Archive of the
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts
by A. Richard Miller
7481 visits since 110729; last updated 141030.

FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software.
Here be upcoming FOSS meetings and past ones, and links to FOSS and Linux topics we've discussed.

FOSS Meeting Dates:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are 3-6PM on the first Thursday of every month, in Room 125 (the 1st-floor Classroom) at the Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street (Rte.135).
Major Agenda Topics:
Future agendas are subject to change because, with FOSS, good news arrives on a daily basis.
December 4th, 2014 TBA
Friday, November 14th, 2014 (2:30-4:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick

Advanced Scratch, with Maker Kevin Osborn
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)

November 6th, 2014 Draft Agenda:
Raffle Item demo.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each):
The FOSS News: 4th Anniversaries of Ubuntu Unity and of LibreOffice; 4 out of 5 developers now use Open Source; Photo Exhibit in hall ("Motion", Nov.-Dec.) includes 3 Fotoxx images by Dick.
   Book raffle (courtesy O'Reilly Media).
  "Meet Ubuntu 14.10", guest presentation by Michael Terry of Canonical Ltd., and 14.10 Release Notes.
  LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice.
  FOSS Challenge
: Reviews of Dasher ("A fast, non-keyboard text entry system", in the Ubuntu Software Center.)

  FOSS Slide Show app: Fotoxx (A.R.Miller).
  More 3-speed tools (see June), but in software!
   Fotoxx demos: Popup Images, Mashup, and Slide Show's "Ken Burns" Zoom effect.
October 2nd, 2014   Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each): 30GB mSATA SSD for $17 (sad follow-up); A-V Cables (and cable adapters & splitters & converters).
  The FOSS News
: Re-usables giveaway
at FOSS meetings (old desktop computer, printer); new Samsung smartwatches run Tizen OS Linux (not Android Linux); Ubuntu Touch OS released to manufacturing. Other?
  LibreOffice Tools and Tricks to Make Your Work Easier, guest presentation by Robinson Tryon, LibreOffice Community Outreach Herald for The Document Foundation.
  FOSS Slide Show appS5 (AlgotRuneman).
   Creating App icons on the Ubuntu Desktop (A. Runeman).
Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
Industry Lab,
288 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, MA
Software Freedom Day
Join the Boston Desktop GNU/Linux Users Group annual celebration of free software. This year's schedule includes talks on: free software for smart phones, protecting your privacy, how to contribute to free software (you don't need to be a techie), and how to make money with free software.
Beginners, experts and everyone in between are welcome to this free event!
Interested in giving a lightning talk?  We'd love to hear from you.
Light breakfast and lunch provided by our sponsors.
Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014 (10AM-3PM)
Natick Common and vicinity
Natick Days
Visit this year; staff a FOSS User Group exhibit table next year? Invite the Natick High School Robotics Club table (and NHS Programming Club) to our meetings!

Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)'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.)
September 11th, 2014 (2nd Thursday)
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each): 30GB mSATA SSD for $17!
The FOSS News: Ubuntu is 23 (Aug. 25th); Spotting Linux in the wild; InstallFest at MIT, this Sat.; Natick Days, also this Sat. (next year, with FOSS?). Other?
FOSSUG's Linux Loaner Laptop: $10 for 10 days! (Algot Runeman, Bob Monheimer)
: Who will evaluate Dasher? ("A fast, non-keyboard text entry system", in the Ubuntu Software Center.)

Clicking is a Public Act! (Sally Kohn, on BrainPickings & TED).
Look inside with sysinfo (in Windows), lshw (in Linux), SysInfo (for Linux) or HardInfo (for Linux).

Fotoxx demos: new 16:10 image ratio, Collections, and Add Text.
August 7th, 2014 Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each): C.Crane Super USB Wifi Antenna 3 (Marilyn McCormick); our new Linux Loaner Laptop; Kickstarted USB Flash Drive Wristband (Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News: review LibreOffice HackFest, review "Introduction to Linux" edX on-line course, BadUSB exploit, UK adopts Open Document Format (ten years after Massachusetts), Mass. Electronic Privacy Act.
Local traffic (and surveillance) on Google Maps (Jill Miller).
Favorite FOSS Anti-Virus: avast Free! and ClamAV (freshclam, clamscan).
Adblock Plus (old), Adblock Edge (current), and EFF's beta Privacy Badger (next?) for Firefox, Chrome and Chromium.
Fotoxx demos: new Pattern and Make Waves effects.
August 1st, 2014
(Initial class; free pre-registration is required.)

