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I ordered the Edimax, as I found it on site for a few dollars less and several of the reviews mentioned that it works out of the box with various Linux distros. Some of the negative comments point out its limited range, but I don't think that will be an issue for me the way I plan to use it (mainly in a laptop).

Support / Re: Suggestions for inexpensive, Linux-friendly USB wifi dongle
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:33:47 am »
Thanks, folks. I see that Amazon carries both a TP and the Edimax model for about the same price. They're both small and have the same specs. This is not something I would expect to use on a regular basis, as all the Broadcom wifi cards in my xps and my iMac work perfectly well with Linux - once you get the driver in. But for $16-20, I think it's worth having a dongle that I can use as needed in any computer, and gives me internet access with any distro without having to move the computer to an ethernet outlet. A good example is our PLUG meeting. My Dell gets wireless there with the installed Ubuntu and Arch, but put in a live usb from almost any distro and I get nothing. What is it with Broadcom anyway, that its driver can't be included? I have nothing against their wifi cards, except that.

Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:26:53 pm »
Monday is supposed to be above freezing, even at night. More likely to get rain than snow.

General Discussion / Re: Libraries Digital offerings
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:24:43 pm »
Good to know, Bill. I hadn't realized that Overdrive provides movies.

Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:37:01 pm »
Sure; let's do that. Thanks.

Support / Suggestions for inexpensive, Linux-friendly USB wifi dongle
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:33:38 am »
I'm getting sick of having to connect to Ethernet every time I want to try or install a distro on one of my computers with Broadcom wifi cards, so I would now like to buy an inexpensive dongle that plugs into a usb port and gives me wifi. Any suggestions from those of you who have one? Also, should I worry about whether it's USB 2 or 3, and what speed it is? The cheapest I've seen on the internet seem to be 150 mbps.

Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:27:47 am »
Great. The USB dongle is probably the better option, as I don't have to be close to the router to connect. But I'm happy to have either..

And it knocked the Columbine incident out of the top 10 school shootings in the U.S. (based on number of people killed). The situation seems hopeless there - too many influential people wedded to unfettered gun rights.

Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:21:36 am »
If I present this, I would like to do it on my Dell laptop, which unfortunately has a Broadcom wifi card. Do we have ethernet access in the presentation room or alternatively, does anyone have a wifi usb dongle that I could borrow for the presentation?

Distributions / Re: Pop OS
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:20:53 am »
Incidentally, the kernel it installs is 4.13.0-32-generic. When I start up the live USB on my 2015 hidpi iMac, it will only start up (without a 4 minute delay) if I add "nomodeset" to the bootup parameters. This means that it will only run at 4k resolution, and the graphics driver is generic, so you notice a bit of shakiness when moving windows. This mirrors my experience with Ubuntu 17.10. The AMD-GPU-PRO driver may or may not work with it, as there are only three distros/versions it is made for (Ubuntu 16.04.3, Red Hat and CentOS).

Meetings / Re: Welcoming Brian, our new Prez!
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:18:26 am »
Actually, I have to admit that the Surface Pro looks like a pretty good machine (groan!), though it would have looked better without that Windows 10 desktop looking back at me.

Meetings / Re: Presentation ideas for March 2018 meeting?
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:02:03 pm »
Now that I have been playing around with Pop!_OS, I would be happy to make a presentation on it. I can show what it looks like from a live USB, and even go through an installation (or alternatively, show it installed). I would talk about the philosophy behind it, what is different between it and Ubuntu 17.10, and where it's going based on the System 76 interview I saw on youtube. I'm guessing it would take no more than 45 minutes to do that kind of presentation, and if someone else has something else to go with it, or something longer and more compelling, I'm happy to not do it or postpone it for another meeting.

Meetings / Re: Weekly PLUG MUG: Monday, February 19, 2018: Sign-Up PLEASE!
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:57:05 pm »
Count me in, around 8:00 as usual. Brian, I'll be interested in your take on Pop!_OS.

Meetings / Re: Welcoming Brian, our new Prez!
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:56:01 pm »
Jason, old? C'mon.  :) I think Brian will do good things for the club, even if his laptop is a Microsoft Surface Pro.  ;D

Distributions / Re: Pop OS
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:38:15 am »
I had the same trouble with Ryan Sipes speaking as you did. I wasn't sure whether the problem was at his end of Lunduke's, but I persisted. It gets repeatedly better and worse, but you're right that it is a shame his part wasn't solid, since he is representing his company. Nevertheless, I got the gist of System 76's thrust with this OS, and I think that with Canonical's lowered emphasis on desktop Ubuntu, System 76 is looking at this as a way to provide a polished desktop experience on top of what Ubuntu provides; perhaps something akin to Linux Mint. And although Pop!_OS appears to be just a skinned Ubuntu Gnome, they have been doing some fixes under the hood.

I think this OS will be worth following. For one thing, they are keeping up with every new version of Ubuntu and planning to release their own new version on the same day Ubuntu releases their's. That means we'll get Pop!_OS 18.04 on April 19. What they didn't say is whether they will maintain an LTS version.

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