November 5th Meeting Announcement

Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, November 5th, 6:30 PM, in the Computer Lab of the Boise Public Library, Capital Blvd, across from Julie Davis Park. It's been a pretty exciting month with the release of Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" on Oct. 29th (will demo at the meeting and offer some comments on upgrading or clean install) along with several other releases including an update to Puppy 4.3.1. I will also show how use Wine and configure applications as part of the Ubuntu 9.10 demo.

SLAMPP 2.0.2 Released

I released SLAMPP 2.0.2 on October 30, 2009. Download links are available at Changes in this release include: 1. Tips and Tricks section of CD based SLAMPP info website now includes numberous how-to's in using SLAMPP. 2. CUP's now works out of the box. 3. WBAR quick launcher icons now all work. 4. Postgresql administration is now available using both PhpPgAdmin and webmin, out of the box. 5. TinyWebGallery was updated to 1.78 and now includes several folders as examples as how you can use TWG.

October 1st Meeting Report

We had another great meeting on Thursday, October 1st, 6:30 PM with 14 in attendance. Clint led off with introductions, followed a demonstration of Puppy Linux 4.30. It has been quite a while since we looked at Puppy Linux and it appears that the Puppy has grown into a full matured Puppy (Do Puppy's ever mature into full grown?), even still only 100MB in size. Puppy 4.30 now comes with full network printing support with Cups 1.11 and Clint passed around some high quality printouts made from Puppy to a Networked HP PhotoSmart C6180 printer.

Utah Open Source Conference

The Utah Open Source Conference is being held in Sandy, Utah, October 8th - 10th. Early bird registration closes September 19th so register now if you plan on attending. So far, we have two members going from Boise and possible room for a couple more. We will be traveling down early Thursday AM and then returning on Sunday, the 11th, as the conference goes late into the evening of the 10th. Contact Clint if you are interested in going for details.

September Meeting Missed

An email was sent out to the list prior to the meeting announcing that the September 3rd Meeting was cancelled due to Boise State University opening game against the Oregon Ducks. In that our meeting location was in close proximity to the University, access and parking would have been challenging, and many of our members would be watching the game. Boise State University prevailed against the Oregon Ducks in a close well fought game on the blue turf, score was 19 - 8. The post game skirmish was not part of that game but is what will probably be remembered most.

August 6 Meeting Report

We had another great meeting on Thursday, August 6th, 6:30 PM with 10 in attendance. Ed Works led off the first 45 minutes in showing his little Acer netbook running Jolicloud ( which is based on Ubuntu 9.04. Jolicloud model is to bring "cloud computing" to the desktop and appears to be planning on becoming a subsription service at some point as it is a business and not an community of open source developers. A French company, they just obtained 4.3 million funding from the French investment community. Read more...

July 2nd Meeting Report

We had a good meeting with 8 in attendance. On the Agenda, Martin Torres was to be presenting his experiences with using Bacula, an community driven cross platform backup solution. Don't let the "network" based word scare you away from learning about this backup solution. Martin had some problems with his Bacula installation/configuration so he couldn't show it. We did spend about 90 minutes in discussion on serveral topics of interest. Clint espoused on the current status of Fedora 11, broken. More...

Mint 7 Rocks and Rolls!

We showed Mint 7 at our last LUG meeing (June 4th) and others are reporting back enthusiastically how great it works for them and how fast it is. Linux Mint is now the 3rd most popular download according to Distrowatch and more on this can be found at I took my laptop with me to the June IPCUG meeting (06/11), held at the library in Meridian. It was awesome as I slid in my wireless card in my older laptop and connected immediately to the wireless network there.

Ubuntu 9.04 Rocks

I am using Ubutu 9.04 for a production application where it needs to run the latest subversion client, run a bunch of scripts to develop reports based on subversion respositories, and uses crontab to report results of the nightly jobs. First time I used this, I got a report from crontab that I wan not expecting (and it new how to send to me using sendmail via my alias to my real email address). Sendmail setup was straight forward and just works.