Archive of the regional
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts
by A. Richard Miller, Partner, Miller Microcomputer Services
visits since 110729; last updated 190711.

FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software.
See our upcoming FOSS meetings and past ones, and links to FOSS and Linux topics we've discussed - at a talk in 2009, then monthly since March 2011.

Click, to jump to the Draft Agenda for the upcoming FOSS User Group meeting.



FOSS Meeting Dates:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are 3-6PM (following a 2-3PM help session) on the first Thursday of most months (second Thursday in January, July and September), usually in Room 125 at the Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street (Rte.135), Natick MA.
Major Agenda Topics:
Future agendas are subject to change because, with FOSS, good news arrives on a daily basis.

Status re 2-3PM Help Session:
At our June 2017 meeting we were locked out of the prepared, empty meeting room until 2:45PM, apparently while two folks watched a video. August through January 2018, we've again had use of the room from 2PM although not on an official basis until 3PM. February 2018, we finally had the room again set up for our use at 2PM, and that is good!
December  5, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
November 7, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
October 3, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
September 12, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
August 1, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125 or 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group (Draft Agenda; some of this and maybe more)
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Philips SBA1610 Mobile Speaker
(new; MMS). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Members' Introductions
(name, town and computer proficiency): Optionally, solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block.
Help Session Report:
The FOSS News:
Hot Software: How to re-edit a .PDF file (LibreOffice demo by John Thompson).
Hot Hardware
:

Hot Internet:
Security and Privacy:
How to ID random junk mail
(more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A
July 29, 2019 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061, Cambridge MA
Boston Linux & Unix InstallFest
Volunteers from BLU.org help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
July 20-21, 2019
Boston University, Boston MA
WordCamp Boston
By and for WordPress enthusiasts, hobbyists, and tinkerers, with lecture-style sessions, panels, and workshops about WordPress and the tech industry by speakers near and far.

July 29, 2019 (7-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 315, Cambridge MA
Boston Linux & Unix 25th Anniversary
A celebration, and a look backward.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (6:30-8:45PM)
MassBay Community College in Wellesley, 50 Oakland St., Wellesley Hills; Rm. 314?

Greater Boston Network Users Group
Dick Miller, Guest Speaker: "Linux for the Unconvinced"
Please bring some potlu
ck food to share if you can. BNUG will provide the plates, glasses, utensils, and some food. Please aim for healthy food.
You will need to print a free parking permit. Download that and directions here.
July 11, 2019
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there, lobby, or in Computer Room.

FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Bell & Howell Cube Projector (ask MMS). Bread (Charlie Blaney).
Light Up Mini Marquee sign (donated to group by Algot Runeman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Report
: Room ready at 2:50PM.
The FOSS News: Linux volunteers for Dick's July 16th talk in Wellesley?; next Win10 to include Linux Kernel - and why.
Time Travel: 50th Anniversary of Unix; New Atari VCS, and using Stella emulator to play old Atari 2600 games (Sword of Surtr, Plague; demo by Dennis Payne); Font failure; The Roman Empire as a Google Map.
Hot Software: Alternate GUIs in Linux;
200+ Linux distros you can try online; KMagnifier; Android File Transfer for Linux; next Fotoxx to add Escher Spirals (part 1); FOSS at Wellesley College (via James Battat, Physics Dept.); 
Patching Early Ubuntu 19.04 Shortfalls
: UNetbootin still Dick's favorite multi-partition Linux installer; now fixed (Use its 64-bit binary.).
Hot Hardware
: Inland 1TB SSD @ $85; International Space Station welcomes free-flying, Ubuntu-powered Astrobee autonomous robots - with Astrobee Robot Software (Android Linux) for guest add-ons.
Solar System: 8:30-9:30 tonight, Japan lands on an asteroid; July 15, India could launch the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon; July 20, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.
Hot Internet:
Linux for STEM (and Answers With Joe, Neil Degrasse Tyson); Linux rescues STEM budgets; Online Schools For Adults and Kids; Online Course: Linux Essentials; The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide (again).
Security and Privacy: Google Chrome is out; new Mozilla Firefox is in;
Microsoft joins private Linux developer security list - what could go wrong?; Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown; 'Fingerprinting' to track us online.
June 6, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Ripper Ruler (new from MMS; won by Charlie Blaney).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Report: Room 125 became available about 2:45PM.
The FOSS News: With Microsoft cutting off support for Windows 7, the Linux desktop may finally get its day in the sun; The $34B Merger of Red Hat Linux with IBM; US-Chinese Export Restrictions, Huawei, and FOSS; Russian military moves closer to replacing Windows with Astra Linux; Microsoft Adds Linux Kernel to Windows; South Korea’s Government Will Show If Microsoft Loves Linux or Just Attacks It Very Viciously Like It Did in Munich; Apparent Staffing Problems at the (Microsoft-dominated) Linux Foundation; The Linux Foundation Fires All Staff and Editors at Linux.com. Future Uncertain; Donating funds to overseas FOSS organizations (via Software in the Public Interest).
Hot Software: Free Microsoft Office Alternatives;
Latest Firefox release is faster, blocks third-party cookies by default; Dick's final Separator Icons for Ubuntu/Unity's Launcher (put into /home/.local/share/icons and /home/.local/share/applications); manipulating Fotoxx gallery views, tabs and other image Metadata
(demo by Dick); How to Install Fonts in Ubuntu (demo by Jill).
Hot Internet
: NASA's "Spot The Station" Live Space Station Tracking Map
; "We believe the internet can be better," Mozilla to the International Grand Committee; Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report
(It’s complicated); Millions Of Comments About The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Were Fake (over a year old, but timely); Forest fires, sewers, and Net Neutrality.
Security and Privacy: The Privacy Project (New York Times); A Brief History of How Your Privacy Was Stolen; Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight; GNU/Linux in 2019 and GNU/Linux in 2009 Face Entirely Different Worlds (and Challenges); Microsoft issues second warning about patching BlueKeep; Windows 10 Apps Serving Malicious Ads Warning of Virus Infections; Microsoft Office 365 is #1 - for phishing and scamming; WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers; Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to Open Source; Facebook's AI removed 1.5 3-BILLION bogus accounts (and Trump complained); EternalBlue, a stolen NSA tool, wreaks havoc; Intel Discloses Four New Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) Vulnerabilities; Facebook asked some users for their email passwords, and two third-party developers left the data from millions of Facebook users exposed; Fake Tech-Support Scams.
May 2, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Insignia NS-CSPBTHOL-R
Red Bluetooth Speaker (near-new, MMS to Pat Collins).
Help Session Status Report: The room was available at 2PM; excellent!
The FOSS News
:
Review our April 27th
demo at FSU's "Science On State Street"; Fedora Linux v.30 arrives; Red Hat Linux's new logo (a red hat :-).
Hot Software: The Linux Foundation Does Not Care About Desktop Linux; Early look at Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Dick's Separator Icons for Ubuntu/Unity's Launcher; How to Submit a Bug Report with Bugzilla; Slow progress fixing Thunderbird's "Empty Inbox" warning for "Empty Trash" (Mozilla > Ubuntu/Canonical > Bugzilla...).
Patching Early Ubuntu 19.04 Shortfalls:
Adding Unity loses "tap-to-Click" (reinstall it with sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics); Aptik GTK; Ubuntu Cleaner ("Install via .DEB"); Seamonkey Composer; Shootin' for UNetbootin fix (or an alternative USB-burner app that preserves second USB partitions).
New Fotoxx Demo: Combine>Image Difference (not last month's Combine>Stack/Split or /Slider)

