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.
Had a great meeting with 12 in attendance. Clint took about 90 mintues and then we spent the remaining time in discussion. Here is Clint's presentation outline:
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