On-line edX course: Introduction to Linux.
This great opportunity comes from the Linux Foundation. View its video introduction by Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
Pre-register for free audit, free certificate, or $250 to earn a verified certificate of achievement.
Saturday-Sunday, July 26th-27th, 2014
Xamarin, Inc.,
2 Park Plaza, Boston

LibreOffice US Summer Hackfest 2014
LibreOffice is bringing this free event to Boston, and invites you to pre-register for one day or two!
July 10th, 2014 (2nd Thursday) Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each): HDMI-to-SVGA cable adapter, custom keyboard skins, $40 and $60 Hisense Sero 7 tablet computers!
The FOSS News: NSA puts Linux Journal readers on "extremists" list; LibreOffice Hackfest visits Boston; "Introduction to Linux" on-line course.

Internet Attacks Map.
Best Linux usage of donated computers? (cont.)
Favorite FOSS: Back In Time for backups.
June 5th, 2014 Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each): Go multiple-choice with a 3-Speed Screwdriver, 3-Speed Mouse, and a 3-Speed Touchpad.
Donated computers: best Linux usage?
(Dana Scott)

The FOSS News: June 5th is the first anniversary of Edward Snowden's disclosure that the USA cyberspies on everyone; Reset The Net, "Right To Be Forgotten", and "Death Of TrueCrypt" (decrypted?).
Google Translate.
Plan FOSS Picnic.
NatickFOSS Forum has a new URL:
Creating the NatickFOSS computer's "Welcome To FOSS" Desktop wallpaper (using LibreOffice Writer and Inkscape).
Saturday, May 31st, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)'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.)
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 (7-9PM)
Akamai, 8 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA

Boston Linux & Unix's Desktop User Group:
As part 2 of its "Free Software for Photographers" series, Dick Miller demonstrates Fotoxx!
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 (4-9PM)
MIT Media Lab (E14-6th Floor), 75 Amherst St., Cambridge MA

5th Annual Auto-ID and Sensing Expo (& Internet of Things):
On Feb. 22nd, I was told this will be good for Internet of Things exhibits; so, I'll recommend it.
Two panels ($30), live demos, over fifty exhibitors.
Exhibit halls are free, but register in advance.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 International Day Against DRM 2014
Digital Restrictions Management
is different from a copyright; it's cripple-ware! Who needs that?
May 1st, 2014 Celestia planetarium (D to demo).
The FOSS News: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu Kylin was 1 year old on April 25th; so what? US and UK warn: Avoid MS Internet Explorer! What's wrong with DRM? (Algot Runeman)
What's new in Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr)?
How to do an Ubuntu
Linux install (with separate /home partition).

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Release date for Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS, "Trusty Tahr".
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Microsoft drops WinXP support. Upgrade your computers! (Think Linux! Psst, it's free!)
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 (8:30AM-5PM?) and Sunday, April 6th, 2014 (Workshops; 9AM-1PM?)
Harvard University's
Radcliffe Gymnasium (Knafel Center), 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138
Northeast GNU/Linux Fest
This annual event promotes free and open software and hardware for novices through experts. Learn about the benefits of free software in your life and how to leverage it in your company, University and virtualization.
Latest advancements in technology using free software.
April 6 (new): Leadership training and workshops on implementing open source at your job or school.
April 3rd, 2014 The Electric Sheep project, and one Electric-Sheep 2-hour video animation.
Book raffle, and Hot Hardware show-and-tell.
The FOSS News (a new feature): LibrePlanet reviewed; Canonical to drop Ubuntu One;
Microsoft to drop WinXP support on April 8th - implications and alternatives.
How to download an Ubuntu Linux .iso file and prepare a bootable live USB flash drive. (Algot Runeman)

March 26th, 2014 Document Freedom Day
Also see here.
March 6th, 2014 New Linux and Linus (Torvalds) video (at 3PM!)
Book raffle, and Hot Hardware show-and-tell.
Bt Builder, an open-source
construction set for role-playing games (Dennis Payne).
A new Linux computer for this Center!