Hot Hardware: Pico Projectors: This one didn't deliver (a $44 TouMei C800S), but they are coming.

Hot Internet: Find similar apps at AlternativeTo.net.
Security and Privacy: Hacker can turn off car engines, anywhere in the world.
FOSS Q&A:
Continuing e-mail issues (MIT, Comcast); Command-line installs in Ubuntu Terminal Window ([Alt-Ctrl-t], [Ctrl-Shft-c] and [Ctrl-Shft-v], sudo, man, apropos, exit).
Saturday, April 27, 2019 (11AM-3PM)
Framingham State University
Science On State Street
Our FOSS User Group in Natick joins 60 other exhibit tables. Help us introduce FOSS and Linux, or visit and learn. It's free.
April 4, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS User Group (Draft Agenda; some of this and maybe more)
Raffle item(s): Logitech Attack 3 USB Joystick (MMS). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: We had to use lobby until 2:45PM.

The FOSS News
: Today's 300+ Barr-Obstruction Protests = Open-Source in Politics;
Help us demo on April 27th at FSU's "Science On State Street"
.
Hot Software: Wrong displays in Mozilla Thunderbird ("colour" etc. in en-us, and "Empty Inbox" in File>Empty Deleted); Pre-release puzzles with Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Instead of Facebook and Twitter, try Hubzilla (Dennis Payne) and Mastodon (Algot Runeman) - they talk together.
Fotoxx demo: European Space Agency uses Combine>Stack/Split Image
; now Fotoxx will, too.
Hot Hardware: Double-glitch in Lenovo Maintenance Manual; Best Upgrades for Old Computers ("Try Linux"!); Three-Speed Wireless Mouse ($10 at MMS).
Hot Internet
:
Wikisource; "The Machine Stops" (E.M. Forster's 1909 short story that predicted The Internet).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
April 1, 2019 (8:30AM-12:30PM, plus lunch)
The Conference Center at Waltham MA
Getting Started with RISC-V
Free half-day event will showcase innovative RISC-V implementations with engaging presentations, demos and networking opportunities.
March 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.

FOSS User Group
"Backed up?" (cartoon by Steinfeld)
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Memorex External USB 8X DVD-R/W Drive (new, MMS to Charlie Blaney). Headset w/microphone (new, Algot Runeman to Jonathan Eddy). Wireless-2 add-on (2 new, Algot Runeman to Tom Swan and Jerry Feldman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): MIT e-mail problem (Charlie Blaney and Jerry Feldman); AOL Bulkmail (Algot Runeman).
Help Session Status Report: The room was ready at 2PM.

The FOSS News
:
Help us demo on April 27th at FSU's "Science On State Street";
Linux for Autonomous Cars (Tesla uses Ubuntu Linux).
Hot Software: Introduction to Computers with Ubuntu Unity (on-line book by Algot Runeman); Early look at Ubuntu Linux 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Does a hardware (CPU) upgrade require a Linux reinstallation?
Hot Hardware: A Core i3 8GB RAM 480GB SSD notebook AND a backup drive, new for $339; Kickstarter, and little Linux "potato" boards; Understanding batteries and super batteries (NOVA).
Hot Internet
: A History of the World in 100 Objects
(
British Museum); Google IS watching you (MIT Technology Review)Facebook needs a new spy app.
Security and Privacy: Video DownloadHelper program sours; Car hacks by mechanics, not terrorists; Malware for Humans video; Home DNA-testing company works with FBI.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A

February 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125)
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, "there or in Computer Room".
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Bread and rolls for ALL (Charlie Blaney/Roche Bros.)
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: Computer room closed for tax prep; no room until 2:35PM.

The FOSS News
:
Periodic Table turns 150
.
Hot Software: Demo Desktop Wallpaper in Ubuntu Linux; The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix; Radio Free Everywhere! (Odio); UEFI tips.
Hot Hardware: Demo of Micro Drone Helicopter (Jerry Feldman, military helicopter pilot!); $99 Pinebook Laptop update (Algot Runeman) and upcoming Pinebook Pro and PinePhone; Linux Backup Types, Best Practices (BackInTime, Aptik)
Hot Internet
: The Internet Will Be The Death Of Us
; Screens And Kids.

How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A
: MIT Mail is blocking group messages to users while debugging a problem.
January 19, 2019 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Bldg. E-51, Rm. 315, Cambridge
Linux InstallFest and M.I.T. IoTFest
A periodic get-together where volunteers from our group help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
January 16, 2019 (6:30-9PM)
MIT
Bldg. E-51, Rm. 315, Cambridge
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group presents:
"Linux Game Development", by our Dennis Payne

January 10, 2019
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
With sorrow, we report the passing of long-time member Andy Lashenske.

FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (later, will restore on-line video)
Raffle item(s): Cen-Tech 7-Function Multi-Tester
(MMS, new, to Bob Primak); Ballpoint Pen Toolset (MMS, new, to Tom Swan); Any desire for a nice 10.1" Gateway LT2022u netbook (2009, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD, WinXP Home)?

Help Session Status Report:
Room 125 available (and used) from 2:10PM.
The FOSS News
: Fotoxx 19.0 released
(brief demo of install)
; Five trends influencing Linux's growth; Making private GitHub repos free is the final straw, evil Microsoft!
Hot Software
: Add Unity to Ubuntu Linux
(corrected URL); Linux Game Development (our Dennis Payne at BLU.org, Jan. 16 at MIT).
Hot Hardware: Pinebook $99 netbook
(Algot Runeman); Asus Eee-PC, the little Linux netbook that could (and almost did!); Mars Cube One (MarCO) satellites take Linux to Mars; 3D-printed, Ubuntu CIMON (and IBM's Watson) joins astronauts on ISS.
Hot Internet
: Lenny, the telemarketing troll.

Security and Privacy
: TRACED Act filed against robocallers; 60M US Chip Credit Cards compromised in 2018; Virtual Payment Cards.
December 6, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Micro Drone Helicopter (MMS to Jerry Feldman); Vernier Caliper (MMS to Jonathan Eddy).
Extra Feature: Apple Munchie Pastries (Roche Bros., courtesy of Charlie Blaney).
Help Session Status Report: Room was unavailable until 2:45PM.
The FOSS News
: Microsoft became most valuable company in World, paid $7.5B for GitHub (and partnered w/Canonical, and IBM bought RedHat); "Linux sucks!" by Bryan Lunduke (50-min. video).
Hot Software
:
A brief history of text-based games and open source (Dennis Payne); Show early Adventure print-out (Jill Miller); NixNote2, Evernote for Linux.
Fotoxx Demo: 2, 3, Wallpaper, and Plug-Ins (Dick); Installing from Source Tar-ball (Bill Ricker).

Hot Hardware: Refurbished Lenovo M92P Mini-Tower (Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD) for $145, delivered.
Security and Privacy: "Deceived By Design", EU vs. Facebook, Google and Windows 10.
November 1, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)

Raffle item(s): Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard, used, with a Dual PS/2-to-USB Adapter (MMS); Belkin F1DJ104P-B 4-Port PS/2 KVM Switch (Algot Runeman). Algot also gave out his 3D-printed Clip-on Laptop Webcam Security Covers. Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: Room was unavailable until about 2:30PM.
The FOSS News: Linus Torvalds returns to work on Linux Kernel; Microsoft's failing Win10 October updates; Microsoft partnering with Canonical (Ubuntu Linux); Microsoft and IBM continue to bankroll patent suits; IBM buys Red Hat (Fedora Linux); Mark Shuttleworth on IBM/Red Hat; Quantum Computing finally "proved faster"; Psychologists warn that "persuasive design" hooks kids on display screens; "The Internet Will Be the Death of Us" (New York Times); How Facebook and WhatsApp threw Brazilian election (Avaaz).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) released, with Fan to simplify Container networking; 8 spooky Linux commands for Hallowe'en.
Hot Hardware: Teaching computers to listen; Android phones are 10.
Hot Internet: OneDrive-d easily connects your Linux computer to Microsoft's OneDrive free cloud storage (but...).
Security and Privacy: Canadian bitcoin company folds (with the bitcoins?); Understanding Bitcoin.
Demo (by Jill Miller): How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex.

Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex. Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex.FOSS Q&A
October 6, 2018 (10AM-4:30PM)
Morse Institute Library
(Innovation Studio, on second floor)
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
(Plenty of free parking in the town parking lot on South Ave., behind the library.)

BLU.org/NatickFOSS.org's FIRST Linux InstallFest in Natick
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, lunch! (It's FREE, with a free pizza lunch; a $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Click on the above link for details.

October 4, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Microsoft Natural MultiMedia Keyboard 1.0A (ergonomic, PS/2, used, with a PS/2-to-USB adapter; MMS to Jonathan Eddy). Computer Dolly (like new, similar to this one; MMS to John Thompson).
Help Session Status Report:
GOOD. Not Room 218, but cloudy so not overly bright for projector. It was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
First Linux InstallFest in Natick, THIS SATURDAY! (See October 6th, above).

