Archive of the regional
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts (NatickFOSS.org)

by A. Richard Miller, Partner, Miller Microcomputer Services

Last updated 220909

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 here, to jump to the Draft Agenda for our next FOSS User Group meeting.


FOSS Meeting Dates:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings run 3PM to about 5PM (following a 2:45-3PM 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


DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE'LL BE ON-LINE.

To get announcements
, send "Please subscribe me to your FOSS/Linux e-mail list." to:
TheMillers@millermicro.com
Major Agenda Topics:
Future agendas are subject to change because, with FOSS, good news arrives on a daily basis.

December 1, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
FOSS User Group (TBA)
November 3, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
FOSS User Group (TBA)
October 6, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
FOSS User Group - Draft Agenda - some of this and maybe more!
  • FOSS History: The Protocol Wars of a young Internet (Bill Ricker).
  • Computer Security, Privacy and Freedom: Geek Squad phishing scam and removal.
September 8, 2022 (3-5:30PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).

Or, to actively PARTICIPATE, use open-source Firefox or Chromium (rather than, say, Chrome or Edge or Safari; no add-ons needed!) to join our Jitsi Meet meeting (https://meet.jit.si/natickfoss - opens at 2:45PM for FOSS Help). Mute your microphone except as needed. You can download and print this NEW 5-page Jitsi Meet Help Sheet with Keyboard Shortcuts (thanks to Algot Runeman).
FOSS User Group
August 4, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:30PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.

Big thanks, this month, to the Ad Hoc Committee
that stepped in while Dick and Jill stumblde about with COVID.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
July 14, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:30PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.


VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
June 2, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:30PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).

FOSS User Group
May 5, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:30PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).

FOSS User Group
April 30, 2022 (Noon-3PM)
Christa McAuliffe Center, Framingham State University
100 State Street | Framingham, MA 01702

NatickFOSS.org will run a FOSS/Linux demo table at
Science on State Street 2022


April 7, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:30PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.


VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
March 3, 2022 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:30PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.


VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
February 3, 2022 (3-4:45PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
January 13, 2022 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
December 2, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
November 4, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
October 7, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Jerry Feldman and Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
September 9, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
August 5, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
July 8, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
June 3, 2021 (3-4:45PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).

FOSS User Group
May 6, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Jerry Feldman).
FOSS User Group
April 1, 3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
March 4, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
February 4, 2021 (3-4:40PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
January 14, 2021 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).

FOSS User Group
December 3, 2020 (3-6PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
November 5, 2020 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group Agenda
October 1, 2020 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group Agenda
September 10, 2020 (3-5PM)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125 (again, someday); for now, ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group Agenda
August 6, 2020 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group Agenda
July 9, 2020 (3-5PM) ONLINE.

VIEW us on YouTube
(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group Agenda
June 4, 2020 (3-5PM ONLINE)

VIEW us on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group Agenda
May 7, 2020 (3-5PM ONLINE)

VIEW this meeting on YouTube

(thanks to Dennis Payne).
FOSS User Group
*CANCELED*
April 18, 2020
(11AM-3PM)
Framingham State University, 100 State St., Framingham MA
Science on State Street - WAS CANCELED TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
Planet Earth Edition: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Help staff or visit our FOSS User Group exhibit there.
(See us at 1:22 in this SOSS 2019 video.)
April 2, 2020 (3-4:30PM ETZ)
OUR FIRST ONLINE MEETING
, thanks to COVID-19, our FOSS UG Online Meetings team, and the Jitsi Meet service. Keep yourself and others safe: Clean your hands and touched surfaces, stay home if you can, and thank those who can't (from 6 feet away)!

VIEW this meeting on YouTube:


Big thanks to the new NatickFOSS Online Meetings team: Algot, Bob, Dennis and Jerry!

FOSS User Group
*CANCELED*
March 14, 2020 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061, Cambridge MA

Boston Linux & Unix InstallFest - WAS CANCELED TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
Volunteers from BLU.org help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
March 5, 2020 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help in same room.
FOSS User Group
February 25, 2020
(7:30-10PM)
Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley MA
(Free tickets required; free parking in Wellesley College Garage, first right at main entrance on Route 135.)

"The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism"
Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita at Harvard Business School, discusses her latest book, "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power". In this critically acclaimed work, Zuboff shows how our economy, politics, and society are increasingly being shaped by digital technologies. In her view, surveillance capitalism—a concept she coined—defines the current age in which we've all opted into the commodification of our personal information. Throughout the book, she outlines the cost of putting a price on private data, and she urges all of us to pay attention, resist habituation, and come up with novel responses to a new era.
February 6, 2020
(3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Lobby or Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
January 9, 2020 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Lobby or Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
December 5, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
November 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there.
FOSS User Group
October 3, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
September 21, 2019 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061, Cambridge MA
Boston Linux & Unix InstallFest
Volunteers from BLU.org help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
September 12, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
September 12, 2019 (2:30-3:30PM)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
Online Safety (free talk)
With Internet hacks and cyber security in the news daily, it can be challenging to feel secure online.
Lauren Pfendner, Director of the Bacon Free Library, will give an overview of some of the steps you can take to lead a more secure life online. We'll look at staying safe on social media, strong password creation, security programs and apps, safe Internet browsing, and best practices for your daily use.

