PLUG Meeting: Monday, May 1, 2017: Arch Linux

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THIS COMING MONDAY!

Arch Linux

President Jason Wallwork will demonstrate Arch Linux, a lightweight rolling-release build-your-own distro. He'll cover reasons why you might want to install it, what you need to install it, and the steps involved in getting to a basic desktop. This is also the main membership renewal meeting. Check below for more information including the annual cost.

Date: Monday, May 1, 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.

April 2017 PLUG Meeting; THIS Monday, April 3, 2017

THIS COMING MONDAY!

This should be a very busy meeting, we have FOUR topics!

Raspberry Pi

Member Mike Fox and VP Bill Hopkins will each be showing off their new Raspberry Pi, the $35 mini-computer perfect for Linux. They will show what they're doing with it right now and there will be some explanations of how to install various Linux distributions onto an SD card or for better performance, to a USB flash drive. Mike has even figured out how to multi-boot it.

Linux Mint : Is its Update Manager secure for beginners?

There has been some controversy in that Linux Mint's update manager doesn't, in beginner mode, install all updates, including some security updates. Jason Wallwork will show you what he has found after doing some investigation into what updates aren't being installed and whether beginners need to worry.

Server Monitoring Tools

Brian Sterling will show you how he monitors servers in the enterprise using mainly open source technologies.

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7 PM

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

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