Category: SIG Events

2018 Election of officers

The results of OMUG’s elections held April 7th.

Fifteen members were present for the voting.  Congratulations to the new officers:

President:  Gary Garrety
Secretary:  Joan Garrety
Treasurer:  Joan Garrety
Webmaster:  Roy Emory
Member at Large:  Tim Hilliard
Member at Large:  Zahid Chaudhry

On April 29th, current and new Board members met to transfer materials.

TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIG Updates

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 15, 2015 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August. The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is June 9, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl, SweetHome3D, gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeamGoogle hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using. For details, see

TAPCUG Linux SIG trys online meetings until Sept…OMUG Linux SIG continues thru summer.

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 16, 2014 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Note that TAPCUG Linux SIG is on vacation June, July and August 2014 but we will try having meetings online on 3rd Tuesdays starting 7 PM using Google hangouts.
The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is July 8, 2014 7 PM (2nd Tuesday), see .

Linux was created for the desktop on your computer. Ironically, it has totally dominated everywhere else from supercomputers, to servers and your smart phone but monopolies have so far mostly kept it off computers you can buy until now.

With Windows XP ending April 8, 2014, the failure of Windows 8, the extremely high prices of Apple products which only work with other Apple products and the fact that Linux is so much more secure, it is time to switch to Linux including Linux Mint 16 KDE or a Chromebook. Linux Mint is the number four operating system in the world! Download and try it for free. Install if you like it. You convert easily and save lots of money! A+ Computers sells Linux computers along with other proprietary computers. ARM processor Chromebooks are top sellers at Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, etc. for around $200. Also download the Chrome Browser (not Chromium browser) so you can run apps on your Intel processor computer.

ChromeOS, which comes installed on the Chromebook, was primarly designed to work on the internet but people often have the need to work on documents, Emails, etc. offline and there is a way to do that. If you go to
your documents or – More – Offline, you can set up to work offline. Many persons are installing a Linux operating system on ARM Chromebooks which gives them the ability to also work offline with all the usual applications such as LibreOffice, etc. and all the associated features we are used to. Bodhi Linux has a new release for ARM Chromebooks Jan 12, 2014 screenshot here. Bodhi Linux handbook is here.

We will review Linux Mint 17 KDE, Kubuntu 14.04, Bodhi 3.0 rc, gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeam,
smart phone comparisons,, gpg, putty, hoopla, Tails 1.0, gufw, Google hangout, Uberconference,
Wikitree genealogy, Gedcom files, Gramps genealogy software, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks,
dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer (or just buying a Linux computer), clementine, audacity,
BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, OpenBios, Plop and flashrom.

Special reminder for Linux SIGs and LinuxFestNorthwest

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Apr 29, 2014 (5th Tuesday) 5:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445 (normally 3rd Tuesday).

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is May 13, 2014 7 PM (2nd Tuesday). LinuxFestNorthwest is April 26-27, 2014 in Bellingham, WA.

Below is the flyer for LinuxFestNorthwest.

For details, see


OMUG Linux SIG Tuesday May 13th

We are covering the basics of Linux for those who would like to know how to use the Linux desktop to do thing like email, browsing, document creation … , and for those who want to see how to find help for commands that you might use to do directory listing find files, use text editors that work like notepad.

  • the things you need to know to replace XP as it quits working.
  • making script files that are like dos batch files. (.bat)
  • and where the programs are located in the Menu (like the start button in windows)
  • the SIG is at the community centre at 7:00pm.
  • We can show you Zorin7 that is arranged like XP desktop.


John Wickliffe