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
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 potluck 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 6, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
November 1, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
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
September 13, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group (Guest Leader: Algot Runeman; recorded by Bob Primak)
  • Help Session Status Report: GOOD. We were in the preferred Room 218, and it was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
  • Linux News: September 18 is "InternationalDay 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 EverythingAttacks, 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
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 335,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(New Parking Rule: MIT parking requires an MIT permit. Can use adjacent parking garage.)
Driving there: Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed from Amherst St to Main St.

BLU.org's Monthly Meeting at MIT
Guest speaker A. Richard Miller (Miller Microcomputer Services; FOSS User Group of Natick): "Fotoxx Update: A Demo of the Newest Additions to Fotoxx, the Linux Editor and Collection Manager for Enormous Collections of Photos"
Also, Jerry Feldman: "Container Packages: Deploying Applications such as Fotoxx as Docker Containers or Appimage/Flatpack/Snap Packages"
July 12, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
Saturday, June 30, 2018 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(New Parking Rule: MIT parking requires an MIT permit. Can use adjacent parking garage.)

BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 7, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
May 3, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (10AM-3PM)
Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham MA
"Science On State Street"
An extravaganza of FSU student, faculty, and industry-led exhibits and hands-on experiences for the whole family! Plus, our own NatickFOSS.org demo table, a keynote speaker from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, exhibits from Southwick’s Zoo and Earth Ltd., several engaging presentations from the STEM Stage, and of course, lots of free shows in the University’s amazing HD Planetarium.
Free Parking. Food available for purchase.
April 5, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
March 1, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Saturday, February 10, 2018 (10AM-4:30PM)
Innovation Studio, on 2nd Floor of
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
First-ever Linux InstallFest in Natick!
It's FREE; learn about FREE, OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE and add some to your computer.
Co-sponsored by the Natick Morse Institute Library, FOSS User Group of Natick (NatickFOSS.org), and Boston Linux & Unix User Group (BLU.org).
Free pizza lunch, too, if you bring your computer for a Linux installation (which can be alongside of your current Windows or Mac OS).
If you bring an empty USB thumb drive (4GB or larger), we'll also write you a Linux Live USB to use memory-only and to install later.
- See, print and post this event poster!
- Sign up online; space is limited!
February 1, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
January 11, 2018
(Room 218, our new preference)
FOSS User Group
December 7, 2017
(This month, we meet in Room 218.)
FOSS User Group
November 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
Saturday, October 7, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
October 5, 2017 FOSS User Group
Monday, September 18, 2017 (7-9PM)
Sanctuary of St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick
(Use the main entrance stairway, or the side ramp.)
Dick Miller presents: The Future Of Labor"
A free Occupy Natick event, with light refreshments and an open discussion to follow.
- Automation has greatly reduced the amount people need to work.
- Why do we translate that good news into unemployment problems?
- How might we do better? ("The Miller Three-Day Work Week", and more.)
- How did America accomplish past labor adjustments?
- How to get there from here?
September 14, 2017 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (6:30-8:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
Maker Fest (Dave Bartos, Supervisor of Reference Services)
6:30-8:30PM: Our FOSS User Group is in the 1st-floor Morse Room!
FOSS volunteers can set up 6PM; CU there! We will demo Linux (and FOSS downloads), Fotoxx, game design, spreadsheet for knitting design. Other?
August 3, 2017 FOSS User Group
July 13, 2017 FOSS User Group
  • 2-3PM: (During our 2-3PM Help Session, our usual room had another group in it - despite my unanswered clarification message! We did what we could in the noisy cafeteria, then in the awkward lobby. Try again next month.)
  • 3PM: FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
  • Raffle item(s): New book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman; older but mint >Linux Today magazine.
  • Demo: Ken Arnold's classic BSD/Unix Fortune app - in Linux (fortune-mod) and xcowsay.
  • Demo: Track the night sky with Stellarium(in Ubuntu, can install from Ubuntu Software).
  • Demo: Fotoxx Clone Image tool using 2014Jul24 photo of Lake Cochituate sunset. (Dick)
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 1, 2017 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org: FOTOXX Update, by Dick Miller of Miller Microcomputer Services
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group invites Dick back to learn what Fotoxx, his favorite photo editor and manager, has added since January 2015.
Fotoxx Overview: Fotoxx is a free, open-source Linux application for editing photos and managing a large image collection. The goal of Fotoxx is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use. Fotoxx is standards compliant and does nothing to compromise use of other photo apps. Fotoxx has a rich set of editing, repair, and special effects functions. Image adjustments are displayed instantly in a full-size image, allowing interactive optimization. Fotoxx has a rich set of functions to organize and index a large image collection so that finding desired images is easy and fast.
Advanced Reading (optional): http://www.kornelix.net/fotoxx.html
Coming Soon: 1.5-hour video of Dick's Fotoxx presentation.
May 4, 2017 FOSS User Group
April 6, 2017 FOSS User Group
Saturday, March 18, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
March 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
February 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
January 12, 2017 FOSS User Group
November 29th through December 14th, 2016
201 Mulberry Street (Manhattan), New York City NY

