August 31, 2015

Install fest Cancelled

The semi-monthly AZLOCO/PLUG Install fest that was scheduled for 5 September has been cancelled because of the Labor Day weekend holiday. Regular Install fests will once again take place starting 19 September and continuing on the first and third Saturdays at the University of Advancing Technology: 2625 W Baseline,Tempe, AZ 85283 (between 48th and Fry's). The time remains the same 10am to 4 pm.
Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat. We can install almost any version of Linux on your computer, router, server, Raspberry PI, or ???. You can fix or learn open source programs in a one on one training class.

August 17, 2015


Saturday August 22nd, 9AM
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA –
FOSSCON will be held Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 in Center City- Philadelphia at the Friends Center.

FOSSCON is a free and open source software conference that include talks and workshops on topics including development, community building, hackerspace activities, and more.

An all day Linux Install Fest. Local Linux celeb ESR.

Check out the schedule.

Doors open at 9am. Hospitality suite will have bagels, pastry and coffee.

NTR will have laptops available for a $20 donation for you to install Linux on.


July 25, 2015

Free Oline Training Courses

I found this page showing where to get free online linux training. I hope this helps for people trying to learn linux.

There are 12 different places to choose from.


July 24, 2015

Linux gaming sites

These are list of gaming websites that I compiled. They are of no particular order this is just a list for people to use for their gaming needs. I know there are more websites but this is the list that I wanted people to get started with.

According to wikipedia;

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has stated that "Linux and open source are the future of gaming".

Humble Bumble sales for Linux account for 18%.
As of March 2014, Steam reports that less than 1.2% of users are using some form of Linux as their platforms primary operating system.

We as a group need to change these numbers we need to keep promoting ubuntu as a operating system along with it being a system that we can play our games on.

Lutris is a gaming platform for Linux

Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator the program website the database website

gaming on linux
GamingOnLinux is the home of Linux gaming

Digital game store

humble bundle
pay what you want and help charity

Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers
gaming and movies site


free & paid , open & close source, Linux games

Linux gaming database
Linux games database

The Linux Gamers' Game List
A game list with links to the games


July 15, 2015

Installfest returns to UAT

Starting on 18 July the twice a month installfest will return to University of Advancing Technology: 2625 W Baseline,Tempe, AZ 85283 (between 48th and Fry's). The time remains the same 10am to 4 pm.
Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat. We can install almost any version of Linux on your computer, router, server, Raspberry PI, or ???. You can fix or learn open source programs in a one on one training class.

July 14, 2015

AZLOCO Re-validation

Every two years each Ubuntu Local Community must be re-validated by the Ubuntu LoCo Council. Our turn is approaching. Our application has been submitted, and we have been placed on the schedule for 1300 MST (1 pm) on 21 July 2015. The meeting will take place on line at #ubuntu-meeting. Please attend if possible. Your support will be appreciated.

June 29, 2015


Hello everyone,
We’re happy to announce two major events in this years move towards FOSSCON 2015.

First, our speaker list has been published, and we’re looking forward to some fantastic talks this year. You can take a look at

Second, we’ve opened up registration and we encourage you to register today: .

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at FOSSCON!

June 19, 2015

Plotting the temperature of your PI

If you are living in Arizona and you have a PI outside, you might want to keep an eye on its temperature. It might get a bit hot, and you might need to know how far you can push the PI before it starts acting funny...
So here is a recipe for doing this.


I'm assuming that

  • you will use two systems: The PI, and a regular system, which I will refer to as the "PC."
  • Both are on the same network, and you can ssh into the pi, and you know the IP address of the PI, or it has a name you can somehow resolve into an IP address.
  • you use the account "pi" on the pi.
  • you have the plot utilities package installed

Shell script on the pi:

  • copy the text below into a file ""

    while [ 0 ] ; do 
    (echo -n $(date +"%s ") " " ;cat /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp)  >> temp_recordings ; sleep 60 ; done
  • run command

    chmod 755
  • To have script start on power-up run command

    crontab -e

    and add this line:

    @reboot /home/pi/

Set up ssh login without password

  • on the PC, if you do not already have a file ~/.ssh/, run the command
    You can give empty responses to all prompts.
  • scp the file ~/.ssh/ to the pi
  • on the pi, append the content of the transferred file to file .ssh/authorized_keys
    cat ~/ >> .ssh/authorized_keys
  • verify that you can ssh into the pi without the need of a password

If you want to publish your work to a web site, set up an appropriate folder there.

Set up the PC side of things

  • create a folder ~/bin
  • create the file ~/bin/ with the content below. Adjust the variables DIR, PI_IP, and (if you desire so) PUBLISH_URL

    set -x
    #local variables: 
    #folder in which the work happens and the url to which to publish
    #leave this blank if you don't want to publish
    #prep function. creates folder where the processing happens and
    #puts in the html template
    function prep
    mkdir -p ${DIR}
    cd ${DIR}
    <script type="text/JavaScript">
    function AutoRefresh( t ) {
    	setTimeout("location.reload(true);", t);
    //   -->
    <body onload="AutoRefresh(100000)">
    <img src=temp.png></img>
    #iter function. Does the work periodically
    function iter 
    rm -f `find . -type f | grep -v html | grep -v png|grep -v template`
    scp "pi@${PI_IP}:temp_recordings" .
    if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then
    gnuplot <<EOF
    set terminal png
    set output 'temp.png'
    set grid back
    show grid
    set xtic 3600*24
    set xdata time
    set timefmt "%s"
    set key outside bottom
    set format x "%m/%d"
    plot "temp_recordings" using (\$1-7*3600):(\$2/1000) smooth cspline with lines lw 4 title 'temp_centigrade'
    cat abc.template | sed -e "s/replacing/$(date)/" > temp.html
    #publish if a url has been defined
    if [ "x${PUBLISH_URL}" != "x" ] ; then
      scp *.html *.png ${PUBLISH_URL}/.
    while [ 0 ] ; do iter ; sleep 600 ; done
  • run
    chmod 755 ~/bin/
  • on the PC, run the command
    crontab -e
    and add the following line

    @reboot ~/bin/

At this point you can reboot the PI and the PC, and the scripts should start running
if you are lucky, you should see a working example here.

