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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:

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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:

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

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10 Chrome extensions You might consider to uninstall:

Some Chrome extensions to consider: 

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General Discussion / Re: Spectrum Internet Speed
« Last post by Doug on March 07, 2018, 11:18:18 PM »
Here is a snip of my Comcast connection performance in Salem, Oregon. They offer up to 150Mbps.
General Discussion / Re: Spectrum Internet Speed
« Last post by rsutter on March 07, 2018, 08:52:17 AM »
Hi Alan,
I'm envious.  Here's what I get in the hinterland with Advanced Wireless (
Ping 21Ms Down 15.09Mbps Up 20.98Mbps
Where I live, the only "reasonable" alternative that I have to wireless Internet is AT&T's DSL with an advertised download of 3Mbsp and actual speeds somewhat slower if the service works at all.
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Spectrum Internet Speed
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 05, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
Periodically I check my Internet speed. This is my latest Spectrum Internet speed with my Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop running Ubuntu Mate 18.04 daily build with a "wireless connection."

121 Down
11 Up
General Discussion / Re: Need good CD DVD burner
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 04, 2018, 11:03:13 AM »
A CD/DVD burning program I have used in Windows for years is CDBurnerXP. Don't let the XP scare you. It works well in Windows 10. Go to "More download options" to get the portable version.

General Discussion / The Best Dash Cam
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on March 04, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »
Leo and friends have a good section on "The Best Dash Cam." It starts at around 38 minutes into the podcast.

The New Screen Savers #146

Wirecutter has a review of "The Best Dash Cam."

General Discussion / Re: Need good CD DVD burner
« Last post by dickJ on March 03, 2018, 09:42:39 PM »
I found how to access the free one in Windows 10 now. I would prefer a more complete program. If you have one you use and like, please Reply. Thanks.
General Discussion / Need good CD DVD burner
« Last post by dickJ on March 03, 2018, 07:44:37 PM »
I need a good CD DVD burner program, preferably free. Is there one in Windows 10 I haven't found?
If not, can you recommend the one you use? Please add a Reply.
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