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Welcome to Southend Linux User Group(SoSLUG)

We are a Linux User Group(LUG), that is, we promote Free & Open Source Software(FOSS) alternatives to closed-source proprietary software; most commercial software packages fall under this category. Proprietary software often has unnecessary restrictions on users and their files, while FOSS affords the user maximum freedom with their computing. FOSS (e.g. LibreOffice office suite, GIMP image editor, Firefox web browser and Linux operating systems) is built voluntarily by professionals and hobbyists alike, collaborating through the worldwide connective power of the Internet; that's how it's (mostly) available at zero cost. While Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu are rare and "alternative" on desktop PCs, they are very popular for other uses. Linux is used on the majority of web servers and lots of embedded systems (e.g. televisions and cable TV boxes) due to its rock-solid reliability. LUGs exist all over the world, as a support network.


Mini Raspberry Jam Monday 22nd September 7pm @ TAP

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There will be lots of people building, programming and learning.

It will be a fabulous event that compliments all the past Raspberry Jams. Nothing like this has ever be run in Southend before apart from the Jams which we run.

We are in effect holding a "Southend Mini Raspberry Jam and Hackathon" The Raspberry Pi covers the new computing curriculum which is in now in effect for school pupils from age 5+

Raspberry Pi Foundation (Educational Charity) has created lots of learning resources for schools and we are using their tried and tested material in our Jam's and workshops.

These were a complete success and Raspberry Pi is an excellent way to inspire kids to learn coding and new creative projects.

The Hackathon will be an excellent educational event for SoSLUG members who are just starting to learn programming with electronics, get creative, making and inventing things.

We will be displaying the projects that have been create along their learning journey at the main Raspberry Jams, for the next big Raspberry Jam in November.

Additionally there will be a presentation of the "ModMyPi - Raspberry Pi Ultimate Kit" to a new member which was a prize from ModMyPi donated for the raffle at the last jam. The new member has attended a number of our previous Jams and is being mentored by SoSLUG members and SoSLUG StemAmbassadors at the Monday meetings. SoSLUG has been very impressed by their enthusiastic attitude and progress.

Some links to sites relevant to this Mini Jam:

RaspberryPi
Raspberry Jam
SoSLUG
ModMyPi Ultimate Kit
SKPang.co.uk

Our last big event: (well done everyone!)
Southend Raspberry Jam #3


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About us

We have expanded our horizons since we formed in 2004, and now encourage all things Computing. This ranges from our involvement with the Digital Housing Hub: helping the elderly and others learn how to use computers for everyday tasks, to our Raspberry Jams and related events. These showcase the power of the Raspberry Pi, a small computer released in 2011 intended for educating children about computing. The Raspberry Pi is small, flexible and low-cost, has a huge community behind it while running Linux and lots of Free & Open Source Software; it is an excellent platform for teaching or hobby technology projects. There are similar Raspberry Jam events held all over the UK, including Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge. We are becoming involved with local schools, offering help with all things Raspberry Pi / Free & Open Source Software on PCs. Many of us have now signed up as STEM Ambassadors.

Some past events:

Southend Raspberry Jam (1st March)
Open Electronics Day (31st May)
Southend Raspberry Jam 2 (21st June)
Southend Raspberry Jam 3 (16th August)

(These articles by Love Southend)

Our Weekly Meetings...

We meet every Monday at 7pm in Southend-on-Sea in a space with internet access and other good facilities. You can come and say hi for free. We discuss all things Linux and Computing and can help you get started or with any FOSS related problem. Scroll down for more information.

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Temporary Arts Project
North Road
Southend, Essex
SS0 7AB
Nearest rail station: Prittlewell
Nearest bus stop: Blue Boar, Victoria Ave
Please be aware the Nelson Pub on the map has now been turned into flats

Every Monday from 7pm - 10pm or later...

Why should I attend?

  • Perhaps you want to start a tech project and need help.
  • You are interested in Linux, programming, design or hacking
  • Seek advice from members for the latest open source software or applications
  • Embrace or improve your tech skills base and/or help others
  • Build projects for the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Robots, Bitcoin mining, 3D printing and more
  • Gain expertise on the Internet, Wireless, Openmesh, SSH, SCP, HTTPS, Amazon AWS and other technologies

What do I bring?

At our weekly meeting, members and non members can hang out socialise, collaborate and participate, you can bring your laptop, PC or projects and/or any interesting ideas. All you really need bring is yourself and of course any friends. Many people often bring snacks with them to share on the night, presumably to feed the enthusiasm.

Who will be there?

Everyone and anyone is welcome, both members and non-members of almost any age or skill level. It tends to be a nice mix of regulars and new faces

You can look around for free, talk with members of the club at your discretion, our Membership is £24 per year and whilst we would welcome your support it is not essential, especially if you're limited in funds.

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electronics, hackathon, raspberry pi, events

Mini Raspberry Jam Monday 22nd September 7pm @ TAP

In the same spirit as our past three Raspberry Jams, we will be holding a "Southend Mini Raspberry Jam and Hackathon" on Monday 22nd. There will be lots of building, programming and learning.

Post date: 13/09/2014 - 4:22pm
soslug

Welcome to Southend Linux User Group(SoSLUG)

We are a Linux User Group(LUG), that is, we promote Free & Open Source Software(FOSS) alternatives to closed-source proprietary software; most commercial software packages fall under this category. Proprietary software often has unnecessary restrictions on users and their files, while FOSS affords the user maximum freedom with their computing. FOSS (e.g.

Post date: 28/08/2014 - 3:34pm
python, programming

This is a step by step look at the development of a simple 2D game using Python and Pygame. Some advanced language features such as objects have been deliberately left out, in an effort to make things easier to understand for beginners. I showed these code examples at my Pygame talk at Southend Raspberry Jam 3 on 16th August '14.

It runs in Python 2 or 3, and on Windows, Linux or Raspberry Pi and probably Mac too. You will also need Pygame installed. On a Raspberry Pi (Raspian, the usual distribution) or desktop Linux you can install everything needed by running this in a terminal:

Post date: 25/08/2014 - 2:20pm