July 19th Boise Linux Users Group Meeting

Securing Services Using SELinux; SELinux is an Application "Firewall" for restricting what an application can access.  SELinux is similar to Apparmor and performs as a "MAC" or mandantory access control.  Part of the mechanism is defining what files and folders can be accessed by the application as well as the permissions such as read, write, and execute on those files and folder.  This is a topic area that we have a few resquests for.  Clint Tinsley, who teaches RedHat certification courses, will be present on one of his favorite topics, SELinux, starting with the conceptual level through

Boise Linux Users Group June 21 Meeting Report

Tonight's meeting focused on the current status of Plasma 5 as presented by member Darin S.  Darin had installed the Neon Developer Edition from neon.kde.org which represents the latest and greatest in Plasma 5.  Neon is built on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS foundation.

It was a very interesting presentation as Darin navigated about Plasma and Plasma Wayland.  Wayland is a replacement for the underlying Xwindows server which provides support for high DPI monitors, such as teh ones being found on new laptops (greater than 1920).

Boise Linux Users Group April 19 Meeting Summary

Another good meeting with 13 in attendance but we need to work on that, getting more out to the meeting that would be in all fairness to those who take the time to put together their presentations in preparation for the meeting.  Tonight, we meet in a new location and that may have had an impact on attendance.  We are now meeting at CWI, across the street from TAOS.  Again a heartfelt thanks to our friends at TAOS that host our meetings and makes sure nobody goes home with an ample supply of pizza, cookies, and soda.

March 15th Meeting Report

At tonight's meeting, we continued to focus on Penetration testing.  Clint had prepared an extensive Impress slide presentation on installing and building media based on Kali Linux as well as the tools followed by outlining the penetration testing process of gathering information, vulnerably scanning, and finally testing actual vulnerability using various tools on Kali Linux including nmap, openVAS, Armitage and metaspoit.  Clint demonstrated all this using two laptops, VirtualBox, and a private network consisting of router and an internet connection for displaying websites.

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 February 16th 2016 Meeting Report

We had a phenomenal turnout at our meeting on February with 20 in attendance with several new attendees and we filled the room at Steven-Henager College.  Our topic for tonight was Penetration Testing using OpenVAS, the Open Vulnerability Assessment System, which is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.  Mic of Taos was our presenter.  Before I start with the actual meeting report, a great thank you to Steven-Henager College for providing our meeting space and Taos of Boise for providing

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.