Welcome to Roanoke Linux Users Group Tuesday, May 22 2018 @ 05:55 AM EDT
Would you like to try a new or different distribution of Linux? Have a couple of spare USB storage devices laying around the desk drawer? Then you can create your own bootable USB stick to give that distribution a test drive!
Check out the instructions: How to Create a Bootable USB Drive on Linux
Particularly pay attention to the steps to determine the path for your USB drive using the command
$ df -aTh
Tips: Before you plug in the USB drive, run the above command. Make a note of the drives found. Plug in the USB and rerun the command. The new drive found will be your USB stick.
Using the dd command is destructive! It will wipe out any data on the target USB drive, so be certain you don't have anything on the drive you need to keep. Not mentioned in the above tutorial, you most likely will need to run the command with 'sudo' to have elevated permissions. For example:
$ sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/your/iso.file of=/dev/sdc1 && sync
Also of note, the dd command does not have a progress indicator. So, you will need to patient since writing an iso image to USB can be a little slow.
Heading to Charlotte, NC and will be updating Twitter during the event:
Hope to see you there!
Changes coming soon to the next version of Ubuntu include a new desktop graphics engine (replacing X-server) and software package manager. Snappy Core and Snappy Personal will be options to choose from, in addition to the traditional Debian core.
Read more in this article: Is Ubuntu Moving Away From .deb packages?
Depending if you're a "glass half empty" or "glass half full" person, this article could be interpreted as either "You know you're a Linux Newbie if ..." or "Things I need to Learn about Linux" - you can decide:
I have a RPi Model B and a RPi 2 (works great as a Kodi media center!), but just for fun I ordered a RPi Model A+ to check it out.
In common with the B+ and RPi 2, the A+ has the enchanced 40-pin GPIO header, so it's well suited to being used as a project board (in contrast to being used as a desktop GUI). Unlike it's bigger sibling, the 512 MB Model B+, the A+ has 256 MB of RAM.
One of the more handy programs (which is still free of charge) for trying out different Linux distributions is Oracle's VirtualBox. There is a small learning curve to get acquainted with virtualiztion, but still a good program.
One of the first issues that needs to be addressed is the default 640x480 screen resolution after installing a VM. Turning to Google, there are lots of posts about how to fix this, most of them outdated and addressing older versions of VirtualBox. For the remainder of this post, I'll be talking about VirtualBox version 4.3.26.
Mark your calendars! The dates for the SouthEast LinuxFest 2015 has been announced:June 12-14, 2015
The LAMP stack is Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP and used for web hosting. Installing on your local workstation for development and testing can be done from the command line.
Additional note: these instructions are for a local development installation of LAMP and does not include instructions for hardening. For a production installation further due diligence would be needed for security. See this article: How to Secure Ubuntu for the Web
Plans are in the works for the first Roanoke Raspberry Jam! Scheduled for April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm, this meeting of the Roanoke Linux Users Group will feature the innovative Raspberry Pi. Topics being planned:
Other topics and projects may be available, so come and explore the possibilities!
More details, directions and RSVP on Meetup.com
How to stay connected with ROALUG:
IRC Server: chat.freenode.net
Exploring different ideas on how to communicate as a group: