BLUG October 17th Meeting Notes

Another good meeting!  We started off with a coversation on using ndis to load windows printer drivers and Wine for the printing software on a 3D printer.  Following that, we talked about messaging software, particularly Jabber IM Service and uses the XMPP protocol/network.  It features things like "Federation DNS" making peer to peer communicaiton easy.  You do need an account on Jabber to use it and it will work with a number of IM clients. (

September 19 Meeting Notes

Meeting report:  Attendance was a little lite with only 9 in attendance however we had a good meeting.
Clint started off with his newly found favorite version of Linux, SharkLinux OS, which is built on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which is good for updates until 2021!  Besides being an great desktop distribution wtih the ability to install anything in the Ubuntu world, it is actually designed as your personal cloud environment complete with Qemu/KVM virtualization plus vagrant for VM's and provisioning, "cloud environments" and containers such as Docker, Kerbernetes, and LXC

December Meeting Cancelled

Due to our losing our Meeting location, we will not have our December Meeting on December 20th.  We are working on finding a new meeting location but until further notice, no meetings are scheduled.

Wishing you and yours a Very Happy Holiday and the Best in 2017.

Boise Linux User Group

Boise Linux Group November 15th Meeting Report

We had a very attended meeting with 17 in attendance.  Clint Tinsley started the evening with his "Linux as an Alternative" presentation. What follows is the outline of his slide presentation.  Mixed in with the slide presentation was a demo of Linux Mint 18, UbuntuStudio 16.10, and the bootable USB Xtra-PC device which we finished out the evening using.  We finished the evening with member John Bowen showing us how he used a single usb cable to both power, share out his interent and manage a RasberryPiZero all from a Mac!

October 18th Meeting Report

We had are really good meeting with two presentations on the agenda.  Attendance was 12, a little light, but a good group. Our first presenter was Adam Featherstone, who is somewhat new to the group, but had came forward with a presentation on Krita 3.0.1.  He started with a little about himself:
Fairly new to Linux 15 years of occassional use.
More than 5 years experience with Linux & Gimp
Photoshop Background.
Started with an 8086 in 6th Grade and had worked on Microsoft Xenix (his Dad's computer)
Studied Pascal in Middle School, Unix in College

September 20th Meeting Notes

Draft!  Raw notes from meeting!

John Bowen, formerly of the Riverside, Orange County, CA - MacIntosh/RaspberryPi  group.

PDF document 16 pages
mathmatical notation
For fun, developing a mini-class in Vector Math
Teaching Math at Harvard - Iverson refined notation for serveal years
Only then, did a group implement it as a computer language.
One Huge plus is intermedicate exectuton at the command line.

August 16 2016 Meeting Report

Clint started out the meeting with the "Questions" session.  There was a question from member Mike on the Raspberry Pi magazines.  Clint showed the MagPi web site and how to download past copies of the magazine.

BLUG July 19 Meeting Report

Another good meeting with 14 present. As planned, Founder Clint Tinsley, presented on SELinux. Delivering from prepared slides and demo scripts, Clint spent 90 minutes "demystifying SELinux" in the words of one of those present.  What follows here is the outline from his slides and includes the demonstration scripts.

SELinux Usage
Major Distributions support it!
In kernel since 2002
Fedora since Core 2 (2004)
RHEL since version 4 (2005)
Debian since Etch (2007)
Ubuntu since Hardy Heron 8.04 (2008)

What is SELinux?

Boise Linux Users Group June 21 Meeting Report

Tonight's meeting focused on the current status of Plasma 5 as presented by member Darin S.  Darin had installed the Neon Developer Edition from which represents the latest and greatest in Plasma 5.  Neon is built on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS foundation.

It was a very interesting presentation as Darin navigated about Plasma and Plasma Wayland.  Wayland is a replacement for the underlying Xwindows server which provides support for high DPI monitors, such as teh ones being found on new laptops (greater than 1920).