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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!

April 2015 PLUG Meeting DELAYED ONE WEEK

Your not-so-fearless President has been battling a cold as well as the website all week. Consequently, the regular PLUG meeting has been moved one week back to Monday, April 20, 2015. Same place, same time as usual, just the Monday is different. Here's the topic:

Programming in Python

Jason Wallwork will give a tutorial on the extreme basics of Python. Python is a crazy easy programming language to get your feet wet with and yet still very powerful. It's also a great language for learning the basics to any programming language such as arithmetic expressions and variables. He will touch on those essentials as well as to what a function is (assuming we have the time).

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7 PM - NOTE THE DIFFERENT DAY!!!

We have a Linux magazine swap at each meeting. Bring your recently-read Linux magazines to trade with other members. And we have a draw for an e-book of the winner's choice. Members get double the entries.

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 Lansdowne West (near Canadian Tire and Sobey's). They have free wireless in addition to their tasty doughnuts and coffee.

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.

Anti-spam module not working yet

The anti-spam module I use to keep spambots from registering and infesting the site isn't quite working as it should yet. I'm telling you this in case you guys see spam in the new Forums.

Fresh new forums

I haven't been successful at restoring the forums. I may give it another try in a few days. I discovered that Drupal has support for forums built-in. The forums module is pretty simple but I hoping everyone will give it a try.

You need to create an account. Your former Forums account will not work. If you have an OpenID though, you already have one. Click on that link. If you don't then, click on the Create new account link.

On the menu you will see a link as well as within Navigation on the left-hand side. Click on it. Choose an area and post when you have something to talk about. Notice, there are only four forums. I decided to go with a much simpler layout.

Still working on the Forums

I sort of had the forums back earlier today, just long enough that somebody was able to post. I never got to see the post as I was still working on a template issue so I removed them and started from scratch. Sorry to whomever posted. If I'm not able to to get the forums back up as they were in a couple of days, I may just decide to bite the bullet and start fresh. There might some advantages to this - such as a new simpler layout. Less Discussion groups. The downside will be having to re-register. Probably nobody will miss the old posts.

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