Calgary Linux Users Meeting – Dec 6, 2017

December 5th, 2017

Monthly Meeting

(Wednesday)

Time:

  • Room is booked from 16:30 till 19:30
  • This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2

What have you been doing with GNU/Linux Lately?:

I have been focusing on what some of my customers asked for. Still a little soon to give a full report.

How about you? These are interesting times with new tools becoming available… plus some challenges.

See you at the meeting? Entrance is free ($) to all. (Bring your own snacks and drink)

Calgary Linux Users Meeting – Oct 31, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Monthly Meeting

(Tuesday)

Time:

  • Room is booked from 16:30 till 19:30
  • This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2

Seating:

26

See previous meeting for Map

Day of meeting explained.

November meeting rooms were strangely mostly booked up in November, hence I had to settle for Oct 31, the day before the first Wednesday of November.

Brief history

The variety of interests relating to Linux goes back a long time and is only accelerating to bigger and faster these days.

Focus

It should be an interesting topic as to who and what to focus on. In other words, who are we as a club and how are we defined. There is a lot of variety of interests and methods so I ask: Is this a liability or can we turn it into our strength?

I think we should make it easy for members to share and one idea that comes to mind is members becoming authors on our web site if they feel like it.

I believe in you. Do you believe in your self. If you can’t motivate your self how can you convince someone else to do it for you?

After I make sure I get some things done, hoping to shift more towards my own FLOSS interests

summary

  • Would love to see you at the meeting
  • decide on what you want
  • use it or lose it?
  • lets have some fun together
  • now that I hit publish I can go answer some user questions I owe someone

 

Calgary Linux Users Group Meeting – October 4, 2017

September 18th, 2017

Yes it’s time to meet up.

Time for the individual, not just the group.

Public are welcome! Admission is free ($) Bring your own snacks.

Welcome back and thanks for your interest.

Topics:

Item 0)

Basics course. Have you noticed no one has yet offered to do it all for us? No judgement here.

It will much more fun to pick our own interest points. And who knows what we may find just trying things out for our selves?

Item 1A)

HUGO static web server. I see many interesting blogs on this and am attracted to it for a number of reasons. Take note of it’s license. Over a month ago I tried out HUGO the static website generator.  I am revisiting  this topic because of the extra work and security concerns with our WordPress setup. But mostly I want to have some fun.

I installed HUGO on a ubuntu based Solydxk 9 install using apt-get install hugo. It worked.

For the demo I will be using a Solus Linux 3 install.

# snap install hugo

 # snap list
Name  Version    Rev   Developer     Notes
core  16-2.27.6  2898  canonical     core
hugo  0.29       725   hugo-authors  -
  # snap info hugo
name:      hugo
summary:   "Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator"
publisher: hugo-authors
contact:   https://discuss.gohugo.io/
description: |
  Hugo is a static HTML and CSS website generator written in Go. It is
  optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory
  with content and templates and renders them into a full HTML website.
  
snap-id: t6YzDBM3com27avINGL5OD6ZKKG654ez
commands:
  - hugo
tracking:    stable
installed:   0.29 (725) 30MB -
refreshed:   2017-09-26 13:43:04 -0600 MDT
channels:                   
  stable:    0.29     (725) 30MB -
  candidate: 0.29     (725) 30MB -
  beta:      0.29     (725) 30MB -
  edge:      0.30-DEV (770) 30MB -

The demo is based on quick start.

https://gohugo.io/

I can see why developers say they have fun with this on their workstation/laptop.

Item 1)

Is modern GNU/Linux becoming cool yet? How has the World been changing and does it relate to Linux? Clubs? ( might have to defer this for now? )

Item 2)

What ever happened to CLUG Reboot?

Things that have not been fully addressed yet: a) making individual contributions easier to do on our own schedule and less time consuming. b) redefining club not discussed or documented. c) change starts with members willing to talk about this.

Item 3)

George Chase – Instructor, Information and Communications Technologies Dept. has deferred his talk to the new year or later.

George proposed a demo mini-lab showing us how to set up your own private internet on your LAN for fun and learning. Lets hope he can find some time for us.


Also, tell us about your interests in Linux and GNU (free/libre) software/hardware

Bring all your questions too! Looking forward to meeting you again.

Time:

Room is booked from 16:30 till 19:30

Normal meeting start had been 17:00 but we can be active before that.

This Central Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM).

