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June 2018 PLUG Meeting: Monday, June 4, 2018: TOMORROW!

Sorry about the short notice guys, but we are having a PLUG meeting TOMORROW (Monday, June 4, 2018) with some cool topics from Bill Hopkins and Mike Fox. And it's the last meeting before the summer. PLUG goes on break so there won't be any monthly meetings in July and August but MUGs will still continue subject to interest.

Bill Hopkins will be delivering a basic talk on the motion detecting software program, Motion, running on a Raspberry Pi with a USB connected webcam. The video output from the webcam is viewed from a remote computer screen, using a local wifi network.

Mike Fox will be presenting openSUSE, a popular, non-Debian based distro that uses the rpm package manager. Following up on Jason’s excellent KDE presentation last month, Mike will present the KDE plasma version of openSUSE Tumbleweed, which is a rolling distro. He will show some of the desktop customizations possible with this desktop environment.

Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 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.

We'll also have pizza available. Please bring $5 for covering the costs of pizza and pop.

We had a good number of membership registrations last month. Thank you! We could use a few more though to cover our costs for the year so please consider registering as a member if you haven't already. The cost is only $25 a year payable by cheque to PLUG or cash, a fee that hasn't changed since 2000.

See you there!

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


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

Free Raspberry Pi course through Coursera

Coursera has a free self-paced course on programming the Raspberry Pi and it's rated 4.5/5 stars. It's part of the IoT (Internet of Things) specialization. Check it out here:


You have to preview the course to see the requirements, which of course include a Raspberry Pi but there are a couple of other things, too:

Hardware Requirements


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