Netflix adds support for Firefox under Linux

Now you Firefox fans don't have to switch to Chrome to access Netflix:

Linux users have a new option if they want to watch Netflix -- the streaming service is now compatible with Firefox for the platform. Before this, only Google Chrome could play videos from the website outright.

Full (very short) article here: https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/22/netflix-firefox-linux/

Make Use Of article: 5 Innovative Linux Operating Systems You Should Try Today

Void Linux screenshot showing installation

The website MUO has a refreshing article on some innovative Linux distros. Three of the distributions are ones I've never heard of before now. Void Linux sounds particularly impressive. Here's a snippet:

While Void also seems to be aimed at experienced Linux users, the installation process is much friendlier. For example, Void has an actual installer program, unlike Arch. It also supplies a live desktop to test it out. There are also some interesting architectural decisions that makes it different from many Linux operating systems.

Check out the article here.

PLUG Meeting - March 6, 2017: Qubes OS

Qubes logo

One week from today...

Qubes OS

PLUG President Jason Wallwork will be demonstrating Qubes OS, a security-oriented operating system.

"Qubes takes an approach called security by compartmentalization, which allows you to compartmentalize the various parts of your digital life into securely isolated compartments called qubes."

"This approach allows you to keep the different things you do on your computer securely separated from each other in isolated qubes so that one qube getting compromised won’t affect the others. For example, you might have one qube for visiting untrusted websites and a different qube for doing online banking. This way, if your untrusted browsing qube gets compromised by a malware-laden website, your online banking activities won’t be at risk. Similarly, if you’re concerned about malicious email attachments, Qubes can make it so that every attachment gets opened in its own single-use disposable qube. In this way, Qubes allows you to do everything on the same physical computer without having to worry about a single successful cyberattack taking down your entire digital life in one fell swoop."

Source: "How does Qubes OS provide security?", https://www.qubes-os.org/intro/

Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7 PM

February 6, 2017 PLUG Meeting: Over-the-air HDTV and KDE Neon

This coming Monday...

KDE Neon and Over-the-air HDTV

Long-time member Michael Fox will be doing a short presention on KDE Neon, the testbed distribution for trying out the latest KDE desktop environment and applications. His presentation will be followed by PLUG VP Bill Hopkins who will be showing you how to use a special dongle to access over-the-air HDTV broadcasts live or to schedule a recording.

Date: Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7 PM

January 2017 PLUG Meeting: VPN & TOR: THIS MONDAY

TOR Project Logo

This coming Monday...

VPN & TOR

Jason Wallwork will be introducing the basics of using a VPN client or a Tor client within the Tails linux distribution. Using a VPN and/or a Tor client is a powerful way of protecting your privacy and anonymity online. Tails is a live Linux distribution that includes the TOR client and leaves no traces behind after you use it on a computer. However, you can easily download and install Tor inside any Linux distribution (or Windows or Mac).

Date: Monday, January 2, 2017 - 7 PM

The raffle has been discontinued. However, you can still get a free book of your choice from O'Reilly by writing a short review afterward. Use the contact form if you'd like to do that.

Membership, although voluntary, is encouraged. Membership fees cover our room rental costs and any surplus is used to treat members during the Christmas Pizza party. A membership is only $25 a year, a fee that hasn't changed since 2000. You can pay via cheque, cash or Paypal. Membership also gives you the opportunity to review Linux-related or other computer books, and bragging rights.

We have a Linux magazine swap at each meeting. Bring in recent Linux magazines (within the last year) to trade with or give to other members.

Location: Applewood Manor
1500 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Parking is on the east (right) side. Entrance is at the front of the building. From the front, go down the hall to the right, and enter the last door on the left.

After the meeting, everyone is invited to Tim Horton's on MONAGHAN ROAD (just a stone's throw north of Lansdowne). They have free wireless along with their treats and refreshments.

Hope you can make it!

Note: PLUG MUG nights continue every MONDAY night except the week of a regular PLUG meeting (as long as there is interest). Please check the forums for the weekly sign-up list.

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