June 03, 2015

Linux Installfest location change

Sat, June 6, and Saturday June 20 10am – 4pm
Gangplank, 260 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225, United States

Bring your computer to get Linux installed, or get help with configuration issues,
or software. learn about Linux and open source or help others. Great fun! AZLOCO/PLUG event
we will help both on desktop and servers routers almost anything that has linux
depending on helpers that day

Free covered parking is across the street, crosswalk will dump you at the front door

May 29, 2015

Arduino workshop at Local Motors

A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop on Arduino at Local Motors (LM). There were about 20 people, some with experience; others with none. Some brought their own Arduino kits and LM provided kits for us who did not have. First, there was a presentation on Arduino so that we could understand the basics. Then we started the workshop; our first exercise was to blink a LED. In Arduino terms, you enable one pin as output, then you loop to set the value to 0 and 1. Here's the code:

// Pin 13 has a LED connected on most Arduino boards.
int led = 13;

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {
// initialize the digital pin as an output.
pinMode(led, OUTPUT);

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
digitalWrite(led, HIGH); // turn the LED on (HIGH is the voltage level)
delay(1000); // wait for a second
digitalWrite(led, LOW); // turn the LED off by making the voltage LOW
delay(1000); // wait for a second

I installed the Arduino IDE (version 1.6.4) on my laptop (14.04) sudo apt-get install arduino arduino-core so I could interface with the board which just connects to a USB port. LM provided breadboards so we could try various schematics, blink 2 LEDs with variable timing, control motors, etc. The LM people were very helpful. I plan to go to the next workshop, it was fun.


May 13, 2015

April 27, 2015

FOSSCON 2015 Philadelphia August 22nd

FOSSCON is a Philly local open source convention.

This year it will be held August 22nd at the Friends Meeting Center in Center City Philadelphia.

Info for the event:

The CALL for papers is now open. If you would like to give a presentation, or run a workshop, please enter a submission. It’s your local conference, make it your own.

Speaker page:

Call for paper submission form:

Hope to see and HEAR you there.

April 19, 2015

New Azloco FaceBook Page!

Thanks to New member homelesspirate we have a cool new face book page up and working please check it out and like us. And many thanks to homelesspirate for taking on this project.

April 18, 2015

AZLoco team server now on 14.04

We finally retired the 12.04 team server, and moved to a new 14.04 server

April 17, 2015

Phoenix AZ Linux Installfest Sat 04/18/2015

Linux Installfest
WhenSat, April 18, 10am – 4pm
WhereUniversity of Advancing Technology: 2625 W Baseline,Tempe, AZ 85283 (between 48th and Fry's) (map)
Description*Who:* Anyone interested in Linux.

*Who* Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat or we can install on almost any version of Linux on your computer router server or Raspberry PI or???or fix or learn open source programs in a one on one
training class

*What:* We can install most Linux distributions. We are also happy to fix problems, answer questions or simply discuss free software. We meet the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10 AM until 4 PM unless we cancel or reschedule due to a holiday. Please see the calendar at for more information
We provide power and network connectivity as well as install media. *What to bring:* You must bring everything needed to use your computer (e.g. monitor, keyboard, cords, etc).

April 04, 2015

Repairing a degraded RAID array

First, figure out which hard drive was bad.
To do this, we did this:
look into /proc/mdstat and find out what hard drives are assigned to the raid array. You should be able to identify the drive that is still good. For us the good disk was /dev/sda.
Once we knew it was /dev/sda, run ls -l /dev/disk/by-id. It will show an identification of the disks (usually you could figure out the manufacturer name from there), and linked with it what the drive is referred to /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc.). If your drives are from the same manufacturer, you might be able to figure out which one is bad by this command ls -l /dev/disk/by-path. From there, try go figure out what path corresponds to what sata connector. If that still fails, you might need to just pull one of the two disks, and see if your machine boots. If it doesn't, you know that you disconnected the good disk.

Find out the partition size(s) that are raided. We used fdisk /dev/sda, issued the p command to find that out.

Once the bad drive is identified, replace it with a new disk.

Once rebooted, fdisk the new disk.
Create the partition that you want to raid. Make sure its size is the same as you recorded earlier. Make sure that you set its partition type to fe (raid auto detect).

Once formatted, issue the following command as super user
mdadm --add /dev/mdx /dev/sdyz, where you have to replace x and z with the appropriate digits, and y with an appropriate letter.
For example, if the raid array is /dev/md0 and you want to add /dev/sdb1 to the array do this: mdadm --add /dev/md0 /dev/sdb1

You should see the raid array repairing itself by looking at /proc/mdstat

March 06, 2015

New Event---Tucson Linux Workshop

Tucson Linux Workshop
When Sat, March 28, 1pm – 5pm
Where Wheeler Taft Abbett Library 7800 N Schisler Dr,Tucson, AZ 85743
Description install /fix or chat and meet other local Unix/Linux users. Computer users of all types are welcome. Stop by and see Linux in action!

