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Mar 30, 2013 - 1 minute read

23 March 2013 - Owncloud revisited

Attending this week Elizabeth, Keiran and Mike. Keiran, ably assisted by Elizabeth, worked on a presentation about Linux for his IT project at school. I took another look at owncloud, an open source dropbox. When I first looked at Owncloud, a few versions back, it had problems syncing. The sync would fail regularly with a message about the time not being in sync. Even setting the server and client to use the same network time server did not help, so I gave up.

Mar 30, 2013 - 3 minute read

Pagekite revisited

_Pagekite_ - The fast, reliable localhost tunneling solution _PageKite_ makes local websites or SSH servers publicly accessible in mere seconds, and works with any computer and any Internet connection. 27th December 2010 Whether it’s a personal blog, photos of your kids, or a brand new web-app you’ve built from scratch, pageKite lets you run websites on your own computers - no hosting required! This page should contain information on how to use the Python implementation of the pageKite tunneling protocol,

Mar 30, 2013 - 2 minute read

Northwest groups

In Manchester, there’s a group called NWDC - North West Digital Community. These guys try to co-ordinate the dates of events across the whole NW region. You’ve got Manchester LUG at If you want to appeal to the slightly more hardcore of the Linux people, look at Manchester BSD Users Group (mostly Unix Admins) For people who use Open Source Software already - take a look at the list created by the MDDA (Manchester Digital Development Agency) If you’re not already talking to them, have a chat with the guys who run to get your name on their server - the details are on their front page, and also join the lugmaster list, for us who currently or previously have run LUGs.

Mar 30, 2013 - 3 minute read

Why use Linux?

New to Linux? Wondering what it is all about? Linux is an operating system for computers. Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 are also operating systems for computers. A computer (the tin box) will not work without an operating system installed. Historically, MicroSoft operating systems have always been bundled with the PC, and included in the price, so you did not realise that you had in fact paid for the operating system.

Mar 30, 2013 - 2 minute read

Attracting members

Regularly revisit the project documentation and check off completed items, to get an impression of progress and success. ** generating some Buzz.** Finally a page about spreading the word and generating some Buzz. Twitter, facebook and blogger get a mention along with podcasts, local radio, magazine articles, banners/buttons and posters/flyers. This article starting on page 52 is well worth reading, and is available along with other back issues of Linux Format.

Mar 30, 2013 - 3 minute read


community manager, and author of ‘the art of community’. This 6 page spread adds a lot more substance to a previous article in the Linux Format magazine (issue 109 Sept 2008 page 14) about attracting more members to the LUG. A LUG needs: A place to communicate -> Mailing list A place to collaborate -> wiki A place to present the group on line -> website Two pages are dedicated to implementing these three points.