Thursday, December 1, 2016

Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest LXII reminder Saturday December 3, 2016

Boston Linux Installfest LXII
When: Saturday December 3, 2016, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
Plenty of free parking in the parking lot in front of E-51.
http://mitiq.mit.edu/mitiq/directions_%20parkinge51.htm

What you need to bring: Your computer, monitor, power strips and your
Linux distributions. We do have copies of some distributions.
In general we have expertise with most distros, but if you need special
expertise, please email the BLU discussion list in advance. Today, most
distros are using Live images that you can try out and then install.
This can be copied to DVDs or USB sticks.There are a number of USB
creators, such as UNetbootin (https://unetbootin.github.io/). Both
Fedora and Ubuntu have a USB creator built in.

COST: It's free! However, we DO have expenses, and contributions are
welcome. Please consider contributing $25 per machine.

Our volunteers will help you to install Linux on your own system. While
Linux runs on most systems, some systems do have configurations and
hardware that may not be supported. Please consult the following web
pages for hardware compatibility. While we prefer you to bring your own
distros, our volunteers will normally have

Linux Howto Pages: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html
Linux Frequently Asked Questions: http://tldp.org/docs.html#faq
Additionally, there are forums and listservs for most distros.

Generally our volunteers have sets of the latest Fedora, SuSE and
Ubuntu distributions:
* Fedora - https://getfedora.org/ (Fedora 25 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 16.04.1 LTS DVD/USB or 16.10)
* other distros can be downloaded at the Installfest

We generally have them on local drives and can burn CDs/DVDs and
USBs.Since there are many variants of these distros, we advise you to
bring an empty USB stick with sufficient memory to hold one of the
distros. Live images require about 1.5GB. I usually have some USBs
prepared.

We usually have both a Wired and Wireless network available.
The preferred wireless SSID at MIT is "MIT". In addition John does set
up a local wifi.


In addition, you can run Linux on your Windows PC through a virtual
machine manager, such as Virtualbox. You can install this in your
Windows machine and run Linux as a guest OS, or install it in your Linux
machine and run Windows as a guest. VirtualBox 5.1.10
(http://www.virtualbox.org.) is free and is available for Linux, Windows
10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Additionally,
there are also some VMWare clients that are also free for Windows.

Lunch is generously sponsored by Bluefin Technical Services, John Ross
and Ron Thibeau


Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions. Parking is free and available in front of
the building on Amherst St. Enter the building, and take the elevator to
your left down 1 floor. Room 061 is opposite the elevator.

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix user group
http://www.blu.org
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest LXII reminder Saturday December 3, 2016

Boston Linux Installfest LXII
When: Saturday December 3, 2016, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
Plenty of free parking in the parking lot in front of E-51.
http://mitiq.mit.edu/mitiq/directions_%20parkinge51.htm

What you need to bring: Your computer, monitor, power strips and your
Linux distributions. We do have copies of some distributions.
In general we have expertise with most distros, but if you need special
expertise, please email the BLU discussion list in advance. Today, most
distros are using Live images that you can try out and then install.
This can be copied to DVDs or USB sticks.There are a number of USB
creators, such as UNetbootin (https://unetbootin.github.io/). Both
Fedora and Ubuntu have a USB creator built in.

COST: It's free! However, we DO have expenses, and contributions are
welcome. Please consider contributing $25 per machine.

Our volunteers will help you to install Linux on your own system. While
Linux runs on most systems, some systems do have configurations and
hardware that may not be supported. Please consult the following web
pages for hardware compatibility. While we prefer you to bring your own
distros, our volunteers will normally have

Linux Howto Pages: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html
Linux Frequently Asked Questions: http://tldp.org/docs.html#faq
Additionally, there are forums and listservs for most distros.

Generally our volunteers have sets of the latest Fedora, SuSE and
Ubuntu distributions:
* Fedora - https://getfedora.org/ (Fedora 25 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 16.04.1 LTS DVD/USB or 16.10)
* other distros can be downloaded at the Installfest

We generally have them on local drives and can burn CDs/DVDs and
USBs.Since there are many variants of these distros, we advise you to
bring an empty USB stick with sufficient memory to hold one of the
distros. Live images require about 1.5GB. I usually have some USBs
prepared.

We usually have both a Wired and Wireless network available.
The preferred wireless SSID at MIT is "MIT". In addition John does set
up a local wifi.