The FOSS News: Solid goes public (see "Hot Internet", below); Chinese Chip Hack (see "Security and Privacy"); Microsoft open-sources early MS-DOS code.
Hot Software: Cosmic Cuttlefish is due Oct. 18th; Aptik remembers what a backup won't; Ubuntu Cleaner (replacement for Janitor in Ubuntu Tweak); Classic text game, Colossal Cave Adventure (A brief history of text-based games and open source; open-adventurexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxopen-adventure in Ubuntu Software Center); Master the Linux Command Line.
Game Demo: Developing Color Monster on the new Pocket Arcade (Dennis Payne).
Hot Hardware
: Chinese Chip Hack (see "Security and Privacy", below); Computer prices; TV Interference through 10/13 from Sun Blockage.
Hot Internet: Inventor of World-Wide Web plans to decentralize it (Solid - like LibreWeb, not the LibreOffice extension); California vs. White House re Net Neutrality; 6 RFCs for understanding how the internet works.
Security and Privacy
: Chinese Chip Hack
; Mutagen Astronomy vulnerability; Facebook was hacked - 3 things you should do after the breach.
FOSS Q&A
September 13, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group (Guest Leader: Algot Runeman; recorded by Bob Primak)
Help Session Status Report: GOOD. We were the preferred Room 218, and it was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
Linux News: September 18 is "International Day Against DRM"; Microsoft is playing dirty again, notification warns users not to install Firefox or Chrome browsers, insisting that its Edge is more secure; More FOSS news at tuxmachines.org.
Hot Software
(Algot)
(
Writing):
Using a basic text editor and Markdown format in combination with the powerful format conversion tool, Pandoc, write a daily journal entry which can be read as a single annual web page online. (Folks like LibreOffice, say it's easy to use.)
(Games):
Demo FreeCell solitaire, part of AisleRiot (in Ubuntu Software). Attendees avoid "twitch-style"  games, and Algot recommended Pingus (in Synaptic Package Manager) as a nice challenge without the rush of games like Asteroids. Several people fondly recalled Adventure, the classic text game in Colossal Cave (colossal-cave-adventure in Synaptic Package Manager). Algot demoed
Everything Attacks, Dennis Payne's new online game in which the player tries to identify the western states of the US which are under attack by monsters (developed for his son's geography learning).
(Internet and social media): NextCloud
is an alternative to Google Services on a hosted server or your own. The Mastodon platform is a FOSS and "federated" alternative to Twitter and Facebook. It can be self-hosted for a group and connects to other similar servers as desired. Attendees like using our NatickFOSS mailing list to share news and keep connected.
(General Tips): Although the PDF format is open, Adobe Acrobat is proprietary and makes it hard to edit PDF files on Linux.
Inkscape, LibreOffice Draw and GIMP offer limited PDF editing, and the free version of MasterPDF is obsolete; use PDF-Shuffler (in Ubuntu Software). The preferred alternative to Google Search is DuckDuckGo. For language translation, try DeepL.
August 2, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Targus TLB001 Compact 15.4" Notebook Backpack (new; MMS to Tom Swan).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block.
Help Session Status Report: Room 125 was available from 2PM; set-up shortly after. Good!
Jerry helped Jonathan to install Ubuntu 18.04 dual-boot onto new Dell netbook.
The FOSS News: Forbes: 5 Reasons You Should Switch From Windows To Linux Right Now; How Linux Makes Your Life Easier; Open Source at 20; 3D-printed guns (Can downloading be a crime?).
Hot Software:
Ubuntu 18.04.1; Upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04; Debian/Ubuntu system updates with uCareSystem or Aptik (Bob Primak); Has anyone made custom Ubuntu .ISOs using Cubic?; Has anyone tried Unity 8 Desktop for Ubuntu 18.04?; UNetBootIn; Night Light vs. Redshift; Recoll full-text search tool; Textricator extracts text from .PDF files.
Fotoxx Demo: draft Inside-Out tool (Dick).

Hot Hardware:
New WiFi Routers with WPA3 malware protection in early 2019; NC-SC may surplus 6 notebook computers to NatickFOSS, to refurbish them with Ubuntu Linux.
Hot Internet
: Receive faxes without a fax machine; Photos from the past with Natsukashii; 'Guerrilla' Wikipedia editors combat conspiracy theories.
Security and Privacy: How many computers does the world need?; Stop your smart TV from tracking what you watch; 20 years to stop hackers?; Top voting machine vendor installed remote-access software on systems sold to States; Intel cooperates with Linux for future malware protection.
FOSS Q&A
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 335,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(New Parking Rule: MIT parking requires an MIT permit. Can use adjacent parking garage.
)
Driving there: Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed from Amherst St to Main St.

BLU.org's Monthly Meeting at MIT
Guest speaker A. Richard Miller (Miller Microcomputer Services; FOSS User Group of Natick): "Fotoxx Update: A Demo of the Newest Additions to Fotoxx, the Linux Editor and Collection Manager for Enormous Collections of Photos"
Also, Jerry Feldman: "Container Packages: Deploying Applications such as Fotoxx as Docker Containers or Appimage/Flatpack/Snap Packages"
July 12, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Antec USB Notebook Cooler (new; MMS; won by Tom Swan). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: VERY GOOD. We were switched to Room 218 at Dick's request and, despite a 2:45PM scheduled set-up time, found the room ready for our volunteer help session at 2PM.
The FOSS News: Fotoxx 18.07 talk at MIT (Dick, 6:30PM Wednesday, July 18th); Net Neutrality makes comeback in California.
Computer History: "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace And Babbage" (a book by Sydney Padua. Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage invented computing in 1842!); Early network cybercrime in France (1834-36), François and Joseph Blanc vs. Claude Chappe and his brothers' optical telegraph ("Napoleon Towers").
Hot Software
:
Fotoxx 18.07 brings many changes (Dick will Smart Erase a sagging cable from a tunnel portal); To fix Ubuntu 18.04/Unity's dead touchpad "tap-to-click" (sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics, then restart); "Recent Folders" in Thunderbird Mail; alternativeto.net for crowd-sourced recommendations.

Hot Hardware: New Ubuntu 18.04 is now installed on the public Linux Computer in Natick Community-Senior Center, where Tom Swan can help.
Hot Internet: Sharing Your Wifi With Friends (and Strangers); EU votes down the Copyright Directive (until September); "Self Destroying Cookies" Firefox add-on (replaces "Self-Destructing Cookies"); Free, unhosted web sites at Itty.Bitty.site.
Security and Privacy: How AT&T hosts NSA and its domestic spying program; Improved WiFi Security with WPA3; Criminals Can Steal Your Phone Number.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Saturday, June 30, 2018 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(New Parking Rule: MIT parking requires an MIT permit. Can use adjacent parking garage.
)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 7, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
Raffle item(s)
MMS will raffle a Cognex SpyCam Avenger (new) and a Car Visor File (perfect for CDs, your Linux DVDs, and traffic tickets). F
rom Jonathan Eddy, new book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman.
Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: The room was available and set up at 2PM. Bravo!

