April 3rd Boise Linux Group Meeting Notes

April's Boise Linux User Group meeting was a very well attended even no formal program was planned. Two folks that are new to Linux posed questions about loading Linux on older computers. A discussion of Linux versions specifically targeted at older computers with lower resources ensued. It was generally agreed that for someone new to Linux, Puppy Linux is probably the preferred version because it comes fairly complete and maintains similarity to Windows look and feel.

February 12th Boise Linux Group Meeting Report

The meeting was light, which could be due to the heavy rain. There were 6 in attendance including a new person. We went over the the new Zorin 8 and Pinguy 13.10. Answered a couple of questions, one about printing from Firefox. I posed a question about editing Grub2 and we went on line and found Grub Customizer and installed it on my laptop. It gives full control over naming and what is displayed etc. So it was a learning experience for all of us. The meeting broke up around 8:00 PM. Thanks to Hugh Stroupe for leading the meeting and providing this report.

Boise Linux User Group January 2nd Meeting Notes

Another great meeting!  As announced, we focused in Linux versions that are focused on providing a Window's like experience for new Linux users.  We started at about 6:25 with Ed W. who had brought in a Desktop system that we was building for use as a Network Storage system (Network Accessible Storage or NAS).  It was recommended that he set up as a Samba or CIFS server as that is the common storage system that is easily accessible from Windows and Linux based devices.

Boise Linux User Group November 7th Meeting Notes

Tonight's meeting was well attended and was an "open forum" with no formal presentation planned.  We had some good discussions and conversation.  Starting off, we had one person who had attended just once before and wanted to know which Linux he should load on his older Toshiba laptop (only 256 mb of ram).  The group discussed several options, but considering that Linux is totally new to him, the consensus was Puppy Linux for a relatively familiar user interface and ease of use.  CrunchBang was suggested as a next best option.  Everyone agreed that whichev

Ubuntu Server KVM and LVM

I obtained the latest version (3rd  Edition) of The Official Ubuntu Server Book a couple of days ago and in just my first browsing of this new tome on Ubuntu Servers, I found a complete section dedicated to implementing KVM on Ubuntu Server.  KVM is an acronym for Kernel Virtualized Machine which qemu/ovirt to implement something called libvirt.  This system allows you to implement virutal machines that are easy to build and configure and they run fast, provided you have a capable 64 bit VT enabled hardware.  Forget about VirtualBox or VMware Workstati

Boise Linux Group Sept 5th Meeting Notes

Our thanks to Darryl Kurt for supplying these notes of the meeting.  Darren started off the meeting by talking about watching streaming movies from Netflix on a Linux machine. This hasn't been supported because Digital Rights Management (DRM) is required by the movie companies in order for them to grant a streaming license to Netflix. DRM is built into Microsoft SilverLight, but is not available for open source (the Linux world) because of fears that it will be misused to pirate copy-righted movies.  Sometime around November 2012, Netflix-Desktop was released.

LinuxMint 15 & Linux Format Magazine (LXF174)

It is no scret that Linux Format magazines is one of my favorites, even though a bit spendy at $16 a month (I really should subscribe but then how would I aviod the thrill of going to the bookstore to see if is in yet?)!  The September issue was not a disappointment as not only was it was rich in content (grub2, puppet, encryption - the short list) but also included 4 distributions on its DVD, Mint 15, Bodhi, Siduction and SnowLinux.  Long story made short, the "superspin" of LinuxMint 15 caught my attention in that it includes 4 different desktops, Mate, Cinnamon, KDE and Unity.&

Boise Lunux Users August 1st Meeting Report

Darin open the meeting tonight for the early arrivals with a demonstration of both KDE's Dolphin file manager as a tool to convert music tracks from CD's to files you can use on your mobile device.   Dophin makes this a drag'n'drop operation but it has  some limitations such as not being able to change the sampling rate from 128kbits to something higher (or lower), nor does it provide any notification of completion of the tracks as they are converted.  Darin gets around these limitations by using K3B which provides full control over the conversion process including bit r