In addition, you can run Linux on your Windows PC through a virtual
machine manager, such as Virtualbox. You can install this in your
Windows machine and run Linux as a guest OS, or install it in your Linux
machine and run Windows as a guest. VirtualBox 5.1.10
(http://www.virtualbox.org.) is free and is available for Linux, Windows
10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Additionally,
there are also some VMWare clients that are also free for Windows.

Lunch is generously sponsored by Bluefin Technical Services, John Ross
and Ron Thibeau


Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions. Parking is free and available in front of
the building on Amherst St. Enter the building, and take the elevator to
your left down 1 floor. Room 061 is opposite the elevator.

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix user group
http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 537C5846
PGP Key fingerprint: 3D1B 8377 A3C0 A5F2 ECBB CA3B 4607 4319 537C 5846






















































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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Boston Linux Meeting Reminder, tomorrow Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Reproducible Builds for a Better Future

When: November 16, 2016 7PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Reproducible Builds for a Better Future
Moderator: Valerie R. Young
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315


Summary:
Debian's Reproducible Builds project

Abstract:
Many free software projects (Tor, Debian, Fedora and more) have
dedicated a great deal of time and effort toward the reproducible builds
goal: anyone can download the source code and generate identical
binaries. This technical goal has a massive impact on delivering free
software's promised freedoms. Our vision:

Anyone can verify that the binary program they are running came from the
source code they separately downloaded.
Anyone can reliably modify their software without fear it will not build
on their system.

This talk will begin with the story of the Tor browser bundle becoming
entirely reproducible. You will learn how the technical success of Tor
inspired the Debian project's ongoing efforts, resulting in an 85%
reproducible operating system so far, and other parallel efforts. After
laying down this technical and historical background, the talk will
focus on concrete ways that achieving reproducible builds will change
our relationship with software in the future.

The intended audience is anyone who cares about free software, no matter
your technical experience.
https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/About
http://blu.org/meetings/2016/11/valery-young-cached-blogpost.txt

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

Note that the Hayward St parking lot is under construction and some of
the overflow is affecting the MIT-E51 lot. There is a second lot on
Hayward St that may be available if you are unable tro park in E51.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
http://www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com/
--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Reproducible Builds for a Better Future

When: November 16, 2016 7PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Reproducible Builds for a Better Future
Moderator: Valerie R. Young
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315


Summary:
Debian's Reproducible Builds project

Abstract:
Many free software projects (Tor, Debian, Fedora and more) have
dedicated a great deal of time and effort toward the reproducible builds
goal: anyone can download the source code and generate identical
binaries. This technical goal has a massive impact on delivering free
software's promised freedoms. Our vision:

Anyone can verify that the binary program they are running came from the
source code they separately downloaded.
Anyone can reliably modify their software without fear it will not build
on their system.

This talk will begin with the story of the Tor browser bundle becoming
entirely reproducible. You will learn how the technical success of Tor
inspired the Debian project's ongoing efforts, resulting in an 85%
reproducible operating system so far, and other parallel efforts. After
laying down this technical and historical background, the talk will
focus on concrete ways that achieving reproducible builds will change
our relationship with software in the future.

The intended audience is anyone who cares about free software, no matter
your technical experience.
https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/About
http://blu.org/meetings/2016/11/valery-young-cached-blogpost.txt

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
http://www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com/
--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Location Change: BLU Desktop GNU/Linux SIG Meeting - TMUX + Lightning Talks - Weds, Nov 2, 2016

Note, address change to 90 Broadway.