Demo Mozilla Thunderbird for mail; Lightning, Noia, Themes and other TB Add-Ons (Jill Miller)
the Lightbeam add-on for Firefox (previously, Mozilla Collusion).
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)'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.)
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 315
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
Internet of Things Festival
Software, Hardware, Standards, Sensors, Security, Scalability, Robotics, Clusters, Wireless, Wearables and a Drone Demo. Keynotes, Lightning Talks, Breakout Sessions, Demos.
Talks agenda and video: Part 1, Part 2.
Sunday, February 9th, 2014 (Noon-6PM)
Northeastern Law School,
65 Forsyth St., Boston; Dockser Hall, Room 230 and the Moot Court Room
Crypto Party!
Come learn how to encrypt your email and files, browse the internet anonymously, use secure chat systems, and more. Check back here for further details as they become available. We will serve free lunch at noon. This event is free and open to the public, and we especially encourage journalists, lawyers, and law students to attend.

February 6th, 2014 NatickFOSS Forum (Algot Runeman; register and use the draft forum at: )
Fotoxx for easy photo editing and photo management - Intro and Features Update. 
January 9th, 2014 (one week late; Happy New Year!)
Alex Marthews, President of Digital Fourth: "Safeguarding Your Electronic Privacy".
Ubuntu to the Macs! Tips to install Ubuntu Linux on a MacBook Pro.
Got a 64GB or 128GB flash card? How to add Microsoft's ExFAT (EXtended File Allocation Table) file system.
Saturday, December 7th, 2013 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)'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.)
December 5th, 2013 Holiday Gift ideas: Demo your hottest hardware (see below; plus, Full-Size Wireless Folding Mouse for $15 - and Humble Bundle for games at your price).
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 11.6" netbook computer
for $280/$246.

Mobile phone
deal to beat: TracFone LG840g at $30, +$20 per 90 days, 180 min. w/rollover; no extra for free roaming/international; free wifi.
Mobile phone
extras: Opera Mini, Google Maps, data xfer/sync, FM Transmitter, Case.

Suggest FOSS donations (5-min. each).
– and Canonical's “trademark flap” about it.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 (7-9PM)
Sherrill Hall in St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central St., Natick (east end of Town parking lot; enter lot on Church Street)
"Surveillance vs. Privacy in the Digital World, Part II"
Occupy Natick's free "What Went Wrong" monthly movie and discussion (plus free snacks). Tonight's event is co-sponsored by ACLU of Massachusetts. Kade Crockford, Director of ACLUM's Technology for Liberty project, will show exerpts from famous films, describe project initiatives, and welcome questions and comments. Meanwhile, see the 2-minute video, Ordering Pizza in 2015.
November 7th, 2013

Guest Speaker: Michael Terry of Canonical, producers of Ubuntu. Don't miss his visit!
Preview the Ubuntu Touch Phone - a metro-Boston first! (Michael Terry)
How to Install Ubuntu Linux (with multi-boot, a /home partition and more)
Book Raffle: Win a free book, courtesy O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Monday, October 21st, 2013 (7-9PM)
Sherrill Hall in St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central St., Natick (east end of Town parking lot; enter lot on Church Street)

