We're passing the orb & sceptre - please wait...!!

As we head into the fall season, much is happening, both in our club and the GNU/Linux community. As I transition into the role of president, I look forward to an on-going evolution in GNU/Linux software, with an eye primarily toward new users who find other mainstream operating systems too cumbersome and/or intrusive. As many of you will know, I have strong opinions about that, and my focus is always on choice and transparency. Here's to a new year, with a very special congratulations to our outgoing president emeritus, Jason Wallwork, who I'm sure will continue to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to the benefit of our membership. I hope to bring as much enthusiasm and information along with my experience to this role as Jason has for a very, very long time.

October PLUG Meeting: Opera & Encrypting Email: Monday, October 2, 2017

THIS COMING MONDAY...

Opera & Encrypting Email with PGP

VP Bill Hopkins will be presenting the Opera browser, a multi-platform browser that is very fast and light and has extra features not commonly seen in browsers. Member Jason Wallwork will be following this up with a presentation on how to encrypt your email using PGP.

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7 PM

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.

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.

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.

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.

New PLUG Year, New President

Announcement for first PLUG meeting from July 25, 1999

For a bit of history, PLUG started as a SIG (special interest group) connected to the now-defunct Kawartha Computer Club. I believe the SIG started sometime in 1998 but the earliest announcement I can find is dated July 25, 1999. At that time the Linux SIG met weekly! Later in the year, it became a separate user group, Peterborough LUG or PLUG as it became known later. So that puts us at almost 20 years old or 19 years old if we go back to when PLUG officially started. Above is that annoucement. We've met at PNLP, member homes, the Zoo, the library, E-LAN Games, Genesys Consulting, Pipcom Internet, and now Applewood Retirement Residence. Thought still a small group, we started out with only 3-4 guys including myself and we are one of the few active Linux User Groups in Eastern Ontario.

For those that were unable to attend the PLUG meeting yesterday, I announced that I am stepping down as president and long-time member Bob Foley will be talking over the reigns. Bill Hopkins will be continuing as Vice President. I will likely continue moderating the forums.

I've been doing this for a long time and it's been a great experience but it's time for somebody new. I'm very appreciative of the support I've received from you all over the years and have very much enjoyed your wisdom and your company. Rest assured, I will still be regularly attending monthly meetings and lots of MUGs, too.

It's been both a privilege and an honour to be your president and now please join with me in giving Bob all the support you can muster and wishing him the best success as the new Prez!

September 2017 PLUG Meeting: Linux Mint 18.2: THIS MONDAY!

THIS COMING MONDAY...

Linux Mint 18.2

Linux Mint 18.2 will be presented by Jason Wallwork. Suitable for beginners, he will show you how to get Linux Mint and install it on your computer, using a USB thumbdrive. But before doing that, he will talk about what makes Linux Mint different, the different versions and how to choose one for your computer, and demonstrate the install. Finally, he will show it in action and the new features in this point release. This would be a great presentation for you advanced users to bring a friend that isn't sure about Linux but would like to try it. Hope to see you there!

Date: Monday, September 4, 2017 - 7 PM

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.

Website maintenance - August 6, 2017 2 AM EDT

The PLUG website will be down in the early morning hours of August 6, 2017, starting at 2 AM. It may last several hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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