Installing New Software on Ubuntu 14.04

This week on Open FOSS Training we cover how to install new software on a Ubuntu 14.04 system, using the Ubuntu Software Center.

Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions come loaded with a lot of useful software.  Everyone has different needs, so this doesn’t always cover everything you may need.  Today will show you how to use the Ubuntu Software Center to search for and install new software.

You can view the written documention for this episode by visiting our wiki

You can also download copies from our downloads section

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these videos to you. Visit their site at https://www.thinkpenguin.com

Updating Sofware on Ubuntu 14.04 – Episode 6

This week on Open FOSS Training we show you how to update the software installed on your Ubuntu Linux system. Unlike Windows and OSX, an update on Linux systems updates all the software on your system.  Windows and OSX just update the core operating system components.  There are some exceptions to this, but generally if you only install from Synaptic, you will be good.

You can view the written documention for this episode by visiting our wiki

You can also download copies directly from our downloads section

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these videos to you. Visit their site at https://www.thinkpenguin.com

Touring the Unity Interface – Episode 5

This week on Open FOSS Training we take you through a guided tour of the Unity interface that comes by default with Ubuntu.  We show you the basics of how to use and navigate it along with a bonus power user tip.

To view the written documentation for this episode please visit our wiki

You can also download copies directly from our downloads section

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these videos to you. Visit their site at https://www.thinkpenguin.com

Open FOSS Training Episode 4

This week on Open FOSS Training, we will be expanding on the usage of VirtualBox 5.X series. In this video, we cover how to install VirtualBox Guest Additions, Importing and Exporting Virtual Machine Appliances, and Snapshotting a VM.  All of these features of VirtualBox can improve the functionality and productivity you can get from it.

If you would like to jump straight to the section you are interested in you can head over to our YouTube Page and click on the timestamps in the description or click the following links.

Section Video Documentation
Snapshotting a VM 2m 2s Snapshot docs
Installing VirtualBox 5 Guest Additions 3m 55s Guest Additions docs
Exporting a VirtualBox Virtual Machine Appliance 10m 38s Export docs
Importing a VirtualBox Virtual Machine Appliance 12m 24s Import docs

You can also download copies directly from our downloads section

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these videos to you. Visit their site at https://www.thinkpenguin.com

Open FOSS Training Episode 3

This week on Open FOSS Training we guide you through how to install Ubuntu 14.04.4 in a virtual machine.

To view the written documentation that follows along with this episode visit our Installing Ubuntu in VirtualBox documentation

You can also download copies directly from our downloads section

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these videos to you. Visit their site at https://www.thinkpenguin.com

Open FOSS Training Episode 2

This week on Open FOSS Training we guide you through how to create a Virtual Machine in VirtualBox 5.0.

To view the written documentation that follows along with this episode visit our episode 2 documentation

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these videos to you. Visit their site at https://www.thinkpenguin.com

IVS Imaging HDMI To USB Converter Review

Under Linux finding hardware for doing video capture can often be a problematic endeavor. Proprietary devices with Proprietary drivers can often make finding hardware that works well and easily under Linux difficult. There are only a few devices which just work under Linux. Today I’ll give you my thoughts on the IVS Imaging HDMI to USB converter a device which is a UVC class compliant device, making this a rare video capture device which is just plug and play under Linux.

I would like to thank IVS Imaging for sending me the HDMI To USB Converter to review. They sent me this unit knowing that I would only be reviewing it under Linux. It is rare that a company would send a review unit out under these conditions.

To check out and get your own HDMI To USB Converter visit IVS Imaging

If you want to check out LAKKA visit http://www.lakka.tv/

Open FOSS Training Episode 1

Episode 1 is released.  In this episode we cover how to install VirtualBox on Windows in preparation to learn how to install Linux in a virtual machine.

We would like to thank ThinkPenguin for their support to help bring these video’s to you. Visit their site at

https://www.thinkpenguin.com

To visit our IndieGoGo Campaign and help us purchase the production equipment we need to produce these videos.

Open FOSS Training IndieGoGo Campaign Page

You can also download the video from

https://archive.org/details/OpenFOSSTrainingEpisode1

https://vimeo.com/142657631

Campaign Partner

We are excited to announce we have partnered with ThinkPenguin for the upcoming IndieGoGo campaign. ThinkPenguin manufactures and retails Free Software friendly hardware.

ThinkPenguin has graciously donated items that we will be able to give away to supporters of our campaign.  We are excited to bring these items to potential backers from such strong believers in Linux and Free and Open Source Software. You can read about their involvement here

Welcome to Open FOSS Training

Hi, welcome to Open FOSS Training.

Open FOSS Training is an ambitious project bringing together a team of users with years of experience to create video guides and written documentation. This collaboration will help those new to the Linux, and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) world get started and achieve success!

For many, getting starting in FOSS is a difficult road. The lack of clear, concise, and easy to follow guides and documentation is creating stumbling blocks on their road to success. While the documentation that does exist is good for seasoned veterans it often is beyond the reach of new users. We want to make that road to success easier for new users by helping to remove these stumbling blocks, creating an easier path for them.

We have all been new users to the world of Linux and Free Open Source Software. We haven’t forgotten those early days, and the difficulty of overcoming and understanding documentation aimed at developers. Our plan is to help new users by creating video guides and documentation aimed at new users.

While what we create – like the software we love – will be free to use and share, creating this content comes at a cost. Production machines and hosting aren’t free, and we are reaching out to the community for help in raising the funds we need to launch this project. Shortly we will release more information as well as the IndieGoGo campaign for this endeavor. You can sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and announcements about this project delivered directly to your email. If you have any questions or comments please use our contact page to reach us.