Archive of
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts (NatickFOSS.org)

FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software.
See our upcoming FOSS meetings and past ones,
and links to FOSS and Linux topics we've discussed

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As fans of FOSS and an inclusive, open Web, we will try to find, and link to, sources with limited or no ads. That may not always be possible. When we do need to link to sources with many ads (especially animated ones) with an icon. ad caution
Some web links are paywalled! You need to subscribe/create an account. We will attempt to avoid those sources for our links, but in case there's just one we will try to warn you. paywall (subscribe to read)

FOSS Meeting Dates: Agenda Topics:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings run 3PM to about 5PM (following a 2:45-3PM help session) on the first Thursday of most months (second Thursday in January, July and September)
DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE'LL BE ON-LINE.

When it becomes logistically possible we hope to combine On-line participation, and to again meet in person at the Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street (Rte.135), Natick MA
To get announcements, send "Please subscribe me to the NatickFOSS e-mail list." to: algot.runeman@verizon.net
Future agendas are subject to change because, with FOSS, good news arrives on a daily basis.
May 6, 2024 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
FOSS Meeting Agenda TBD
April 4, 2024 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
FOSS Meeting Agenda TBD
March 7, 2024 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
FOSS Meeting Agenda TBD
February 1, 2024 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE. VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
January 11, 2024 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.

VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
December 7, 2023 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE. VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).

Technical issues: Apologies, the recorded version of the meeting did not start until the FOSS News section had happened. However, the links lead to information which we hope you will find interesting.

November 2, 2023 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE. VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).

Some of the links to web pages of information on which there are intrusive amounts of advertising. While we will try to find sources with limited or no ads, that may not be possible. We are thinking of labeling such links with an icon. ad caution
Some web links are paywalled! You need to subscribe/create an account. paywall (subscribe to read)
A Boston Globe link illustrates the issue this month.
Please let us know what you think.

October 5, 2023 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE. VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
September 14, 2023 (3-5PM*) VIEW us (live or later) ONLINE at Youtube. Thanks to Dennis Payne.
(in spite of some network technical difficulties during the live meeting, you should be able to review this meeting's recording.)
August 3, 2023 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.
*- 2:45PM: One-on-One Help ONLINE.
VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).
July 13, 2023 (3-5PM*) ONLINE.


VIEW us (live or later) on YouTube (thanks to Dennis Payne).

The links shown in the topics to the right are discussed in the meeting's video and are valid links at the time of the meeting. Over time, websites may change or even disappear, and the older the links are, there is a chance they'll no longer work.
Original Archive
(March 2011 to June 2023)

Web page standards have changed through the years. The information in the earlier archive is still good, but the file has grown in ways that made it too difficult to bring it all up to more recent standards. Please follow the link to get to the past meeting notes. Thanks for your understanding.