The FOSS News: Siempo attacks smartphone syndrome (and Dilbert cartoon);
Microsoft patent trolls sue Linux companies - and buys GitHub; Developers moving to GitLab, SourceForge, etc.
Hot Software:
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Jerry Feldman; play video from 1:04:15); Why is Dick Miller running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS/Unity ?
; An Introduction to Gnome Maps.
Hot Hardware:
2.5 types of computer security slot (Kensington/K-Slot vs. Noble Slot vs. Mac); Microsoft's Project Natick for undersea data centers (why Natick?); Brazilian physicists discover MUCH faster data storage (using Europium Selenide and a light bulb!).
Hot Internet: Drone Sunset Panorama of Natick (Charlie Blaney/Russell Smith on NextdoorSherborn/Fotoxx); Live Maps of Bird Migration (Jill Miller); OLIVER makes maps using MassGIS data (demo by Jill Miller); Human Population Through Time (6.5-min.video); Watch Humans Destroy the Earth in 30 Years With Google Earth Time Lapse; Watch the Earth Quake (Weston Observatory); Quantum computing explained with a deck of cards (YouTube, 17-min. video).
Security and Privacy:
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook (Dick Miller's Fortune Cookies)!
Fotoxx demo: Brightness vs. Flatten Brightness Distribution, or "stretching 8-bit color depth to 10-bit" (DroneSunsetPanorama - 180530, Dick Miller).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).

May 3, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!CD
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s)
: Discuss our April (Kensington) raffle item. SoundYou Voyage portable Stereo Speaker (new; from MMS to Tom Swan). Black GNU cap (from Algot Runeman to Dick Miller). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: No room for help session; Room 125 was not available until 2:40PM.

The FOSS News: Review FOSS at SOSS (April 21st at Framingham State University); Free and Open Education Resources.
How to install the new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a.k.a. Bionic Beaver (and/or other Linux OSes) to multi-boot alongside your computer's prior OS. (Dick Miller).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for big and small, Upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04; Unity GUI, other enhancements; Dual-Boot Windows with Linux on your PC.
Hot Hardware: Working around Intel Hardware Flaws; Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware; Building a More Secure World with the RISC-V ISA; Western Digital to build 1 billion RISC-V chips; Debian GNU/Linux OS now supported on 64-bit RISC-V hardware.

Security and Privacy: Dilbert cartoon(s); Kensington vs. Noble security slot (and video); Security flaw put power plants at risk; New Microsoft Win10 S took 3 hours to hack; How to Clear Bash History on Linux.
FOSS Q&A: Malware vs. Virus, etc.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (10AM-3PM)
Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham MA
"Science On State Street"
An extravaganza of FSU student, faculty, and industry-led exhibits and hands-on experiences for the whole family! Plus, our own NatickFOSS.org demo table, a keynote speaker from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, exhibits from Southwick’s Zoo and Earth Ltd., several engaging presentations from the STEM Stage, and of course, lots of free shows in the University’s amazing HD Planetarium.
Free Parking. Food available for purchase.
April 5, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s)
: Cable Combination Lock (this style; new, from MMS to Jonathan Eddy) for notebook computers.
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session:
Room was occupied until 2:30PM.
FOSS at SOSS: Plan for FOSS table at "Science On State Street", Saturday April 21st at Framingham State University (Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News:
NatickFOSSDiscuss (Algot Runeman and Jerry Feldman); Mozilla Turns Twenty; Free video codecs (the last MPEG-2 patent expired); Free and Open Educational Resources; Marketing your FOSS project; Quantum computing explained with a deck of cards (YouTube, 17-min. video).
Demo:
Use UNetBootIn with http://cdimage.ubuntu.com to burn a Linux .iso file to a bootable thumb drive for testing (Dick Miller).
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux and Bash as a Windows program; LibreOffice 6 review; LibreOffice 6.1 arrives in August; GnuCash 3.0 released; A new Firefox for Augmented and Virtual Reality; Best FOSS Business Apps; Understanding Linux filesystems; Why OpenStreetMap is in serious trouble.
Hot Hardware: Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage; Turn your old Moto G2 "Titan" phone into an Ubuntu phone.
Hot Internet: Dilbert on Digital Addiction
.
Security and Privacy: The data Facebook and Google have on you; Facebook (87M) and Panera (37M) confirm data thefts; embassies slurp data and so do local police; Russian bots attack US elections; Republicans, Big Biz attack Net Neutrality (22 Atty-Gens and Mozilla sue); Irate woman attacks Google's YouTube campus over filtering, suppression and blocked income; Trolls attack truth; Facebook Container add-on for Firefox; Secure your Android phone; Tutanota (encrypted, open-source e-mail service); Veil (private browsing semantics without browser-side assistance); Baculus (a resiliant, self-contained, friendly internet buoy); Project Lantern (rebuilding communities).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
FOSS Q&A
March 1, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s)
: Book, "Learning Unix for OS X" (MMS). Two more "Paperback Pals" (ThumbThings, 3D-printed by Algot Runeman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session: Was in same room, but no room set-up until 2:45PM.
Linux InstallFest in Natick: Review: was a success. Repeat? Yes, after next one at MIT in May. (Jerry Feldman).
FOSS at SOSS: Plan for FOSS table at "Science On State Street" (Saturday April 21st at Framingham State University).
The FOSS News:
NEW TODAY, NatickFOSSDiscuss (Algot Runeman and Jerry Feldman).
Hot Software: Linux needs to target the average user; Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver ("Wayland doesn't share nicely, and its crashes are catastrophic"); Ubuntu 17.04 is obsolete (so, to 17.10? Or, 16.04 LTS or Bionic Beaver LTS?); Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax; Canonical's Unity 8 Desktop Revived by UBports with Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS; 8 Methods To Find/Check Your Linux Distribution Name And Version (lsb_release -a); MMS reports Impress 6.0 bug (Fails to Save in text-edit mode!); Demo of message-filtering options in Mozilla Thunderbird.
Hot Hardware: 480GB SSD for $100 at Newegg.com (w/Promo Code EMCPSPE82); 5 Reasons to Switch to Flash Storage; 5 Ways to Make Your Laptop Battery Last Longer; Knitting Printers (with links to others) and Tinker (Jill Miller).
Hot Internet: Best Web Browsers; Mozilla Re-files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality; Dumb down your smartphone (and your Web browser).
Security and Privacy: Unexpected Consequences of Alexa (Bizarro cartoon); Malware articles ignore ClamAV; ​Bogus Linux vulnerability gets publicity; Canonical Wants to Collect Some Data from Ubuntu Users to Improve New Releases ("Wants to slurp", says The Register); Facebook Messenger Malware; Pirates Crack Microsoft’s UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated; Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones; Intel didn't tell government agencies about Meltdown and Spectre flaws; LinuxBoot can replace proprietary firmware.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox): Self-abuse blackmail "from Korea" (Jill Miller).
FOSS Q&A
Saturday, February 10, 2018 (10AM-4:30PM)
Innovation Studio, on 2nd Floor of
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA


