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Raspberry Pi Jam

Upcoming event: Southend Raspberry Jam #3 - Saturday 16th August 10am - 5pm

We are holding our third Southend Raspberry Jam on Saturday 16th August from 10am - 5pm at the Tickfield Centre, Southend. Raspberry Jam events are held all over the country, and showcase the potential of the low-cost Raspberry Pi linux computer, for Computing education and other purposes.

There will be talks, show and tell, workshops, videos, robots, flashing leds and lots of fun.


Espeak A Very Easy and Powerful Festival Alternative

Festival for many years has been the mother of all vocabulary text to speech systems available however it is complex to install especially if you need other voices. Espeak takes the pain out of installation that can challenge the most accomplished or seasoned Linux user. Ubuntu comes with Espeak pre-installed and even if this is not installed it only takes seconds to do so, unlike festival which takes many minutes.

LibreOffice Spell Checker Howto

Fixing the Spell Checker in LibreOffice

After installing Linux Mint - Maya this is of course the 12.04 Ubuntu version, we were rather surprised to find that LibreOffice the Office application it come with, fails to correct spelling as you type in fact although it has the feature the feature does nothing.

You might at this point want to know how this might be fixed - well here is on way simply install the following package and reboot or logout and log back in your computer, restart the LibreOffice application all should be fine.

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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 proprietary software such as Windows. Proprietary software often has unnecessary restrictions on users and their files, while FOSS affords the user maximum freedom with their computing. FOSS (e.g.

Drivers for Epson Printer/scanner

Obtaining Drivers for an Epson Printer/Scanner

I have been using for some time now an all in one printer/scanner by Epson, namely an Epson Stylus SX445W, with my Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS OS but I had until recently not had need to used the scanning feature. When I started to use it I obtained a notice telling me there was no connection. Clearly, since the printer is working OK otherwise, I needed drivers for the scanner. However, this is not quite so simple, although using the Terminal helps enormously as described below.