Our Meeting was a Pi Fest wtih 13 present including 12 year old with interest in Linux. Mark Y. brought a in 8 Pi's for us to all work with and these were setup with keyboards, mice, and monitors configured in a Ubuntu graphical environment (Rasbian Debian Wheezy) available from www.rasyberrypi.org/downloads. There is also what is almost a daily blog to see what others are doing at http://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/. Also available on the Pi's was Mindcraft Pi Edition for those with a gaming interest.
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.
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.
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.