On December 3rd 2019, five ABQLUG members came together to discuss their recent projects.

One member showed off their really cool Raspberry Pi setup. He had a FireCuda disk drive and a MX100 SSD connected over a SATA-to-USB cable. He installed Armbian and demoed OpenMediaVault. Armbian actually has a ncurses based installer that has an option to run Pi Hole and other common software you may typically use a Raspberry Pi for.

Some of the members also brought up that some HPE SAS SSDs have a firmware bug that kills the SSD after 32,768 hours of being powered on.

You can read more about that here: https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-a00092491en_us

A new member came to their first Linux User Group meetup. He recently purchased a Windows 10 laptop and has wanted to explorer a more privacy focused operating system. I invited the new user to bring an older laptop to install a flavor of Linux, so he could kick the tires on what Linux is like.

We installed Xubuntu 18.04 (32-bit) on his 11-13 year old ThinkPad T500. We had some Xorg errors, but that wasn’t a show-stopper. We discussed how to install software on Linux, and explained some differences between Windows and Linux. We hope to hear an update on their experience later on.

One of the members mentioned that he was looking into creating a phone app using Flutter. We also hope to hear more about their journey with Flutter.

If you or anyone you know has an interest in trying out Linux, please leave a comment below. Or post a message in our #abqlug channel that’s hosted on the NMDevs’ Slack server.

I hope to see you at the next Linux User Group meetup for the Albuquerque area!

Meetup 006 | A New Linux User Joins the Ranks
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