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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, or chat with us on IRC (chat). The Torbay meetings are now part of the Raspberry Pi jams as these are arranged by members.


October Pi jam

Great pi jam today

Despite the low turn out, if you didn’t make you once again missed out on some cool projects,  computer science related stuff as well as demos.

1. Knights tour,   – using a chess board how do you move 1 knight so it goes over each square once, only using the valid moves a knight can make ?

2. Sort program,  this is was a demo of the article that Tom Brough wrote yesterday  You can read the info http://www.dcglug.org.uk/network-sort-algorithm-animation/ If you would like to see the demo come to the Jam on the 8th November 2014.

3. Minecraft,  one of our younger members was using a laptop to create a 8 bit adder circuit in mine craft,  yep you can build computers inside minecraft,  again if you want to know more come next time

4. We also set up another young persons Pi , downloaded xfce so we could run that instead of the default lxde desktop environment.  It worked great once we got the pi toNovember connect to the internet then figured out how to tell X to load xfce.   Tom and Mark did a great job with this.

I brought along some cards with 1’s and 0’s,  to demonstrate how binary works,  Will make some more up for next time, I also need to bring extra power supplies along.   We made great use of the laptops donated by Dan Smith at the last jam.

Once again we did more than JUST raspberry pi.  We are focussing on computer science and coding too.

Hopefully, next month we can get a full demo of the minecraft 8 bit adder,  as it’s really interesting (and kinda complex) but it should be possible to also use my binary cards to explain what is happening in a different way.  Want to know how 1 + 1 = 11  then come along next time.

Usual goodies of free stickers are still available along with gummy bears,



Ubuntu 14.10 coming soon

The next release of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn should be available shortly, October 23rd


To see the release schedule please go to



Why not sign up to the 15.04 testing team and help test 15.04 due for release in April 2015

In the mean time read what Mark Shuttleworth has to say about Full convergence of operating systems.


Lets help make this happen.

Debian Jessie Beta 2

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the second beta
release of the installer for Debian 8 "Jessie".

Important changes in this release of the installer

 * Gnome is now the default desktop environment on Linux again.
 * A list of desktop environments is displayed in tasksel, making it
   easy to install another desktop environment (or several of them).
   Unfortunately that is currently a bit underdocumented (#764026).
 * Preliminary support for the arm64 and ppc64el architectures has been

Other changes in this release of the installer

 * brltty: Append the configuration inherited from d-i to the end of
   brltty.conf instead of overwriting it (which was thus losing the
   documentation for the user).
 * brltty: Enable accessibility in XFCE, LXDE and MATE sessions too.
 * busybox: Add support for /32 subnets in udhcpc script (#652573).
 * choose-mirror: Strip off any scheme part found at the start of
   mirror/*/hostname (#706191).
 * console-setup: Correct default keymap for South Korea (#756052).
 * console-setup: Use nepali keymap for Nepali and Tharu by default.
 * debian-installer:
    - Fix the PXE boot images built for kfreebsd, hurd (#759686).
    - Add fonts-lohit-guru-udeb to gtk images, fixing rendering for
      Punjabi (#761573).
    - Remove desktop selection from syslinux; now available in
    - Keep Linux modules.builtin file in the initrd.
    - Fix lib location and search path for syslinux >= 5 (#756275).
 * fontconfig: Add conf.avail directory to the udeb, fixing broken
   Monospace font in graphical installer (#739011).
 * hw-detect: Improve driver injection disk support.
 * hw-detect: Move firmware installation code to pre-pkgsel.d
 * hw-detect: Correct detection of Macs needing to blacklist snd-aoa
   modules (#650588).
 * iso-scan: Do not error out when searching in folders with
   shell-special characters in their name (#640789).
 * lowmem: Update lowmem limits for linux-x86.
 * lowmem: Make the / ramfs fill the whole memory again (#759336).
 * netcfg: Do not kill_dhcp_client after setting the hostname and
   domain, otherwise Linux udhcpc will stop renewing its lease, and on
   other platforms dhclient will de-configure the network interface
   (#757711, #757988).
 * netcfg: Don't copy /etc/network/interfaces to /target if
   netcfg/target_network_config=ifupdown (#709017).
 * netcfg: Fix support for entering an ESSID manually, it was
   previously getting ignored (#757478).
 * preseed: Update auto-install/defaultroot for jessie.
 * preseed: Always disable locale & keyboard question when auto is
   enabled, even if no preseed file was given on boot, in case the dhcp
   server provides it (#759290).
 * rootskel: Update lowmem limit for gtk on linux-x86.
 * rootskel: Use a tmpfs for some directories to avoid running out of
   space in the fixed-size initrd on kfreebsd-* (#757985).
 * rootskel-gtk: Update gtk-set-font to learn a new mapping (Lohit

