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Staying Connected with ROALUG

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  • Wednesday, February 25 2015 @ 01:37 PM EST
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How to stay connected with ROALUG:

Google+
https://plus.google.com/+RoalugNet/

Meetup.com
http://www.meetup.com/roalug/

IRC Server: chat.freenode.net
Channel: #roalug
http://webchat.freenode.net/

Exploring different ideas on how to communicate as a group:

  • Google+ Hangouts
  • IRC chats
  • Discussion Board on Meetup.com
  • Team projects with Slack
  • Collaborate on software coding with GitHub

 

Linux Based PC for under $100!

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  • Friday, February 20 2015 @ 05:09 PM EST
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On a budget? Need a basic workstation and prefer to use Linux/Open Source software? Want to have a planet-friendly alternative for computing?

SymplePC.com has introduced a remanufactured workstation running Ubuntu Linux. See the press release for more details.

Got one of these on order and will demo it at a future ROALUG meeting. Stay tuned!

Raspberry Pi 2 as a Media Center

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  • Wednesday, February 18 2015 @ 05:23 PM EST
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With all the excitement being generated with the new Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2 for short), I started looking for the best OS to use the new RPi2 as a media center. Looks like some things have changed since I researched this before in 2014.

For starters, the best way to install an OS on your SD card is using NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software). Your choices are Rasbian (recommended for beginners), Archlinux, Pidora, OpenELEC and RaspBMC, which includes the XBMC media center software which runs on the model A, B and B+.  However, RaspBMC won't be supported for the new RPi2 and is changing to OSMC (which will support RPi2 in the Alpha 4 release). Secondly, XBMC is changing to Kodi, which will support the RaspB 2.  On top of that, there's another XBMC/Kodi distribution called XBian, which will run on the RPi2.

What's Installed with your Raspberry Pi?

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  • Friday, February 13 2015 @ 04:56 PM EST
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While anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Raspberry Pi 2 from The Pi Hut, I was checking out some of their tutorials.  This one is very useful, discussing how to see what's included in the installation and adding new programs with the package manager.

Finding out what is installed on your Pi and installing more

Linux File Structure Explained

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  • Friday, February 13 2015 @ 04:37 PM EST
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Part of the learning curve with any new OS such as Linux is the underlying infrastructure. Such as getting around in a Linux/Unix file structure.  Here are a couple of links to useful information:

Linux Directory Structure Explained

Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (Wikipedia)

And sometimes you have to open up the Terminal and go exploring on the command-line to get used to how things look, especially if you've been using the DOS/Windows way of doing things for awhile.

Ubuntu install on Dell Inspiron - WiFi Issues

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  • Friday, February 13 2015 @ 04:31 PM EST
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About a year ago, I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 on an older Dell laptop. One of the few issues was with the WiFi connectivity.

There is a proprietary driver for the Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN mini-card (which is actually a Broadcom BCM 4312 under the hood) provided by the manufacturer here.

Also, more information about detecting and installing alternate drivers provided in the Ubuntu documentation is worth reading: 
Identifying Your Broadcom BCM43xx Chipset (PCI)

The steps that I discovered was:

  • Install the proprietary driver
  • Go to System Settings and select Additional Drivers
  • Give it a few minutes to detect your hardware
  • Activate the STA wireless driver
Important to note: you need to be plugged in with your Ethernet port to access the Internet. Changing the wireless drivers will disconnect your WiFi and of course will be unable to download anything.  That might be overstating the obvious, but hey, just wanted to mention it.

Compute Freely

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  • Friday, February 13 2015 @ 01:05 PM EST
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"Compute Freely – a friendly place to start for the Free & Open Source Software and Linux curious."

Nice launch page with the top Linux distributions.

VTLUUG InstallFest 2015

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  • Wednesday, February 11 2015 @ 10:15 PM EST
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The Linux and Unix Users Group at Virginia Tech (VTLUUG) is holding their InstallFest this Sunday, February 15, 2015. More information here.

Dual Boot Windows and Ubuntu

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  • Wednesday, February 11 2015 @ 09:17 PM EST
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You've tried the "Live" DVD with Ubuntu to check it out. Now you're ready to take that big step and load Ubuntu on your PC, but still want to keep Windows old times sake. Dual booting is the answer!

Check out these resources to learn more:

Windows Dual Boot - Official Ubuntu Documentation

Dual-Booting Windows and Ubuntu - UbuntuGuide.org

Off Topic: RadioShack Files for Bankruptcy

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  • Tuesday, February 10 2015 @ 08:58 AM EST
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Not directly Linux related, but may be of interest: RadioShack will be closing down several stores and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  See the announcement here on Fox Business.  This site lists the stores that are closing.  Appears the store at the Valley View Mall is on that list.

Sad to see them go, but right now might be a good time to snatch up some good deals! Although, isn't that a bit like a vulture waiting for dinner to die? :-)

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