I’m taking a vacation around the same time as the scheduled LUG in August, so I decided to host this meetup a week early.

There will be no LUG meetup for all of August 2019.

September 3rd will be our next scheduled meetup…

I left an open invitation for anyone to bring a topic or machine to work on. For the majority of the meetup we discussed recent distro news, chat servers, and what the future may hold for the ABQLUG. We also looked at some issues one of the members was having on his XFCE setup and an issue with baloo (file indexer).

During this meetup I installed EndeavorOS on a old Toshiba laptop. EndeavorOS is an Arch-based distro that is aimed at trying to provide an easy way to install Arch. The biggest difference between EndeavorOS and Manjaro is that Manjaro is more customized, and thus requires learning the “Manjaro-way.” Where EndeavorOS is much more close to “true Arch.”

Installation was pretty simple, compared to true Arch. I like a lot of the defaults that EndeavorOS uses. Even though the installer is quite functional, it lacks polish. EndeavorOS is a very new distro, so this should improve over time…

Afterwards, we looked at chat servers ABQLUG could use. I am still working on setting up a synapse/matrix server for us to use. In the mean time I setup a channel on the New Mexico Tech Community Slack server. The channel name is #abqlug.

Since there will be no meetup in August, I hope to see y’all on September 3rd!

I currently have no topics set up for the September meetup. So if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment. Or leave a message on the Slack channel.

Last Edit: 2019-08-01

Meetup 002 | Slack Channel

5 thoughts on “Meetup 002 | Slack Channel

  • August 10, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Hi! My name is Lonnie and I am trying to self-learn Linux (trying to install Linux Mint unto an old Toshiba netbook that runs Windows 7…unsuccessfully so far). Would your meetings be a realistic opportunity for an absolutely Linux rookie to attend?
    Thank you!

    • August 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Lonnie.

      I recently installed Linux Mint 19.1 (19.2 was recently released) on a older Toshiba. So this should be very do-able at the LUG. What step is giving you the most grief?

      I might be able to do some one-on-one work with you in the Slack channel. You will want to go to http://techcommunityofnm.org/ and create a Slack account. From there you will want to join the #abqlug room.

  • August 6, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    September will be my first meeting. I have played a bit with Ubuntu but I’m pretty much a newbie.

    A suggestion for a future subject would be how to set up a VM (perhaps on Ubuntu) to host Windows 7 and isolate it from internet connections. I have a lot of Windows software that I still need to use, but I have no plans to upgrade to Windows 10 (not data secure, Microsoft spying on the OS, targeted advertising within the OS, etc.)

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t plan to drop Windows 7 when Microsoft stops supporting for it next January. Hosting Windows 7 (isolating it) in a VM would allow me to continue to use it, but not be concerned about the lack of future updates. Also, this would allow (force?) me to get used to using LINUX.

    What do you think?

    – Ray Finch

    • August 15, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Ray,

      I have both installed Windows 10 fresh onto a Virtual Machine, and I have also converted an existing Windows 10 setup to a Virtual Machine. So this could be done, but I don’t know what tools should be showcased.

      I have mostly VirtualBox in the past. That is what I am most familiar with. Would KVM/QEMU (with virt-manager) be better for your use case? There are many hypervisors that could be used.

      • August 15, 2019 at 3:25 pm

        Feel free to join our Slack channel for a more direct conversation over this topic.

        You will want to go to http://techcommunityofnm.org/ and create a Slack account. From there you will want to join the #abqlug room.


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