Looking for a good reference

I got Ubuntu 7.10 and installed it on my old HP laptop (Pavilion ze1115). I'm now looking for a good desk reference that I can thumb through when I'm putzing about with Ubuntu. Any recomendations? I spent about half an hour at Barnes and Noble looking through some fo the UBuntu books, but just really couldn't decide which would help me the most. What I don't want to do is end up logging on to the Internet (yes, I'm still back in the dinosaur days of dial-up) and reading about it in the ubuntu forums for a while and then having to come back to the laptop for experimentation.

New to Linux

Just getting interested in Linux as a desktop option and getting a new desktop as well. I have ordered the latest Kubuntu through ShipIt and was wondering what kinds of hardware others are using it on. I (unfortunately) don't have nearly as much time as I would like to devote to tweaking the hardware, so was thinking of just going with a low cost solution something from Dell with pre-installed Ubuntu, or maybe even Zareason.com. Also I am wondering if anyone has test-driven the really cheap offering from Sears ($198 after rebate) I might consider it if it isn't too bad. Thanks!

Boise Code Camp 2008!

Mark your Calendars!  Excitement is building.  Boise Code Camp 2008, Saturday, March 8th, Opening meeting at 8:30, BSU Campus, School of Business and Economics building (Next to the Library building, main campus).  Now in its third year, it is going to be bigger and better than ever.  As of Thursday, February 21st, they have 54 presentations and 40 presentations.  This year, meet the Code Trip road team, see their awesome bus, fresh from Mix08 in Vegas on March 6th. Last year, the event drew over 230 attendees.

February 7 Meeting Report

We had a good turn out tonight with over 9 in attendance as the night went on. Clint opened the meeting by welcoming one new member and a round of introduction of those present. Then he dove into a presentation on the new featurs of Ubuntu 7.10 followed by installation tips and adding software to the system using one of the howto's listed below as well as using Automatix2.

Next Meeting Announcement

Our next meeting is Thursday, February 7th, 6:30 PM, in the Computer Lab of the Boise Public Library, Capital Blvd, across from Julie Davis Park. Our main presentation tonight will be on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) as I talked about in the previous blog entry. We will look at fresh desktop install, using Automtix2 for installing media support and non-free applications, some issues you may come up against, and tuning the desktop for optimal performance. We will also discuss some issues in upgrading or a clean install.

Info on BLUG

Hi, I'm new here, and I'm not sure if anyone will see this. I haven't been to any BLUG meetings but am wondering if there is a mailing list of some sort? Thanks..

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Linux Desktop

I loaded Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Linux Desktop on a 2 year old laptop last evening and I am simply amazed at times by how far Desktop Linux has come. The installation was easy and clean. After the installation, Ubuntu Linux told me that I needed a 158 updates or fixes since it was released, so I said okay, it download/install all the updates which went flawlessly. Details of what is Ubuntu Desktop Linux can be found at http:/www.ubuntu.com/products/WhatIsUbuntu/desktopedition. What really amazes me is that Ubuntu 7.10 Linux is free for the downloading, totally community supported, and just works.

Server Upgrade

Hello everyone, Over the weekend I did a server migration and upgraded the server that hosts this website from Fedora Core 4 to CentOS 5. If you notice anything that seems to not be acting right let me know. It seems that all is going well and hopefully none of you noticed any downtime during the conversion. Just thought I would let you all know on my blog, Brian Aldridge Boise Computer Service, Inc. http://www.BoiseComputerService.com http://www.BoiseComputerService.net

Linux Is About to Take Over the Low End of PCs

( I saw this opinion piece & thought it was interesting from the point of view that this is the first piece that actually looks at how linux could supplant the evil empire, read on) By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols December 7, 2007 Dec. 07, 2007 Opinion -- Sometimes, several unrelated changes come to a head at the same time, with a result no one could have predicted. The PC market is at such a tipping point right now and the result will be millions of Linux-powered PCs in users' hands.