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Please join our weekly Linux User Net every Monday from 8:10PM-9:00PM PST. If you are local to Portland 147.04 megahertz repeater a 100hz tone. We will stay unlinked from the rest of the K7RPT repeaters until further notice.

You can also join us via 147.040 IRLP NODE  #7959 on The Amateur Radio Relay Group (ARRG) System.

Your patience is appreciated as I add  the Net Control Stations topic information by Topic and Date for past and current nets. This way you can review the step by step instructions provided during the net. 

Please Note: These Tables are in the Process of being Updated

Some links may incomplete, your patience is appreciated.

The Linux User Net Control Notes - 2019

Getting started with GNU Radio Companion (KC7MM)-Pine64 Linux Single Board Computers (KC7MM)-DistroTest Web site (KA7PLE), Pine64 Linux hardware (KC7MM)-Network bridging explained KA7PLE)9-2-19
Open roundtable discussion (All) 8-12-19
It's an SDR — what does that mean? (KC7MM)8-5-19
Open roundtable discussion (All)7-29-19
BASH shell scripting and the .bashrc file (K7SAK)7-22-19
Network bridges explained (KA7PLE)7-15-19
MX Linux Review (KC7NYR)7-8-19
SDR Primer, Part 6: More on digitizing (KC7MM)7-1-19
Linux news for Hams: Raspberry Pi 4 – RigPi – Apache Labs SDR at HRO (KC7MM)6-24-19
SDR: Summary of progress (KC7MM)6-17-19
Running APRS on Raspbian Linux (KJ7BRE)6-10-19
SDR Primer Part 5: Encoding in detail (KC7MM)6-3-19
Digital filters (K7SAK); SDR Primer Part 4: Encoding theory (KC7MM)
SDR Primer Part 3: Information theory (KC7MM)5-20-19
SDR Primer Part 2: A new model for radios (KC7MM)5-13-19
Running APRS on Raspbian Linux (KJ7BRE)6-10-19
SDR Primer, Part 2: Introduction (KC7MM)5-13-19
SDR Primer Part 1: Introduction (KC7MM)5-6-19
Network terminology (KA7PLE)4-29-19
Network security: TCP/IP ports (K7SAK)4-22-19
Open roundtable discussion (KC7MM)4-15-19
Choosing a Antenna-for-2-4-ghz-Mesh Network4-8-19
Introduction to DARS: Distributed Amateur Radio Station4-1-19
Learn to Program (KC7MM)3-4-19
Using SSH in Linux 3-18-19
How To Set Up Mesh Network3-11-19
Virtual Private Network - VPN3-25-19
Mesh Networking2-25-19
Introduction - Skywave Linux2-18-19
Split Station1-21-19
Introduction - Virtual Machines2-11-19
Network Troubleshooting For Linux2-4-19
GNU Radio Companion (K7SAK)1-28-19
Discussion: Split Station: With SDR, control a station from anywhere (KC7MM)1-21-19
Discussion: RaspPi Panadapter, TARPN, Calibrinano, Pandoc (KC7MM)1-14-19
Using SDR dongles with Linux – Part 21-7-19

The Linux User Net Control Notes - 2018

Linux Vendors – Where to Buy a Linux Computer7-26-18
Linux Distributions by KA7PLE-Mike8-19-18
Using The Terminal 9/17/18
Lineageos-Pi-Star-Zumspot 9/10/18
Optimize Raspberry Pi For Your Particular Use
Round Table – open discussion. (KC7MM)10-29-18
SHA-256 and security. (K7SAK)10-22-18
Interface Between Radio and Computer10-15-18
ThreatList: 83% of Routers Contain Vulnerable Code 10-8-18
Making Command Line Work For You 10-1-18
Ham software for Linux – overview and discussion. (KA7PLE)11-19-18
Favorite 3 Flavors 11-12-18
Using non-Ham software on Linux for Amateur Radio – discussion. (KC7MM)11-5-18
Linux Trivia 12-10-18
Using SDR dongles with Linux12-3-18
Working with PDFs on Linux 1-11-18

Net Control Stations

Russ – KC7MM – 1st Monday of The Month. Russ is our Assistant Net Manager.

Mark – KC7NYR – 2nd Monday of The Month. Mark is our Net Manager.

Mike – KA7PLE – 3rd Monday of The Month.

Yuuki – K7SAK – 4th Monday of the Month.

I would like to personally thank each of our Linux Net Control stations for joining our team. Its a honor and pleasure learning and growing together in regards to Linux and Amateur radio! 

If you are a Licensed Amateur Radio operator and like to become a Guest Speaker on The Linux User Net, visit our Linux User Net Guest Speaker page and fill our the registration form.

If you would like to join The West Side Mesh Networking Project Forum, visit and join the discussion.

What is Linux?

Just like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X, Linux is an operating system. An operating system is software that manages all of the hardware resources associated with your desktop or laptop. To put it simply – the operating system manages the communication between your software and your hardware. Without the operating system (often referred to as the “OS”), the software wouldn’t function.

The OS is comprised of a number of pieces: 

  • The Bootloader: The software that manages the boot process of your computer. For most users, this will simply be a splash screen that pops up and eventually goes away to boot into the operating system.
  • The kernel: This is the one piece of the whole that is actually called “Linux”. The kernel is the core of the system and manages the CPU, memory, and peripheral devices. The kernel is the “lowest” level of the OS.
  • Daemons: These are background services (printing, sound, scheduling, etc) that either start up during boot, or after you log into the desktop.
  • The Shell: You’ve probably heard mention of the Linux command line. This is the shell – a command process that allows you to control the computer via commands typed into a text interface. This is what, at one time, scared people away from Linux the most (assuming they had to learn a seemingly archaic command line structure to make Linux work). This is no longer the case. With modern desktop Linux, there is no need to ever touch the command line.
  • Graphical Server: This is the sub-system that displays the graphics on your monitor. It is commonly referred to as the X server or just “X”.
  • Desktop Environment: This is the piece of the puzzle that the users actually interact with. There are many desktop environments to choose from (Unity, GNOME, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, KDE, XFCE, etc). Each desktop environment includes built-in applications (such as file managers, configuration tools, web browsers, games, etc).
  • Applications: Desktop environments do not offer the full array of apps. Just like Windows and Mac, Linux offers thousands upon thousands of high-quality software titles that can be easily found and installed. Most modern Linux distributions (more on this in a moment) include App Store-like tools that centralize and simplify application installation. For example: Ubuntu Linux has the Ubuntu Software Center (Figure 1) which allows you to quickly search among the thousands of apps and install them from one centralized location.

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