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DEVON AND CORNWALL GNU/LINUX USER GROUP

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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.

raspberry-jam

Please click on logo to be taken to the Torbay Tech Jam website.

April Jam preview

This is a quick preview of the April Jam

 

We will also be chatting the Dystopia group about free software and they will be giving some information on barriers to using IT.  Hopefully this will inspire people to take peoples needs in to account when creating software,  website, hardware and even printed forms.    If you can give any advice with regard to Accessibility features this would be really useful.

NEXT JAM : PLANNED ACTIVITIES

April Events

EXETER PI JAM
2nd April
Rougemont room
Exeter Central Library
10 – 12

http://exeterraspberryjam.blogspot.co.uk/

http://2timesdo.co.uk/

TORBAY TECH JAM
9th April 2016
12:30 to 15:30
Paignton Library

https://torbaytechjam.org.uk/
CORNWALL TECH JAM
9th April Redruth
http://www.softwarecornwall.org/cornwalltechjamapr16/

Sat 16th April

This should be the Holsworthy meeting at the White Hart,  please check with Neil W on the list.

Events

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.

North Devon meeting.

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.

Jan 2016 Tech Jam

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.

http://torbaytechjam.org.uk/

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.

About GNU / Linux

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.

Links

GNU Project

Free Software Foundation (Boston, MA)

Free Software Foundation Europe

November 2015 Tech Jam

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.