Archive of the regional
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts
by A. Richard Miller, Partner, Miller Microcomputer Services
visits since 110729; last updated 190802.

FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software.
See our upcoming FOSS meetings and past ones, and links to FOSS and Linux topics we've discussed - at a talk in 2009, then monthly since March 2011.

Click, to jump to the Draft Agenda for the upcoming FOSS User Group meeting.



FOSS Meeting Dates:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are 3-6PM (following a 2-3PM help session) on the first Thursday of most months (second Thursday in January, July and September), usually in Room 125 at the Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street (Rte.135), Natick MA.
Major Agenda Topics:
Future agendas are subject to change because, with FOSS, good news arrives on a daily basis.

Status re 2-3PM Help Session:
At our June 2017 meeting we were locked out of the prepared, empty meeting room until 2:45PM, apparently while two folks watched a video. August through January 2018, we've again had use of the room from 2PM although not on an official basis until 3PM. February 2018, we finally had the room again set up for our use at 2PM, and that is good!
December  5, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
November 7, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
October 3, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
September 12, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125 or 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group (Draft Agenda; some of this and maybe more)
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s)
: Philips SBA1610 Mobile Speaker (new; MMS). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Members' Introductions
(name, town and computer proficiency): Optionally, solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block.
Help Session Report
:
The FOSS News:
Hot Software:

Hot Hardware:
If You Are A Linux User, Make Your Next PC Powered By AMD; Pinebook Pro Linux Laptop goes on pre-order for $199; How to make an old computer useful again with FOSS.
Hot Internet:
Security and Privacy:
How to ID random junk mail
(more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A
Google gMail's AMP is bad for email;
August 21, 2019 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061, Cambridge MA
Boston Linux & Unix InstallFest (TENTATIVE)
Volunteers from BLU.org help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
August 1, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
Help Session Report: In Room 125 by 2:30PM.
Raffle item(s): (Bell & Howell Cube Projector; ask MMS).
Help Session Report
: In Room 125 by 2:30PM.
The FOSS News
:
Apple's Siri records fights, doctor’s appointments, and sex - and contractors hear it (more Siri, from The Guardian); The ‘Linux’ Foundation is Acting Like a Microsoft ISV Now; Contributor Agreements Considered Harmful; Elon Musk's plans for Neuralink, a brain-computer interface company; Windows 7 Support Time is running out; Ubuntu 18.10 support time has run out; Ubuntu 19.04.
Hot Software: Windows vs. Ubuntu Linux; 12 Easy Steps to Speed Up Ubuntu Linux; More GUIs for Ubuntu Linux; Android File Transfer for Linux; how to re-edit a .PDF file (LibreOffice demo by John Thompson); Keyboard Shortcuts for Searching in Thunderbird; Add DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials to Firefox; A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy; next Fotoxx to add Escher Spirals (part 2); How to Install Netflix in Kodi on Ubuntu.
Hot Hardware:
$830 super smartphone/camera for $170; 1TB microSD card for $10 (What could go wrong?); If You Are A Linux User, Make Your Next PC Powered By AMD; Pinebook Pro Linux Laptop goes on pre-order for $199; How to make an old computer useful again with FOSS.
Hot Internet: The European Copyright Directive Has Drawn More Controversy Than Any Other Directive In EU History (talk by Bob Primak);
Your Favorite Hosting Provider Is Going Bad; GoDaddy Switches Servers To Amazon Web Services.
Security and Privacy:
Google gMail's AMP is bad for email (talk by Algot Runeman); Capital One Data Breach Compromises Data of Over 100 Million; Facebook will pay an unprecedented $5 billion penalty over privacy breaches; How to Make Big Bucks from Telemarketers; How to Protect Your Privacy on Linux; Data as the new oil, and data hoarders; I found your data. It’s for sale; Ease Big Tech’s Grip on Your Data; Microsoft, Google and Apple clouds banned in German schools; Microsoft joins private Linux developer security list - what could go wrong?; "Anonymous" Data Won't Protect Your Identity.
July 20-21, 2019
Boston University, Boston MA
WordCamp Boston
By and for WordPress enthusiasts, hobbyists, and tinkerers, with lecture-style sessions, panels, and workshops about WordPress and the tech industry by speakers near and far.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (6:30-8:45PM)
MassBay Community College in Wellesley, 50 Oakland St., Wellesley Hills; Rm. 314

Greater Boston Network Users Group
Dick Miller, Guest Speaker: "Linux for the Unconvinced"
Please bring some potlu
ck food to share if you can. BNUG will provide the plates, glasses, utensils, and some food. Please aim for healthy food.
You will need to print a free parking permit. Download that and directions here.
July 11, 2019
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there, lobby, or in Computer Room.

FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Bell & Howell Cube Projector (ask MMS). Bread (Charlie Blaney).
Light Up Mini Marquee sign (donated to group by Algot Runeman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Report
: Room ready at 2:50PM.
The FOSS News: Linux volunteers for Dick's July 16th talk in Wellesley?; next Win10 to include Linux Kernel - and why.
Time Travel: 50th Anniversary of Unix; New Atari VCS, and using Stella emulator to play old Atari 2600 games (Sword of Surtr, Plague; demo by Dennis Payne); Font failure; The Roman Empire as a Google Map.
Hot Software: Alternate GUIs in Linux;
200+ Linux distros you can try online; KMagnifier; Android File Transfer for Linux; next Fotoxx to add Escher Spirals (part 1); FOSS at Wellesley College (via James Battat, Physics Dept.); 
Patching Early Ubuntu 19.04 Shortfalls
: UNetbootin still Dick's favorite multi-partition Linux installer; now fixed (Use its 64-bit binary.).
Hot Hardware
: Inland 1TB SSD @ $85; International Space Station welcomes free-flying, Ubuntu-powered Astrobee autonomous robots - with Astrobee Robot Software (Android Linux) for guest add-ons.
Solar System: 8:30-9:30 tonight, Japan lands on an asteroid; July 15, India could launch the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon; July 16-20, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's first manned landing on the Moon.
Hot Internet:
Linux for STEM (and Answers With Joe, Neil Degrasse Tyson); Linux rescues STEM budgets; Online Schools For Adults and Kids; Online Course: Linux Essentials; The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide (again).
Security and Privacy: Google Chrome is out; new Mozilla Firefox is in;
Microsoft joins private Linux developer security list - what could go wrong?; Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown; 'Fingerprinting' to track us online.
June 6, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Ripper Ruler (new from MMS; won by Charlie Blaney).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Report: Room 125 became available about 2:45PM.
The FOSS News: With Microsoft cutting off support for Windows 7, the Linux desktop may finally get its day in the sun; The $34B Merger of Red Hat Linux with IBM; US-Chinese Export Restrictions, Huawei, and FOSS; Russian military moves closer to replacing Windows with Astra Linux; Microsoft Adds Linux Kernel to Windows; South Korea’s Government Will Show If Microsoft Loves Linux or Just Attacks It Very Viciously Like It Did in Munich; Apparent Staffing Problems at the (Microsoft-dominated) Linux Foundation; The Linux Foundation Fires All Staff and Editors at Linux.com. Future Uncertain; Donating funds to overseas FOSS organizations (via Software in the Public Interest).
Hot Software: Free Microsoft Office Alternatives;
Latest Firefox release is faster, blocks third-party cookies by default; Dick's final Separator Icons for Ubuntu/Unity's Launcher (put into /home/.local/share/icons and /home/.local/share/applications); manipulating Fotoxx gallery views, tabs and other image Metadata
(demo by Dick); How to Install Fonts in Ubuntu (demo by Jill).
Hot Internet
: NASA's "Spot The Station" Live Space Station Tracking Map
; "We believe the internet can be better," Mozilla to the International Grand Committee; Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report
(It’s complicated); Millions Of Comments About The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Were Fake (over a year old, but timely); Forest fires, sewers, and Net Neutrality.
Security and Privacy: The Privacy Project (New York Times); A Brief History of How Your Privacy Was Stolen; Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight; GNU/Linux in 2019 and GNU/Linux in 2009 Face Entirely Different Worlds (and Challenges); Microsoft issues second warning about patching BlueKeep; Windows 10 Apps Serving Malicious Ads Warning of Virus Infections; Microsoft Office 365 is #1 - for phishing and scamming; WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers; Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to Open Source; Facebook's AI removed 1.5 3-BILLION bogus accounts (and Trump complained); EternalBlue, a stolen NSA tool, wreaks havoc; Intel Discloses Four New Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) Vulnerabilities; Facebook asked some users for their email passwords, and two third-party developers left the data from millions of Facebook users exposed; Fake Tech-Support Scams.
May 2, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Insignia NS-CSPBTHOL-R
Red Bluetooth Speaker (near-new, MMS to Pat Collins).
Help Session Status Report: The room was available at 2PM; excellent!
The FOSS News
:
Review our April 27th
demo at FSU's "Science On State Street"; Fedora Linux v.30 arrives; Red Hat Linux's new logo (a red hat :-).
Hot Software: The Linux Foundation Does Not Care About Desktop Linux; Early look at Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Dick's Separator Icons for Ubuntu/Unity's Launcher; How to Submit a Bug Report with Bugzilla; Slow progress fixing Thunderbird's "Empty Inbox" warning for "Empty Trash" (Mozilla > Ubuntu/Canonical > Bugzilla...).
Patching Early Ubuntu 19.04 Shortfalls:
Adding Unity loses "tap-to-Click" (reinstall it with sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics); Aptik GTK; Ubuntu Cleaner ("Install via .DEB"); Seamonkey Composer; Shootin' for UNetbootin fix (or an alternative USB-burner app that preserves second USB partitions).
New Fotoxx Demo: Combine>Image Difference (not last month's Combine>Stack/Split or /Slider)