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Seating:

  • 26 max at tables, more single chairs can be set up if required.
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No meeting on Aug 2, 2017

July 21st, 2017

Sumner break

No meeting is scheduled at our Central Library Venue for Aug 2, 2017

Monthly Meeting — July 5, 2017

June 18th, 2017

The meeting is on again. A handful of people wanted it. No specific agenda but please do bring your questions along.

Public are welcome!

Time: 17:00 – 19:30

The Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM)

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Seating:

  • 26 max at tables, more single chairs can be set up if required
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June 30: Asked if we wanted to cancel… Got answer of no, lets go forward with a meeting.

Jun 29

No interest shown yet. Do I assume everyone is to busy?

I will cancel the room by Friday evening if I do not hear from you.

Is there enough interest for a July meeting? I booked a room for July 5th but I can cancel it if you so wish.

Let me know.

Thanks

Monthly Meeting — June 7, 2017

May 25th, 2017

What is in it for you?

There are more topics for this meeting than just the demonstration/talk I promised.

  • TBA – a highly rated program I looked into (got 4.5 – 4.9 out of 5.0) that would seem to fit my clients needs and maybe our desires too. Up to date and runs on many operating systems. I will be asking your opinions at the meeting first rather than on line.
  • Learn more about membership benefits
  • More control over how you use your computer
  • Trust, Privacy and ease of use are being brought up or help requested. It use to be somewhat manual to set up but I have only started to look into this for more polished and modern applications.
  • Anyone still interested in help with installation or planning lets talk. The main kind of install, would require the least risk is a one blank hard drive install. (backups done or not needed) We can not call it anything like an install fest yet.
  • Some possibilities: Linux Mint (4 flavors), Linux flavored Solydxk rolling Debian LTS based on Stable, Debian Stretch for those up to it. My virtualbox got to kernel v 4.9.0 with aptitude safe-upgrade without seeming to break Stretch.
  • And three versions of Solus Linux including Gnome,plus KDE will be arriving soon.
  • Others?

 How easy has the Linux workstation/laptop become for personal and networking use?

Last month, if you remember, I showed something NOT to do for those that noticed the kernel panic from booting an incompatible Multi-boot Live-usb.

Until you try it out in real life I do not see how to answer this. So I plan to bring along a small example of my improved experience to the meeting to show. Your mileage may very.

  • With so many hardware installs to play with I found ways to break and fix booting up. Legacy mbr boots and GPT uEFI
  • To get there (OS and setup) I found I had to chose my path very carefully to save on time.

On top of this I will try out an advanced game demo that used to be overly complicated to set up.

My demonstration is using lesser hardware in the way of an older laptop with only 4GB RAM but it is lighter to carry and does the job ok ish :)

  • Flightgear has been around for quit a while and is becoming more capable and polished. But in the past it was a bear to setup at all. A demonstration will have to be a small subset of the possibilities in the interest of time. But even difficult tasks are far easier to accomplish now. My demo is based on one of the two modern distributions that seem capable
  • The point is to show how much it has improved along with Linux but I will not say is any easier to learn how to fly. For that you will want to get qualified instruction unless all you are concerned with is where do I reset the simulator?.

Public are welcome!

Time: 17:00 – 19:30

The Library closes at 20:00 (8:00 PM)

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Seating:

  • 26 max at tables, more single chairs can be set up if required
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Monthly Meeting — May 3, 2017

April 15th, 2017

Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Welcome again to those showing up for the first time and those returning to Linux for the last three meetings.

Place: Central Library

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 1
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Subject: Linux – Back to some basics

Introduction to Linux, Beginner Stages of Linux Usage

Thanks Liam for your suggestion you posted on the list.

Linux Boot Process,
File System Hierarchy,
Installing Linux through USB/CD,
Basic Command Line,
package management using yum or apt-get etc,
Basic Trouble Shooting, etc.,
basic security,
dual booting from windows to linux,
basic shell scripting.

A good starting point to expand from.

Please Note: To comply with the terms of use we signed for room booking with CPL, any lessons given by CLUG at the Central Library will be given at no charge to the attendees.

Other possibilities can be discussed at the meeting in regards to other suggested venues.

This is an exiting opportunity to build on ideas to make Linux the easy to use tool for sane computing.

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Monthly General Meeting — April 5, 2017

March 30th, 2017

Meeting Time: 17:30 to 19:30

Is it easy to see the Club the way we want it?

