Boise Linux Group February 3rd Meeting Notes

We had 11 in attendance at the Boise Public Library Gates Lab as the meeting got under way right at 6:30 with the introduction of one guest and the main presenation by member Matthew Kunzman on installing, configuring and using Conky, the Linux Desktop Monitor. Note: All links now are embedded so anywhere you see a hyperlinked words, right click and open in a new window or tab to view. Matthew did a brief intro to Conky including a number of sample screens, where you can download and use the scripts with some editing.

Swap space requirements

There was an interesting thread on the Ubuntu User Listserve when one user printed out his free command which showed that he had 24 GB of swap space on the hard drive. While no one advocates 24 GB of Swap (unless you have 12 GB of physical RAM) based on the what was written in the thread. The conclusion is that you should have double your physical ram.

Boise CodeCamp 2011 - February 26th & 27th

Mark your calendars and register! Boise CodeCamp 2011 is scheduled for February 26th and 27th at Boise State University. Excitement is building as we already have 32 sessions submitted for presentation by 24 presenters and it is still a month out! Besides the sessions, there will be some very nice give aways and Microsoft is providing some xboxes for some playtime! There is also talk of a ski day on Friday, the 25th, for a trip to the mountain.

Ubuntu-Idaho Group Meets

On Saturday, January 22nd, the Ubuntu-Idaho Group held a meeting at the University of Phoenix's Idaho Campus in Meridian. In attendance were 5 members along with a visitor and his son. The meeting was from 10 AM to 11 AM but actually opened at about 10:20. The formal meeting ended about 11 but most of us remained until a little after 12 PM. The meeting was under the direction of Paul Wilch and Curtis Elgin. Sheri and Curtis Elgin had prepared the agenda where Curtis had the floor in going through the agenda as follows: Agenda for Jan 22nd, 2011 - Ubuntu Idaho LoCo Meeting

Boise Linux Group January 6th Meeting Notes

We had 10 in attendance at the Boise Public Library Gates Lab as the meeting got under way. Tonight's meeting would be on how to configure and use Firewall's on Linux systems. Working from an outline, Clint first explained why a firewall is needed on a Linux system when the computer is already behind a router which is a "firewall" in its own right in that it protects the computer from the outside world but does not protect it from "attacks" from other computers on the home or office network (Windows Computers?), or even the computer's user who may unknowingly compromise the system.

It Comes In Green - openSUSE 11.3

In that my experience with Ubuntu Unity (10.10) on my netbook was not a pleasant one and I wasn't that happy with Ubuntu on my Netbook even in the 10.04 release due to desktop usage issues (I was running the standard GNOME desktop version as I found in 10.04 that the Netbook version left a lot to be desired). I decided to try the openSUSE 11.3 GNOME desktop on my Netbook and I am very impressed. Biggest gain with openSUSE 11.3 is it handles the small display with smaller fonts and an overall more useful desktop! And it is fast on the Netbook.

Ultimate answer to Life - Ubuntu 10.10 Released

"Some time ago a group of hyper-intelligent pan dimensional beings decided to finally answer the great question of Life, The Universe and Everything. To this end, a small band of these Debians built an incredibly powerful distribution, Ubuntu. After this great computer programme had run (a very quick 3 million minutes...or 6 years) the answer was announced. The Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is...42, and in its' purest form 101010. Which suggests that what you really need to know is 'What was the Question?'.

2010 Utah Open Source Conference Report

The 2010 Utah Open Source Conference is now an historic event. And it is a event to remember as being a 3 day event and featuring over 50 presentations along with 3 keynote presentations, evening BoF (Birds of Feather) session for like minded attendees, and the Geek Dinner on Friday, the 8th. Jared Smith, the Fedora Project Lead and Karsten Wade both spoke on Building Community. Our 3rd keynote presenter was Howard Tayler on “Imitating Success and Identifying Failure.” Howard Tayler is author of the Schlock Mercenary, and an Online Comic Strip.