First-ever Linux InstallFest in Natick!
It's FREE; learn about FREE, OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE and add some to your computer.
Co-sponsored by the Natick Morse Institute Library, FOSS User Group of Natick (NatickFOSS.org), and Boston Linux & Unix User Group (BLU.org).
Free pizza lunch, too, if you bring your computer for a Linux installation
(which can be alongside of your current Windows or Mac OS).
If you bring an empty USB thumb drive (4GB or larger), we'll also write you a Linux Live USB to use memory-only and to install later.
- See, print and post this event poster!
- Sign up online; space is limited!
February 1, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): "vi and Vim Editors" book; computer and electronics cables (MMS); Two more "Paperback Pals" (ThumbThings, 3D-printed by Algot Runeman); NatickFOSS business cards, labels and 3-D-printed key fobs donated by Algot Runeman).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Reverse example: Wife moved TO Linux when a non-fallback Windows 10 update killed her USB (dead Mouse and more). (Jerry Feldman)
Help Session: Were not given Room 218, DID get 2PM setup in Room 125.

Linux InstallFest in Natick on Sat., Feb. 10th: To help or to get help, register now! (Jerry Feldman).
FOSS at SOSS!
Framingham State University has invited us to run a FOSS table at "Science On State Street" on Saturday April 21st. We have volunteers and will do it.
The FOSS News:
Natick FOSS Forum (Algot Runeman); Open Education vs. Standardization; Microsoft bullies LG; historic Stallman newsclips.
Hot Software: Want to run GalliumOS Linux on a Chromebook? (Bob Primak); Patches for Meltdown and Sceptre improve, BUT... Intel promises new CPUs; Relieving a bad bind, Canonical DOES keep Unity/Xorg option for Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 ("sudo apt install unity-session", re-boot, and log in)! (Dick Miller).
Demo: Meet Fotoxx 18.01
, see its new Gradient, Flatten and Retinex tools using 2017Mar21 photo of bridge. (Dick Miller)
Hot Hardware
: Refreshing old computers with Linux
; HDMI Cable Adapters Ring Kit; low-cost 35-mm Slide Scanners (Algot just got a $100 one, Blooms and Millers evaluated Lexington Library's $220 one, and MMS has a $48 one w/stack-feeder on order. Stay tuned!)

Hot Internet: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (We discuss English vs. Esperanto, etc.).
Security and Privacy: Keylogger attacking WordPress sites; govt.-sponsored Black Caracal group targets mobile phones, also infects Win/Mac/Linux with undetectable CrossRAT malware; "Jackpotting" empties ATMs; Oracle POS Flaw affects 300,000 payment systems; "Murder By Car" (multiple Dilbert installments); How much can NSA spy on Americans?
FOSS Q&A.
January 11, 2018
(Room 218, our new preference)
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
Raffle item(s): All-purpose
(almost) pen (new, MMS); ThumbThing (3D-printed by Algot Runeman)
Help Session: Status report.
The FOSS News: Meltdown and Spectre
(see below); Canonical ends support for Ubuntu Linux 17.04; Linux InstallFest in Natick on Sat., Feb. 10th (Jerry Feldman);
White House dumps Drupal - for WordPress (which just raised $250M).
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux 17.10 re-spin
(early look at "Artful Dot One"; can now download release version of Ubuntu 17.10.1); Ubuntu Unity to continue?; Mozilla Firefox 57.0.4 is faster AND safer; Mastodon, an open-source alternative to Twitter (Will someone test?)
Hot Hardware: Here come the first always-connected w/phone, 64-bit, 8-core ARM netbooks (PEPCs)!
Hot Internet: FCC rescinded Net Neutrality, States to resist; "The Origins of the Open Internet and Net Neutrality"; Got a favorite Web site to share?
Security and Privacy: Meltdown and Spectre exploit 20-year-old flaws in nearly ALL CPUs including smart phones (Why, How, What to do? BLU.org talk on 1/17).
Demo: Ubuntu 17.10 (Dick Miller)
FOSS Q&A:
Ubuntu on Chrome Book? (Robert Primak will report back.) Internet speed test? (Charley Blaney; Dick installed Speedtest-CLI & demoed.)
December 7, 2017
(This month, we meet in Room 218.)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Aduro DVC300 DashCam (new, MMS; takes up to 32GB microUSB card).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): When LibreOffice won't format MS-Word files neatly.
Help Session: We prefer Rm. 218, will request it for future use. T
he room was occupied until 2:30PM by another group.
The FOSS News: Linux InstallFest in Natick on Sat., Feb. 10th (Jerry Feldman); "The Unix Cult" (from 1986).
Show&Tell: Wolverine F2D Super Plus Film to Digital Converter (Gloria Bloom)
Talk/demo: Encryption for Beginners (
Jerry Feldman) (How to use public key cryptography - OpenPGP - to easily encrypt or sign email messages. Public and private keys. Why you publish your public key in a keyserver. Use of Mailvelope and how to create your key and upload. Encryption with Thunderbird and with Evolution.)
Hot Software:
Mozilla Firefox 57 IS faster; KStars; Simon Tatham's Portable (SGT) Puzzle Collection (games for the brain).
Talk/demo: Programming (and playing with) the Tiny Arcane video game kit. (Dennis Payne)
Talk: 40th Anniversary of the Radio Shack TRS-80 - and Miller Microcomputer Services (Dick Miller)
Hot Hardware: 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SSD, $130 at Micro Center through Friday.
Demo: ClamTK anti-virus (Jill Miller)
Security and Privacy: Dilbert's message
; Argyle Sweater's message; Wall of Lava Lamps keeps you protected from hackers (Jill Miller).