Hot Hardware: Pico Projectors: This one didn't deliver (a $44 TouMei C800S), but they are coming.

Hot Internet: Find similar apps at AlternativeTo.net.
Security and Privacy: Hacker can turn off car engines, anywhere in the world.
FOSS Q&A:
Continuing e-mail issues (MIT, Comcast); Command-line installs in Ubuntu Terminal Window ([Alt-Ctrl-t], [Ctrl-Shft-c] and [Ctrl-Shft-v], sudo, man, apropos, exit).
Saturday, April 27, 2019 (11AM-3PM)
Framingham State University
Science On State Street
Our FOSS User Group in Natick joins 60 other exhibit tables. Help us introduce FOSS and Linux, or visit and learn. It's free.
April 4, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS User Group (Draft Agenda; some of this and maybe more)
Raffle item(s): Logitech Attack 3 USB Joystick (MMS). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: We had to use lobby until 2:45PM.

The FOSS News
: Today's 300+ Barr-Obstruction Protests = Open-Source in Politics;
Help us demo on April 27th at FSU's "Science On State Street"
.
Hot Software: Wrong displays in Mozilla Thunderbird ("colour" etc. in en-us, and "Empty Inbox" in File>Empty Deleted); Pre-release puzzles with Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Instead of Facebook and Twitter, try Hubzilla (Dennis Payne) and Mastodon (Algot Runeman) - they talk together.
Fotoxx demo: European Space Agency uses Combine>Stack/Split Image
; now Fotoxx will, too.
Hot Hardware: Double-glitch in Lenovo Maintenance Manual; Best Upgrades for Old Computers ("Try Linux"!); Three-Speed Wireless Mouse ($10 at MMS).
Hot Internet
:
Wikisource; "The Machine Stops" (E.M. Forster's 1909 short story that predicted The Internet).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
April 1, 2019 (8:30AM-12:30PM, plus lunch)
The Conference Center at Waltham MA
Getting Started with RISC-V
Free half-day event will showcase innovative RISC-V implementations with engaging presentations, demos and networking opportunities.
March 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.

FOSS User Group
"Backed up?" (cartoon by Steinfeld)
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Memorex External USB 8X DVD-R/W Drive (new, MMS to Charlie Blaney). Headset w/microphone (new, Algot Runeman to Jonathan Eddy). Wireless-2 add-on (2 new, Algot Runeman to Tom Swan and Jerry Feldman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): MIT e-mail problem (Charlie Blaney and Jerry Feldman); AOL Bulkmail (Algot Runeman).
Help Session Status Report: The room was ready at 2PM.

The FOSS News
:
Help us demo on April 27th at FSU's "Science On State Street";
Linux for Autonomous Cars (Tesla uses Ubuntu Linux).
Hot Software: Introduction to Computers with Ubuntu Unity (on-line book by Algot Runeman); Early look at Ubuntu Linux 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Does a hardware (CPU) upgrade require a Linux reinstallation?
Hot Hardware: A Core i3 8GB RAM 480GB SSD notebook AND a backup drive, new for $339; Kickstarter, and little Linux "potato" boards; Understanding batteries and super batteries (NOVA).
Hot Internet
: A History of the World in 100 Objects
(
British Museum); Google IS watching you (MIT Technology Review)Facebook needs a new spy app.
Security and Privacy: Video DownloadHelper program sours; Car hacks by mechanics, not terrorists; Malware for Humans video; Home DNA-testing company works with FBI.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A

February 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125)
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, "there or in Computer Room".
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Bread and rolls for ALL (Charlie Blaney/Roche Bros.)
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: Computer room closed for tax prep; no room until 2:35PM.

