Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world working under the GNU General Public License.
There is a rather lengthy description avaiable here. In short Linus Torvalds mentioned that he always liked penguins during a debate on making a logo for Linux. The penguin, called Tux, you usally see around the internet is the inspired work of Larry Ewing. You can get different renditions at Larry Ewing's Website.
The rendition of Tux that you see on the CVALE page is the work of Tuomas Kuosmanen over at Linux.com. Thanks to William Kendrick of LUGOD (The Linux Users Group of Davis) for that info.
CVALE meeting attendance has been growing dramatically; at the time of this writing the group was regularly getting anywhere from five to fifteen people at each meeting. Many more CVALE members lurk on the CVALE mailing list.
The general guidelines are to bring everything you need to make your computer "go". The bare minimum that we suggest includes:
- The Box (Duh)
- The Monitor
- A Keyboard & a Mouse (if your going to be using one)
- All necessary cables
- ... and your open mind
We would also appreciate it if you could bring any of the following items along, if you have extras:
- Ethernet Cables
- Power Cords
- Power Stips
Above all, bring your desire to learn and your will to have fun. These things can be a LOT of fun, and those of us "regulars" really tend to enjoy 'em!