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.

Boise Linux Group October 7 Meeting Notes

Tonight's lug was light on members but heavy on participation, we had 5 regular members and two new members who really added a lot to the discussion. At tonights meeting, Darin demonstrated a script he had modified to change background images, based on a nested background script in Gnome backgrounds he had found. The modification to the script provides ability to add any photos on his system to the list and modify the time each photo is displayed.

Boise Linux Group September 2nd Meeting Report

We had another great meeting with 10 members present including 1 new attendee and 3 times on the meeting agenda with Clint doing the presentations. The first presentation was on File and Folder Sharing with Linux and Windows and explored the Ubuntu sharing features that are part of Ubuntu LucidLynx (10.04). For the presentation, Clint had three virtual machines including one running LinuxMint 9 for live demonstration of how it all works and he included screen shots of sharing with a Windows 7 system.

August 25th Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup Report

Moving forward on our plans for the Idaho Linux/OSS Day on Saturday Nov, 20th, 2010, we met in the Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup on August 25th. Represented was both Boise and Eastern Idaho. We went over the current plans for three sessions consisting of an opening session on "Why Linux" in educating potential Linux users as to why they would want to use Linux over some other operating system; the session would focus on ease of use, the "free" quality software that is available in Linux, and compatibility with Microsoft applications.

Boise Linux Group August 5th Meeting Report

We had a great meeting with 14 members in attendance and one spouse. Our main presenter was Chad Nelson on the subject of playing games on Linux. He started out by showing us World of Goo, from 2dboy, which was part of the Wolfire Humble Indie game suite offering (which is now over). The game is still available from 2dboy. http://2dboy.com/games.php for $20. The Wolfire Humble Indie initiative was an "event" where Wolfire offered up a collection of 7 games for sale in a bundle but you could set your own price. Details of the event can be found at http://www.wolfire.com/humble.

July 21st Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup Report

We held our second Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup on July 21st with 5 in attendance, all from the Boise area. We did have about a 90 minute discussion, primarily centered on the planning the statewide event promoting OSS/Linux on Saturday Nov, 20th, 2010. Plans are to still shoot for four physical locations to have this event simultaneously. Those locations would be North Idaho (Moscow), South East Idaho (IF), Twin Falls and in the Boise Area. We discussed the agenda at some length, proposing three segments.

PartedMagic 5.0 Release - Just when you thought it couldn't get better!

I had my first opportunity to use the new version 5.0 of PartedMagic and all I can write is that PartedMagic just took a quantum leap as it moved from the 4.x series to 5.0 and the changes include a new opening menu screen with options not seen before including the SuperGrub disks for version 1 and 2 grub. Besides the new menu and run options, PM provides both Clonezilla and Ghost4Linux for all your cloning tasks. I used Clonezilla yesterday to move a physical hard disk to a virtual disk in VirtualBox using the cloning process, very cool.

Boise Linux Group July 1st Meeting Report

We had a great meeting with 10 in attendance including 2 who had not previously attended and were not on the mailing list. Awesome for a warm July Evening! Clint opened the meeting with a demonstration Fedora 13 which he had installed on his laptop in a dual boot configuration. His first comment was on how Fedora 13 handled the "dual monitors" of the built in "wide screen" and the overhead projector as it was observed that it left the display settings on the laptop alone but set the proper 4:3 resolution on the projector so that both displays were "normal" in appearance.

1st Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup Report

The first Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup was held on June 16th, 2010, at 7 PM in #idaho-linux-users on Freenode.net. With 8 attendees, we had a lively conversation about and we were in agreement of working towards having a statewide event promoting OSS/Linux on Saturday Nov, 20th, 2010. We would shoot for four physical locations to have this event simultaneously. Those locations would be North Idaho (Moscow), South East Idaho (IF), Twin Falls and in the Boise Area.

Fedora 13 Impressions

Prologue: One of our members asked me about getting his computer working with Fedora on the second Hard Drive without disturbing the WindowsXP that occupied the primary drive or boot drive. His request had a part 2 in that he wanted to upgrade his existing Fedora 12 which was un-bootable but still installed on Drive 2. So my part was to do a test installation on one of my computers where I setup the first hard drive with WindowsXP installed, occupying the entire drive and then a second "blank" hard drive on which I would install Fedora 12 to and then do an upgrade.