On 10/27/2016 10:25 AM, Will Rico wrote:
> When: Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 - 8:30PM
>
> Location
Akamai, 90 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
>
> Directions
> http://www.akamai.com/html/about/driving_directions.html
> Also easily accessibly by T.
>
> Notes
>
> 1) Please note the location
> is different from BLU's
> standard MIT meeting location.
>
> 2) Akamai has generously
> agreed to provide space and
> 'free as in food' for this
> meeting. Thank you to our
> sponsor!
> http://www.akamai.com/
>
> 3) RSVP is not required, but
> helps me plan food. You can
> RSVP by emailing me or
> RSVP'ing on Meetup.com:
> http://meetu.ps/31Fc0q
>
> Summary
>
> Window management for your terminal, with tmux!
>
> Plus, bring a lightening talk (5 - 10 minutes) as we'll be leaving time
> for lightning talks after the main presentation.
>
> tmux - a "terminal multiplexer" - is free software under a BSD/ISC
> license (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISC_license).
>
> https://tmux.github.io/
>
> Tmux can be used to run various applications in multiple panes and
> windows within just a single containing terminal window. This provides
> many benefits in many categories, such as:
>
> * improving usability with features like clipboard support, and being
> able to see output from multiple programs at once.
>
> * improving stability: work done on remote systems can be easily resumed
> after a network disconnect, also local window managers bailing don't
> kill local sessions.
>
> * just plain-old "neat tricks" like synchronizing input to multiple
> systems, displaying a clock, and even multiple users attached to the
> same tmux session.
>
> Terminal multiplexers such as tmux (or GNU Screen, if you prefer) are
> indispensable tools for console management that no frequent terminal
> user should be without. This presentation will cover everything from
> getting started with tmux, to configuration, and of course using it for
> a variety of tasks in a few usage scenarios, focusing mostly on
> single-user console application management.
>
> About the presenter:
>
> Chris Thompson is a hacker/activist and partners with Agaric, a web
> development worker-owned cooperative. Chris has spent several years
> using various GNU/Linux systems as a hobbyist and now as a professional,
> programming custom applications with Python. Chris really enjoys playing
> with various desktops/window managers, and favors the KDE and Cinnamon
> desktops. As a result of productivity improvements from using tmux,
> Chris is now considering new adventures in a window manager such as the
> i3 window manager (https://i3wm.org/).
>
> About the Lightning Talks
>
> Have an interesting idea or project to share? Or a question to pose to
> the group? Bring it along! We will reserve at least 30 minutes for
> lightning talks. The following rules apply:
>
> * relate to free software
>
> * strict time limit per talk/question (5- 10 minutes depending on number
> of participants)
>
> * selection at organizers' discretion
>
> * no need to send talk ideas in advance (register to give lightning talk
> at event)
>
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

BLU Desktop GNU/Linux SIG Meeting - TMUX + Lightning Talks - Weds, Nov 2, 2016

When: Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 - 8:30PM

Location
Akamai, 150 Broadway (8 Cambridge Center), Cambridge, MA

Directions
http://www.akamai.com/html/about/driving_directions.html
Also easily accessibly by T.

Notes

1) Please note the location
is different from BLU's
standard MIT meeting location.

2) Akamai has generously
agreed to provide space and
'free as in food' for this
meeting. Thank you to our
sponsor!
http://www.akamai.com/

3) RSVP is not required, but
helps me plan food. You can
RSVP by emailing me or
RSVP'ing on Meetup.com:
http://meetu.ps/31Fc0q

Summary

Window management for your terminal, with tmux!

Plus, bring a lightening talk (5 - 10 minutes) as we'll be leaving time
for lightning talks after the main presentation.

tmux - a "terminal multiplexer" - is free software under a BSD/ISC
license (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISC_license).

https://tmux.github.io/

Tmux can be used to run various applications in multiple panes and
windows within just a single containing terminal window. This provides
many benefits in many categories, such as:

* improving usability with features like clipboard support, and being
able to see output from multiple programs at once.

* improving stability: work done on remote systems can be easily resumed
after a network disconnect, also local window managers bailing don't
kill local sessions.

* just plain-old "neat tricks" like synchronizing input to multiple
systems, displaying a clock, and even multiple users attached to the
same tmux session.

Terminal multiplexers such as tmux (or GNU Screen, if you prefer) are
indispensable tools for console management that no frequent terminal
user should be without. This presentation will cover everything from
getting started with tmux, to configuration, and of course using it for
a variety of tasks in a few usage scenarios, focusing mostly on
single-user console application management.

About the presenter:

Chris Thompson is a hacker/activist and partners with Agaric, a web
development worker-owned cooperative. Chris has spent several years
using various GNU/Linux systems as a hobbyist and now as a professional,
programming custom applications with Python. Chris really enjoys playing
with various desktops/window managers, and favors the KDE and Cinnamon
desktops. As a result of productivity improvements from using tmux,
Chris is now considering new adventures in a window manager such as the
i3 window manager (https://i3wm.org/).

About the Lightning Talks

Have an interesting idea or project to share? Or a question to pose to
the group? Bring it along! We will reserve at least 30 minutes for
lightning talks. The following rules apply:

* relate to free software

* strict time limit per talk/question (5- 10 minutes depending on number
of participants)

* selection at organizers' discretion

* no need to send talk ideas in advance (register to give lightning talk
at event)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Boston Linux Meeting reminder tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Canonical containers

When: October 19, 2016 7PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Canonical containers
Moderators: Sam Rivera
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315


Summary:
Canonical contain ers an alternative to Docker

Abstract:
Details to follow



For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
http://www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com/


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
http://www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com/

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90





























































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