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

June 6th Meeting Report

With thanks to Darryl Kuhrt, here is the report of our June 6th Meeting: Meeting led off with a discussion on BitTorrent Sync which can be used to do folder to folder synchronization between two client PCs (Linux 2.6+, Windows XP+, Mac OS X Snow Leopard+). Connections are controlled by the sharing of a "secret" (password key). "Secrets" can be specific for read-write sharing, read-only sharing, one-time only read-write sharing, and one-time only read-only sharing. Bittorrent Sync.

May 2nd Meeting Report

We had a pretty good turnout and serveral subjects of discussion including a demonstration of the latest version Airdroid 2.0 which now allows you to take control of your Android based device from your computer and will even allow you to "wipe" your mobile device if lost (as long as it accessable). Our next meeting is June 6th.