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Free Multimedia using Linux Workshop – Wednesday 28th June 2023

@ Tesco Hereford, Bewell Street Community Room

Hi everyone

It’s been quite a while since our last in person workshop event, but I’m pleased to announce that finally we will be having one ! 

Charlie has been good enough to volunteer to give us a talk / workshop on the Linux and multimedia applications. 

The following applications and more will be featured. He works with these applications professionally using Linux, and no longer requires Windows or Mac to do his work.

  • Kdenlive – Video creating and editing
  • Krita – Bitmap editing
  • Blender – 3D modelling and video editing tool
  • Etc

This FREE workshop will be at the Tesco Hereford, Bewell Street’s community room kindly arranged by Tim.

Date  : Wednesday 28th June 2023

Time : From 7pm

Car parking: will be available at the Tesco car park.  On previous visits to the community room Tim has arranged free parking for our event, but this will be confirmed on a later email.

I will also setup an Etherpad soon to help organise the event.

Please comment with any questions or ideas for inclusion in the event.

Look forward to seeing you Wednesday 28th June !


February HLUG Meeting on 24th Feb 16

Hi again everyone

Our February 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 – Linux Presentation Day 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



Linux Terminal

The terminal under Linux provides a Command Line Interface (CLI) for entering commands to navigate around the file system, perform troubleshooting activities and to execute scripts.

There are many different types of terminals, one of my personal favorites is the ‘Terminator’, which provides advanced layout features and the loading of profiles. If you spend a lot of your time using the CLI, for example I have an IRC application, htop (CPU performance counter), emacs (script editor) and a CLI mp3 player all running in various terminal windows. Using the terminator I can split the main window into different segments, with each segment for its own command/application.

An example is illustrated below:


Getting started:

For Debian OSs (Ubuntu/Crunchbang etc)

sudo apt-get install terminator

For CentOS/RHEL:

sudo yum install terminator

Once installed, run the application ‘terminator’

Split the screen by right click, select vertical or horizontal. When a new screen is created, follow the same process again.

Once the layout is created, right click then choose preferences. A dialog box is displayed, select Layouts tab, select Add to create the layout, and enter a name. For each terminal option you can specify a custom command i.e. top. Click close to save your changes.

To load your terminator layouts simply enter ‘terminator –layout=mylayoutname’

This can be assigned to an application launcher or desktop shortcut, or an alias via the CLI. You could have multiple layouts, maybe one for development/coding, another for personal use.

GIMP for altering images

GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package.

It  is a freely distributed program for such tasks  as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It   can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching   program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image   renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be   augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The   advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to   the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

25 Gimp video tutorials:


There are many tutorials about Gimp on youtube and elsewhere, here is just one of them…