Category: Linux Information, Open Source and Ubuntu

Linux SIGs

We are working on three Linux SIGs on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

  • Second Tuesday is OMUG Linux SIG in room 206 of the Olympia Center officially starting 7 PM.
  • Third Tuesday is TAPCUG Linux SIG at the SE Tacoma Community Center starting 5:30 PM.
  • Fourth Tuesday is an all OS SIG proposed for the Steilacoom Library starting 7 PM providing John Wickliffe can reserve the room.

The reason for an all OS SIG is that applications can increasingly run across all operating systems. For details on all of this, see

Joel Carlson <>

OMUG Linux SIG Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 7 pm

With Windows XP ending March 2014, the failure of Windows 8 and extremely high prices of Apple products it is time to consider Linux including a Chromebook (Samsung ARM Chromebooks are now available for around $200!). Don’t be left behind with old, obsolete technology!

New users are welcome at the OMUG Linux SIG. You will be amazed at how easy it is to switch. John Wickliffe, a very experienced user of various operating systems will lead the SIG. Also the TAPCUG Linux SIG is the following Tuesday January 21, 2014.

Joel Carlson <>

TAPCUG Linux SIG Tuesday Nov 19, 2013, Special Linux SIGs Notice

From: Joel Carlson fox779(at)

Please see before going to any TAPCUG or OMUG Linux SIG meetings. The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Nov 19, 2013 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445.

OMUG Linux SIG meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month but leader John Wickliffe is out of town in November 2013 and the 4th Tuesday in December is Christmas Eve.

China, which produces many of the computers we buy, is switching to Ubuntu as its standard operating system, details here. This is a huge development and we should soon have a large choice of Ubuntu computers to buy.

ARM processor Linux Chromebooks are top sellers at Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, etc. Don’t be left behind with old, obsolete technology!
Also television and the computer are morphing together where your television is increasingly being controlled by your computer in two way communication rather than a one way stream to you.

We will explore this and look at Bodhi Linux on a Samsung ARM chromebook, setup details here. ChromeOS, which comes installed on the Chromebook, was originally designed to work on the internet but people often have the need to work on documents, Emails, etc. offline and there is a way to do that. If you go to your documents or – More – Offline, you can set up to work offline.

Many persons are installing a Linux operating system on ARM Chromebooks which gives them the ability to also work offline with all the usual applications such as LibreOffice, etc. and all the associated features we are used to. Bodhi Linux just announced they are devoting less time to development on ARM Chromebooks. We will evaluate ChrUbuntu, Crouton and other distributions as possible alternatives.

We will review Lightspark and Gnash. Another possible solution for flash on ARM Linux computers is here, (does anyone know how to do this and make flash for ARM Linux a reality?), dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer (or just buying a Linux computer), ArkOS, Linux Mint, gsmartcontrol for hard drives, Ubuntu One photo labeling, hdmi to TV, recorditnow, Ubuntu Android install, WordPress, Google TV, Hulu, Roku. Netflix, XBMC, Raspberry Pi, powered hub, vga adapter, Wikitree genealogy, Gedcom files, Gramps genealogy software, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, OpenBios, Plop and flashrom.

We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using. Note that OLYMUG usually goes to TAPCUG Linux SIG meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Remember to be at LinuxFestNorthwest in Bellingham April 26-27, 2014! For details, see .

Joel Carlson <>

10 best features of Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 (aka Saucy Salamander) is about to hit the streets, but not without much controversy and drama following behind in its wake. In fact, never before has their been a distribution release so mired in upset. Beginning with the choice to move away from the Wayland X server to a Ubuntu-specific Mir server to the inclusion of Smart Scopes, Ubuntu 13.10 couldn’t catch a break. However, after using the release candidate for a while now, I’m here to say Ubuntu 13.10 enjoys more polish than any current Linux release. Outside of the many bug fixes and updates, I can give you ten reasons to like the latest version.

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