Hardware support changes

 * libdebian-installer: arm64: Detect UEFI based systems as "efi"
 * libdebian-installer: Add ppc64 and ppc64el support.
 * linux:
    - Include preliminary support for arm64 and ppc64el.
    - udeb: Add ccm, ctr to crypto-modules (#761902).
    - [armhf] udeb: Add ehci-platform, ohci-platform and phy-sun4i-usb
      to usb-modules (#761591).
    - udeb: Add rsi_usb to nic-wireless-modules
    - udeb: Add ath6kl_sdio, libertas_cs, libertas_sdio, mwifiex_sdio,
      r8192u_usb, r8723au, rtl8188eu, rtl818x_pci, rtl8723be,
      rtl8821ae, spectrum_cs to nic-wireless-modules.
    - [armel/orion5x] udeb: Include mvmdio in nic-modules udeb.
    - udeb: Add new sound drivers to sound-modules (#756998).

Known bugs in this release

 * Firmware handling: udev no longer reports missing firmware
   (#725714), and patches for the kernel need polishing before we are
   able to restore support for loading missing firmware.
 * CD-ROM modules are missing on ppc64el, but the netboot flavour is
   working correctly. This will be fixed in the next release.

Feedback for this release

We need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer, so
please try it. Installer CDs, other media and everything else you will
need are available at our web site[3].


The Debian Installer team thanks everybody who has contributed to this

 1. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Team
 2. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata
 3. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women

This came through on e-mail today

Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women

The GNOME Foundation started the Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program
for Women, OPW, in 2006. It was quite successful, and in the January-April 2013
round, many other FOSS organizations joined the program. We are happy to
announce that Debian will participate in the next round
(December '14-March '15) and, pending sponsorship, we'll offer up to three

You can find more details about the program:
* http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about
Debian's participation.
* http://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about the
program in general.

Call for mentors and projects

OPW allows applicants to work on any kind of project, including coding,
design, marketing, web development... If you have any idea for a
project and you want to mentor it, please contact us at opw@debian.org
and we'll guide you through the process.

OPW provides a lot of useful information for mentors on the GNOME Wiki at
https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen/Admin/InfoForMentors. Please
have a look, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

Call for participants

The main goal of this program is to increase the number of women in
FOSS, so all women who are not yet a Debian Developer or a Debian
Maintainer are encouraged to apply. There are no age restrictions and
applicants don't need to be a student.

If you want to apply, you must follow three steps:

1. Choose a project from the list of proposed projects on
http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen. Those lists may change as
mentors add themselves over the next few weeks.

2. Make a small contribution to Debian. Projects will add a task the
applicant must complete as part of the pre-selection process. If no task
is provided, you are welcome to ask the mentors of the project. You can
also make a different extra task of the one listed to show your skills
and interest.

3. Create a page in the Debian wiki with your application. You can do so
under pseudonym, but in that case, please give us information about
yourself privately by email to the people below!

The Debian OPW coordinators <opw@debian.org>
 Tom Marble
 Nicolas Dandrimont

Rapid Application Development with Quickly

On Friday 10th October Rick Timmis of the Exeter Linux user group will be presenting a talk on Rapid Application Development with Quickly (this comes with ubuntu or can be installed on ubuntu)

Friday 10th October 2014

Meeting starts a 19:30

Exwick Old School -> Map

Exwick Road




The first of our new format meetings, The kitchen will be open, for squash, tea and coffee.

There WILL be the opportunity for a “Fish n Chip” run, to the Exwick Fish and Chip shop, just around the corner.


Meet at the Exwick Ark Pre School (i.e LUG HQ) at 7:30pm

7:30 pm Arrival

7:45 – 8:30 pm Keynote session – Rapid Application Development with Quickly – Rick Timmis