Powys Linux User Group

Welcome to the Powys Linux User Group (PLUG)

PLUG popped into existence on the 16th November 2005 with our first meeting, held in the Powys Training Centre in Llandrindod Wells.

We aim to try to promote the use of Linux and Open Source Software in Powys, to provide some support for people interested in using Linux and Open Source Software and to get together and enjoy ourselves and extend our knowledge of Linux and Open Source Systems as we go.

Visitors are welcome at our meetings, whether from other LUGs or just interested parties, so, if you live in Powys or near enough to visit us, please use the contact page to get in touch, or drop in at one of our meetings.

Click here for a map to the Powys Training Centre in Llandrindod, where PLUG meetings are currently held, usually on the last Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00pm.

Meeting Dates for 2014

Next meeting: November 26th - Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)

Please contact us and ask to go on our mailing list to be notified of future meetings.

January 29th Meeting - Introduction to OpenOffice / LibreOffice Draw

Draw is a comparatively little used part of the LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) Office Suite.  This session will cover some of the things you can do with Draw including creating diagrams, designing posters, technical drawing and editing PDF files.  No previous experience of using Draw is necessary.

February 26th Meeting - Software Installation

Installing software under Linux, including the use of PPAs (Personal Package Archives) to access software which is not part of the main distribution archive.

March 26th Meeting - Installation of Ubuntu

A fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, including advice on installation options and system enhancements.

April 28th Meeting - NB: This month's meeting will be on a Monday

This month we plan to take a look at nginx with php and mysql. nginx (engine X) is a fast, powerful, light weight Web server, which is rivaling Apache in the Web hosting business.

May 28th Meeting - Introduction to Web Development

In this session we will cover:

June 25th Meeting - Using Bootstrap 3

Bootstrap is a very widely used CSS and JavaScript framework which can drastically speed the process of creating web pages that look good on all sizes of display from smartphones to large monitors. No previous experience of using Boostrap is necessary but you willl need a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

July 20th to 26th - The Linux Bier Wanderung

A week long event for open-source enthusiasts which has been running annually since 1999. This year visiting Talybont-on-Usk in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

There's full details at: http://lbw2014..be/ or http://lbw2014.xn--vdaa.be/ if your browser prefers it. The main Linux Bier Wanderung site can be found here: http://www.linuxbierwanderung.com/ and here's a link to the hall on Google Maps

July 30th Meeting - Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be followed by a session on "Making the most of Ubuntu Linux, and using the Internet more safely".  We'll be covering a range of topics at a level appropriate for new users, but with some things to interest more advanced users too.

August 27th Meeting - Thin Client systems with Edubuntu

Ray will take us through what is involved in setting up a PC to boot as a "thin client" of the Edubuntu server.

September 24th Meeting - Digital Photography

This session will be of interest to those new to working with digital photography, and those who are interested in learning about Open Source software for working wiht photographs.  In this session we will cover:

October 29th Meeting - Screenshots and Desktop Recording

In this session we'll look at the built-in facility in Ubuntu to make screenshots. This is a very capable bit of software with all kinds of uses. We'll also look at "RecordMyDesktop" which can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre. This is a simple tool for making live video recordings of anything you do on screen.

November 26th Meeting - Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)

There are a large number of alternative GUIs available for Linux. Recent Ubuntu systems come with the "Unity" interface, but Ubuntu also provides "official" alternatives using KDE (Kubuntu), LXDE (Lubuntu), XFCE (Xubuntu) and the GNOME desktop (Ubuntu GNOME). The Linux Mint distribution offers the Cinnamon or Mate desktop environment. There are many more to choose from. There's a brief summary of some of the more common GUIs for Linux on HowToGeek. In this session we'll look at a number of different GUIs and go over some of the differences between them.

December Meeting - Wednesday 17th December

Christmas party, with our annual look at the member's video picks of bizarre and just plain silly films (with an IT theme).

The meeting starts at 7.00pm as usual.  Please bring along your video clips to show - specially if they are ones you've produced yourself!

Workshop Sessions for 2014.

Following on the success of two video editing workshops, this year we will be running a number of workshop sessions.  These will be held on either Saturday or Sunday and run from around 10.00am to 4.00pm.  The longer time available means we can cover some topics that need more time than is available in our normal monthly meetings.  The following sessions are planned:

Please let Nick know if you would like to book a place on any of the workshop sessions, as numbers will be limited.

Possible subjects for future meetings.

Which of these would you like to see these covered at a future session? Feel free to lobby for any of these topics (or any others you'd like to see covered).