The Glass Room Looking Into Your Online Life
A special exhibit with many free 1-hour presentations. Co-hosted by Mozilla.org.
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
December 1st, 2016 FOSS User Group
November 3rd, 2016 FOSS User Group
  • Raffle Items (Done with something others can use?): 3 Linux magazines (1 with old Ubuntu Live CD), and classic "Special Edition: Using Star Office" textbook.
  • Demo: We revisit last month's burn an Ubuntu Live USB drive.
  • Demo: Re-partition a computer, and install the new Ubuntu Linux 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) from a bootable Linux thumb drive.
  • Demo: Artha, the Off-line Thesaurus ([Alt-Ctrl+W]; it uses WordNet and is in Ubuntu Software).
  • Hot Hardware: New MMS/Ubuntu Live USB thumb drive.
  • Security/Privacy: Massive Oct. 21 IoT DDoS attacks (using Mirai botnet) commandeered old security webcams and more. (Need to reset default passwords!) Windows security hole "to be patched next week." Linux Plumbers Conference attacked yesterday. What about the Nov. 8th U.S. Presidential election? Also see the DVD, "Hacking Democracy".
Monday, October 17, 2016 (7-9PM)
Sherrill Hall, St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central Street (parking-lot entrance), Natick
Occupy Natick Free Movie Night:
Hacking Democracy
, the truth about America's digital voting systems.
October 6th, 2016 FOSS User Group
September 8th, 2016
(Natick FOSS celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Linux - AND of the Internet!)
FOSS User Group
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
August 4th, 2016 FOSS User Group
July 14th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Saturday, June 4th, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 2nd, 2016 FOSS User Group
May 5th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Photo of Dennis Payne and Lego
                        starship
May 3rd, 2016 (6:30-8:30PM)
Mass Bay Community College (Room 134),
50 Oakland St., Wellesley
Greater Boston Network Users Group: "Meet the new FOSS, Linux, and Ubuntu!" (Dick Miller, Miller Microcomputer Services)
You can view the 1.25-hour video of Dick's talk on-line.
April 7th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Saturday, March 12th, 2016 (10:30AM-Noon)
Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick
Making Things in 3D
Design simple 3D objects using free computer-aided design software and then print them.
Free workshop for age 18 and up.
Register at the Reference Desk, at 508/647-6521 or reference@morseinstitute.org .

March 3rd, 2016 FOSS User Group
Saturday, February 27th, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
February 4th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 (7-9PM)
The Campion Center, 319 Concord Road, Weston
"Ham Radio and the Raspberry Pi (or Arduino or Si5351)"
Bob Evans (N1BE) will explain these versatile devices and their applications for Ham Radio, at the free monthly meeting of the Minuteman Repeater Association.
January 14th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
December 3rd, 2015 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325, Cambridge MA
Boston Linux & Unix User Group
"Digital Photo Management and Post-Processing with digiKam and The GIMP"
November 5th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 (10-11:30AM)
The new Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
(Use the museum entrance; then pass the museum, and up hill to left.)
Lexington Computer and Technology Group free guest presentation:
Dick Miller
describes FOSS photography software, including The GIMP and Fotoxx.
October 1st, 2015 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 (10-11:30AM)
The new Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
(Use the museum entrance; then pass the museum, and up hill to left.)
Lexington Computer and Technology Group free guest presentation:
Dick Miller (optical physicist), Prof. Ferren MacIntyre (oceanographer and physical chemist, MIT and much more) and Dr. Bert Raphael (artificial intelligence at MIT and Stanford Research Institute) describe some interesting projects and problems around the world and on the Moon.
September 10th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
August 6th, 2015 FOSS User Group
July 9th, 2015
FOSS User Group
  • Raffle Item demo: Belkin Wireless Router.
  • Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): When warranties fail (talk to Best Buy before Sony!); Recycle vs. Re-use: We have various types of free cables and a few other cyber-doodads for you and your friends, so come and get'em!
  • The FOSS News: Windows 10 out July 29.
  • Demo: Kvm (or Virtualbox) runs Windows or ReactOS or Linux within Linux (Dennis Payne).
  • Fotoxx: Moon Shot tutorial.
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 4th, 2015 FOSS User Group
May 7th, 2015 FOSS User Group (with a focus on Ubuntu Convergence)
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
International Day Against DRM
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 (10:00-11:30AM)
Muzzey Room, Lexington Senior Center, 1475 Mass. Ave., Lexington MA
Lexington Computer and Technology Group free guest presentation:
"Free, Open-Source Software; GNU/Linux and much more"
by A. Richard Miller, Partner, Miller Microcomputer Services and Co-Chair, Natick FOSS User Group (NatickFOSS.org)
Now that free, open-source software (FOSS) is reliable and often best-of-class (and free), why aren't US computer users embracing it as quickly as in other countries? And if FOSS is free, why is it that good?
Dick Miller shares the facts, perceptions, benefits and and obstacles, while demonstrating some of the best-of-breed FOSS for normal users - both applications for your existing Windows or OS X, and the pre-release Ubuntu 15.04 version of GNU/Linux, the OS that now runs more of the world's computers than any other.
April 2nd, 2015 FOSS User Group
Saturday and Sunday, March 21st-22nd, 2015
MIT Stata Center
32 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA
LibrePlanet 2015
Preregister; it's free for FSF members, students, and volunteers. This year's theme is, "Free Software Everywhere".
March 5th, 2015 FOSS User Group
February 5th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325, Cambridge MA

