts for readability. We had 11 total in attendance.

February 20th Meeting Notes

Another Great Meeting (not Clint's words!)!.  We had a full room including three new attendees who work for RedHat (Called Redhatters; Clint is also a Redhatter since he works for Red Hat Global Learning Services.)

We had some pre-meeting conversations and questions that were asked on a couple of topics which were demonstrated and explored.

Clint started off his presentation by talking about the resources available for learning Python.  First off, Books!

December 19th Meeting Notes

We had a great year end meeting with 12 in attendance including 2 new people plus one of our orginal members back from early 2000's!
While we were waiting for our presenter to arrive, We welcomed back one of our original members (2004), Alice who had been unable to attendin recent years.  She had a few questions concerning running Apple's IOS and Android in a Virtual Machine in Linux.  Promised some research on this and would get back to her.  We also talked about virtualization platforms including Hyper-V Virtualization (Windows 10) and KVM/QEMU.

Boise Linux Group Meeting Notes for November 21, 2017

Meeting opened at 6:30 pm with 8 members present.  Things got off to a rough start as it turned out that Clint’s laptop running Ubuntu 17.10 (latest and greatest) would not work with the overhead projector system  For more information on the follow-up, check out the previous post on Artful Ardvark (  Clint proceed to use his laptop display to for the presentation which seemed to be acceptable for the most part.

BLUG October 17th Meeting Notes

Another good meeting!  We started off with a coversation on using ndis to load windows printer drivers and Wine for the printing software on a 3D printer.  Following that, we talked about messaging software, particularly Jabber IM Service and uses the XMPP protocol/network.  It features things like "Federation DNS" making peer to peer communicaiton easy.  You do need an account on Jabber to use it and it will work with a number of IM clients. (

September 19 Meeting Notes

Meeting report:  Attendance was a little lite with only 9 in attendance however we had a good meeting.
Clint started off with his newly found favorite version of Linux, SharkLinux OS, which is built on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which is good for updates until 2021!  Besides being an great desktop distribution wtih the ability to install anything in the Ubuntu world, it is actually designed as your personal cloud environment complete with Qemu/KVM virtualization plus vagrant for VM's and provisioning, "cloud environments" and containers such as Docker, Kerbernetes, and LXC