Ubuntu Idaho Meeting - June 14th Report

Ubuntu Idaho is a separate group from the Boise Linux User Group and this in not an official report of their activities. However, I am member of the Ubuntu Idaho LoCo Team and active in the group as well as supporter of their activities. On Tuesday, June 14th, they held a meeting in room 206 of the University of Phoenix in Meridian and had 11 in attendance. It was a very good and informative meeting as they had 4 presentations during the course of the evening (7PM - 9PM).

May 5th Meeting Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Tonight's Meeting focus was on showing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty and the Unity desktop and we spent about an hour and half doing so. Linux is undergoing some significant changes in the way we experience the Desktop. With Ubuntu, the future is Unity as we move towards touch screens and a friendlier workspace. It is different from the world of drop down cascading windows like menus and panels taking up valuable real estate at the top and bottom (or sides) of your screen.

It Comes In Green - openSUSE 11.4 and GNOME 3.0 Stable

11.4 was released on March 10th. There seems to be a number of issues with this release. On my less than one year old netbook, it was reported to have a failing drive when I booted up the Gnome version but not by the KDE Live CD. I don't think the drive is failing as neither openSUSE 11.3 or WindowsXP currently installed is reporting any problems with the drive. The default browser and office suite is Firefox 4.0.x beta and LibreOffice 3.3.1. I recently installed it on a Acer business class system where I had Fedora 14 installed ... wish I had kept 14 installed.

Boise Linux Group March 3rd Meeting Notes

Clint started off the meeting with a short presentation on ArtistX, much of the content being found in the article Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04.2 LTS Multimedia ArtistX 1.0 Released our website. He also showed a number of program additions as well as how to start Conky on Login to which there were a couple questions. He then focused in on LibreOffice 3.3 and answered a few questions on it and he had downloaded a video from FOSDEM 2011 on LibreOffice which a showed but as interest wained, the video was cut short. We then moved on to other questions.

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04.2 LTS Multimedia ArtistX 1.0 Released

ArtistX 1.0 was released on Monday (February 7th). It is a fully updated Ubuntu 10.04.2 using the KDE desktop 4.4.5 (Standard - No Plasma). I have checked it with Conky and with nothing running beside Conky, CPU usage sits at 0 to 1 percent. Nice. I downloaded from the link on Distrowatch (http://distrowatch.com), where I first used the .iso link (which failed after 3.4GB downloaded) and then I used the torrent link which worked great (advantage torrent, you get everything including the checksum).

Boise Linux Group February 3rd Meeting Notes

We had 11 in attendance at the Boise Public Library Gates Lab as the meeting got under way right at 6:30 with the introduction of one guest and the main presenation by member Matthew Kunzman on installing, configuring and using Conky, the Linux Desktop Monitor. Note: All links now are embedded so anywhere you see a hyperlinked words, right click and open in a new window or tab to view. Matthew did a brief intro to Conky including a number of sample screens, where you can download and use the scripts with some editing.