February 09, 2015

Computer Technology Conference Feb 19-21

AZLoco is proud to be attending the Computer Technology Conference this year
we will have a booth Friday from 3-6PM in the fountain Building and then
Sat, Febuary 17, 10am – 4pm we will hold the Linux installfest/workshop in the
Superstition Building
Anyone interested in learning more about open source or Linux is invited to a open workshop/installfest!
We can just chat and answer questions or we can install almost any version of Linux on your computer or any device that can run linux (you must bring everything needed to use your computer (e.g. monitor, keyboard, cords, etc). We will have local linux users and experts on hand to assit you one on one with your computer project. We will have power and networking and install media on hand. A Very fun event. We are also happy to fix problems, answer questions or simply discuss free software. Please see the calendar at or check at our booth at the event.
Arizona Golf Resort
425 South Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85206

January 24, 2015

installfest and Ubuntu global Jam

Saturday February 7th we be holding a Jam at the installfest. What is a Jam?
we will be installing and testing the next version of Ubuntu 15.04 for bugs and issues and reporting them so that the next version will be the best. feel free to stop by and help or watch. We will still be doing the normal Installs and repairs as we have at the normal installfest

January 10, 2015

Creating a MultiBoot USB Drive Using Ubuntu

The document below provides minimal instructions to create a bootable thumb drive using MultiSystem that will allow you to boot to .iso images on the same drive. MultiSystem is open source software that gives you an easy and convenient way to carry around multiple installation .iso files. It's great for Install Fests or to use as a means to run a Live LINUX instance of any version you may need.

While MultiSystem may have other uses, functions, or tools, these instructions are limited to just the multiboot aspect. If you are using the bootable USB you created on a Windows 8 platform (or any system with UEFI/Secure Boot), check out the article posted by wmack here:

November 21, 2014

Adding a Second Keyboard Layout to Lubuntu

How to add a second keyboard layout to Lubuntu.

If you right click the little flag or two letter county code on the right side of the LXPanel, you will get a menu. Choose “Keyboard Layout Handler” settings. On the right side of the window that just came up, navigate to “Keep system layouts” under “Advanced setxkbmap Options” and uncheck it. The “Keyboard Layouts” section of the window will become editable after that. Choose “+ Add” and a list of keyboard layouts will become visible. Choose the one that you want. It will appear under your default layout. Before you close the window, you must re-check “Keep system layouts”.
You have to have the language pack installed for the language that you just added. You do that by going to Menu->Preferences->Language Support. Choose Install/Remove Languages. Select your language and then Apply Changes. You do have to reboot for the changes to take effect and the download and installation of some languages may take a while.

November 20, 2014

UEFI, Secure Boot, Windows 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 - more learnings

I'm writing this in November of 2014. Since UEFI and secure boot are still fairly new, it could very well be that what I'm writing now is more or less obsolete even a short while from now.
To my recollection both of the systems had Windows 8 (and not Windows 8.1)

The two systems on which I made this work was

  • A Gateway NV52L15U laptop
  • An HP Pavillion TS 15 Notebook. Windows 8, Insyde Bios V F.34

Step By Step Instructions

I presume here that you have a system with Windows 8 already installed, your PC uses UEFI and secure boot. If any of this is not true, you might find easier solutions than what I'm doing here

  1. Install Ubuntu 14.04
    I did this from a DVD. It should also work from a live USB, but if you have more esoteric ways of installing (like multisystem for example), secure boot will probably make that impossible.
    After the install I saw various behaviours. The ones I remember are these:
    • The pc boots into the GRUB menu, and selecting Ubuntu works fine.
    • Selecting Windows fails with a message that a file couldn't be loaded
    • I can get to the "Bios" boot selection prompt and select either Windows or Ubuntu and they both start fine
    • The very first boot into Windows after the install somehow "reverts" the startup behavior back to a direct Windows boot (Grub isn't displayed). But usually when you get into the "bios" boot selection menu, you can still get to the Ubuntu install.
  2. Boot into Ubuntu and type these commands
    tar -xpzf shim-signed-0.2.tgz
    cd shim-signed/
    sudo mkdir /boot/efi/EFI/refind
    sudo cp * /boot/efi/EFI/refind/.
  3. In Ubuntu, visit the following site: and download the It should end up in your Download folder
    unzip the file
  4. type these commands
    cd refind-bin-0.8.3/
    sudo ./ --shim /boot/efi/EFI/refind/shim.efi
    sudo cp keys/refind.cer /boot/efi/EFI/refind/.
    sudo cp keys/canonical-uefi-ca.der /boot/efi/EFI/refind/.

    sudo reboot

  5. at that point you should boot into the rEFInd boot screen. When there, enroll the following keys (see, section on enroll key from disk for details)
  6. go back to the rEFInd main screen, and boot into windows.
  7. In Windows get a command window with admin privileges and type these commands
    mountvol s: /s
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\refind\shim.efi

Note that the uEFInd screen shows the grub as a boot option. You don't really need that one. To get rid of it, boot into Linux, and remove the folder /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu.

That did the trick for me.

I spent lots of hours trying to understand all this. The most help for me was the refind web site maintained by by Roderick W. Smith.

October 12, 2014

Phoenix Ubuntu Hour (New Event)

AZLoCo is proud to announce a new Ubuntu Hour
Phoenix Ubuntu hour
When:Sat, October 25, 6pm – 8pm
Where:Songbird Coffee and Tea House 214 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
DescriptionPurpose: Come and learn about Ubuntu (a Linux Operating System) for your personal computer and the FREE software. meet with other Linux users and chat about linux and open source

September 29, 2014

CPOSC Nov 1st – Registration OPEN


CPOSC registration is open.  The speaker and session info are
trickling onto the website.

Central PA Open Source Conference 2014

The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a one-day technical conference for open source users and developers. Presentations and sessions cover all aspects of open source, with talks ranging from novice to expert skill levels.