FOTOXX Update by Dick and Jill Miller
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group invites us back. Will our favorite photo editor and manager have anything new to show? Bank on that!
You can view this 1.5-hour video of Dick's talk.
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E51, Room 315, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
Mini Internet of Things Fest
This meeting is held in collaboration with BLU.org. The meeting is open to the public.
Thanks to the generosity of Canonical, pizza will be served beginning at 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 (1-2:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick
Robots Visit, from iRobot
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
January 8th, 2015
FOSS User Group
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 (2:30-4:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick
Advanced Scratch II, with Maker Kevin Osborn
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
Register through January 5th, 2015
(on-line)
Introduction to Linux on-line course at edX.
Study at home, at your speed, when you like. Take this course for free, or get a verified certificate for $99!
November-December 2014
Natick Community-Senior Center
117 East Central Street (Rte.135).
Photography Exhibit by New England Light Painters
The exhibit theme is, "Motion".
Can you find Dick Miller's three photographs, all edited with Fotoxx?
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)

BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Friday, December 5th, 2014 (2:30-4:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick
Making Things in 3D: Design to Print, with Maker Kevin Osborn
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
December 4th, 2014 FOSS User Group
Friday, November 14th, 2014 (2:30-4:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick

Advanced Scratch, with Maker Kevin Osborn
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
November 6th, 2014 FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware
show-and-tell (5-min. each): Screen-input devices (mouse, air mouse, trackball, stylus, graphics tablet, touchscreen, glasses); Lego dump-truck designed in FOSS (Dennis Payne).
The FOSS News: 4th Anniversaries of Ubuntu Unity and of LibreOffice; 4 out of 5 developers now use Open Source; Test for Verizon's Privacy-Killing Perma-Cookie; Photo Exhibit in hall ("Motion", Nov.-Dec.) includes 3 Fotoxx images by Dick.
Guest presentation: Meet Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu Touch, by Michael Terry of Canonical Ltd., and 14.10 Release Notes.
LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice.
Software 3-speed tools! (See June.)
Fotoxx demos: Popup Images.
October 2nd, 2014 FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware
show-and-tell (5-min. each): 30GB mSATA SSD for $17 (sad follow-up); A-V Cables (and cable adapters & splitters & converters).
The FOSS News: Re-usables giveaway at FOSS meetings (old desktop computer, printer); new Samsung smartwatches run Tizen OS Linux (not Android Linux); Ubuntu Touch OS released to manufacturing. Other?
Guest presentation: LibreOffice Tools and Tricks to Make Your Work Easier, by Robinson Tryon, LibreOffice Community Outreach Herald for The Document Foundation.
FOSS Slide Show app: S5 (AlgotRuneman).

Creating App icons on the Ubuntu Desktop
(A. Runeman).
Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
Industry Lab,
288 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, MA

Software Freedom Day
Join the Boston Desktop GNU/Linux Users Group annual celebration of free software. This year's schedule includes talks on: free software for smart phones, protecting your privacy, how to contribute to free software (you don't need to be a techie), and how to make money with free software.
Beginners, experts and everyone in between are welcome to this free event!
Interested in giving a lightning talk?  We'd love to hear from you.
Light breakfast and lunch provided by our sponsors.
Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014 (10AM-3PM)
Natick Common and vicinity

Natick Days
Visit this year; staff a FOSS User Group exhibit table next year? Invite the Natick High School Robotics Club table (and NHS Programming Club) to our meetings!
Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
September 11th, 2014 (2nd Thursday)
FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware
show-and-tell (5-min. each): 30GB mSATA SSD for $17!
The FOSS News: Ubuntu is 23 (Aug. 25th); Spotting Linux in the wild; InstallFest at MIT, this Sat.; Natick Days, also this Sat. (next year, with FOSS?). Other?
FOSSUG's Linux Loaner Laptop: $10 for 10 days! (Algot Runeman, Bob Monheimer)
Challenge: Who will evaluate Dasher? ("A fast, non-keyboard text entry system", in the Ubuntu Software Center.)
Clicking is a Public Act! (Sally Kohn, on BrainPickings & TED).
Look inside with sysinfo (in Windows), lshw (in Linux), SysInfo (for Linux) or HardInfo (for Linux).
Fotoxx demos: new 16:10 image ratio, Collections, and Add Text.
August 7th, 2014 FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware
show-and-tell (5-min. each): C.Crane Super USB Wifi Antenna 3 (Marilyn McCormick); our new Linux Loaner Laptop; Kickstarted USB Flash Drive Wristband (Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News: review LibreOffice HackFest, review "Introduction to Linux" edX on-line course, BadUSB exploit, UK adopts Open Document Format (ten years after Massachusetts), Mass. Electronic Privacy Act.
Local traffic (and surveillance) on Google Maps (Jill Miller).
Favorite FOSS Anti-Virus: avast Free! and ClamAV (freshclam, clamscan).
Adblock Plus (old), Adblock Edge (current), and EFF's beta Privacy Badger (next?) for Firefox, Chrome and Chromium.
Fotoxx demos: new Pattern and Make Waves effects.
August 1st, 2014
(Initial class; free pre-registration is required.)
On-line edX course: Introduction to Linux.
This great opportunity comes from the Linux Foundation. View its video introduction by Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
Pre-register for free audit, free certificate, or $250 to earn a verified certificate of achievement.
Saturday-Sunday, July 26th-27th, 2014
Xamarin, Inc.,
2 Park Plaza, Boston