"Surveillance vs. Privacy in the Digital World, Part I"
Occupy Natick's free "What Went Wrong" monthly movie and discussion (plus free snacks) features Naked Citizens, plus Zak Rogoff of the Free Software Foundation. Expect updated information on electronic invasiveness and a lively discussion re what to do for your own computer, for the Internet, and beyond.
7PM Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
(Pre-registration is required.)
Framingham Makerspace - Raspberry Pi night
Planning a makerspace in MetroWest!
October 3rd, 2013
30th anniversary of the GNU operating system (1983 Richard Stallman announcement, 2008 Peter Fry video)
Which Linux? (Linux family tree; Slackware > SuSE; RedHat > Fedora; Debian > Knoppix, Ubuntu)
How-To: Download and run Ubuntu Linux "live" in RAM (Algot Runeman, using UNetBootIn)
Hottest Hardware: Oblanc UFO-200 Headset ($10), MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone ($100; Rick Lee)
Saturday and Sunday, September 28th-29th (10AM-Midnight)
MIT, Cambridge, MA
GNU 30th-Anniversary Celebration and Hackathon
Featuring Richard Stallman. Celebrate the GNU Project's world-altering accomplishments with cake and coding. The 30th anniversary hackathon will focus on two important needs for free software in today's Web-based world: federated publishing and communication services, and tools to protect privacy and anonymity.
Before Linux, there was GNU. Much of Linux is GNU. Be there!
Free registration here.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 (9:30AM-5:30PM)
Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
Boston Software Freedom Day
Discuss privacy, government transparency, and user freedoms online. Hear updates from local groups and voices from the wider free software movement. Expect learning, celebrating and plenty of networking. This event is free and open to the public - including people new to free software.
September 5th, 2013
Hottest hardware: iView-420TPC 4.3" Android Tablet ($40)
Your favorite FOSS Puzzle or Game (group likes): Freecell Solitaire, Gweled/Bejewelled, Klondike Solitaire, Mah Jongg
Solitaire, SameGame, Sudoku, Tux Racer.
NatickFOSS Forum (Algot Runeman; register and try draft at )
TreeSheets: It's a spreadsheet/outliner/mindmapper and more! (Jill Miller)
Fotoxx: new slide show tricks, and Dick's pics from France
Optimize your WiFi: WiFi Radar, inSSIDer and its Linux emulator, LinSSID
A Free, Libre and Open Glossary (and meet Etherpad)
Why use a Terminal Window?
Repartition your Windows HD more easily with EaseUS Partition Master Free.
Getting familiar with UEFI and Secure Boot. Also Boot-Repair (after RGM due to PEBKAC).

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)'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.)
August 1st, 2013
Algot Runeman will lead this month's FOSS meeting.
Links You Like
(group quickies)
- Exploring local waters (RoboNatick)
What's My Distro and Why?
(group quickies)
Ebooks, What's Inside?
Communication for Groups: What's a Forum?
(vs. e-mail, mailing lists, blogs, Google Hangout, etc.)
July 11th, 2013 (one week LATE!)
Cyber-Spying, Open Source, and Computer Security (review and discussion).
Explore the
FOSS Resources on-line at MMS.
Fotoxx - easy touches (and some new ones) for excellent photographs, newslideshow features, and a first look at editing metadata (tags, etc.).
June 6th, 2013
Mark Shuttleworth: "Bug #1 (Microsoft has a majority market share) is closed."
Open-source Hardware: WikiHouse and more.
Open-source Government: Checkbook NYC and more.
Design our next FOSS User Group business card. (Algot Runeman)
How to set BIOS to boot from a (bootable) CD/DVD or USB flash drive. suggests other applications for Ubuntu Linux.
May 2nd, 2013
Twenty years of a free, open World-Wide Web!
Meet Ubuntu Linux 13.04!
Install the Meld difference viewer as a Nautilus add-on (pre-13.04).
Selecting a better file manager: Krusader
and Sunflower
Discuss new Java/IcedTea usage when on-line.
Don't browse blindly: Adblock Plus and NoScript.
Who's tracking your Web browsing? Track them, with Collusion.
Scams, Spam
, and innocent files marked as spam.
April 25, 2013
Release Date for Ubuntu Linux 13.04!
April 4th, 2013
Refresher course: Use UNetBootIn to download Linux .iso files and install Linux.
Update re UEFI and Restricted Boot - Ubuntu Linux adjusts
How will China's national use of Ubuntu Kylin affect other Linux use?
Are netbooks coming or going?

Some Internet ISPs begin Six-Strikes Program (on March 1st).
Saturday, March 16th (8:30AM-5PM) and Sunday, March 17th (9AM-1PM), 2013
Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA
3rd Annual Northeast GNU/Linuxfest
It's even bigger and now moving from Worcester to Harvard University, but it's still free!
Also featuring a concurrent Open Database Camp
March 7th, 2013
On-line Introduction to Computers with Ubuntu Unity (Algot Runeman)
Introduction to database design (Jill Miller, with LibreOffice Base).

February 7th, 2013
15 years ago, a FOSS milestone: AOL puts Netscape Navigator into public domain (Feb. 4th, 1998), births Mozilla Foundation and Firefox.
Fotoxx's new look, uncurling a book page, and a "Cartoon" art mode.
Android Linux on a $60 iView-754TPC 7" tablet computer.
World's cheapest tablet-computer carrier: a rubberband!
Manage files and folders with 2-pane Nautilus ([F3] in Ubuntu Nautilus) and the Meld difference viewer (Jill Miller)
January 3rd, 2013
Canonical's 2013 push for full Ubuntu Linux on smart phones that can be your main computer!
UEFI Secure Boot ("Restricted Boot"), one month later. Take it back?

