Welcome to BLUG

BLUG was started in 1998 by a small group of computer geeks who wanted to get off Windows and learn from local Unix gurus. We hold a presentation meeting the first Thursday of the month at Bellingham Technical College in Campus Center CC201. On the second Thursday we hold an informal organization meeting with the time and location announced on the mailing list. We also put on special events including the regional LinuxFest Northwest in the Spring.

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Meetings usually take place the 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month. Members should abide by the BLUG code of conduct.
Many BLUGers have received the Linux Technical Resource Kit from Novell.   The kit has 3 DVD's worth of software from Novell and Suse.   One part of this software is Novell Nterprise Linux Services (NNLS).
Matthew Weaver will present an introduction and overview of Ubuntu, a new Debian-based Linux distribution.
John B will demo his flight simulator and I will bring my linux box and demo the linux version of Doom 3. Also, I think Michael Dodd will be doing a presentation on setting up a linux game server.
Saturday December 11th is the annual family potluck picnic sponsored by blug.org and friends. It's from 5pm till 10pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion in Bellingham.
How to use little known, but top performing, lossless data compression utilities to increase backup and bandwidth capacities by up to 400%.

While Linux's best known data compressors may be "gzip" and "bzip2", my research has found that