Join us for a day of learning from, and meeting, your technology peers.

Ticket Type Price Fee
Attendee $35.00 $2.92
Friend of CPOSC
$60.00 $0.00



September 22, 2014

CPOSC – November 1st – Central PA Open Source Conference

Call for papers still open. (HURRY)
Give a talk.
See a talk.
Tell a friend.

September 04, 2014

Installfest schedule and locations

Due to some scheduling issues we have had to move the installfest on certain dates for the next few months. Please check back as the schedule may change at any time
September 20 2014 Gangplank, 260 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225, USA , Arizona
October 04 2014 University of Advancing Technology: 2625 W Baseline,Tempe, AZ 85283
October 18 2014 Gangplank, LLC, 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ, United States

All events are 10 am to 4 pm

*Who:* Anyone interested in Linux. *Who* Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat or we can install almost any versionof Linux on your computer (you must bring everything needed to use your computer (e.g. monitor, keyboard, cords, etc). *What:* We can install most Linux distributions. We are also happy to fix problems, answer questions or simply discuss free software. We meet the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10 AM until 4 PM unless we cancel or reschedule due to aholiday. Please see the calendar at for more information We provide power and network connectivity as well as install media. *What to bring:* You need to bring everything required to use your computer.

August 21, 2014

How to post a blog on (drupal) basic guide

1. Under find User menu header on middle left and log in or request a account from most any team member.
2. Under the Navigation upper left header click on Blogs
3. Create new blog entry
4. create a Title
5. Write Your blog in the Body box
6. Add one or several categorizes in the Tags Box (Which group will be able to see it
7. Add a attachment if you have one in the File attachments
8. Click Preview
9. Look over the Preview trimmed version and Preview full version and edit if necessary in the Body box
10. Click Save
If you would like it to show up on the front page contact a team member to promote it too the front page

August 03, 2014

FOSSCON 2014 Sat Aug 9th Franklin Institute Phila SPEAKER LIST




Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
9:00-9:50am Keynote: “We Are Not Special Snowflakes”
Corey Quinn
10:00-10:50am “Building A Career in FOSS” Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph “Reigning in Date: Ephemeral Messaging Andrew Schwab
11:00-11:50am “How To Make Localized Activities Rock In A Multi Cultured Open Source Project”
Bhavani Shankar and Sergio Meneses
“Cross-Platform Application Development With The Ecere SDK”
Jerome Jacovella-St-Louis
12:00-12:50pm Lunch Break
1:00-1:50pm “Radio Linux: The Other Wireless Networks”
Dr. Kyle N Winfree
“Lessons From Open Source Schoolhouse”
Charlie Reisinger
Ham Radio Exams
2:00-2:50pm “Selling Yourself: How to Handle a Technical Interview”
Corey Quinn
“Interactive Fiction and You” Part 1
LaMaia Cramer
Ham Radio Exams
3:00-3:50pm “Perl: One-Liners”,
Dr. Walt Mankowski
“Interactive Fiction and You” Part 2
LaMaia Cramer
“LibreOffice Tools and Tricks For Making Your Work Easier” Robinson Tryon
4:00-4:45pm Closing Remarks

Please keep up to date with us by following us:

via Twitter – @fossconNE
via Facebook –

Registration & Amateur License Testing 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.



July 28, 2014

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.

July 26, 2014

Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour

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The inaugural Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour was held from 1730-1830 on 24 July 2014 at the Sierra Vista Public Library foyer. There were four Arizona Loco team members in attendance, three of which drove from the Phoenix area to ensure the success of this inaugural event. Two people stopped by and expressed an interest in having Ubuntu installed on their computer. I will accomodate them this next week. A good time was had by all present before, during, and after the Ubuntu Hour.

July 22, 2014

Ralink-based wifi access point in Linux - frequent dropouts on Windows clients

Some specifics of the system:
Distribution: Debian 7.1 (wheezy) (with minor modifications)
Kernel used: 3.2.46

lsusb identifies the stick in use as "ID 0846:9041 NetGear, Inc. WNA1000M 802.11bgn [Realtek RTL8188CUS]"

When using the wireless stick in access point mode, Windows systems would frequently drop the wireless connection. What exactly happened was never clear to me, but hostapd seemed to indicate that the windows system was requesting a re-key.

After some investigation I became aware that the used kernel builds a driver for the RAlink chip. The source for this driver is found in the linux source under
drivers/net/wireless/rtl* (there are a few folders, and I don't know exactly which ones contain the code for the exact chip in my stick). This is the driver that will be used by default, and that is the one that gave me problems.

On RaLink's web site is a different driver. The one I downloaded is in a zip file with the name of
That's the one that worked for me.

In order to replace the first driver with the second, follow these steps:

1. compile the new driver.
For this you must
* unzip the file,
* cd into folder RTL8188C_8192C_USB_linux_v4.0.2_9000.20130911/driver/
* untar the file rtl8188C_8192C_usb_linux_v4.0.2_9000.20130911.tar.gz
* cd into folder rtl8188C_8192C_usb_linux_v4.0.2_9000.20130911
* edit the Makefile and add a target for your specific system (see the patch for the change that I made further below).
* once the Makefile is ready, run make as follows: "make CONFIG_PLATFORM_mymodule=y modules"
* this will result in a file "8192cu.ko" being produced. This is your new driver.

