Welcome to the
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts (NatickFOSS.org)
by A. Richard Miller
Last updated 230302

FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software.
The pop-up said, "Requires Windows 10 or better." So I installed Linux.

The FOSS User Group meets 3-5PM on the 1st Thursday of most months (but 2nd Thursday in January, July and September) at the Natick Community-Senior Center at 117 East Central Street/Route 135 (508/647-6540), usually in Room 125 or 218.
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, WE WILL MEET ONLINE!! See current listings in the FOSS User Group Archive.

(Print and post this poster!)

Our next meeting will be 3PM Thursday, April 6, 2023.
See the FOSS User Group Archive, for details of our meetings and related events.

Would you like to learn about good, free, reliable software for your computer, and share ideas with others who use it?

                      the Linux penguinSince March 2011, Dick and Jill Miller of Miller Microcomputer Services have led these monthly discussions and demos of FOSS computer software for beginners and experienced users. From Firefox to Linux, from office applications to games, family history and photo editing, thousands of programs await our attention!

Show up by 3PM for an introductory slide talk, and feel free to bring your laptop computer.

NatickFOSS.org can help any person or group to add more computing power at no software cost - and with much lower hardware cost, as well. (Volunteer groups, take note.) Join the Free, Open-Source Software revolution that is sweeping the world! We feature free GNU/Linux operating systems, and Ubuntu in particular, but most of the application programs and techniques apply equally well when you're using Android Linux or Mac OS X (both Unix-based, like Linux) or Windows. Every FOSS meeting has something for your computer operating system, and something for beginners through experts.

Our FOSS meetings are free and we welcome all from high-schoolers to seniors, from Natick and Metrowest and beyond; anyone who is interested. (The Community-Senior Center offers free parking for your car or bike. It's a half-mile walk from the Natick Center commuter-rail station on the Boston-Worcester line; if you need a lift from there, phone MMS well in advance.)

We volunteer free time from our company, MMS, which is designed from the ground up to help our computer-consulting clients while helping the community in which we live. We are delighted that the Natick Community-Senior Center hosts this monthly event in its fine facility. We also thank all the members who make our meetings matter.

In between monthly meetings, we can help in other ways:
1. For continuing information, you must e-mail to TheMillers@millermicro.com:
"Please subscribe me to your FOSS/Linux e-mail list."
(The Natick Community-Senior Center does NOT share its list with us.)
2. (Free) Try the NatickFOSS Ubuntu Linux computer (and its beginner's manuals) in the Natick Community-Senior Center's computer room! It performs much faster than Windows on that computer. Before scheduling a special visit, you can ask the Front Desk (1-508-647-6540) whether the Computer Room will be available.
3. ($10 for 10 days) Try our Linux Loaner Laptop in your own home; contact Algot Runeman (1-508/380-4820 cell; algot.runeman@verizon.net).
At MMS, get our $15 Ubuntu-Unity Live Linux USB Stick (now 32GB Ventoy USB 3.0 with an LED activity light, to run in RAM or to install on most 64-bit PCs). Or, make your own.
5. (Free)View/print
Algot Runeman's "Introduction to Computers: Using Ubuntu 20.04", a fine companion for items 2-4! (It's a direct fit for Ubuntu with its default Gnome front-end; it's also quite useful, but not a perfect match, for the Ubuntu with Unity that MMS and many users prefer.)

6. Notes and links from past talks at our FOSS User Group:
7. Members can join our mailing list, NatickFOSSDiscuss@millermicro.com, to share questions and information:
7a. Sign up to get your account started. You will get back an email so you can confirm that you entered your address correctly. Then a list admin will approve your account.
7b. To make changes to your account later or to access the archives go to this address. Once you have a working account, just send an email to natickfossdiscuss@millermicro.com.
8. Some other Linux and Open-Source activities are listed in our Events Calendar:
9. See our favorite links about GNU/Linux and Open-Source in the Techie section near the top of our MMS web site's home page, at:
Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux (online book)
The Story of Linux (on its 20th Anniversary) (4-min. video)
10. You can print and post this 8-1/2"x11" NatickFOSS.org poster, to alert others:
11. We can present a slide talk to your group, about the Free, Open-Source Software revolution that is sweeping the world.

Share this message with interested friends!

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>
  Board Members, FOSS User Group at Natick Senior Center <NatickFOSS.org>
  E-MAIL LISTS (opt-in/out/etc.): https://millermicro.com/newURL.html

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