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Sonic Pi 2 - How to: Install

Sonic Pi is a fun free tool that uses the Ruby language, intended to teach programming to children or anyone. It is still in the final stages of development, thus isn't packaged or in the Raspbian repositories yet.

On the Raspberry Pi, to download it, open a terminal in the menus through Accessories -> Terminal. Go here and follow the steps: Tar is an archive file format, much like ZIP files.tar -xvzf is one way to extract all files.

When it starts, type:

play 80

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 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.