As part of 091 Labs’ series of workshops for Irish Hackerspace Week, one event for which we received a great deal of positive feedback was our “Introduction to Linux” class, tutored by Matthew Kolder, Barry Coughlan and Aaron Hastings. The class, which we are looking to hold more of in the future, covered the very basics of Linux and Ubuntu (our Operating System of choice) – installation, initial setup, cool applications and benefits of running Linux over Windows and Mac.
By putting an 091 Labs laptop and an Ubuntu disc in front of each attendee, we guaranteed that everyone could get hands-on with the system, while having comfort in the fact they weren’t messing up their own computer.
A summary of the topics covered can be found on our Wiki, at the following link:
Maybe one of the most consistently popular workshops that 091 Labs has been holding to date have been those for Linux beginners. Come in, meet the members, and learn to use Linux while under the supervision of one of our Linux gurus. Although if you wind up with me assisting you, you are expected to stoically endure a certain amount of baleful stares and dark imprecations as I bravely cd and ls my way through your folders.
The majority of 091 Labs members choose and use Ubuntu Linux for its ease of use and installation, its broad user base – and implied support base, and the depth of its software repositories. In addition to our own personal laptops and workstations, Ubuntu also powers all of the work machines here at the Labs.
091 Labs <3 Ubuntu, in short.
In the next few months, we are hopeful of extending our Linux offerings for both Labs members and the public alike. They include:
A regular series of beginners Linux workshops with a focus on Ubuntu.
Shell accounts for Labs members to learn remote administration on.
Advanced Linux courses that will delve into security, advanced command line usage and kernel compilation using enterprise Linux distributions.
A local repository of current distributions for members.
Thanks to John Breslin for delivering a great talk on The Social Semantic Web last night and to everyone who joined us for the first of our monthly guest speaker series. Given recent announcements from Twitter and Facebook it proved very informative and timely. We found the Semantic Microblogging Framework (SMOB) of particular interest. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, May 4th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.
Declan McGrath has posted a good write up of Open Jam over on The Irish Penguin. There are a number of upcoming events worth sharing. Galway Open Coffee is hosting its May 1st meetup in Irelands first ecovillage Cloughjordan. To celebrate the release of Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx) a geeknic is planned for May 2nd in Farmleigh Park. Ignite The West kicks off at The Mill Times Hotel in Westport on May 7th. BizCamp Limerick is being held at the Kemmy Business School on May 8th. Dublin Startup Weekend takes place from May 6th-8th at the NDRC.
Welcome to our new home – we are still in startup mode so bear with us while we get up and running – if you want to get involved please get in contact. We plan to meetup at a city centre location every Tuesday evening and hope to have a lease signed on a premises before the end of March.
If you are in the Limerick area this weekend and are free Saturday afternoon from 12am-6pm pop along to the Ubuntu Ireland talks at UL. Jeffrey Roe from TOG will give a talk titled “So you want to build a Hackerspace” which is recommended checking out.