  Ubuntu documentation re UEFI (and Secure Boot)
  The State Of Linux Distributions Handling SecureBoot
  Coreboot: the Solution to the UEFI "Secure Boot" Fiasco

Printing addresses onto Avery labels (Pat Sockol)
A CD full of FOSS for Windows users! (Algot Runeman)
National initiative for FOSS in Schools (Algot Runeman)
December 6th, 2012 FOSS Fun for the Holiday Season
Algot Runeman
creates a holiday light bulb using InkScape (instead of $400+ Adobe Illustrator or $100-200 Corel Draw), and shares it at the Open Clip Art Library.
Dick Miller demos the good Mah Jongg solitaire game in Gnome Games. Jill Miller trumps him with the even better Mah Jongg in KDE Games (but don't forget to load its Help file, separately).
Use the Ubuntu Software Center to easily find and install InkScape, games and more.
Your next PC may make it harder to install Linux, courtesy of Microsoft's Windows-8 twist on UEFI Secure Boot (a.k.a., Restricted Boot). Most of the manufacturers don't explain how, but we'll add a few good links here as we find them:
  Windows 8 secure boot could complicate Linux installs

   Installing Linux instead of Win8
  Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 8: an uneasy marriage

We'll have shiny new Ubuntu 12.10 DVDs to share, and we'll raffle off a FOSS book or two.
November 1st, 2012 Meet (and install?) the new Ubuntu Linux 12.10!
Bring your computer, or at least a 4GB+ USB flash drive.
October 11th, 2012
(Note our new location!)
(One week late, to meet in the NEW Natick Community-Senior Center at 117 East Central Street!)
An early peek at Ubuntu Linux 12.10 (beta-2).
Algot Runeman demonstrates how to install the new Ubuntu Linux 12.10 on a Windows PC.
(So you can do the same in a week or so.)

Stay with Ubuntu Linux 12.04.1 LTS, or wait for 12.10 on October 18th?
Which is best for you?
Using Multiple Desktops in Linux (in Ubuntu, [Super-s] to Switch worktables).
In Ubuntu 12.10, hold [Super] at least 2 seconds to view Keyboard Shortcuts ([Super-s]).
The Variety wallpaper changer.
September 6th, 2012
Using Android Linux on a volunteer project in India (Natick High School student Clark Andrews)
New photo-editing features and art tools in Fotoxx
Giant photo enlargements for $15

August 2nd, 2012
Meet the $25 Raspberry Pi computer (Algot Runeman)
July 5th, 2012
Celebrate Independence Day with independent software!
Advanced tools for non-programmers:
dvanced clipboards (Klipper, Glipper, Parcellite, ClipIt).
GEdit, Meld Diff Viewer, and other text-editing tools.
Resurrect your deleted data with PhotoRec (in TestDisk).
Kill your data just a little bit more, with BleachBit.

June 7, 2012
Manage recipes with Gourmet Recipe Manager (Pat Sockol)
AnswerGarden (Algot Runeman)
"Introduction to Computers - Ubuntu with Unity" -
Help polish Algot's draft beginners manual! (Algot Runeman)
Meet HUD, the Heads-Up Display that may revolutionize the Precise Pangolin (Ubuntu Linux 12.04).
Take home a free Live CD of Ubuntu Linux 12.04, Precise Pangolin (courtesy of Canonical Ltd.)
Book Raffle: (It's become a regular event, so we'll move it to the main FOSS page.)
May 3rd, 2012
Meet April 26th's Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux, the Precise Pangolin! Bring a flash drive or CD, to bring home a copy.
Day Against DRM (Defective by Design) is tomorrow, May 4th (Algot Runeman)
Book Raffle: Win a free book, courtesy O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Boston User Groups.
April 5th, 2012
Installing Linux: How to install Ubuntu Linux from a USB "live CD" to a hard drive. Drive partitioning, and much more!
TreeSheets (Jill Miller): See this unusual heirarchical spreadsheet enable freeform data organization such as To-Do lists, calendars, project management, brainstorming, organizing ideas, planning, requirements gathering, and the presentation of information.