LibreOffice US Summer Hackfest 2014
LibreOffice is bringing this free event to Boston, and invites you to pre-register for one day or two!
July 10th, 2014 (2nd Thursday) FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware
show-and-tell (5-min. each): HDMI-to-SVGA cable adapter, custom keyboard skins, $40 and $60 Hisense Sero 7 tablet computers!
The FOSS News: NSA puts Linux Journal readers on "extremists" list; LibreOffice Hackfest visits Boston; "Introduction to Linux" on-line course.
Internet Attacks Map.
Best Linux usage of donated computers? (cont.)
Favorite FOSS: Back In Time for backups.
June 5th, 2014 FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware
show-and-tell (5-min. each): Go multiple-choice with a 3-Speed Screwdriver, 3-Speed Mouse, and a 3-Speed Touchpad.
Donated computers: best Linux usage? (Dana Scott)
The FOSS News: June 5th is the first anniversary of Edward Snowden's disclosure that the USA cyberspies on everyone; Reset The Net, "Right To Be Forgotten", and "Death Of TrueCrypt" (decrypted?).
Google Translate.
Plan FOSS Picnic.
NatickFOSS Forum has a new URL:  http://runelab.org/forum/.
Creating the NatickFOSS computer's "Welcome To FOSS" Desktop wallpaper (using LibreOffice Writer and Inkscape).
Saturday, May 31st, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 (7-9PM)
Akamai, 8 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
Boston Linux & Unix's Desktop User Group:
As part 2 of its "Free Software for Photographers" series, Dick Miller demonstrates Fotoxx!
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 (4-9PM)
MIT Media Lab (E14-6th Floor), 75 Amherst St., Cambridge MA
5th Annual Auto-ID and Sensing Expo (& Internet of Things):
On Feb. 22nd, I was told this will be good for Internet of Things exhibits; so, I'll recommend it.
Two panels ($30), live demos, over fifty exhibitors.
Exhibit halls are free, but register in advance.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014font> International Day Against DRM 2014
Digital Restrictions Management is different from a copyright; it's cripple-ware! Who needs that?
May 1st, 2014 FOSS User Group
Celestia planetarium
(D to demo).
The FOSS News: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu Kylin was 1 year old on April 25th; so what? US and UK warn: Avoid MS Internet Explorer! What's wrong with DRM? (Algot Runeman)
What's new in Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr)?
How to do an Ubuntu Linux install (with separate /home partition).
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Release date for Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS, "Trusty Tahr".
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Microsoft drops WinXP support. Upgrade your computers! (Think Linux! Psst, it's free!)
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 (8:30AM-5PM?) and Sunday, April 6th, 2014 (Workshops; 9AM-1PM?)
Harvard University's
Radcliffe Gymnasium (Knafel Center), 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138
Northeast GNU/Linux Fest
This annual event promotes free and open software and hardware for novices through experts. Learn about the benefits of free software in your life and how to leverage it in your company, University and virtualization. Latest advancements in technology using free software.
April 6 (new): Leadership training and workshops on implementing open source at your job or school.
April 3rd, 2014 FOSS User Group
The Electric Sheep project, and one Electric-Sheep 2-hour video animation.
Book raffle, and Hot Hardware show-and-tell.
The FOSS News (a new feature): LibrePlanet reviewed; Canonical to drop Ubuntu One;
Microsoft to drop WinXP support on April 8th - implications and alternatives.
How to download an Ubuntu Linux .iso file and prepare a bootable live USB flash drive. (Algot Runeman)
March 26th, 2014 Document Freedom Day
Also see here.
March 6th, 2014 New Linux and Linus (Torvalds) video (at 3PM!)
Book raffle, and Hot Hardware show-and-tell.
Bt Builder, an open-source construction set for role-playing games (Dennis Payne).
A new Linux computer for this Center!
Demo Mozilla Thunderbird for mail; Lightning, Noia, Themes and other TB Add-Ons (Jill Miller)
Demo
the Lightbeam add-on for Firefox (previously, Mozilla Collusion).
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 315
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
Internet of Things Festival
Software, Hardware, Standards, Sensors, Security, Scalability, Robotics, Clusters, Wireless, Wearables and a Drone Demo. Keynotes, Lightning Talks, Breakout Sessions, Demos.
Talks agenda and video: Part 1, Part 2.
Sunday, February 9th, 2014 (Noon-6PM)
Northeastern Law School, 65 Forsyth St., Boston; Dockser Hall, Room 230 and the Moot Court Room
Crypto Party!
Come learn how to encrypt your email and files, browse the internet anonymously, use secure chat systems, and more. Check back here for further details as they become available. We will serve free lunch at noon. This event is free and open to the public, and we especially encourage journalists, lawyers, and law students to attend.

February 6th, 2014 FOSS User Group
January 9th, 2014 (one week late; Happy New Year!)
Alex Marthews, President of Digital Fourth: "Safeguarding Your Electronic Privacy".
Ubuntu to the Macs! Tips to install Ubuntu Linux on a MacBook Pro.
Got a 64GB or 128GB flash card? How to add Microsoft's ExFAT (EXtended File Allocation Table) file system.
Saturday, December 7th, 2013 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
December 5th, 2013 Holiday Gift ideas: Demo your hottest hardware (see below; plus, Full-Size Wireless Folding Mouse for $15 - and Humble Bundle for games at your price).
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 11.6" netbook computer
for $280/$246.
Mobile phone
deal to beat: TracFone LG840g at $30, +$20 per 90 days, 180 min. w/rollover; no extra for free roaming/international; free wifi.
Mobile phone
extras: Opera Mini, Google Maps, data xfer/sync, FM Transmitter, Case.
Suggest FOSS donations (5-min. each).
FixUbuntu.com
and Canonical's "trademark flap" about it.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 (7-9PM)
Sherrill Hall in St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central St., Natick (east end of Town parking lot; enter lot on Church Street)
"Surveillance vs. Privacy in the Digital World, Part II"
Occupy Natick's free "What Went Wrong" monthly movie and discussion (plus free snacks). Tonight's event is co-sponsored by ACLU of Massachusetts. Kade Crockford, Director of ACLUM's Technology for Liberty project, will show exerpts from famous films, describe project initiatives, and welcome questions and comments. Meanwhile, see the 2-minute video, Ordering Pizza in 2015.
November 7th, 2013