Personally, I have been reevaluating many things including technology, Linux, Nature Walks, getting grounded and Keeping It Simple. More on this, I find not taking some risk more risky relating to my tech life. (avoiding the big ruts in my roads)

I will do what I will do. The Club… we will see.

Also, what is untenable?

Mailing lists have been too quite, but the meeting is still on (the room was booked towards the beginning of the month).

  • added Tuesday Apr 4 — btrfs-progs v 4.8.5
  • I am about to do some more tinkering with Butter FS in the next month or two. Would be fun to do a live demo of btrfs raid array if people find this of interest.
  • Starting off with the mystery btrfs raid1 three (usb) drives.
  • And a way to add one drive  and convert to raid10 if it strikes our fancy.
  • All with while live and mounted raid.
  • raid5/6 btrfs still not ready for production according to btrfs-progs coders.
  • Ways to get modern kernel versions
  • Possible drive failure modes?

No one has volunteered for a talk yet. The club reboot seems still in progress, so I will be patient.

More updates to follow in the next few days before the meeting.

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

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Monthly General Meeting — March 8th, 2017

February 16th, 2017

Meeting Time: 17:30 to 19:30

With all the more buzz lately on the news related to free and open source in our present day world, hot topics could be abundant.

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Intended Audience:

People interested in meeting about safe, novel and fun filled uses of computers and collaborative tools

The Fine print: Opinions expressed are those of the author. You may form your own opinions with research and independent thought.

Mar 7 th Update

  • Neil pointed out what IBM is doing now (Computer with no proprietary software or firmware blobs) with their Power8 and to be 9. Plus what Raptor Engineering planning with the Power8. Talos Secure Workstation (Wow what a difference from the XT PC!) Early adopters have to vote with their dollars before we will see a lower cost version made.

Controversy like the GNU/Linux — ZFS mix/ No mix:

Feb 28 th Update

Paul do his work so he ended up buying his own PC to do better. Then in excitement he said:

“The possibilities are endless.”

 Mid eighties quote from Paul Griffiths after buying an IBM PC XT for $6000  Picture and Ref to Vintage IBM PC
Now think of what we can do today.

What made you interested in using GNU/Linux plus free and open source? We are looking for someone willing
to share in what they are doing that excites them.

More progress is starting in support of club infrastructure, so we would like to start comparing notes. It’s time to hear your collaborative ideas again.

Together we can make this happen.

See you at the meeting on the second Wednesday, March 8th

Mel

GNU/Linux, FLOSS and FOSS

Remember, it’s also about you the interested user and new user, coder, developer, etc.

Thanks again to those who attended the last meeting and shared their successes and challenges with Linux. I was impressed with how everyone sought out and acknowledged all other vantage points, including listening to the challenges!

The world of people and business runs on technology  facilitated increasingly by collaboration in various libre, free and open systems. Out of respect for those involved in these systems I am of the opinion that different sides can not be exclusively right and all others wrong. Fighting each other serves no one, least of all the collaborative system.

Can we look at them similar to our Earth Ecological Systems? For example: Tropical Rain Forest and the various Northern Forests. None of them are exclusively wright or wrong, yet they all serve the world ecology needs and produce oxygen in their parts of the planet. [Eben Moglen cited in one his articles how collaborative systems should be treated like an ecological system as both are easy to damage and difficult to repair]

FOSS and FLOSS the same but different. CAN all sides win?

https://fsfe.org/freesoftware/basics/comparison.en.html

What is computer science and can this relate to a Linux computer club? More people are waking up to all these things and then they will be looking for guidance and help from us.

Computers are virtually indispensable to the field of computer science. Yet, as Edsger Dijkstra, a pioneering computer scientist, so aptly put it, “Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”

http://www.linfo.org/computer_science.html

Computer Science is a medium for problem solving and self-expression. — Ashley Gavin

 

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Monthly General Meeting — Feb 1st, 2017

January 25th, 2017

Meeting Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Meeting Place: Central Library
Basement 2
Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary AB T2G 2M2

Topics:

Power Talks (5-10 min long – 15 min max. Bring out the silos of interest people have from the large Linux Universe. Voices are being heard.

Plans for exec

Server move options

We are in the larger room February 1st. Welcome to more in attendance, both men and women.

Sorry for all the delays and shorter notice. My bad. Any one with previous exec experience who wants to help short term please contact me on the list or email.

 

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