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  • May Linux Meeting above the Food Co-op

    We’ll be meeting above the People’s Food Co-op in the office conference room on Thursday May 16th starting at 6pm. The conference room is all the way in the back in the staff office area on the second floor.

    Here’s a Google Maps location:’s+Food+Co-op/@43.8093567,-91.2522029,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87f95509c3c2a955:0x26049fcdf08a1ec!8m2!3d43.8093567!4d-91.2500142?hl=en

    Topic is FreeCAD.

    Phil will most likely be presenting, but other people may also be contributing as well. There’s good documentation for FreeCAD:

    FreeCAD is also available for macOS and Windows.

    – Matthew from Orange Computer

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  • Meeting this Thursday the 15th of November

    Hi Linux folks,

    We’ll be meeting at the People’s food co-op at 6pm on Thursday November 15th.

    There will be a Linux News part of the meeting and plenty of time for discussion. If you’d like to present on something, let us know about it here or just come prepared to share!

    – Matthew

    P.S. Here’s the link to our Google Group (mailing list):!forum/lacrosselug

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  • October meeting is on Thursday the 18th

    Hi everyone,

    The Linux meeting is at the People’s Food Co-op on Thursday, October 18th. It’s in the meeting room on the second floor (accessible by both elevator and stairs).

    Meeting time is 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm with plenty of time afterward for small group discussions.

    We’ll be having a presentation of recent Linux news and likely a discussion of Arduino micro computer boards.

    – Matthew

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  • September Linux Meetup is Thursday September 20th

    Hi Linux Folks,

    Thursday the 20th is the third Thursday of the month. I’ve reserved the meeting room at the People’s Food Co-op and we’ll be meeting from 6:00 - 7:45 with time afterwards for small groups and discussions.

    The Food Co-op is doing some construction, but the outside stairwell is available on the 5th Street entrance and the elevator is available from inside the co-op (parking lot entrance).

    – Matthew from Orange Computer

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  • August Linux Meetup is Thursday the 16th

    Hi Linux People,

    This month’s Linux User Group meetup is on Thursday the 16th of August. We’ll be having some discussion about Linux CNC and possibly a distributed social media platform (and probably other things, too).

    Here’s a link to some of the discussion about it on the Google Group:!topic/lacrosselug/bkgtAVLZRCM

    Meeting place: People’s Food Co-op on 5th Street in La Crosse, second floor meeting room
    Time: 6:00 - 7:45 with time for hangout and discussion afterwards

    Thanks and maybe see you there!

    – Matthew from Orange Computer

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  • Linux home automation and NextCoud - Thursday June 21st

    Hi everyone,

    Our monthly Linux meeting is 6:00 - 8:00(ish) Thursday, June 21st at the People’s Food Co-op on 5th Street in La Crosse. We meet in the room on second floor. There’s an elevator in addition to stairs.

    Topics are likely to include a presentation on a Linux based home automation system and more information on NextCloud. We’ll also wrap up the more “formal” part of our meeting around 7:45 to allow time for smaller group conversations and collaboration on projects. We have the room until 9pm and the co-op is open until 10pm.

    Hope to see you there!

    – Matthew from Orange Computer

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  • Enable NextCloud to be accessed by other computers on network


    After my presentation, I did set up NextCloud on one of my own servers in my home network. To get it to be seen by other computers on the network, I had to run at least these two commands:

    sudo snap set nextcloud ports.http=80 ports.https=443

    This allows connections to port 80 from other machines, but https still won’t work even though the port is open. To enable that with a self signed certificate:

    sudo nextcloud.enable-https self-signed

    After that, all web traffic was redirected to https, but your browser will give you a warning that it isn’t a valid certificate. You’ll have to add a security exception to your browser to actually get the login page to show up.

    I hope that’s helpful.

    I’ve been happily experimenting with NextCloud on the home nextwork. Gave my wife and kids accounts and we’ll experiment with it. So far, I really like it.

    – Matthew

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  • We meet on the third Thursday of every month - next up is May 17th

    Just a general announcement for people looking for information about our group.

    We meet on the third Thursday of every month, usually at the People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse. Meeting time with presentation is from 6:00 - 7:45, with time for small group discussion and hangouts afterwards.

    In May, our topic is NextCloud. Quite a few people in our group are already using this and we’ll hear from a few of them. NextCloud is an open source private cloud server software that you can host yourself or pay someone else to host for you.

    You can use it for Calendar, Contacts, file sync/sharing and much more.

    More info at

    – Matthew from Orange Computer

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  • Invite for ScuttleButt

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  • April Meeting is on Thursday the 19th at the Food Co-op

    Hi everyone,

    We’ll be meeting on Thursday evening starting at 6:00 in the upstairs meeting room of The People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse. Entrance with stairs and elevator to the second floor is on 5th Street.


    We will postpone the presentation on NextCloud, as the people who wanted to speak on this topic won’t be available this month.

    Instead Bob will be presenting on Scuttlebutt, which is a decentralized social network.

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    Here’s what Bob shared about it on the Google Group:

    Actually, if you want to do a scuttlebutt install-fest, I might want
    to do a little preparation.

    Here’s what it’s about:

    You could install before the meeting if you want, but it’s fairly
    quick to install:

    The prep is for step 3 where they tell you to “Go to the list of pub
    servers and get an invite code from one.”

    That’s been very difficult lately. I would want to check around
    tomorrow before the meeting and make sure somebody has a pub with
    invitations ready to go.

    If we get to the meeting, you’ll be able to see all the local
    scuttlers on wifi anyway and I can probably find a pub invite on the
    spot. But would be better to arrange something beforehand.

    Don’t worry if none of this is understandable except for the first
    couple of links, which I hope are. And as always, if nobody wants to
    do this, it’s ok with me. I’m coming to the meeting anyway.

    I look forward to seeing you there!

    – Matthew from Orange Computer

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