Guest presentation: Michael Terry of Canonical, producers of Ubuntu. Don't miss his visit!
Preview the Ubuntu Touch Phone - a metro-Boston first! (Michael Terry)
How to Install Ubuntu Linux (with multi-boot, a /home partition and more)
Book Raffle: Win a free book, courtesy O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Monday, October 21st, 2013 (7-9PM)
Sherrill Hall in St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central St., Natick (east end of Town parking lot; enter lot on Church Street)
"Surveillance vs. Privacy in the Digital World, Part I"
Occupy Natick's free "What Went Wrong" monthly movie and discussion (plus free snacks) features Naked Citizens, plus Zak Rogoff of the Free Software Foundation. Expect updated information on electronic invasiveness and a lively discussion re what to do for your own computer, for the Internet, and beyond.
7PM Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
(Pre-registration is required.)
Framingham Makerspace - Raspberry Pi night
Planning a makerspace in MetroWest!
October 3rd, 2013
30th anniversary of the GNU operating system (1983 Richard Stallman announcement, 2008 Peter Fry video)
Which Linux? (Linux family tree; Slackware > SuSE; RedHat > Fedora; Debian > Knoppix, Ubuntu)
How-To: Download and run Ubuntu Linux "live" in RAM (Algot Runeman, using UNetBootIn)
Hottest Hardware: Oblanc UFO-200 Headset ($10), MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone ($100; Rick Lee)
Saturday and Sunday, September 28th-29th (10AM-Midnight)
MIT, Cambridge, MA
GNU 30th-Anniversary Celebration and Hackathon
Featuring Richard Stallman. Celebrate the GNU Project's world-altering accomplishments with cake and coding. The 30th anniversary hackathon will focus on two important needs for free software in today's Web-based world: federated publishing and communication services, and tools to protect privacy and anonymity.
Before Linux, there was GNU. Much of Linux is GNU. Be there!
Free registration here.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 (9:30AM-5:30PM)
Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
Boston Software Freedom Day
Discuss privacy, government transparency, and user freedoms online. Hear updates from local groups and voices from the wider free software movement. Expect learning, celebrating and plenty of networking. This event is free and open to the public - including people new to free software.
September 5th, 2013
Hottest hardware: iView-420TPC 4.3" Android Tablet ($40)
Your favorite FOSS Puzzle or Game (group likes): Freecell Solitaire, Gweled/Bejewelled, Klondike Solitaire, Mah Jongg Solitaire, SameGame, Sudoku, Tux Racer.
NatickFOSS Forum (Algot Runeman; register and try draft at http://runeman.org/articles/natick-foss/forum/ )
TreeSheets: It's a spreadsheet/outliner/mindmapper and more! (Jill Miller)
Fotoxx: new slide show tricks, and Dick's pics from France
Optimize your WiFi: WiFi Radar, inSSIDer and its Linux emulator, LinSSID
A Free, Libre and Open Glossary (and meet Etherpad)
Why use a Terminal Window?
Repartition your Windows HD more easily with EaseUS Partition Master Free.
Getting familiar with UEFI and Secure Boot. Also Boot-Repair (after RGM due to PEBKAC).
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)

BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
August 1st, 2013
Algot Runeman will lead this month's FOSS meeting.
Tentative:
Links You Like (group quickies)
SeaPerch - Exploring local waters (RoboNatick)
What's My Distro and Why? (group quickies)
Ebooks, What's Inside?
Communication for Groups: What's a Forum? (vs. e-mail, mailing lists, blogs, Google Hangout, etc.)
July 11th, 2013 (one week LATE!)
Cyber-Spying, Open Source, and Computer Security (review and discussion).
Explore the FOSS Resources on-line at MMS.
Fotoxx - easy touches (and some new ones) for excellent photographs, newslideshow features, and a first look at editing metadata (tags, etc.).
June 6th, 2013
Mark Shuttleworth: "Bug #1 (Microsoft has a majority market share) is closed."
Open-source Hardware: WikiHouse and more.
Open-source Government: Checkbook NYC and more.
Design our next FOSS User Group business card. (Algot Runeman)
How to set BIOS to boot from a (bootable) CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
HandyTutorial.com suggests other applications for Ubuntu Linux.
May 2nd, 2013
Twenty years of a free, open World-Wide Web!
Meet Ubuntu Linux 13.04!
Install the Meld difference viewer as a Nautilus add-on (pre-13.04).
Selecting a better file manager: Krusader
and Sunflower (post-13.04).
Discuss new Java/IcedTea usage when on-line.
Don't browse blindly: Adblock Plus and NoScript.
Who's tracking your Web browsing? Track them, with Collusion.
Scams, Spam
, and innocent files marked as spam.
April 25, 2013
Release Date for Ubuntu Linux 13.04!
April 4th, 2013
Refresher course: Use UNetBootIn to download Linux .iso files and install Linux.
Update re UEFI and Restricted Boot - Ubuntu Linux adjusts
.
How will China's national use of Ubuntu Kylin affect other Linux use?
Are netbooks coming or going?

