belly — Sun, 2010-06-13 11:32
We meet to share our experiences, our knowledge and our discoveries in the field of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), including a particular focus on GNU/Linux operating system software, which we more usually refer to as Linux.
We also have a mailing list provided for us by Linux Australia, chat online using Internet Relay Chat (IRC) … and anything else that works for us!
belly — Mon, 2010-06-14 01:08
We meet on the fourth Saturday of each month in the Access Grid Room in Building 19 at the CQ University, usually at about 1 pm. Enter the ground floor, from the street end of the building and wander down the corridor, you can't miss us!
We also now have an evening meeting on the second Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. in the Community Informatics (COIN) Academy rooms upstairs in the Rockhampton Regional Library. Straight past the big red R in the main entrance, across the foyer and up the stairs. There are lifts to the right if needed.
If you want to learn more about Linux and FOSS, there's information available on the Linux Australia website at www.linux.org.au , or come to the meeting and ask us!
belly — Mon, 2010-06-14 01:07
Linux is an alternate suite of operating system software which can run a computer just as successfully as the software you might be more used to.
There are many ways that you can try out Linux, as you are not restricted to a single installation or single “instance” of the software. Part of the “freedom” expressed by FOSS, is the freedom to use any of the software in many computers.
You can even run your computer from a “Live CD” or “Live USB drive” without actually installing the software on your computer! Some versions are actually capable of running from a floppy disc, if your computer still has one. These options make for a great opportunity for a “Trial Run” without affecting your existing set-up at all.
You not only get software to run your computer (operating system) but most versions of Linux, often referred to as a “distribution”, contain most of the software you need to do things on your computer.
The list of software includes such things as OpenOffice.org (a set of Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Database software), The Gimp (image manipulation and drawing software), many media player programs, web browsers like Firefox, chat programs and much more.