DEVON AND CORNWALL GNU/LINUX USER GROUP
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AIMS (NB THIS IS D R A F T)
The aims of the Devon and Cornwall GNU / Linux user group are :
- To help users of all ages / backgrounds find other users of GNU / Linux and Free software
- To provide a friendly support network where questions of any level can be asked
- To provide informal support, promotion and advocacy to local people / business and industry with regard to the implementation and use of GNU / Linux and Free software OR to provide a links to people who can support this on a more formal level.
- To provide support, including promotion where possible to events or other activities in the region.
- To provide access to support materials, documentation and educational opportunities which help people use and learn about GNU / Linux & Free software.
- Hopefully demonstrate there is a active and vibrant community and IT industry in the South West of the UK.
The Devon and Cornwall GNU/Linux User Group is for anyone who uses – or is interested in using – Free, Libre and Open Source Software. The group is made up of a wide range of people from home users to professionals and between us we have a wide range of experience and knowledge. Please feel free to join our discussion mailing list( where most of the discussions take place). or you can chat with us on IRC (chat).
Members in South Devon are involved in running the Torbay Raspberry Pi & Arduino jam.
Please click on logo to be taken to the Torbay Tech Jam website.
There are several upcoming events.
Exeter Raspberry Pi jam – Saturday 6th February 2016
Cornwall Tech Jam – Saturday 13th Feb 2016
Torbay Tech Jam – Saturday 13th Feb 2016
Software Cornwall also present a wide range of events please see their website for more information.
Aaron Moore is setting up a hack / maker type space in Cornwall – details here – Meet on the 2nd Sat of the month.
Ask on list for more information OR if there are any events you want to promote please let me know Paul Sutton via the list.
The North Devon meeting for January is OFF. Meeting for Feb Should take place as normal on Saturday 20th February 2016. Please contact Neil Winchurst on the DCGLUG list for more information.
Any additional help in terms of promotion would be welcome.
Support the campaign to ensure that EU leaders listen, and act so that young people can access the internet freely.
The January Tech Jam will be on 9th January 12:30 to 3:30 at Paignton Library and info centre. Full details are on the Tech jam website including a few ideas as to what will be there in terms of demos. As always if you want to bring something to demo, or need help feel free to come along or just come for a chat / social visit.
The tech jam can also be found on social media
Diaspora, twitter & facebook or chat to us on IRC. Again full info on the website.
See you on the 9th January.
One of the aims of the DCGLUG Is to promote GNU / Linux and Free software. But what does this all mean.
Free software in the context of the group refers to software that is FREE as in FREEDOM rather than simply free as in cost. The free software foundation set up by Richard Stallman in 1985 defines free software by giving users 4 basic freedoms which are:
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
You can read more about this on GNU Project website.
What is GNU.?
Back in the early 80’s the UNIX operating system came with source code, when the owners of UNIX decided to make people pay for the software they also took away access to this source code. So Richard Stallman set up the GNU project to create all the tools that came with Unix as free software so hackers could carry on as before and be able to modify the tools / software to fit in with their needs.
So what is Linux. Linux refers to the kernel of the operating system, this part carries out tasks such as memory / disk management, process management etc. It was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, who at the time was a student at the University of Helsinki in FInland. Linus is still involved with development to this day.
So what is GNU + Linux or GNU / Linux
While the GNU project simply created the tools used within the Unix operating system it did npt have a kernel to run on. The GNU project did start on a kernel called HURD but this development was slow. So when Linus created and eventually released the kernel under the GPL the concept of GNU + Linux was born as there was now both a kernel and related tools to get work done.
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The next Torbay Tech jam is on Saturday 14th November 2015. 1 – 3:30 pm at Paignton Library. For more information please go to the Tech jam website. Where you will find more information as to what is planned for the event.
If you would like to set anything up then feel free to come from 12:30.
We are on the FIRST floor of the library, so please go through the main entrance, and head for corridor on the left (near the cafe) you will find the lift, go up the lift come out and turn right we will be in rooms 10/11 & 12.
The date for the SEPTEMBER 2016 Tech jam has been changed to Saturday 17th September 2016, which is the THIRD Saturday.
This is due to the fact that the 17th is also software freedom day and we can then combine the two events.
Please update your diaries accordingly.
From the Ubuntu teams
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the Werewolf! Lubuntu 15.10 is now available!! https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/GetLubuntu
Note, the servers will be very busy, a dedicated mirror just for lubuntu is available at http://phillw.net/isos/lubuntu/wily/
For the November Tech Jam I should have some resources available for promoting both free software and e-mail self defence.
These were obtained from the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
Looks like the communities work has finally started to pay off this deal is really good for the taxpayer.
A new deal between the Crown Commercial Service and Collabora Productivity will provide public sector organisations with savings on Open Source office software.
All we need now is for colleges to start using this software too as part of their teaching, or at least make people aware that there are alternatives out there.