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FOSSCON 2014 Sat August 9th Philadelphia

FOSSCON 2014 Saturday August 9th 9:00am to 4:00pm
at the Franklin Institute, Phila. PA

See for more info.

Register here:
(RSVP with FREE registration)

NEW for 2014 – Amateur Radio License Testing!
Please register at above secure registration link.
**Testing info: All applicants (including minors) must bring two means
of positive identification.
Licensed applicants must bring the original, and one photocopy, of
their license.
You should also bring the original and a copy of any Certificate of
Successful Completion of
Examination (CSCE) needed to prove current status. A fee of $15 will
be charged for all tests,
payable at test to Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club.

Hackerspaces, Workshops, Developers and more!!!!!

**Hackathon starts Friday.

See here:

LoCo Team: Installfest, as usual.

NTR (Phila) Selling Lubuntu Desktops

Sometimes A Simple Computer Is The Best

If you’re one of those folks who doesn’t want to fork over giant stacks of money for the latest whiz-bang gizmo with all the most fashionable bells, whistles, and doo-dads, .. If, in other words, your computing needs are fairly simple, so there’s no sense wasting a lot of computer power when a simple machine will do the trick just fine, then NTR’s Computer Thrift Store has what you like!

For just $99, our Linux PC will get you surfing the Net and doing your email without distracting you with irrelevant features. It has a moderate amount of memory (512 MB of RAM), a moderate amount of disk space (40 GB), and it runs an open source document suite you can use to write letters, etc, without a lot of fuss. It runs on Linux, not Windows, but since your computing needs are simple, this is exactly what you want. This machine comes with a 90-day drop-off warranty. (Even the warranty is simple: No packing and shipping.)

So, if you’re one of those folks with modest computing needs, we hope you’ll come home to NTR’s Computer Thrift Store!

1524 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia PA 19130
Our summer 2014 hours of operation are Tue-Fri, 10-6.

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And actually, they are much more than simple. Linux, by default is not
as resource hungry as the other operating systems.

Look at all you get:

Couple that with the Linux Community, specifically The Ubuntu PA Local Community Team and
all of it’s resources. IRC, Forums, Mailing list, etc. and the world
is yours!

Modest. Never.
Humble, some of us.
Powerful Operating System.

More info on the ‘modest’ computer:

Upcoming Ubuntu Events

Happy Holidays!

=== Ubuntu Events Coming Up! ===
Jono Bacon informs us that every release cycle, a number of events are
organized that bring the community together to create things, share
ideas and knowledge, and more. Details of the latest planned events
are as follows:

* Ubuntu App Development Sprint – 12th December
* Ubuntu App Developer Week – 20th to 25th January
* Ubuntu Developer Week – 3rd to 7th March
* Ubuntu Global Jam – 4th to 6th April
* Ubuntu Open Week – 21st to 25th April

Those interested in helping with the events can let Jono know in the
comments section of his blog post.

Excerpted from:

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 346 for the week
December 2 – 8, 2013.

== Links to UWN ==

* Wiki page:

CPOSC Sat Oct 19th

What is CPOSC?

The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a small, low-cost, one-day conference about all things Open Source. It was started in 2008 by a few of the members of the Central PA Linux User Group and theCentral PA Ruby Meetup.
Will there be a CPOSC this year?

Oh, yes! CPOSC 2013 wil be held on Saturday October 19th, 2013! It will be held at the IU13 Conference Center in Lancaster, PA.

More Info:

Sat Oct 19th

Fosscon 2013 – all done til 2014

Another great Fosscon is now done. Thanks Jonathan and Crissi for all the hard work you do all year to make this event happen. I’d also like to thank all of the staff that assists with this event. Finally, I’d like to thank all that support and attend this local event.


The Ubuntu Local Community Team always sponsors an Installfest at Fosscon. This year, we had an open Installfest. Any distro that wanted, could represent themselves and be part of the Installfest.

Fedora stepped up to that challenge. Ben and his wife drove all the way from North Carolina to represent Fedora. They are wonderful people and wonderful advocates. It was a pleasure working with them.


The Installfest yielded 2 new installs and 1 issue resolution (performed by the Fedora Team). The 2 new installs came via NTR.


Many Ubuntu-US-PA members, alumni and friends were among the attendees at Fosscon. Some were speakers.


Alumna Elizabeth Joseph was a speaker.


Member Brent Saner was a speaker.


Friend/Member by default, Walt Mankowski was a speaker.


Exhibitors and Sponsors entertained and informed all.


Even Sunday, the day after Fosscon, some met at Hive76 for an impromptu Hackfest., and Ecere were represented at the Hackfest on Sunday.


Each year gets bigger and better. Help us keep this going.


FOSSCON Speakers






Forums are back up

Login has changed. Please read BEFORE logging in!

Ubuntu Forums is now using Ubuntu SSO at for authentication. For more details, please see here.

For those new to the forum please register on and then return to this page and login to the forums by clicking on the “Login with SSO” button at the top right of the page. If you already have an Ubuntu One (SSO) account, you need only click on the “Login with SSO” button.

If you have an existing Ubuntu Forums account please ensure that your preferred email address on matches that associated with your Ubuntu Forums account. This way your accounts will be linked automatically. If you have an Ubuntu Forums account but no Ubuntu One (SSO) account, please go to and create an Ubuntu One account with the same email address associated with your Ubuntu Forums account.

Ubuntu Forums security breach – PLEASE READ

Due to a security breach Ubuntu Forums is down.


Please let your loco members know what they must do if they have an account on Ubuntu Forums.

You can read below the official announcement from


Ubuntu Forums is down for maintenance

There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums. The Canonical IS team is working hard as we speak to restore normal operations. This page will be updated regularly with progress reports.

What we know

  • Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user’s local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
  • The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are stronglyencouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
  • Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach.

Progress report

  • 2013-07-20 2011UTC: Reports of defacement
  • 2013-07-20 2015UTC: Site taken down, this splash page put in place while investigation continues.

If you’re using Ubuntu and need technical support please see the following page for support:

If you’re looking for a place to discuss Ubuntu, in the meantime we encourage you to check out these sites:


FOSSCON 2013 Sat August 10th – Philly

FOSSCON 2013 is Saturday August 10th in Philadelphia.


FOSSCON is a local convention about Free Open Source Software.


Fosscon will be held at: The Friends Center on Cherry Street, easily reachable from Market East Station and Suburban Station. Both can be reached from Philadelphia International Airport by train.

Ubuntu US PA will be having an all day, distro agnostic Installfest!



Interested in trying Linux? Now’s the time. A convention full of computer and Free Software enthusiasts.

Running linux on a usb drive and ready to move it to your device? Take the plunge. We’ll be here to help you install.

Already installed but need a hand with the basics.
Stop by and we’ll guide you.

What’s this command line stuff I keep hearing about? Come by, and we’ll have a Command line Boot Camp.

Have old equipment lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Stop by and we’ll help you repurpose the old into something new and wonderful.

All distributions of Linux are welcome. All levels of interest are welcome.

Demo machines will be available to try.

Bring your laptop or desktop(only), we’ll have all the other peripherals(Keyboards, monitors, etc) to install Linux on almost anything.




Global Jam March 1st to 3rd

The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 1st – 3rd March 2013 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

I am unavailable that weekend to have a Philly based event.

Anyone is welcome to have an event.