FOSS Q&A.
November 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): JetBlue Headphone, (new, MMS).
Why I Hesitate To Try): Resizing a .pdf image in LibreOffice Writer. Which app/distro to choose?
Help Session: Status Report (Dick); Future of NatickFOSS Forum (Algot Runeman and vols will report back).
The FOSS News: MMS talks with Canonical, avoids upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10.
Hot Hardware: 4K TV sale repeats. When DO local stores match prices?
; Example: Buy a Panasonic ES-RT47-S shaver for $80 $40 $30.
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux 17.10 issues and options
(MMS advises to wait for 18.04 LTS); Mozilla Firefox 57 to drop most add-ons?; Other Web browser options include Pale Moon and Brave
; Use only ONE of No-Script, uBlock Origin (recommended) or other Firefox add-ons for blocking.
Hot Internet:
Forbidden Bookshelf; Starts With A Bang! (w/5 NASA photos that changed the world).
Security and Privacy: Unsettling Number of Unpatched Server Apps Still Online; New data confirms far greater Russian interference in 2016 U.S. Election; Mozilla debates new Dutch-gov't. risk to Internet security; How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Demo: Change Upgrade prompt in Ubuntu 17.04
to "For long-term support versions". (Jill)
Demo: Filtering Cookies in Firefox (after Self-Destructing Cookies).
Saturday, October 7, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(New Parking Rule: No MIT permit, no MIT parking! Can use adjacent parking garage.
)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
October 5, 2017 FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
Beginners, arrive by 3PM for the introductory slide talk.

Raffle item(s): Bearse black nylon canvas shoulder bag (MMS); 2 coupons for free Micro Center 16GB flash drives (Stan Robinson).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
The FOSS News: BLU.org's Linux InstallFest 9-5 this Saturday at MIT; Massive Computer Fails (see "Security and Privacy" section; 80% Of All Net Neutrality Comments Were Sent By Bots; "The Coming Software Apocalypse"; Microsoft drops products and continues to blackmail Linux; Did Linux market share just DOUBLE?
Hot Hardware: Intro to UHD/4K TV; A Linux-compatible 50" 4K TV w/upscaling and HDR for $350 (Hisense 50DU6070); Avoid buying soldered-RAM computers!
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux 17.10 release date is Oct. 19th; Simple Screen Recorder; WYSIWYG Programming
(Bret Victor's 2012 "Inventing on Principle" talk).

Hot Internet: Optical Illusion.
Security and Privacy: Massive Computer Fails include Equifax, Yahoo (now, ALL 3-Billion accounts!); also, HP's ArcSight cyber-defense software?

Demo: Simple Screen Recorder (Jill)
Demo: Mirror your Linux computer on TV, adding a screen-resolution mode-line with xrandr and cvt  (Dick)

FOSS Q&A.
Monday, September 18, 2017 (7-9PM)
Sanctuary of St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick
(Use the main entrance stairway, or the side ramp.)
Dick Miller presents: "The Future Of Labor"
A free Occupy Natick event, with light refreshments and an open discussion to follow.
- Automation has greatly reduced the amount people need to work.
- Why do we translate that good news into unemployment problems?
- How might we do better? ("The Miller Three-Day Work Week", and more.)
- How did America accomplish past labor adjustments?
- How to get there from here?
September 14, 2017 FOSS User Group
2-3PM Help Session: While two women watched a video in Room 125, we met awkwardly in the Computer Room. Thankfully, we were able to use Room 125 beginning 2:30PM.
Raffle item(s): Small "Polaroid" carrying bag, "Don't Spy On Me" bumper sticker, Linux  magazines.
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.).
Upcoming Talk: "The Future Of Labor", by Dick Miller (7PM Monday, Sept. 18 at St. Paul's Church, Natick).
The FOSS News: 5 myths about Linux; 5 Myths Busted: Using open source in higher education; U.S. Supreme Court Curtails Patent Case "Forum Shopping"; Microsoft-Connected Patent Troll Finjan is Now Threatening and Also Suing Firms From Europe.
Hot Hardware: Programming and playing with the TinyScreen Video Game Kit. (Dennis Payne); 50" Hisense 4K HDR TV for $350 at Best Buy.
Hot Software: Demo using UNetBootIn to create a bootable Ubuntu Linux Live USB flash drive. (Dick)
Hot Internet: World-Wide Weather Images (Ventusky!). Also, Windy.com.
Security and Privacy: Equifax credit records spilled, affecting half of all U.S. adults - who to blame, what to do? BlackBerry no longer the most secure Android; Windows 10's Built-In Linux Shell Could Be Abused to Hide Malware.
FOSS Q&A.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (6:30-8:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
Maker Fest (Dave Bartos, Supervisor of Reference Services)
6:30-8:30PM: Our FOSS User Group is in the 1st-floor Morse Room!
FOSS volunteers can set up 6PM; CU there! We will demo Linux (and FOSS downloads), Fotoxx, game design, spreadsheet for knitting design. Other?
August 3, 2017 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: Get and give help.
Once again, we were able to meet in Room 125. Thanks!
3PM: FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
Raffle item(s)
:
New book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman
Maker Fest, Aug. 16th at Natick's Morse Institute Library
: From 6-8PM, t
he FOSS User Group will demo in the 1st-floor Morse Room. We get ideas and volunteers.
Help Session
: Status Report.
Demo: How to ID random junk mail
. (Dick and his Junk Mailbox)
Demo
: Download 67,000 Historic Maps in high resolution.
The FOSS News: Facebook AI chatbots start speaking their own language; T
he Dream Life of Driverless Cars; Microsoft Edge can't print numbers (.pdf prints '1,2,3,4' as '1,1,4,4'); Windows 10 update disrupts printer and more; Microsoft Windows 10 Store offers (abbreviated) Ubuntu Linux; One Step Closer to a Closed Internet; Sharing America's code; In Ghostscript lawsuit, Federal court rules that an open-source license is an enforceable contract; Revisionism About Microsoft Software Patent Deals Implicates GNU/Linux; Patents Microsoft may be infringing.
Hot Hardware:
Nice Dell 11.6" netbook on sale, $300 at Office Depot; Can you live without the new Amazon Echo Show?
Hot Software: Thunderbird add-on, Provider for Google Calendar
(and more); Wire, a secure open-source Chat Application for Linux. (The prior items are not reviews; they are invitations for members to review them.)  Mozilla sponsors Rust programming language; Why Microsoft will add (some) Linux to (some) Windows 10; Ubuntu 18.04 will switch from Unity to Gnome Desktop and solicits your input re Default Apps; Ubuntu 17.04 review by Ars Technica; 15 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus"; Intro to Linux free, self-paced course and The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide.
Security and Privacy: Def Con hackers
showed how easily voting machines can be hacked; Microsoft's Windows warning: Hackers hijacked software updater with in-memory malwareInvisible dots from the printer reveal whistleblowers; Hijacking flaw in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought; Keylogger found in Audio Driver of HP Laptops; Clever new scam misuses OAuth; ClamAV antivirus for Linux (20x speed-up by skipping PUA and files over 20MB).
FOSS Q&A.

