BillingsLUG: October Meeting - Distro Battle Round 1: Ubuntu vs. Debian

Oct 18 2012 - 7:30pm
Oct 18 2012 - 9:00pm

Join the BillingsLUG as we demonstrate features and compare the differences between two common Linux distributions and why the Open Source model is so beneficial to computer users and developers alike.

Debian GNU/Linux began in 1993 as an alternative to the buggy Softlanding Linux System of that time. It is known for relatively strict adherence to the philosophies of Unix and free software and focuses on stability and security.

Ubuntu is one of many distributions based upon Debian and is the most popular Linux distribution on desktop/laptop personal computers. Beginning as a fork of Debian in 2004, Ubuntu is known to provide a more "user-friendly" operating system and offers additional cutting-edge software not found in stable Debian. Ubuntu is an excellent example of how the open source model facilitates the legal adoption and changes of existing software to fit new requirements.


This month we would like to welcome you to show up early for a free viewing of Revolution OS on the projector before the meeting, beginning at 6:15 PM. Revolution OS is a 2001 documentary film that traces the twenty-year history of GNU, Linux, open source, and the free software movement.

Refreshments will be available.

Meeting venue:
Lannocc Technologies, 1440 Grand Ave, Billings
(directly behind China Express)

BillingsLUG: September 2012 Meeting

Sep 20 2012 - 7:00pm
Sep 20 2012 - 9:00pm

Raspberry PiRaspberry PiJoin us this month for a demonstration of the amazing Raspberry Pi! This small board computer runs on USB power and loads from an SD card. It provides composite and HDMI (high definition) video output, audio, and USB ports. The $35 model includes 256MB RAM and a 100Mbit ethernet port. See the Raspberry Pi site for more information on the hardware.

We will be showing what it's like to run different Linux distros on this hardware and will demonstrate it running one or more retro game system emulators (NES, Master System, etc.).

Refreshments will be provided.

Meeting Thursday, September 20, 7PM, at:
Lannocc Technologies
1440 Grand Ave

(directly behind China Express)

See you there!

October BillingsLUG Meeting

Oct 20 2011 - 7:00pm
Oct 20 2011 - 9:00pm

Some of us will be available Thursday, Oct. 20th at Yellowstone Systems for our monthly LUG meeting. There is lots to work on here at the shop but the initial focus will be setting up replication in OpenLDAP. We have one remote LDAP server handling authentication for our subnet and would like it replicated locally. It looks fairly straightforward but I have not personally done it yet so there may be a little trial and error involved.

This might not take the full time slot and additional topic ideas are of course welcomed!

We will meet at 7 PM at:

Yellowstone Systems
1327 Central Ave

BillingsLUG January Meeting

Jan 20 2011 - 7:00pm
Jan 20 2011 - 9:00pm

Topic: SQL Primer

The meeting will include an SQL primer in a live SQL environment. Intended as a conceptual introduction to lead into PHP + SQL such as Crosslight and/or a *AMP stack.

September BillingsLUG Meeting

Sep 23 2010 - 7:00pm
Sep 23 2010 - 9:00pm

The official LUG (*UG) will be Thursday the 23rd officially starting at 7pm. You may show up as early as 6pm if you like, I will be present.
Subject: pfsense LAB + discussion on other open source *BSD/Linux router and firewall packages such as Vyatta, Zeroshell, pfsense, etc

Please bring your own drinks, unfortunately no alcohol on the premises. Also, you are welcome to bring a laptop as we will configure a hub and spoke VPN with 3 pfsense installs.

Tonight I will be finalizing some setup for the lab on Thursday as well as chatting with whomever shows up.

June BillingsLUG Meeting

Jun 17 2010 - 7:00pm
Jun 17 2010 - 9:00pm

For the June meeting, Brian Irish will be demonstrating how to modify a pre-built virtual appliance into a multimedia server for TiVo DVRs. This demo will highlight the TurnKey Linux and pyTivo projects.

Our gracious venue host for this month is Brian K. of Yellowstone Systems ( The meeting location is 1327 Central Ave at 7pm.

Brian I. will be bringing cans of San Pellegrino Limonata and Aranciata for your imbibing pleasure.

BillingsLUG Meeting

May 20 2010 - 7:00pm
May 20 2010 - 9:30pm

Dan (syadnom on #ubuntu-montana) will be showing FreePBX 2 as well as the current developer release of FreePBX 3. There will also be Astra IP phone handsets to use as well, making for a great hands on experience for everyone. The talk will cover the function, configuration and auto deployment of the Astra phones using FreePBX, the new FreePBX 3 interface and what the new and upcoming FreeSWITCH has in store for us.

April BillingsLUG Meeting

Apr 15 2010 - 7:00pm
Apr 15 2010 - 9:30pm

At this month's meeting (Thursday 4/15) I will be showing how to use the dvdauthor tools along with GIMP and a little Cinelerra to create animated DVD menus.

Please note the change of venue for this month. Dan (syadnom on #ubuntu-montana) has been gracious enough to offer up his conference room for this meeting. The address is:

320 N 11th St
Billings, MT

The entrance is on 3rd Ave. As usual the meeting starts at 7pm.

March 2010 Meeting

Mar 18 2010 - 11:43am

Tonight's meeting will again be at Yellowstone Systems at 7:00 PM. The address is:

1327 Central Ave.
Billings, MT 59102

Brian will be presenting data recovery options using freely available Linux tools such as ddrescue and gparted in conjuntion with live CD's such as Ubuntu Desktop and Clonezilla. Hope to see you all there!

[BillingsLUG] February 2010 Meeting

Feb 18 2010 - 7:00pm
Feb 18 2010 - 9:00pm

I'm pleased to announce we will be having a meeting tonight at 7:00PM. Brian Kelly owner of Yellowstone Systems has offered to host us tonight. The address is:

1327 Central Ave.
Billings, MT 59102

Tonight's agenda will include a tour of Brian's new business, Linux news and general Linux User Group discussion.

We have possible future presentation topics including:

  • DVD video authoring under Linux, including menu authoring
  • Ubuntu Server Edition JeOS for PyTivo
  • PXE Booting for Fun, Installing, Imaging and More

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