Welcome to Roanoke Linux Users Group Wednesday, April 26 2017 @ 11:39 AM EDT
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:
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.
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:
"Compute Freely – a friendly place to start for the Free & Open Source Software and Linux curious."
Nice launch page with the top Linux distributions.
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
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? :-)
The release date for the 14.04.2 LTS (Long Term Support) version of "Trusty Tahr" has been pushed back two weeks to February 19, 2015. Story with more details on Softpedia.
Thanks goes out to the Grandin CoLab for being a sponsor of the ROALUG by providing access to their facilities for our meetings.
Patch those Linux servers! A critical vulnerability was announced at the end of January that will impact most Linux distributions. Details were published on a variety of venues, including here.
The official Ubuntu security release was posted and users running 12.04 LTS and 10.04 LTS should apply the patches. A server reboot will be required.
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