July 13, 2017 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: (During our 2-3PM Help Session, our usual room had another group in it - despite my unanswered clarification message! We did what we could in the noisy cafeteria, then in the awkward lobby. Try again next month.)
3PM: FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
Raffle item(s)
: New book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman; older but mint Linux Today magazine.
Demo: Ken Arnold's classic BSD/Unix Fortune app - in Linux (fortune-mod) and xcowsay.
Demo:
Track the night sky with Stellarium (in Ubuntu, can install from Ubuntu Software).
Demo
: Fotoxx Clone Image tool using 2014Jul24 photo of Lake Cochituate sunset. (Dick)

FOSS Q&A.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 1, 2017 FOSS User Group
(We were locked out of our empty room - without notice - during 2-3PM help session! Sorry; try again next month.)
Raffle item(s)kworld UB435-Q USB ATSC TV Stick (mint, Win7-vintage; MMS); 4 3D-printed Green Penguins (Algot Runeman)
The FOSS News: Linux InstallFest at MIT this Saturday - but none for Natick?

Hot Software:
Free up some space with Ubuntu Cleaner (a rewrite of the Janitor portion of the obsolete Ubuntu Tweak); Will Crowther's seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab.
Security and Privacy: "Wana Decrypt0r Ransomware Using NSA Exploit Leaked by Shadow Brokers Is on a Rampage" (the biggest ever for Windows, no threat for Linux); Wana Decrypt0r Ransomware Outbreak Temporarily Stopped By "Accidental Hero"; How to remove the .WNCRY virus.
Demo
: Red Hat's Fedora Linux. (Jerry Feldman)

Demo: Fotoxx Twist tool, full-screen Z-key, magnifier X-key, folder-sync X-key using Red Chair photo. (Dick)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org: FOTOXX Update, by Dick Miller of Miller Microcomputer Services
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group invites Dick back to learn what Fotoxx, his favorite photo editor and manager, has added since January 2015.
Fotoxx Overview: Fotoxx is a free, open-source Linux application for editing photos and managing a large image collection. The goal of Fotoxx is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use. Fotoxx is standards compliant and does nothing to compromise use of other photo apps. Fotoxx has a rich set of editing, repair, and special effects functions. Image adjustments are displayed instantly in a full-size image, allowing interactive optimization. Fotoxx has a rich set of functions to organize and index a large image collection so that finding desired images is easy and fast.
Advanced Reading (optional): http://www.kornelix.net/fotoxx.html
Coming Soon: 1.5-hour video of Dick's Fotoxx presentation.
May 4, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Two new Belly Packs (again, MMS); Printed-Circuit-Board Repair Vise (John Green); 3D-printed Pharoah's Knot-and-Balls Puzzle (Algot Runeman); Chocolate-Chip Cookies (for all, Charlie Blaney), 3D-printed Natick FOSS Keychain Fobs (for all, Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News
: New Ubuntu 17.04 available on thumb drives (MMS, $12); State of the Commons/Creative Commons 2016.
Hot Hardware: SSD Drives: How Long Do They Last?; 3D Printing and OpenSCAD (Algot Runeman)
Hot Software: Linux desktop operating system: A beginner's guide; Top Ubuntu Editing Apps: Image, Audio, Video; The Ubuntu Story; Tech Billionaires Are Asking Scientists For Help To Break Humans Out of Computer Simulation; VLC Media Player.
Security and Privacy
: D.C. Circuit Court: Ethiopia is Free to Spy on Americans in Their Own Homes; App Flaw Creates Backdoors in Millions of Smartphones; Android devices w/Broadcom chip can be fatally hacked by malicious Wi-Fi networks; Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored; Keyless Cars Are Hackable;
Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud Apps; Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying on Students.
Demo
: Fractal Videos with Fraqtive.
XKCD Graph: "Photo Library Management" (TODAY's XKCD, thanks to Bill Ricker)
FOSS Q&A: Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting! Beginners, arrive by 3PM for the introductory slide talk. Informal from 2PM.

April 6, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: Two new belly packs.
Raffle item(s)

FOSS InstallFest: Plan a first day in Natick (Algot Runeman, with Jerry Feldman)

The FOSS News: Android Linux beats Windows as most popular OS for Internet. Microsoft's Patent Extortion Against Linux Now Targets Watches With Linux on Them. The Linux Foundation: Not a Friend of Desktop Linux, the GPL, or Openness.
Hot Hardware: Dell Inspiron 11-3168 2-in-1 Netbook for $300 at Staples and OfficeMax. The FOSS User Group's Ubuntu Linux Desktop is up to date (but at limited times through April 15th).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 17.04 release date is April 13th - with default 2GB-max. swap file.
Security and Privacy: Red Star OS (North Korean operating system) is a surveillance state's tour de force. Companies start implanting microchips into workers' bodies. With Wiki