Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Cancelled

When: March 18, 2020 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)

In keeping with MIT's preparations for the COVID-19 situation, we're
cancelling this month's BLU meeting.

Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule Chris's live demo of his FoodPhone
App for the RaspberryPi 4 once the health crisis is over.

If we are not able to meet in April, we hope to provide the meeting online.

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Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest LXXII Saturday March 14, 2020 -- CANCELLED

When: Saturday March 14, 2020, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge

Out of a concern for the health of our attendees and volunteers, we have
decided to cancel Saturday's installfest

http://news.mit.edu/2020/events-postponed-canceled-covid-19-0309

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest LXXII Saturday March 14, 2020

When: Saturday March 14, 2020, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
http://mitiq.mit.edu/mitiq/directions_%20parkinge51.htm
Parking is free at the E-51 lot in front of the building.

Lunch is generously sponsored by Ron Thibeau owner of Bluefin Technical
Services

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 31 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 18.04.4 LTS DVD/USB or 19.10)
* other distros can easily 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 or can easily burn a USB.

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.


Additionally, 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. Linux has a built-in virtual memory
system, but you can also download and install VirtualBox 6.0
(http://www.virtualbox.org) which 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.

Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions. There is a parking lot in front of the
building on Amherst St. Enter the building, and take the elevator your
left down to the basement. Room 016 is directly across from the elevator.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Boston Linux Meeting Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Atom: A Hackable Text Editor for the 21st Century

When: February 19, 2020 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Atom: A Hackable Text Editor for the 21st Century
Moderator: Jerry Feldman
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 149

*** Note: Room change. This is on the first Floor

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Note: Sorry for late notice: Our previously scheduled speaker's employer
scheduled him to be out of town.

Summary:

Jerry shows us Atom, a graphical editor for software development

Abstract:

As the subject says, 'Atom is a Hackable Editor for the 21st Century'.
Jerry is a long time EMACS user, but while at Red Hat, he found that
EMACS was not doing a good job with Python. Another developer suggested
Atom. Atom is very customizable. First, for Python, it has a number of
packages that provide syntax checking, automatic indentation as well as
the ability to execute code from the console. Atom also has packages to
support other languages. The things I like about Atom is that it can
display a list of files and their status, and a number of panes. Jerry
will demonstrate how he works on applications and displays code in
multiple panes. In addition, Atom supports GIT and SVN. With git you can
do a an add, commit, a pull or a push. He will demonstrate that on one
of his projects.
Atom is fully open source. In addition to Python, Atom supports many
other languages, including C, C++, Perl, JavaScript, Java, and many
more. Jerry will show a list from the language indicator. Atom supports
many different themes. Jerry uses the Atom Dark, but he will demonstrate
others. He will also discuss the package manager. He will also
demonstrate how to run the application being edited.

Atom can be installed directly from the Fedora repositories via the 'dnf
install' command or the software center, and in Ubuntu via the 'apt-get'
command or via the Ubuntu Software Center. It may be downloaded from
https://atom.io/. [atom.io] For more detailed directions see the Atom
Flight Manual: https://flight-manual.atom.io/. [flight-manual.atom.io]
In many cases, when you install an application from a vendor repository,
that version might be somewhat out of date. However, atom will notify
you if there are updates to both Atom or your packages.

Jerry has tried many different editors over the years. More recently he
tried Pycharm, a popular Python-oriented IDE. Pycharm is not open
source, and the free version lacks many useful features. Several years
ago, Jerry tested Geany, but decided that Atom was the better system for
him.

Attachments
Atom Home:  https://atom.io/ <https://atom.io/>
Installing Atom:
https://flight-manual.atom.io/getting-started/sections/installing-atom/
Atom Flight Manual: https://flight-manual.atom.io/

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

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Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
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PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Boston Linux Meeting reminder, tomorrow Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - Raspberry Pi Short Takes

When: January 15, 2020 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Raspberry Pi Short Takes

Moderators: Brian DeLacey
Federico Lucifredi
Bob Frankston

Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

Several short presentations about the Raspberry Pi 4 and other SBCs

Abstract:

Several short talks by Brian, Federico, and Bob.

Brian DeLacey discusses and demos the latest Raspberry Pi 4 developments
and news about IPFS. Demos will cover power saving RPi firmware updates,
a recent Raspbian release, and using the RPi as a "dual HDMI daily
driver". Now the RPi4 is an even "cooler board", and we'll try to solve
the mystery of leaking radio frequency. We'll also discuss how to use
IPFS and RPi to "pin down" the latest developments on the distributed
web. This is DeLacey's fourth in an ongoing series of short talks about
the RPi.

New IoT Hardware: Federico Lucifredi will review the capabilities of the
brand new 64-bit SheevaPlug that just landed in his lab.


Bios:
Federico Lucifredi is The Ceph Storage Product Management Director at
Red Hat, formerly the Ubuntu Server PM at Canonical, and the Linux
"Systems Management Czar" at SUSE.
Bob is probably best known as co-creator of the original spreadsheet
application, VisiCalc. His detailed bio is at
http://rmf.vc/bob_frankston_bio [rmf.vc]


Attachments

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/specifications/


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - Raspberry Pi Short Takes

When: January 15, 2020 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic:  Raspberry Pi Short Takes
Moderators: Brian DeLacey (and others)
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

Several short presentations about the Raspberry Pi 4

Abstract:

Several short talks by Brian and others.

Brian DeLacey discusses and demos the latest Raspberry Pi 4 developments
and news about IPFS. Demos will cover power saving RPi firmware updates,
a recent Raspbian release, and using the RPi as a "dual HDMI daily
driver". Now the RPi4 is an even "cooler board", and we'll try to solve
the mystery of leaking radio frequency. We'll also discuss how to use
IPFS and RPi to "pin down" the latest developments on the distributed
web. This is DeLacey's fourth in an ongoing series of short talks about
the RPi.

Attachments

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/specifications/


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

The Amherst Street/E51 parking lot is the best parking option. It
probably will have plenty of spaces. During the school year the lot
tends to be full, but tends to clear out after 6:30 or 7PM.


Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessible via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux@gmail.com>
Boston Linux and Unix http://www.blu.org
PGP key id: 6F6BB6E7
PGP Key fingerprint: 0EDC 2FF5 53A6 8EED 84D1 3050 5715 B88D 6F6B B6E7


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