difference that shows the changes to the Makefile for the driver

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index c399011..46dd9cf 100755
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -38,7 +38,8 @@ CONFIG_RTL8192CU_REDEFINE_1X1 = n
+CONFIG_PLATFORM_mymodule = y
@@ -236,6 +237,17 @@ ifeq ($(CONFIG_INTEL_WIDI), y)
+ifeq ($(CONFIG_PLATFORM_mymodule), y)
+SUBARCH := i386
+KVER := 3.2.46-rt67 (modify this to match your kernel version)
+KSRC := /export/berm2/dev/staging/lib/modules/$(KVER)/build
+MODDESTDIR := /lib/modules/$(KVER)/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/
ifeq ($(CONFIG_PLATFORM_I386_PC), y)
SUBARCH := $(shell uname -m | sed -e s/i.86/i386/)

__________________ end of diff ______________________

2. install the driver into your target. blacklist the old driver
* take the file "8192cu.ko" and put it into the following folder on your target: /lib/modules//kernel/drivers/net/wireless
* edit (or create if needed) the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add the following line:
blacklist rtl8192cu

3. compile a replacement for the executable hostapd and place into target
* on the system that you unzipped the Ralink driver source, cd back into the folder RTL8188C_8192C_USB_linux_v4.0.2_9000.20130911/wpa_supplicant_hostapd
* untar the file wpa_supplicant_hostapd-0.8_rtw_r7475.20130812.tar.gz, and cd into the folder wpa_supplicant_hostapd-0.8_rtw_r7475.20130812
* run make.
* copy the file found in hostapd/hostapd to your target, replacing the existing hostapd file (for me it was in /usr/sbin).

4. update the file /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf.
* I took the file "rtl_hostapd_2G.conf" in folder RTL8188C_8192C_USB_linux_v4.0.2_9000.20130911/wpa_supplicant_hostapd as the basis. Make sure to replace the identifying features like ssid, password, etc, and use this new file to replace the existing /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf in your target system.

June 18, 2014


I tend to be on #ubuntu to help others. Today, an interesting question
popped up, how do I clean the old linux images and headers?

Each linux image / header has its own dir in /usr/src/

Let's start, uname -a ... do NOT remove this image

Let's do a sudo apt-get update ... make sure it is clean

If, for some reason, you get errors, try sudo apt-get -f install (fix broken)

Let's get a list of all the images, dpkg -l | grep linux-image

for each image, issue
sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.2.0-59 (your numbers will be different)
sudo apt-get purge linux-headers-3.2.0-59 (your numbers will be different)

It will do a bunch of things and that image/headers is removed.

After all is done, do another sudo apt-get update to sync everything.

Happy trails!

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
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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:

June 17, 2014

Installfest Moves this week only June 21

We have moved the installfest this week only and will be at
Gangplank, LLC, 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225, United States
same time 10 am-4 Pm Parking across the street in the parking Garage
or lot at the end of the street,

May 28, 2014

Another UEFI Adventure

I recently bought a new used Lenovo V570 laptop and wanted to dual boot it with windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.05. I found the drive had been erased with the exception of a recovery partition, but I was unable to access it.

Step 1:
I tried using the original format which was msdos and installed a fresh Windows 7. Unfortunately that failed. The Windows disk required GPT.

Step 2:
Booted live Linux change to GPT and create partitions. installed Windows 7, then installed Ubuntu 14.04. Ubuntu 14.04 installed ok until reboot, then it only showed Windows 7 with no way to get to other operating systems. I checked boot order and checked boot options and tested Windows boot loader option with no luck. Checked Google for a solutin and updated the Bios. Reinstalled failed.

Step 3:
Per one of the forums, I found a recomendation to install as msdos, create the partitions and install Ubuntu 14.04 to rear of HDD, then install Windows 7 from a usb drive (Microsoft has a free downloadable tool to convert a ISO or DVD to a usb) I then use grub rescue to reinstal grub 2. I did find that Windows would install to msdos with no errors of GPT not found.But grub rescue did not work. Using wmacks guide below, I was able to restore grub 2 and make everything work.

Final thoughts:
As shown by wmack's blog below each UEFI is different and there is no standard way to do anything. I may retry with GPT in order to understand better how it works.
usb tool info at

Cottonwood Open Source Software Society (Cottonwood)

Cottonwood AZ Open Source Software Society (Cottonwood)

(google map) (yahoo map)
Hello. My name is Mike and I like Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS). I'm attempting to find a group of people who are like minded. Presently, I'm looking for people who would be interested in socializing but in the future I plan on trying to hold computer-club meetings. The purpose of these meetings is both to be social and to try to teach about open source software. I know there is a computer club here in the Verde Valley but they charge for membership. We will meet at coffee shops and other such places so, as Linux is free, the club will be as well. A third thing I would like to do is to periodically have, what they call in Phoenix, installfests. Installfests are events where people, who wish to test FOSS gather together to install a FOSS operating system on their computers (usually as a dual-boot so as to preserve their windows installation). Please, contact me and we'll get together :) Name of the group? Why of course.... it is COSSS.

feel free to contact Todd if youhave are interested a Cottonwood event

May 18, 2014

notes on installing grub on a disk that is not mounted as root

  • boot the system with a live usb
  • make sure that the system hard drive is mounted. Find out what its block device name is and on what folder it is mounted. For this you might want to use the "df" command.
  • make yourself the super user by issuing the command "sudo su -"
  • use the mount command to mount the /dev and /proc mounts to "mountpoint"/dev and "mountpoint"/proc
  • chroot into "mountpoint"
  • run the following command "grub-install "blockdevname"

Let's assume that your system is booted via live usb, and the partition on which you have your operating system is /dev/sda3, and that partition is mounted as /mnt/hdsystem, "blockdevname" is /dev/sda (note that it is /dev/sda, it is NOT!!! /dev/sda3!!!), and "mountpoint" is /mnt/hdsystem.

May 13, 2014

Adding a USB printer in Lubuntu 13.10

The attached word doc shows a walk through of how to add a USB printer to the list of available printers in Lubuntu 13.10.

