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General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for March 2018
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 15, 2018, 10:30:54 PM »
2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference  - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft is buying control of Linux - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs
General Discussion / Re: Running Gparted on Ubuntu 17.10.1
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 15, 2018, 08:25:36 AM »
Since Ubuntu 18.04 is a LTS it will switch back to Xorg. It will be released at the end of April. Ubuntu was just testing Wayland on 17.10.

Ubuntu Drops Wayland, Switches back to Xorg

General Discussion / Running Gparted on Ubuntu 17.10.1
« Last post by rsutter on March 14, 2018, 03:06:29 PM »
Hello All
I'm in the middle of a new install of Ubuntu 17.10.1 and couldn't get the disk partitioning program, Gparted to install, despite assurances from the Gnome desktop that it was, in fact installed.
A Google search revealed the following comment
"For people having problems running gparted on Ubuntu 17.10: note that the default graphics environment is now Wayland and not X11. It appears that some programs (like gparted) haven't made the switch yet.

Before you log in, click on the gear next to login and switch to xorg. Then gparted should come up just fine.. would be nice if they warned you about this, or perhaps printed a useful error message... I don't think it's fair to blame gparted though."

I followed these suggestions and was finally able to launch Gparted.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Install LibreOffice 6 from Ubuntu Terminal with Snap
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 14, 2018, 10:46:05 AM »
I am currently running Ubuntu Mate 17.10.1 on my laptop. I was going to try Ralph's snap suggestion and found that LibreOffice had already automatically been updated to the latest version.

The April SLOLUG topic will be Snaps.

Snaps are containerized software packages that are simple to create and install. They auto-update and are safe to run. And because they bundle their dependencies, they work on all major Linux systems without modification.

Find snaps for Linux

Some snaps...

LibreOffice - is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases.

VLC - is the VideoLAN project's media player. VLC plays every multimedia file and streams.

Skype -  instant message, voice or video call – all for free, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs and Linux.

Pencilsheep - is a free professional image editor with full GPU acceleration.

Spotify - Stream the tracks you love instantly, browse the charts or fire up readymade playlists in every genre and mood. Radio plays you great song after great song, based on your music taste. Discover new music too, with awesome playlists built just for you.

General Discussion / Install LibreOffice 6 from Ubuntu Terminal with Snap
« Last post by rsutter on March 13, 2018, 05:41:32 PM »
Hello All,
Here is how to install LibreOffice 6 from the Ubuntu Terminal with Snap
Open the Terminal (At the Ubuntu desktop, hold down the Ctrl key and press t)
Enter the next line
sudo snap install libreoffice

To launch LibreOffice 6 type the next line at the Terminal

Simply typing libreoffice will launch an earlier version of the program.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / 2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 12, 2018, 11:01:43 PM »
Video (5 min 45 seconds) of some random pictures of SCaLE 16x and comments by Ralph and Alan.
General Discussion / Notes of the March 11th 2018 Photo Group
« Last post by rsutter on March 12, 2018, 06:32:16 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 03/11/2018

The session opened with Ralph Sutter calling attention to recent postings at, the Links page of the club web site. There, you will find a listing of 13 free photo editors.

Sutter then played a video showing fire ranging from the false fire of a realistic battery-operated candle to a birthday celebration, burn pile and wood stove.

Alan Raul followed with fire images of propane heaters in sidewalk cafes and flckering flames in a church sanctuary. He then demonstrated how applying warming filters can heighten the impact of the scene.

Kaye Raul mixed fire and smoke in her photos, explaining the challenges of capturing the latter in a way that added to the composition.

John Waller took the opportunity to share pictures of firefighting aircraft and to experiment with the Fire effect in Photoshop, setting ablaze ocean horizons and telephone wires.

Monica Tarzier showed rustic scenes illuminated by the campfire or the outdoor fire pit.

The presentations were followed by a wide-ranging discussion of image editing, image presentation and photography in general. The consensus view is that auto-advancing slide shows are more apt to be viewed in their entirity than presentations in which the viewer has to click on each image to advance the program.

Several members praised the capabilities of the slideshow presentation program, Proshow Gold;

The next meeting of the SLO Bytes Photography Group will take place on Sunday, April 8th beginning at 2:00 pm.  The topic will be Circles.  Attendees are encouraged to bring images of things circular.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / SCaLE 16X Report - Sutter
« Last post by rsutter on March 12, 2018, 04:15:52 PM »
Hello All,
SCaLE 16 Ubicon Track Writeup – Ralph Sutter

I recently attended SCaLE 16X, the 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo.  It was held in the Pasadena Convention Center March 9-12, 2018 offering 17 separate tracks.  As in years past, I was looking forward to following the Ubicon track, which focused exclusively on Ubuntu.  When that track didn’t appear in the initial on-line schedule, I began to wonder if the volunteers from Ubicon had decided to opt out this time.  Finally, about 2 weeks before the convention, details about Ubicon began to appear on the SCaLE site.  Ubicon did indeed take place, running Thursday and Friday.

Thursday offered 5 sessions ranging from System 76 lamenting Canonicals’ unexpected cancellation of the Unity project and their launch of POP OS to presentations on Snap Apps, System Security and a talk by José Antonio Rey flying in from Perú to explain Open Source and Worldwide Communities.

Friday added 4 more sessions.  Following the theme of the open source community, J T Nelson detailed how he and his colleagues working in the Hollywood and Gaming industries, produced professional-quality video using powerful, readily available royalty-free on-line video editing software.

Author Nathan Haines gave a presentation on the evolution of Ubuntu followed by an Ubuntu Questions and Answers session.
The closing speaker, Jono Bacon, spoke on his time with Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager.  He along with other speakers on the Ubicon track, stressed the invaluable contributions of volunteers in developing and advancing Ubuntu.

In addition to the speakers, a principal attraction at SCaLE is walking the floor of the Exhibit Hall.  With over 100 exhibitors I had ample opportunity to collect swag for my grandkids and speak with reps from PIA, System 76, VideoLan and many others. 

Alan Raul and I carefully scoured the Pasadena Convention Center hoping to find free food to match the outstanding offerings of SCaLE 15x.  Alas, that was not to be.  The best we could do was complimentary coffee and bagels discovered when we followed a food cart to the DevOps Ballroom. 

We did manage to get comped cappuccino’s from Inteligencia Coffee thanks to two baristas curious about Linux.  We also scored free admission to the USC Asia Pacific Museum given the fortuitous coinciding of Art Night Pasadena with SCaLE 16X.

Will I attend SCaLE next year?  Most certainly.  It always affords something for all users of Linux, from end users like me to professional programmers and developers.  I’m looking forward to 2019.

Ralph Sutter
8 Alternative Search Engines To Find What Google Can’t:

Make Use Of:

Update: 3/10/2018

One of my most utilized search engines is DuckDuckGoog (not DuckDuckGo). "Goog" does a much more thorough search than "Go", and includes photos, which "Go" seems to overlook. Give DuckDuckGoog a try and I think you might prefer it to the more commonly used DuckDuckGo.
General Discussion / Popular browser extensions you might consider to remove.
« Last post by Doug on March 09, 2018, 05:55:05 AM »
5 Popular Firefox Extensions You Should Remove:

Make Use Of:

If you’re looking for safe and useful add-ons for Firefox, check out this list of the best Firefox add-ons:

Make Use Of:

10 Chrome extensions You might consider to uninstall:

Some Chrome extensions to consider: 

Make Use Of:

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