Powys Linux User Group

Welcome to the Powys Linux User Group (PLUG)

PLUG popped into existence on the 16th November 2005 and has met monthly in Llandrindod Wells since then.

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 find "Trosnant" in Llandrindod, where PLUG meetings are currently held, usually on the last Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00pm.

Meeting Dates for 2015

Next meeting: 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th October

Topic: Introduction to MySQL - PLUG's 10th Birthday Meeting!

Venue: "Trosnant" - see above for link to a location map.

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

January 28th Meeting - Raspberry Pi mini-Jam

This month we're planning a Pi fest! A Raspberry Pi fest that is. We plan to take a look at these remarkable little PCs to see what they can do.  If you have your own Raspberry Pi, and an HDMI to VGA adapter or HDMI screen, bring it along. If not, don't worry, we have a few Raspberry Pi to play with.

February 25th Meeting - Video Editing

This month we'll be examining the software applications available for creating videos on Linux. As well as video editors we'll look at some of the application used to prepare image, video and audio material for editing, and look ast some useful post-production software.

March 25th Meeting - Introduction to Joomla CMS

The session this month will be an introduction for beginners to the Joomla content management system.

April 29th Meeting - Open session

May 27th Meeting - Meeting Cancelled as usual venue not available

June 24th Meeting - Using Google Fonts

Google Fonts is an excellent source of fonts that are free to you - both in web pages and to download for use with other applications on your computer. In this session, Nick will go over the features of the Google Fonts web site and show how to use them in HTML documents and local applications.

July 29th Meeting - Using VirtualBox

This was planned as a general meeting. Then someone asked about virtualisation and we spent the session looking at VirtualBox!

August 26th Meeting - Linux Web Browsers - Tips and Tricks (postponed from July)

Provisional: Jim Price will be leading a session titled "Linux Web Browsers Tips and Tricks - an interactive session" where he will be telling us all about lesser-known features and advanced uses of web browsers and explaining his preference for Firefox compared to other available browsers.  Jim is also happy to answer any specific web browser questions you'd like to raise.

September 30th Meeting - Introduction to Web Servers

We'll have a look at what is involved in setting up a web server for experimenting with web development. We'll cover both a virtual machine installation using VirtualBox, and installation on conventional hardware. We plan to go over installation using one of the pre-built web server appliances from Turnkey Linux as well as a more traditional approach using Ubuntu Server.

October 28th Meeting - Introduction to PHP

As a follow up to the September session on web servers, we'll have a look at PHP - the most popular of all server-side web development languages.

November 25th Meeting - Introduction to MySQL - PLUG's 10th Birthday Meeting!

Following up our mini-series on looking at the LAMP web stack, this month Clive will give us an introduction to using the MySQL database server.

December Meeting - Christmas Party - date tba

At our Christmas party we'll have 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 2015

This year we plan to run 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).