Hope it helps.
I herewith put this posting and the attached word file into the public domain
Walter Mack

May 05, 2014

IRC stats for #ubuntu-us-az up

In the past it was possible to get stats on the #ubuntu-us-az IRC channel. That capability was lost a while ago. Its back now. Details are in this post.

For posterity's sake, here is a run-down of how it is done:

  • run irssi to listen to the chat channel. The sole reason for doing this is to get irssi's log file.
  • once a day, run pisg on the log files to create an html file with the stats. They are available under

irssi setup steps:

The configuration file for irssi is found in ~/.irssi/config. It was modified as follows:

  • in the servers variable the following stanza was added:
    address = "";
    chatnet = "freenode";
    port = "6667";
  • in the chatnets variable the following stanza was added

    freenet = {
    type = "IRC";
    max_kicks = "4";
    max_msgs = "5";
    max_whois = "4";
    max_query_chans = "5";
  • in the channels variable the following stanza was added

    { name = "#ubuntu-us-az"; chatnet = "freenode"; autojoin = "Yes"; },
  • the settings stanza was modified to be as follows:

    settings = {
    core = { real_name = ""; user_name = "azlocolog"; nick = "azlocolog"; };
    "fe-text" = { actlist_sort = "refnum"; };
    "fe-common/core" = { autolog = "yes"; };

A file startup was created in ~/.irssi with the following content

/set autolog on
/join #ubuntu-us-az

Two scripts were created. Both live in ~/bin:

  • This script runs once a day to update the stats file

    cd ~/public_html
    pisg -ch \#ubuntu-us-az.log -l ~/irclogs/freenode/\#ubuntu-us-az.log -f irssi

    tmux -2 new-session -s IRC -d
    tmux new-window -t IRC:1 -d 'irssi -d'

crontab additions

The following two lines are added to the crontab file:

45 22 * * * /home/ircstats/bin/
@reboot /home/ircstats/bin/

April 16, 2014

Installing and configuring owncloud

Todd and I spent a morning installing and configuring owncloud on the team server. Things worked fairly well - with essentially only one glitch that I'll discuss at the end.

owncloud was installed on a new virtual machine with Ubuntu server 12.04.3 as the initial install. Immediately after the install from an ISO image, the server was updated with the latest updates.

A web search suggested that there are only install packages for OpenSuse. Later on (more by accident) we found out that Ubuntu has an owncloud package, but we didn't use that.

The instructions we followed were these:
We did put the whole owncloud content directly into /var/www. That worked for us, because the server is dedicated to the owncloud service.

Also - make sure that ssl is running.

At that point we were able to get to the opencloud server from within the local network via Firefox.

Getting to the opencloud from the Internet was done by re-directing port 8081 from to the firewall behind which all AzLoco servers sit. The firewall then does forward the request to the https port of the owncloud server.

We encountered two glitches:
Glitch1: The admin page had a line indicating that the WebDAV configuration was broken. After some investigation it was clear that the problem was introduced by our ssl certificate. Owncloud tries to check the WebDAV functionality with Curl. Curl finds it problematic that the server's certificate's DN does not match the URL under which the owncloud server is accessed.
This problem got fixed by editing the file /var/www/3rdparty/Sabre/DAV/Client.php. These two lines had to be added to the initialization of the array $curlSettings in function request:


after login, the owncloud server was directing to its IP address on the local network, rather than to The fix for this was to edit the file /var/www/config/config.php. This line had to be added to the initialization of the array $CONFIG

'overwritehost' => '',

We didn't attempt to get CA endorsed certificates, because the intent of this owncloud use is for team members, so overriding the certificate trust on the browser is acceptable. To make the Chrome browser work correctly the DN of the certificate had to be

March 10, 2014

Use Raspberry PI To Implement a VPN

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The basic idea here is to add a VPN connection to an existing residential network. The way its implemented is as an add-on to the existing network, so that the existing network doesn't need to be modified at all. Turning off VPN is simply done by shutting down the PI, no other reconfigs necessary.

February 06, 2014

test of win 8.1 and ubuntu 13.10 dualboot with UFEI and secure boot

Windows 8.1/Ubuntu13.10 UEFI, secure boot dual-boot installation instructions provided by wmack
Generic Box with MSIFM2-A75MA-E35 A75 FM2 R mother board
and a AMD A4-5300 3.4G CPU 4GB ram 500gb HDD

System with an installed Windows 8.1
Boot is set to use UEFI and secure boot
Ubuntu 13.10 USB, created with startup disk creator in an Ubuntu 13.10 system

Start up PC and boot into Windows 8.1
Shut down PC, using this procedure: use keyboard super-x combination to bring up menu. From there select to shut down. I was told that this does a complete shutdown, and not a half-baked one.
While shut down, insert Ubuntu USB
get into UEFI and select usb stick as the first item in the UEFI boot priority
have system booted
in Ubuntu menu select “Install Ubuntu”
Go through menus until you are at the “installation type” menu
in my case the Windows install was not recognized. Others have reported that there is a choice to “install ubuntu and windows side by side.” So if you see the side-by-side option you have to make a decision: continue with these instructions, or trust the ubuntu installer...
select “Something else” from the installation type menu, then
verify that the efi partition is mounted as “EFI boot partition”
shrink the largest partition (where Windows has its data – presumably)
I went from 481G to 150G
add 10G of swap partition
add remaining large free space as ext4, use as root dir. Make sure it is marked for formatting
Let Ubuntu installation take its course
After ubuntu install is complete, on reboot, break into UEFI
Make sure that Ubuntu is the first choice in the UEFI boot order
let boot up continue. You should see the grub screen with an option to boot into ubuntu, or into the Windows boot loader.