Some Internet ISPs begin Six-Strikes Program (on March 1st).
Saturday, March 16th (8:30AM-5PM) and Sunday, March 17th (9AM-1PM), 2013
Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA
3rd Annual Northeast GNU/Linuxfest
It's even bigger and now moving from Worcester to Harvard University, but it's still free!
Also featuring a concurrent Open Database Camp
.
March 7th, 2013
On-line Introduction to Computers with Ubuntu Unity (Algot Runeman)
Introduction to database design (Jill Miller, with LibreOffice Base).
February 7th, 2013
15 years ago, a FOSS milestone: AOL puts Netscape Navigator into public domain (Feb. 4th, 1998), births Mozilla Foundation and Firefox.
Fotoxx's new look, uncurling a book page, and a "Cartoon" art mode.
Android Linux on a $60 iView-754TPC 7" tablet computer.
World's cheapest tablet-computer carrier: a rubberband!
Manage files and folders with 2-pane Nautilus ([F3] in Ubuntu Nautilus) and the Meld difference viewer (Jill Miller)
January 3rd, 2013
Canonical's 2013 push for full Ubuntu Linux on smart phones that can be your main computer!
UEFI Secure Boot ("Restricted Boot"), one month later. Take it back?
  Ubuntu documentation re UEFI (and Secure Boot)
  The State Of Linux Distributions Handling SecureBoot
  Coreboot: the Solution to the UEFI "Secure Boot" Fiasco
Printing addresses onto Avery labels (Pat Sockol)
A CD full of FOSS for Windows users! (Algot Runeman)
National initiative for FOSS in Schools (Algot Runeman)
December 6th, 2012 FOSS Fun for the Holiday Season
Algot Runeman
creates a holiday light bulb using InkScape (instead of $400+ Adobe Illustrator or $100-200 Corel Draw), and shares it at the Open Clip Art Library.
Dick Miller demos the good Mah Jongg solitaire game in Gnome Games. Jill Miller trumps him with the even better Mah Jongg in KDE Games (but don't forget to load its Help file, separately).
Use the Ubuntu Software Center to easily find and install InkScape, games and more.
Your next PC may make it harder to install Linux, courtesy of Microsoft's Windows-8 twist on UEFI Secure Boot (a.k.a., Restricted Boot). Most of the manufacturers don't explain how, but we'll add a few good links here as we find them:
  Windows 8 secure boot could complicate Linux installs
   Installing Linux instead of Win8
  Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 8: an uneasy marriage
We'll have shiny new Ubuntu 12.10 DVDs to share, and we'll raffle off a FOSS book or two.
November 1st, 2012 Meet (and install?) the new Ubuntu Linux 12.10!
Bring your computer, or at least a 4GB+ USB flash drive.
October 11th, 2012
(Note our new location!)
(One week late, to meet in the NEW Natick Community-Senior Center at 117 East Central Street!)
An early peek at Ubuntu Linux 12.10 (beta-2).
Algot Runeman demonstrates how to install the new Ubuntu Linux 12.10 on a Windows PC.
(So you can do the same in a week or so.)
Stay with Ubuntu Linux 12.04.1 LTS, or wait for 12.10 on October 18th?
Which is best for you?
Using Multiple Desktops in Linux (in Ubuntu, [Super-s] to Switch worktables).
In Ubuntu 12.10, hold [Super] at least 2 seconds to view Keyboard Shortcuts ([Super-s]).
The Variety wallpaper changer.
September 6th, 2012
Using Android Linux on a volunteer project in India (Natick High School student Clark Andrews)
New photo-editing features and art tools in Fotoxx
Giant photo enlargements for $15

August 2nd, 2012
Meet the $25 Raspberry Pi computer (Algot Runeman)
July 5th, 2012
Celebrate Independence Day with independent software!
Advanced tools for non-programmers:
Advanced clipboards (Klipper, Glipper, Parcellite, ClipIt).
GEdit, Meld Diff Viewer, and other text-editing tools.
Resurrect your deleted data with PhotoRec (in TestDisk).
Kill your data just a little bit more, with BleachBit.
June 7, 2012
Manage recipes with Gourmet Recipe Manager (Pat Sockol)
AnswerGarden (Algot Runeman)
"Introduction to Computers - Ubuntu with Unity" - Help polish Algot's draft beginners manual! (Algot Runeman)
Meet HUD, the Heads-Up Display that may revolutionize the Precise Pangolin (Ubuntu Linux 12.04).
Take home a free Live CD of Ubuntu Linux 12.04, Precise Pangolin (courtesy of Canonical Ltd.)
Book Raffle: (It's become a regular event, so we'll move it to the main FOSS page.)
May 3rd, 2012
Meet April 26th's Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux, the Precise Pangolin! Bring a flash drive or CD, to bring home a copy.
Day Against DRM (Defective by Design) is tomorrow, May 4th (Algot Runeman)
Book Raffle: Win a free book, courtesy O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Boston User Groups.

