North Idaho Linux Users Group




Archive for 2005

Friday, 2 December, 2005

December Meeting

This month's meeting is a week early. It will be held tomorrow, December 3, at Frank Ten Thy's home. Meeting starts at noon. See the Location page for more information.

Rod Anderson will bring some Subway sandwiches to share for lunch. There will be a door prize given away, too, so plan to be there.

Wednesday, 23 November, 2005

Please don't forget that the December NILUG meeting will be held on the first Saturday of the month instead of the second.

We will go back to second Saturday meetings in January.

Friday, 11 November, 2005

I hope everyone is looking forward to the NILUG meeting tomorrow, and is planning to attend. It should be interesting.


Now that winter is coming on and people are prone to staying at home instead of wandering all around the country, maybe it's time for us to plan a well-advertised, full-bore Linux Installfest. An all day affair, where the public is invited to bring their machines to a public venue so we can help them install our beloved operating system on them and cure them of the proprietary blues.

What do you think? Should we plan on this for sometime in the early part of next year?

Wednesday, 19 October, 2005

November Meeting

The next North Idaho Linux User Group meeting will be on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the normal meeting place. The meeting starts at noon and goes until we all run out of gas - usually 3 or 4 pm.

SuSE Linux 10.0 will be available for those who are interested. It comes on 1 dual-layer DVD or 5 CDs. If you are interested, please say so in our mailing list. If you want a DVD, you must bring your own blank dual-layer DVD. If you want CDs and you tell us on the mailing list, that will give us a chance to make up some disks before the meeting.

Digital TV Tuner for Linux

pcHDTV has been selling TV tuner cards for your computer for a while now. Their latest is the HD-3000, which supports digital television signals. The most unusual thing about the card is the limited operating system support - they only support Linux! Microsofties and Macaholics need not apply.

The HD-3000 will be reviewed at the November meeting, for those who are interested in capturing video to their Linux computer or just watching TV on their computer.

Monday, 26 September, 2005

Next NILUG Meeting

The next meeting of the North Idaho Linux User group will be held on Saturday, 8 October, 2005, at the usual location. See our Meeting Location web page for place and time.

Frank Ten Thy, our meeting host and group member, has suggested a possible project for the group. We will discuss the project and how to implement it at the meeting.

Tuesday, 6 September 2005

This Saturday's Meeting

We will once again be giving out issues of Linux Format (U.K.) as door prizes at the User Group meeting on Saturday. The August and September issues will be given out, along with the cover DVDs. The August DVD has the complete Debian 3.1 and Fedora Core 4 on it, so come to the meeting to get a chance to win one of these.

This will be the last month we will have these available. I have (hopefully) straightened out my subscription so I no longer get two of these every month.

Thursday, 1 September, 2005

Handy Link

The A.P. Lawrence web site contains Unix, Linux, Mac OS X help, Tutorials and support pages. There is usually a Tip of the Day, like the one for today on bash aliases. An interesting and useful web site to look through.

Wednesday, 31 August, 2005

Meeting Information

We will be resuming our normal meeting schedule next month. The September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2005, from noon to whenever at Frank Ten Thy's home in Coeur d'Alene. See the Meeting Location page for more information.

What is NILUG?

The North Idaho Linux Users Group was started in 1999 by Bill Rishsew, an instructor at the North Idaho College Work Force Training Center and North Idaho College. Until January of 2001, the meetings were held at the Work Force Training Center. Our meetings are now held at various locations, which are shown in the Meeting Info page.

The early meeetings of NILUG were mostly Install Fests and question answering sessions, since not many of us were too familiar with Linux. Meetings are now more structured, with a question and answer period and a main topic period. Install Fests are now held on a less general basis.

The goal of NILUG is to promote the growth of Linux users, answer questions about Linux and help users with problems they encounter using Linux.

Thursday, 18 August, 2005

KNOPPIX 4.0 Live DVD Released

The latest version of KNOPPIX has been released on a DVD. The DVD contains over 5100 programs in 8 gb (compressed to about 3 gb on the DVD).

KNOPPIX 4.0 for CDs will also be released soon.

Friday, 12 August, 2005

Novell Opens SUSE Professional

Novell has rebranded and released SUSE Professional as a community project known as OpenSUSE. The OpenSUSE project is meant to open SUSE Linux development to the world. This effort is similar to the Fedora community effort started by Red Hat.

Thursday, 28 July, 2005

There will be no NILUG meeting in August. Many of our members have other activities planned for the second Saturday of August.

We will resume our normal meeting schedule in September.

Friday, 22 July, 2005

Why I hate Microsoft is an interesting article, despite the terrible title. The title implies that the author is a rabid anti-Microsoft fanatic. This is not true, as the article is a well-reasoned, sound description of the history of Microsoft and their products, and is completely true in every respect.

The article presents concrete examples of why consumers should not chose to use any Microsoft product. It explains how Microsoft's first product (Basic for the 8080) was developed on University computers and the time spent doing so was never paid for. This implies that MSBasic was illegally developed. And that is just the first example.

A very interesting read.

Friday, 15 July, 2005

We are working on more content for the web site. As a member, you can submit articles and files for inclusion on the site.

We have added some graphical links to our favorite news sites. Check them out if you haven't already done so.

We have created rotating banners for some of our favorite Linux distributions. They are shown in the web site header. If you have a favorite distro that is not being displayed and you would like to see it, please drop us a message so we can create a banner for the distro.

Sunday, 10 July, 2005

Welcome to the new North Idaho Linux Users Group (NILUG) web site. We have tried to make the site more interactive, for those who would like to add articles, ask questions, and talk to others who enjoy using Linux.

Feel free to roam around and check out our content.