February 02, 2014

Basic Linux Administration. The command "top"

The command "top" is a valuable command in the Linux command line. As a Linux administrator this is almost always the first command I use looking for Linux issues. "top" will show you many things, and I will discuss some of the important features of "top."

Here is an example of what you should see if you run the command "top" in the commmand line.

repsol@minime ~ $ top

top - 21:32:58 up 1:14, 1 user, load average: 0.63, 0.60, 0.54
Tasks: 155 total, 1 running, 153 sleeping, 0 stopped, 1 zombie
Cpu(s): 20.4%us, 6.6%sy, 0.0%ni, 73.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
Mem: 2706252k total, 1510544k used, 1195708k free, 82144k buffers
Swap: 3905532k total, 0k used, 3905532k free, 739328k cached

4225 repsol 20 0 222m 55m 12m S 27 2.1 7:33.22 chrome
1456 root 20 0 197m 88m 51m S 8 3.3 2:21.84 Xorg
5191 repsol 20 0 227m 57m 27m S 8 2.2 2:26.16 chrome
4031 repsol 20 0 639m 74m 37m S 5 2.8 2:28.35 chrome
2684 repsol 20 0 159m 12m 9692 S 2 0.5 0:06.29 lxterminal
4177 repsol 20 0 255m 75m 25m S 2 2.8 1:17.50 chrome
6366 repsol 20 0 2852 1172 896 R 1 0.0 0:00.11 top

OK lets go over this line by line:
1st line
top - 21:32:58 up 1:14, 1 user, load average: 0.63, 0.60, 0.54
The first interesting thing you see is 21:32:58 This is the time right now.
up 1:14 is how long the server has been up. This means 1 hour and 14 minutes.
1 user means there is one user logged in.
Load Average is the load average now, last 5 min , and last 15 min.

2nd Line:
Tasks: 155 total, 1 running, 153 sleeping, 0 stopped, 1 zombie
This is pretty straight forward. Basically 155 total possible tasks, 1 running 153 sleeping and 1 zombie.
zombie is a process where the parent processor stopped but the spawned child process didn't die. I will cover that in a later blog.

3rd line:
Cpu(s): 20.4%us, 6.6%sy, 0.0%ni, 73.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
This is the load averages of the CPU. For the begining admin all you really need to be concerned about is teh first number 20.4% This is a ten minute average of the CPU load.
Note if you hit "1" while top is running, you will see the stats of all of the procs.
Cpu0 : 23.8%us, 6.7%sy, 0.0%ni, 68.8%id, 0.7%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
Cpu1 : 20.9%us, 7.1%sy, 0.0%ni, 72.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st

4th and 5th line:
Mem: 2706252k total, 1507796k used, 1198456k free, 82836k buffers
Swap: 3905532k total, 0k used, 3905532k free, 737080k cached

The top line is Mem IN this case it shows I have 2G ram
Swap shows I have 4G swap.

Really the important thing is the second column in the Swap line 0k. That means that the OS is not swapping which is good, but if you have a server running slow and it is swapping it is a good indication a reboot could be in order. Rebooting the Linux server will clear swap.

If it is swapping, the next lines show the most offensive processes in order of the most offensive.

4225 repsol 20 0 224m 56m 12m S 27 2.1 10:08.99 chrome
1456 root 20 0 197m 88m 51m S 9 3.4 3:01.51 Xorg
5191 repsol 20 0 227m 57m 27m S 9 2.2 3:12.96 chrome

As you can see, I am not swapping yet, but chrome is the biggest CPU draw on my system now. If I was swapping I could try to restart the chrome service or reboot the server if it is the right time to do so.

If you type "c" without the quotes, it will show the actual command it is running in the process list.

4031 repsol 20 0 639m 76m 37m S 14 2.9 3:13.73 /opt/google/chrome/chrome

I hope this short tutorial is helpful. If anybody has any suggestions for a basic Linux lesson hit me up, and I will gladly throw something together.


January 25, 2014

Basic Linux Adminsitration CLI

Hello this is my first blog entry. I have had a request for help for beginning command line help. There is probably too much to learn for one blog, so I will try, and write several beginner blogs.

The shell is a way to interface with your operating system. It is popular because it is a quick way to make changes. It is powerful, and you can get a lot of info quickly through the shell. Other names for a shell are: BASH, Terminal, or Console (sometimes cli (comand line)).

Username: user account on the PC
Hostname: the name of your PC
ls equals list -there are many options for ls. To see them you can type "man ls"

Lets get started:
Open a shell -The shell by default should give you a prompt. Preceding the curser you should see your username@hostname:$ . It should be waiting for some input.

By default you are in your default home directory /home/

Mine looks like this:

Now type something: ls
This will give you a list of all fo the cotents in your home directory.
One of the directories should be "Desktop".

Now type: cd Desktop
then: ls
Now you should be in /home//Desktop.
To know for sure type: pwd (pwd is present working directory)
Mine looks like this.
adrenaline@system76:~/Desktop$ pwd

Now type:ls
You should see all of the files on your deskop here in a list format.

Now to go back one directory type: cd ..

If you get lost changing directories, you can simply type "cd" with no options and it will take you back your your home directory.

One thing to note: Linux/Unix is case sensitive on the command line.
azloco and Azloco are two different words in Linux.

This is all for now. If anybody has any beginning tutorial questions, you can email me at or catch me in IRC #ubuntu-us-az.


