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Open Source Saturday

We love open things!  Like software, hardware, lovely and friendly outstretched arms... and SCHOOLS.  Love me an open school. ;)

Quickly:

Minnowboard (Open Source Hardwares!)
Daniel Jackson (no, not that one, stop asking) has offered to show us the new Intel Minnowboard Max, which he happens to make at his work; CircuitCo.  He has offered to do an install of Debian right in front of your eyes!

64bit Atom SOC, upto Dual Core, DDR3, HDMI, Ethernet, SATA, GPIO, yad yada and yocto too!

Software Freedom Day in Sep
It's coming on the 3rd Sat of Sep - as usual we cancel the 1st Sat fun and instead have a blow-out with food and talks and prizes...  Anyone want to come or better yet, contribute a line or two of your time to the project?  We'll discuss.

News! (Still relevant)

Britain keeps pushing Microsoft's buttons by suggesting that vendor lock-in might not be in citizen consumer's interest.  They push back.

https://www.gov.uk/design-principles (These rock!)

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/29/uk-government-plans-switch-to-open-source-from-microsoft-office-suite

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/22/microsoft_uk_odf_response/

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For lunch the usual... The Wild Turkey by the bowling alley on Walnut is a North Dallas institution, burgers and beers.

Cya here, then there!

 

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We are a group of some serious, and some not-so-serious, geeks that want to see the Open Source Ethos spread and help as many people as will let it.  During the meetings, which are pretty much an excuse to get together and have fun, we catch up on topical and industry news, projects, code releases, recent technical problems and solutions...

There are sometimes presentations - anything open source but if it is software then running on more than 1 platform is preferred (Linux, Mac, Win, etc.).  Mobile is an exception due to Apple's refusal to let FOSS code onto their IOS platform - so we talk about Android a lot more.

I you have an itch to scratch that can be solved by technology, bring it on in!  You well always get an educated opinion and sometimes a useful answer too.  The group is not homogeneous around one specific technology, or industry, or language or nationality.  What we have in common is our desire to make our lives better, and the set of people in "our" is everyone, everywhere.

Join us afterwards for lunch! Hope you have a hunger for adventure. ;)

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John Fields

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys :) I have been in this group twice now but I dont want to waste anyones time if im in the wrong group. I have soooo many ideas and need platforms and programs for them. An example: I need a functional database (i'm using open office but they dont have alot of great templates) that can capture alot of data (call logs-in &out), photos (logos), invoicing, etc all from one database. Is this even possible or am i reaching way too high for one program? Can someone help me or teach me the way? I love open source stuff, but not sure how to incorporate it all to do what i need done... :( -signed
    A Mama Nerd in Progress :)

    October 4, 2014

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