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Distributions / Q4OS Review in Register
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:23:09 am »
Reading through some articles saved in Pocket and found this from the end of October about Q4OS.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/30/q4os_distro_review/

Has anybody tried this?

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Meetings / December 2017: PLUG Meeting Notes
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:15:02 am »
I presented on new features of Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon tonight. Great turnout tonight where we also shared pizza, chips, cookies, eggnog and pop. Thanks to Bob and Rachelle for arranging a large part of the food including the pizza and to those others that brought snacks.

The new features I presented tonight came directly come from this page on the Linux Mint website. If it interests you enough to upgrade from 18.2 there is an upgrade article in the Linux Mint blog. Of course, it's a good idea to also check the release notes to make know about any known issues with particular hardware.

Note that some of these features are new features to Linux Mint and will also apply to the MATE, Xfce, and KDE versions. You should check the new features page for the other desktop versions to be sure. Note that at present it's just the beta versions of Xfce and KDE that are out right now although the final versions should be out within a month or so.

And for those that are new to Linux or LM entirely, refer to the attached slideshow from the September 2017 meeting.

Updated: Attached slideshow and explanatory text.

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Distributions / Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon and MATE editions released
« on: November 28, 2017, 01:54:34 pm »
Linux Mint 18.3 was released yesterday. So far, it's just the Cinnamon and MATE editions but KDE and Xfce will be coming later this year (assuming December, I guess). I haven't upgraded yet but will I will be shortly. However, remember you don't have to upgrade. All 18.x releases are LTS and will continue to have updates until April 2021. But if you want to, they have a guide to walk you through it.

https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3462

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Meetings / Weekly PLUG MUG: Thursday, November 30, 2017: Sign-up Please!
« on: November 24, 2017, 03:35:33 pm »
Throughout November every Thursday evening, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Whistlestop Cafe at George & Charlotte in downtown Peterborough. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW, at least 4 hours before the meeting. This way we avoid having somebody turn up and nobody else does (it's happened). I recommend you don't come unless at least two people post. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, do let us know when so we can wait for you.

At this meeting and at the December PLUG meeting, we'll invite comments on whether or not to continue with this new day and location for MUGs.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Meetings / PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:18:04 am »
Trying to help out Bob, here. Does anyone have anything they'd like to present at the December meeting? Presentations don't have to be long affairs, even a 10-minute presentation on a program you like, a distro you tried out recently (or have been using for some time), or some new piece of hardware can be cool. Certainly, other ideas not listed are possible, too.

If you don't have an idea of something you can present, what would you like to know about Linux? Is there something you've never understood or would like to understand better? Any programming languages that you might like to see a talk on? Let us know!

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Meetings / Weekly PLUG MUG: THURSDAY, November 23, 2017: Sign-up
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:25:18 am »
Throughout November every Thursday evening, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Whistlestop Cafe at George & Charlotte in downtown Peterborough. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW, at least 4 hours before the meeting. This way we avoid having somebody turn up and nobody else does (it's happened). I recommend you don't come unless at least two people post. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, do let us know when so we can wait for you.

At the end of November, we'll decide together whether or not to continue with Thursdays at Whistlestop.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Meetings / Weekly PLUG MUG: THURSDAY, November 16, 2017: Sign-up
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:30:18 pm »
Throughout November every Thursday evening, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Whistlestop Cafe at George & Charlotte in downtown Peterborough. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW, at least 4 hours before the meeting. This way we avoid having somebody turn up and nobody else does (it's happened). I recommend you don't come unless at least two people post. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, do let us know when so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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General Discussion / My Telus data deal
« on: November 11, 2017, 05:29:11 pm »
Since I've moved to Freedom Mobile, I've been using the data plan on my phone and only using my tablet with wireless. Formerly, I was paying this:

Tablet plan:
$5/month Flex (only 20 MB)
+$10/month for 200 MB
+$10/month for 500 MB
total $25/month for only 500 MB of data

Phone plan:
$10/month for 50 min and 50 texts (I think)
No data

Total: $35/month

I switched to Freedom when I realized for $10 more per month, I could get a nice new phone (includes $5/month on the Tab), unlimited calling to Canada and the US (within Freedom's) network, unlimited texting and 4 GB full-speed LTE data. So now I'm paying $45 a month for 8x the data and I don't have to worry about how many phone calls or texts I send.

I called Telus to cancel my mobile data (the $5/month flex-data) since I don't need it now. I've been able to pair it with my phone though truth be told, it doesn't work as well as it should. Well, in calling them, they offered me 1 GB for the same price. Since Bluetooth pairing doesn't work that well, I went for it. Double the data from them as before at 1/5th the price. I may not need it very often, but it's handy to have it for just $5 a month.
 

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General Linux/Android Discussions / The Code: Linux documentary (2001)
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:05:45 pm »
Although dated, I found this hour-long Linux documentary on YouTube quite interesting. It covers the early years of Linux, talks about Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, and other early GNU/Linux pioneers as well as the differences between the Open Source and Free Software movements. Linus' parents were even interviewed providing insight into his younger years and the type of person he is.

Update: Do turn on the subtitles as Mike reminded me below. His parents speak Finnish as are some of the news bits, but there are English subtitles (and in many other languages).

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Update: There is a weather advisory tonight so the MUG tonight has been cancelled. We'll try again next week!

NOTE: This is a special MUG. It's on a different day and at a different meeting location. We're checking out Whistlestop Cafe again and on a Thursday because that's one of the days that they're open late. We'd really appreciate if more people could come so we can gauge the level of interest in meeting regularly on Thursdays.

So remember, the MUG next week is Thursday and it's just three days after the regular monthly meeting. That's THURSDAY, November 9, 2017. And it's at Whistlestop Cafe at 141 George Street in Peterborough, Ontario. It's on the SE corner of where Charlotte meets George.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 30, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:46:06 pm »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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I discovered this article recently though it was published last year, entitled "​OpenOffice is dead. Long live LibreOffice". I was curious how OpenOffice was doing especially since most distros have dropped it as their default office suite. The article talks about this a bit as well as the history of OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/openoffice-is-dead-long-live-libreoffice/

After reading this article, do you think there should still be two office suites or should Apache abandon the OpenOffice project and direct users toward LibreOffice?




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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 23, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:18:56 am »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 16, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:52:27 am »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

Sorry for the late posting. Forgot this is my job now :)

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