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May HLUG Meet-up

Hi again everyone

Our May LUG meeting will be Wednesday night at 7.30pm, usual place the Courtyard in Hereford on the mezzanine floor. Hope we can get a good number at the meeting.
If you have been on our list but haven’t attended a meeting yet, or you’ve been unable to attend for a while, or met our group during our SFD event we’d be very pleased to see you. We don’t bite 😉
The meeting will start at roughly 7:30pm as usual.
Meeting Topic – Usual chat and Linux Presentation Day event discussion
CY-Exterior-610x250The Courtyard has free fast wifi and serves lovely coffees, and there is level access to all public areas of the building. You can find directions to The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR here
The Courtyard has pay and display parking adjacent and free parking a short walk away.
I’ll see you all there on Weds evening as usual

April 16 HLUG Meeting

Hi again everyone

Our April LUG meeting will be Wednesday night at 7.30pm, usual place the Courtyard in Hereford on the mezzanine floor. Hope we can get a good number at the meeting.
If you have been on our list but haven’t attended a meeting yet, or you’ve been unable to attend for a while,  we’d be very pleased to see you. We don’t bite 😉
The meeting will start at roughly 7:30pm as usual.
Meeting Topic – Linux Presentation Day final preparations and usual chat
The Courtyard has free fast wifi and serves lovely coffees, and there is level access to all public areas of the building. You can find directions to The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR here
The Courtyard has pay and display parking adjacent and free parking a short walk away.

I’ll see you all there on Weds evening as usual

Regards

Julian

Hereford Linux Presentation Day 30 April 2016

SFD 2013?The HLUG International Linux Presentation  Day event will be taking place on Saturday April 30th 2016 at All Saints Church , High St. Hereford HR4 9AA, 10am – 4pm.

HLUG is the Herefordshire Linux (and Open Source ) User Group.

We will have free CDs and goodies to give away plus lots of info, demonstrations and advice on all things Linux and Open Source.

During the event we will show how easy it is to install Linux nowadays. For those that are able to bring a laptop or pc along we will be happy to install Linux for you. Please note, you must backup any files that you wish to keep beforehand as with any Operating System install there is a small chance of losing data. Best is to bring an older machine that is not your main device that is not critical to you just in case.

The Raspberry Pi will be making an appearance with demo’s and a chance at hands on activities.

We’ve also got plenty of information for small businesses who would like to see what Open Source Software has to offer and our experienced and friendly HLUG volunteers will be happy to demo programs, show you how easy it is to install Linux and show you what the options are to proprietary formats.

Students off to college may also want to pop in to have a look at the great Open Source software which exists – it’s high quality and free to use and share. Most of them are cross platform which means they work on Linux, Windows or Mac.

The event is as usual free and run on a drop-in basis so you can call in at any point throughout the day.

Our venue  All Saints is in the centre of Hereford and has a fantastic cafe that sells very good coffee and delicious locally sourced food. It’s fully accessible. We are within walking distance of the railway and bus stations and a short stroll from Hereford Cathedral which houses the famous Mappa Mundi so why not combine a visit to our event with some shopping and sightseeing in the city.

Look forward to seeing you there.

From all the HLUG team

KDE Plasma 5

Before any review;
A huge thank you to all the people who have put so much thought and effort into the birth of Plasma 5

As a Chakra user, ( the KDE Distro ) I upgraded to Plasma 5 over 3 months ago, the upgrade was a major one, needing to be done by command line, rather than by our package manager.
As I use Chakra as my day to day Distro, my system was rather harder to upgrade than most. Many thanks to Julian whose advice put me back on track after I had ‘bricked’ it. ( Using the command line to successfully improve things is a rather new and novel experience to this user!! )

So first impressions;
WOW !!!!!!!!,
It loads SO quickly and is like grading up from 720 to full HD,

Then, as with everything new, a few problems occured.
By design multiple independent windows ( the spinning cube ) has gone, I only ever used two sides, annoying but not enough to put me off,
Not by design were the stability problems, crashes were normal, the whole system slowly grinding to a halt all to common, regular KDE apps like Qupzilla, would not load and then when an upgrade got it working again Rekonq stopped loading.
It must have driven the developers mad.
But as the weeks have passed the problems are being beaten,

But the WOW is still there, in the coming months it will be replacing KDE4 in mainstream Distros, and it will be mature enough to rely on, only if you must have the spinning cube decline the chance to upgrade.

Bash calculator.

Who uses the bash calculator ie    |bc for simple calculations.
I find that it is so much easier than using the gui calculator and at least I can see if I have imputed the correct figures.

OSSEC (Open Source SECurity)

OSSEC  (Open Source SECurity) is an host based intrusion detection system. Its primary function is to monitor Linux systems (files, configurations, rootkits, process monitoring) and alert to any changes. OSSEC is derived from TrendMicro, and the software can be found on enterprise systems monitoring critical hosts such as web servers, database backends etc.

More information can be found at OSSEC

Over flowing root

Document-1-page001Just the shortest article for the site:
Just as windows gives it’s users hours of fun running defrag, linux can fill it’s root partition with older versions of programmes if left unattended, mine got to 8.5gb (I use Chakra, which is Arch based so the commands used are Arch) and entirely filled the partition.(/var/cache being the culpit) Unlike windows however this is not really a problem till it gets to excess as it means you can reinstate any up graded programme if ‘progress’ is not to your liking. The answer is simple, if everything is running to your liking then the command ‘pacman -Scc’ (without the ‘ ‘) will wipe the lot. this is not recommended.
‘pacman -Sc’ will wipe all the older copies, but best of all the programme ‘paccache’ will give you total control over it all.
I am sure those of you far more learned than me will know the commands for Debain and other O/Ses.

Now I think this is fairly interesting but what makes it fun is with Linux you can open the root folder, go to /var/cache, open a terminal issue the commands and see your computer change before your eyes and followed by a general upgrade ‘pacman -Syu’ repopulating  the file.

Survey results of what members want from our Meetings

surveyresultsIt’s taken a while but I’ve collated the results of our survey relating to topics that our members would like to see at our meetings.

​You will see that there is quite an interest in Beginners topics, choice of Distro, interest in Virtualisation, Desktop and Raspberry Pi, and Programming. Topics such as Gaming on Linux, Business applications, such as CRM/ERP and Graphics faired less well. There were a few extra topics requested which you can also see listed, such as a Troubleshooting session (sounds a good one), outreach and spreadsheets for finance.

As discussed at the last LUG Meeting we plan the first meeting based around these topics in June 24th, 4th Wednesday of the month as usual, probably to allow time to get organised. What seemed like a good plan at the meeting is to have a Beginners session that also includes Distro choice, ie why I should choose Ubuntu over Debian, Fedora or Arch for example.

In the end we had 17 responses altogether not too bad, although people were allowed to vote for as many topics as they wanted which seemed like the fairest method to use.

I will setup a Pirate pad (or equivalent) online pad where we can share our plans for this first meeting. There wasn’t consensus where we should hire a room and and have a full session, or just keep things simple and carry on at the Courtyard but please say your ideas on this .

We will also need people who are happy to talk about topics for Beginners, and structure the event. I’m happy to help coordinate, but it’s always best to get as many volunteers to help to reduce the load for the others.

We will also of course need to plan what other events for each month we will hold based around the interest shown above.

So please reply and let everyone know your thoughts, plans and ideas and/or if you want to help