A group of Linux users in the Northwest Phoenix metropolitan area have banned together to form a new Linux User Group, the Northwest Phoenix Pi and Linux User Group, NPPL. After a meeting of organizers that occurred last week, it was decided to hold two events each month. The first event which will occur on 14 March, 1200-1500, at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. in Glendale AZ will be an organizational meeting to determine what the group wants to do and where they want to meet. Currently, the group anticipates two events per month on the 2nd and last Saturdays. The first, at the above address, will be an Installation Festival/Linux Workshop co-sponsored with the AZLOCO Team and the second at a location to be named later will be more of a social event where Linux users can meet other Linux users in a more casual atmosphere. The Point of Contact for additional information will be Rudy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Occasionally we forget one of the missions in our charter, to spread the use of Ubuntu throughout our state. There are only ten members of the Arizona Team in Sierra Vista. However, they are all also members of the Cochise Linux User Group which currently boasts a membership of nearly 40. Back in August of 2019 members of both organizations contacted the Warrior Healing Center in Sierra Vista with a request to use one of their three conference rooms for installation festivals and local presentations on various Linux and FOSS topics in exchange for establishing a computer lab for them that would be used by veterans and their family members who do not have access to a computer. These computers would have a Linux Operating systems installed on them.
The Warrior Healing Center is the only organization of its kind and was started in part to reduce and eventually eliminate the 22 veteran suicides every day mainly due to the stress of combat in our country’s service. It provides a one stop shop for veterans and their family members for assistance in finding employment opportunities, temporary lodging, emergency food supplies, counseling, help for physical and mental problems, service dog training, guides to wade through the enormous bureaucracy known as the Veterans Administration, and many other services. There are over 40 organizations connected with the Center and their representatives are housed in Warrior Healing Center building in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Veterans helping veterans.
Four desktop computers, complete with monitors, keyboards, and mice, were donated by members of AZLOCO and CLUG. Ubuntu 18.04 was installed on three of them and Xubuntu 18.04 was installed on the fourth. (See photos of the computers on our wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/OtherTeamEvents). CAT5 cable was run into the room where the lab was to be created to allow for wired internet access. These computers are maintained and updated by members of both organizations. As a result of this action, several other installs have been conducted on personal computers belonging to the veterans and their dependents who attend activities at the Center. In addition, several one on one sessions have been held to instruct individuals on the Ubuntu Operating System with excellent results. We have assisted in the installation of Ubuntu on the eight computers in their Operations Center that are used to track the open cases of veteran requests and to produce plans for future operations and activities.
I want to thank Mark for the work that he has done on converting our team website to Word Press.