Book Raffle: Win a free book, courtesy O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Boston User Groups.

March 1st, 2012
Downloading Linux: How to find and download free .iso files, then burn them to a USB flash drive with UNetbootin or to a CD, to try a Linux "Live CD". Peek inside the Terminal window. Use the Internet to find answers (and sometimes the questions) and to find great programs among the so-so.
February 1st, 2012
Computer-Generated Art (where not you, but the computer, does the drawing):
1. (Algot Runeman; more styles to follow) Standard graphs (LibreOffice w/pie chart)
2. (Jill and Dick) Maps (NASA Earth Observatory trees, USGS gravity database)
3. (Jill and Dick) How Minard combined those concepts (in 1869, but who's counting?) for Napoleon's disastrous Russian expedition
4. (Jill and Dick) The last night of the Costa Concordia
5. (Jill) Word Clouds (Wordle, Word It Out, Tagxedo)
6. (Jill) Evolvotron (computer draws, human chooses)
7. (Dick) Mandelbrot fractals (Xaos in Ubuntu Software Center)
8. (Dick) 3D fractal animation
9. (Dick; described) Conway's Game of Life (Golly in USC)
10.(Dick; future) Art tools in Fotoxx.

January 4th, 2012
Some of the Many Graphical User Interfaces for Linux: Gnome 2, KDE 4, Gnome 3, Unity, Unity 2D (Dick and Jill Miller, Algot Runeman)
December 7th, 2011
"Inside Linux, and some FOSS Applications" (Dick and Jill Miller)
LibreOffice Writer
LibreOffice Spreadsheet
Terminal Window/BASH Shell (help, man, ls, ls -al, lshw, xpenguins)
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
(7:30PM at St. Andrew's Church, 3 Maple Street, Framingham)

Gateway Camera Club: "Fotoxx", by Dick Miller
Guests are welcome.

November 2nd, 2011 Meet Oct. 13th's Ubuntu Linux 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelet! (Ronald McCollam of Canonical Ltd., parent company of Ubuntu) Psst! Inside information AND free Live CDs - don't miss it!
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 (6:30-9PM at Mass. Institute of Technology, Building E-51, Room 325, Cambridge)
Extra: Our FOSS UG (and Dick and Jill Miller, MMS, and Fotoxx) are featured at the monthly meeting of the Boston Linux & Unix User Group. (View entire talk.)
October 5th, 2011
Natick Senior Center gets a Linux desktop (A. Richard Miller; computer provided by Milt Gilbert)
FOSS UG business cards, proposed button, etc. (designed by Algot Runeman, using Inkscape)
Inkscape demo (Algot Runeman, Jill Miller)
Fotoxx demo, with "Annotate Image" and new "Straighten Image" tools (A. Richard Miller)
Saturday, September 17th, 2011 (10AM-5PM at Cambridge College)
Extra: Our FOSS UG has a table and a talk at the OpenHatch Software Freedom Day event at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge MA
September 7th, 2011
Inkscape demo (Algot Runeman)
Preview Ubuntu Linux 11.10 Beta-1 (A. Richard Miller)
Software Freedom Day, September 17th (A. Richard Miller)
August 3rd, 2011
20th Anniversary of Linux, plus this other earth-shaking event:
"Seismology software and the March 11th Japan earthquake" (Dr. Alan Kafka, Boston College's Weston Observatory)
July 6th, 2011
"Scratch - A programming experience for almost everyone" (Algot Runeman)
Demo Handout - PDF - ODT [2]
"Can't Catch Me" Car program Scratch file (will only be fully useful if you also have the Lego kit 9580 from Lego Education.)
"Taming Ubuntu 11.04" (A. Richard Miller)
"Beware On-line Filter Bubbles" (A. Richard Miller)
May 4th, 2011
"Ubuntu 11.04 arrives, with some Unity shortfalls" (A. Richard Miller)
"KDE4 and Kubuntu" (Algot Runeman)
April 6th, 2011
"Fotoxx" (A. Richard Miller)
"GNUCash" (Jill Miller)
March 2nd, 2011
First meeting of FOSS User Group at the Natick Senior Center!

We look forward to your help, to make this a very useful and friendly FOSS User Group!

Cheers from
--Dick and Jill Miller, Partners, MMS <>
  Co-leaders, FOSS User Group at Natick Senior Center <>
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