Friday, Feb 16 th   
 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

The Linux Operating System - A Brief Introduction

Guest Speaker Tim Edingfield. Tim will introduce the Club to this widely-used operating system, but one which many members may have only heard about. Tim's introduction will be just that - an introduction, but even so, there is a lot to cover:
  • What is Linux? 
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of using it? 
  • Is it safer than using Windows? 
  • Can Linux be used on an outdated XP computer? 
  • How to get it, load it, and get programs for it. 
  • How do I find programs for for Linux? (A web browser, email, word processor, etc...)
  • Can a printer be used with it?
  • Does it have to be permanently loaded in place of windows?
  • If it is booted from a disk or flash drive will the programs added remain or?
  • Does Linux receive updates?
  • Demo on how to get the program, how to get it run, demo some things we can do with it.
Learn about Linux at this meeting and bring your questions for Tim.

Note from Pres. Rene:
You might want to do a search on "why use Linux".
Here is one website that gives 10 reasons why.

I asked Tim to make up some bootable CD's with Linux on it. With this CD you can boot to Linux without messing up your windows Operating system. We will demonstrate how to use the CD on our old XP club laptop.

Tim purchased a pack of 25 CD's for us of which he burned a bootable Linux program to them. When the computer starts access the boot sector (Tim will show us). Then with the CD in the drive choose to boot to the CD. It will start the Linux operating system.

If you find you are interested in one of the 25 CD's they will be available for a $1 club donation at the meeting. Please only take a CD if you are wanting to try it. There will only be 24 CD's available, as I plan on getting one.
As an added note Linux can be put on a thumb drive instead of a CD. However most older computers have a CD player and a CD is easier to distribute at the meeting.
Additional information:
More about reasons to try Linux: 
"Choosing the best Linux DeskTop for You" is included in Presentations Handouts 2018, a 9-page PDF doc, as is "The Best Linux Distribution for New Users," another 9-page PDF and you will find "How to Get Started With Linux -- A Beginner's Guide"  there too.

Are you interested in learning more about Linux and want to do it at home?

Friday, Mar 2 nd

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