April 5th, 2012
Installing Linux: How to install Ubuntu Linux from a USB "live CD" to a hard drive. Drive partitioning, and much more!
TreeSheets (Jill Miller): See this unusual heirarchical spreadsheet enable freeform data organization such as To-Do lists, calendars, project management, brainstorming, organizing ideas, planning, requirements gathering, and the presentation of information.
Book Raffle: Win a free book, courtesy O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Boston User Groups.

March 1st, 2012
Downloading Linux: How to find and download free .iso files, then burn them to a USB flash drive with UNetbootin or to a CD, to try a Linux "Live CD". Peek inside the Terminal window. Use the Internet to find answers (and sometimes the questions) and to find great programs among the so-so.
February 1st, 2012
Computer-Generated Art (where not you, but the computer, does the drawing):
1. (Algot Runeman; more styles to follow) Standard graphs (LibreOffice w/pie chart)
2. (Jill and Dick) Maps (NASA Earth Observatory trees, USGS gravity database)
3. (Jill and Dick) How Minard combined those concepts (in 1869, but who's counting?) for Napoleon's disastrous Russian expedition
4. (Jill and Dick) The last night of the Costa Concordia
5. (Jill) Word Clouds (Wordle, Word It Out, Tagxedo)
6. (Jill) Evolvotron (computer draws, human chooses)
7. (Dick) Mandelbrot fractals (Xaos in Ubuntu Software Center)
8. (Dick) 3D fractal animation
9. (Dick; described) Conway's Game of Life (Golly in USC)
10.(Dick; future) Art tools in Fotoxx.
January 4th, 2012
Some of the Many Graphical User Interfaces for Linux: Gnome 2, KDE 4, Gnome 3, Unity, Unity 2D (Dick and Jill Miller, Algot Runeman)
December 7th, 2011
"Inside Linux, and some FOSS Applications" (Dick and Jill Miller)
LibreOffice Writer
LibreOffice Spreadsheet
Terminal Window/BASH Shell (help, man, ls, ls -al, lshw, xpenguins)
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
(7:30PM at St. Andrew's Church, 3 Maple Street, Framingham)

Gateway Camera Club: "Fotoxx", by Dick Miller
Guests are welcome.

November 2nd, 2011 Guest presentation: Meet Oct. 13th's Ubuntu Linux 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelet!, by Ronald McCollam of Canonical Ltd., parent company of Ubuntu). Psst! Inside information AND free Live CDs - don't miss it!
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 (6:30-9PM at Mass. Institute of Technology, Building E-51, Room 325, Cambridge)
Extra: Our FOSS UG (and Dick and Jill Miller, MMS, and Fotoxx) are featured at the monthly meeting of the Boston Linux & Unix User Group.
You can view the entire 2-hour talk.

October 5th, 2011
Natick Senior Center gets a Linux desktop (A. Richard Miller; computer provided by Milt Gilbert)
FOSS UG business cards, proposed button, etc. (designed by Algot Runeman, using Inkscape)
Inkscape demo (Algot Runeman, Jill Miller)
Fotoxx demo, with "Annotate Image" and new "Straighten Image" tools (A. Richard Miller)
Saturday, September 17th, 2011 (10AM-5PM at Cambridge College)
Extra: Our FOSS UG has a table and a talk at the OpenHatch Software Freedom Day event at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge MA
September 7th, 2011
Inkscape demo (Algot Runeman)
Preview Ubuntu Linux 11.10 Beta-1 (A. Richard Miller)
Software Freedom Day, September 17th (A. Richard Miller)
August 3rd, 2011
20th Anniversary of Linux, plus this other earth-shaking event:
Guest presentation: Seismology software and the March 11th Japan earthquake, by
Dr. Alan Kafka, Boston College's Weston Observatory.
July 6th, 2011
"Scratch - A programming experience for almost everyone" (Algot Runeman)
Demo Handout - PDF - ODT [2]
"Can't Catch Me" Car program Scratch file (will only be fully useful if you also have the Lego kit 9580 from Lego Education.)
"Taming Ubuntu 11.04" (A. Richard Miller)
"Beware On-line Filter Bubbles" (A. Richard Miller)
May 4th, 2011
"Ubuntu 11.04 arrives, with some Unity shortfalls" (A. Richard Miller)
"KDE4 and Kubuntu" (Algot Runeman)
April 6th, 2011
"Fotoxx" (A. Richard Miller)
"GNUCash" (Jill Miller)
March 2nd, 2011
First meeting of FOSS User Group at the Natick Senior Center!
November 16, 2009 (7-9PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library

"FOSS: Free, Open-Source Software That Works"
A slide talk by A. Richard Miller of Miller Microcomputer Services in Natick.

Note by Dick: This first talk was encouraged by the late Paula Polk, then the Director of Natick's public library.
It went over so well that Jill and I proposed to hold monthly classes there. However, a new Director decided that classes on Free, Open-Source Software would be "inappropriate" for free meeting-room use. We'd all have been the losers, had not the Natick Senior Center stepped into the breach.
Thank you, Paula Polk and all our FOSS User Group supporters at the lovely new Natick Community-Senior Center!

We look forward to your help, to make this a very useful and friendly FOSS User Group!

Cheers from
--Dick and Jill Miller, Partners, MMS <TheMillers@millermicro.com>
  Co-leaders, FOSS User Group at Natick Senior Center <NatickFOSS.org>
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