January 20, 2014

Paradise Valley installfest Saturday/Ubuntu user Days

Paradise Valley Community College 18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA Sat, January 25, 9am – 2pm Bring your computer to get Linux installed, or get help with configuration issues, learn about Linux or help others. Great fun! We will help both on desktop and servers. Enter from the north east or east lot toward the center and look for the computer commons area Building E Room E152

Free online classes for new and midlevel ubuntu users with lots of tricks and tips
see for more information


January 04, 2014

Jan 4th Installfest Cancelled

We just wanted to let you know that the UAT campus is getting their floors waxed this weekend and the campus will be closed the entire time this is being done. I apologize for the inconvenience and the late notification. We only found out about this an hour ago (fri 5pm)and I wanted to personally reach out and let you know. Very sorry again and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
we resume normal events starting on the Jan 18 event


December 10, 2013

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:

November 08, 2013

New Installfest, this one is in Paradise Valley

Located at Paradise Valley Community College (in building E near the three pillars). Parking on the east side of the campus is best & enter on the east side of the building. Look for the area called "Computer Commons" near the center corridor on the left. Enter and make your way towards the room against the wall on the far right labeled E146. See the link below for the campus map.

We can install most Linux distributions. We are also happy to fix problems, answer questions or simply discuss free software. We meet the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 AM until 2 PM unless we cancel or reschedule due to a holiday. While we emphasize Linux on the Desktop, we happily assist with Server installs of linux as well. See the calendar for events.

We provide power and network connectivity as well as install media.
What to bring: You need to bring everything required to use your computer. For a server, bring your server, [with keyboard, monitor and mouse if ssh access isn't set up yet,] along with a 2nd computer for accessing the server via a network connection.

Feel free to share this event with any of your friends.

October 13, 2013

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

August 22, 2013

Special Event This Saturday

To all AZ LoCos:
There will be a special team meeting on Sat. August 24th to help
anyone interested in working toward applying for Ubuntu Membership. We
will also be working on the Team wiki, team servers and forums in
preparation for Ubuntu Team renewal. There will be wifi and power
plus an extra laptop or two to lend.

Please Contact Todd Cole at or 602-677-9402 for more

Saturday August 24 from 12-4pm
Iguana Mack’s
1371 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ, 85224
United States

*Phone: * (480) 899-6735
(no purchase necessary to attend but the proprietors appreciate our


August 20, 2013

Want to apply for Ubuntu Membership?

Hello everyone,

I'm scott_ev and I've been a member of the Arizona Local Community Team since Feb. 2009 and an Ubuntu Member since July 2010. What I'm going attempt here is to walk you through the process of getting ready to apply for membership, and if I don't leave anything out, you should be successful on your first attempt.

The first thing to do is to setup an Ubuntu Wiki so you can document everything you do for the LoCo and for Ubuntu in general. Here's a link to mine - . I recommend looking at several wikis and find a format you like. Once you have a basic wiki up you'll need to generate OpenPGP keys and add the public key to your wiki and sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

Keep in mind that it's vital that you find something to contribute to Ubuntu in general aside from your LoCo involvement. For a while I chased bugs as a part of the Bug Squad and I helped with the Ubuntu Weekly News. Helping with the UWN was a great way to volunteer as it didn't take up a lot of time and helped me build my wiki. There are many things you can do – you'll just need to think of something. If you are a developer there are even more options available.

That's the bare bones basics. I'll try to follow this up with more detailed instructions on OpenPGP, etc. If I can help find me in #Ubuntu-US-AZ and/or email me at j dot scott dot gwin at ubuntu dot com and I'll find someone that can actually help you.

Here are a few links that might help:

August 19, 2013

DC LoCo Meeting

In this meeting we will discuss upcoming events and our path towards reapproval.

August 17, 2013

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.


August 05, 2013

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.

July 21, 2013

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:


June 16, 2013

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.




March 05, 2013


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Last Weekend Was the Southern California Linux Convention.

WOW, I learned so much. Were do I begin or where does the learning end. If you have ever been to a software convention before or any kind of convention you know that you will always be blown away by all the new stuff coming out; and don't forget about the great schwag! But for starters I will just highlight three things that I enjoyed:

IPv6 and you:

By a show of hands in the audience, the latest news at the S.C.A.L.E. conference confirms that, yes, IPv6 is rolling out across the country and it will be slowly released into the Phoenix markets in short time. What does it mean to you and what do you need to do to prepare yourself for it; good question, go to this site and find out;

Ubuntu new and improved:

The latest release of Ubuntu as quoted from,(

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS is the latest point release of Ubuntu, released on February 14, 2013. It includes a move to the Qualtal hardware enablement stack as well as a series of bug fixes and security updates, making it our most robust Ubuntu to date.

Hacking is a hot topic:

If you have any interest in Hacking security this is the time to get into the field. At the conference there were talks on how to implement security and what to look for in existing system infrastructures. All the way to group hack-fests that were being encouraged during and after the convention. As we have all heard, information vulnerabilities do exist at all layers of the stack and being able to safeguard those openings is real big business. The new group out at Mesa Community College, Ethical Hackers, is just who you need to talk to to get in on the amazing opportunities. Check them out at:

These are just a few of the great topics at the S.C.A.L.E. convention and so much more; but don't take my word for it, go to and find out for yourself.
Anthony Rhodes


February 16, 2013

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.

December 09, 2012

CoLoCo Going Social

So in an effort to spread Ubuntu on a expansive scale. We have gone social on many fronts. So here is our social profiles.

Google + | Twitter | Facebook

So spread the news, subscribe, and enjoy. Also don’t forget to give thanks to Emma Marshall for all the hard work on setting up and managing all of this.

Ubuntu US Teams Planet

US Teams Planet is a window into the world, work and lives of Ubuntu Teams across the United States.

If you are a US Team representative and would like your blog aggregated here, please see the US Teams Wiki.


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