Please join our weekly Linux User Net every Monday from 8:10PM-9:00PM PST. If you are local to Portland or Astoria, Oregon, our linked frequencies are; 147.32, 442.325, 444.125 and 147.04 megahertz linked repeaters all having a 100hZ tone, also the 146.72 megahertz repeater on Wickiup Mountain (Astoria, Oregon) with a 114.8 hz tone.

You can also join us via Echolink K7RPT-L or 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. 

The Linux User Net Control Notes

Working with PDFs on Linux1-11-18
Linux Vendors – Where to Buy a Linux Computer7-26-18
Linux Distributions8-19-18
Optimize Raspberry Pi For Your Particular Use9-3-18
Using The Terminal9/17/18
Making Command Line Work For You10-1-18
ThreatList: 83% of Routers Contain Vulnerable Code10-8-18
Interface Between Radio and Computer10-15-18
Favorite 3 Flavors 11-12-18
Amateur Radio Software For Linux11-19-18
IBM buying Redhat - K7SAK11-26-18
Linux Trivia12-10-18
Using SDR dongles with Linux12-3-18
Using SDR dongles with Linux – Part 21-7-19
Split Station1-21-19
Introduction - Virtual Machines2-11-19
Introduction - Skywave Linux2-18-19
Mesh Networking2-25-19
How To Set Up Mesh Network3-11-19
Network Troubleshooting For Linux2-4-2019
Using SSH in Linux3-18-19
Virtual Private Network - VPN3-25-19
Introduction to DARS: Distributed Amateur Radio Station4-1-19
Choosing a Antenna-for-2-4-ghz-Mesh Network4-8-19
Open roundtable discussion (KC7MM)4-15-19
Network security: TCP/IP ports (K7SAK)4-22-19
Network terminology (KA7PLE)4-29-19
SDR Primer, Part 1: Introduction (KC7MM)5-6-19
SDR Primer, Part 2: Introduction (KC7MM)5-13-19

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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