The FOSS News
:
Periodic Table turns 150
.
Hot Software: Demo Desktop Wallpaper in Ubuntu Linux; The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix; Radio Free Everywhere! (Odio); UEFI tips.
Hot Hardware: Demo of Micro Drone Helicopter (Jerry Feldman, military helicopter pilot!); $99 Pinebook Laptop update (Algot Runeman) and upcoming Pinebook Pro and PinePhone; Linux Backup Types, Best Practices (BackInTime, Aptik)
Hot Internet
: The Internet Will Be The Death Of Us
; Screens And Kids.

How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A
: MIT Mail is blocking group messages to users while debugging a problem.
January 19, 2019 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Bldg. E-51, Rm. 315, Cambridge
Linux InstallFest and M.I.T. IoTFest
A periodic get-together where volunteers from our group help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
January 16, 2019 (6:30-9PM)
MIT
Bldg. E-51, Rm. 315, Cambridge
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group presents:
"Linux Game Development", by our Dennis Payne

January 10, 2019
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
With sorrow, we report the passing of long-time member Andy Lashenske.

FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (later, will restore on-line video)
Raffle item(s): Cen-Tech 7-Function Multi-Tester
(MMS, new, to Bob Primak); Ballpoint Pen Toolset (MMS, new, to Tom Swan); Any desire for a nice 10.1" Gateway LT2022u netbook (2009, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD, WinXP Home)?

Help Session Status Report:
Room 125 available (and used) from 2:10PM.
The FOSS News
: Fotoxx 19.0 released
(brief demo of install)
; Five trends influencing Linux's growth; Making private GitHub repos free is the final straw, evil Microsoft!
Hot Software
: Add Unity to Ubuntu Linux
(corrected URL); Linux Game Development (our Dennis Payne at BLU.org, Jan. 16 at MIT).
Hot Hardware: Pinebook $99 netbook
(Algot Runeman); Asus Eee-PC, the little Linux netbook that could (and almost did!); Mars Cube One (MarCO) satellites take Linux to Mars; 3D-printed, Ubuntu CIMON (and IBM's Watson) joins astronauts on ISS.
Hot Internet
: Lenny, the telemarketing troll.

Security and Privacy
: TRACED Act filed against robocallers; 60M US Chip Credit Cards compromised in 2018; Virtual Payment Cards.
December 6, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Micro Drone Helicopter (MMS to Jerry Feldman); Vernier Caliper (MMS to Jonathan Eddy).
Extra Feature: Apple Munchie Pastries (Roche Bros., courtesy of Charlie Blaney).
Help Session Status Report: Room was unavailable until 2:45PM.
The FOSS News
: Microsoft became most valuable company in World, paid $7.5B for GitHub (and partnered w/Canonical, and IBM bought RedHat); "Linux sucks!" by Bryan Lunduke (50-min. video).
Hot Software
:
A brief history of text-based games and open source (Dennis Payne); Show early Adventure print-out (Jill Miller); NixNote2, Evernote for Linux.
Fotoxx Demo: 2, 3, Wallpaper, and Plug-Ins (Dick); Installing from Source Tar-ball (Bill Ricker).

Hot Hardware: Refurbished Lenovo M92P Mini-Tower (Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD) for $145, delivered.
Security and Privacy: "Deceived By Design", EU vs. Facebook, Google and Windows 10.
November 1, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)

Raffle item(s): Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard, used, with a Dual PS/2-to-USB Adapter (MMS); Belkin F1DJ104P-B 4-Port PS/2 KVM Switch (Algot Runeman). Algot also gave out his 3D-printed Clip-on Laptop Webcam Security Covers. Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: Room was unavailable until about 2:30PM.
The FOSS News: Linus Torvalds returns to work on Linux Kernel; Microsoft's failing Win10 October updates; Microsoft partnering with Canonical (Ubuntu Linux); Microsoft and IBM continue to bankroll patent suits; IBM buys Red Hat (Fedora Linux); Mark Shuttleworth on IBM/Red Hat; Quantum Computing finally "proved faster"; Psychologists warn that "persuasive design" hooks kids on display screens; "The Internet Will Be the Death of Us" (New York Times); How Facebook and WhatsApp threw Brazilian election (Avaaz).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) released, with Fan to simplify Container networking; 8 spooky Linux commands for Hallowe'en.
Hot Hardware: Teaching computers to listen; Android phones are 10.
Hot Internet: OneDrive-d easily connects your Linux computer to Microsoft's OneDrive free cloud storage (but...).
Security and Privacy: Canadian bitcoin company folds (with the bitcoins?); Understanding Bitcoin.
Demo (by Jill Miller): How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex.

Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex. Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex.FOSS Q&A
October 6, 2018 (10AM-4:30PM)
Morse Institute Library
(Innovation Studio, on second floor)
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
(Plenty of free parking in the town parking lot on South Ave., behind the library.)

BLU.org/NatickFOSS.org's FIRST Linux InstallFest in Natick
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, lunch! (It's FREE, with a free pizza lunch; a $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Click on the above link for details.

October 4, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Microsoft Natural MultiMedia Keyboard 1.0A (ergonomic, PS/2, used, with a PS/2-to-USB adapter; MMS to Jonathan Eddy). Computer Dolly (like new, similar to this one; MMS to John Thompson).
Help Session Status Report:
GOOD. Not Room 218, but cloudy so not overly bright for projector. It was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
First Linux InstallFest in Natick, THIS SATURDAY! (See October 6th, above).

The FOSS News: Solid goes public (see "Hot Internet", below); Chinese Chip Hack (see "Security and Privacy"); Microsoft open-sources early MS-DOS code.
Hot Software: Cosmic Cuttlefish is due Oct. 18th; Aptik remembers what a backup won't; Ubuntu Cleaner (replacement for Janitor in Ubuntu Tweak); Classic text game, Colossal Cave Adventure (A brief history of text-based games and open source; open-adventurexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxopen-adventure in Ubuntu Software Center); Master the Linux Command Line.
Game Demo: Developing Color Monster on the new Pocket Arcade (Dennis Payne).
Hot Hardware
: Chinese Chip Hack (see "Security and Privacy", below); Computer prices; TV Interference through 10/13 from Sun Blockage.
Hot Internet: Inventor of World-Wide Web plans to decentralize it (Solid - like LibreWeb, not the LibreOffice extension); California vs. White House re Net Neutrality; 6 RFCs for understanding how the internet works.
Security and Privacy
: Chinese Chip Hack
; Mutagen Astronomy vulnerability; Facebook was hacked - 3 things you should do after the breach.
FOSS Q&A
September 13, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group (Guest Leader: Algot Runeman; recorded by Bob Primak)
Help Session Status Report: GOOD. We were the preferred Room 218, and it was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
Linux News: September 18 is "International Day Against DRM"; Microsoft is playing dirty again, notification warns users not to install Firefox or Chrome browsers, insisting that its Edge is more secure; More FOSS news at tuxmachines.org.
Hot Software
(Algot)
(
Writing):
Using a basic text editor and Markdown format in combination with the powerful format conversion tool, Pandoc, write a daily journal entry which can be read as a single annual web page online. (Folks like LibreOffice, say it's easy to use.)
(Games):
Demo FreeCell solitaire, part of AisleRiot (in Ubuntu Software). Attendees avoid "twitch-style"  games, and Algot recommended Pingus (in Synaptic Package Manager) as a nice challenge without the rush of games like Asteroids. Several people fondly recalled Adventure, the classic text game in Colossal Cave (colossal-cave-adventure in Synaptic Package Manager). Algot demoed
Everything Attacks, Dennis Payne's new online game in which the player tries to identify the western states of the US which are under attack by monsters (developed for his son's geography learning).
(Internet and social media): NextCloud
is an alternative to Google Services on a hosted server or your own. The Mastodon platform is a FOSS and "federated" alternative to Twitter and Facebook. It can be self-hosted for a group and connects to other similar servers as desired. Attendees like using our NatickFOSS mailing list to share news and keep connected.
(General Tips): Although the PDF format is open, Adobe Acrobat is proprietary and makes it hard to edit PDF files on Linux.
Inkscape, LibreOffice Draw and GIMP offer limited PDF editing, and the free version of MasterPDF is obsolete; use PDF-Shuffler (in Ubuntu Software). The preferred alternative to Google Search is DuckDuckGo. For language translation, try DeepL.
August 2, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Targus TLB001 Compact 15.4" Notebook Backpack (new; MMS to Tom Swan).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block.
Help Session Status Report: Room 125 was available from 2PM; set-up shortly after. Good!
Jerry helped Jonathan to