OTC Meeting Agenda . . February 9, 2019

Hopefully, we’ll be able to do an actual “Winter” meeting next month!  So, our agenda will be as listed for the January meeting.

Location:   Sump Papillion Library.

Date/Time:  Saturday 2//9/2019 at 0930 till aprox 1130.


Monthly Tech Update (Greg)

Intro to Ubuntu Linux 101 . . (Greg) . . Key Distinctions between running a Windows PC versus Ubuntu.   This is about getting on the “right path” and not carrying any unneeded Windows baggage.

Q & A and Opportunity for suggesting new presentation topics (including presenting if so inclined).


Windows 10 . . . making windows fragmentation way worse . . .

Good article by HTG (How to Geek) blog.

OTG on Win10 fragmentation . .

Shows percentages of Win10 users running different upgrade builds.  It’s really interesting to see that over 80% of Win10 users are still running on an old upgrade (April 2018) versus the newest upgrade (Oct 2018).

What’s up with that???   Never have seen anything like that since I started running Linux way back in 2003.  In other words, MS doesn’t feel confident in releasing wide scale updates to bring everyone together on the current build!  (simply unbelievable!)


Why Your PC’s UEFI Firmware Needs Security Updates . . .

The following link to OTG clarifies what PC users need to know about the “UEFI Firmware” (aka BIOS of yesteryear) related to security patches:

HTG Link re UEFI Firmware Updates

For Windows devices:

“Project Mu is all about helping PC manufacturers create and test UEFI updates faster by streamlining the UEFI development process and helping everyone work together. Hopefully, this is the missing piece, as Microsoft has already made it easier for PC manufacturers to send their UEFI firmware updates to users automatically.”

For Linux devices:

“This isn’t just a Windows thing, either. Over on Linux, developers are trying to make it easier for PC manufacturers to issue UEFI updates with LVFS, the Linux Vendor Firmware Service. PC vendors can submit their updates, and they’ll appear for download in the GNOME Software application, which is used on Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions. This effort dates back to 2015. PC manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo are participating.”