KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

INTRODUCTION TO OPENOFFICE.ORG

Presented by Adam Tweddell

Find out more about OpenOffice.org:
http://www.openoffice.org

Introductory slide shows:
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/

Adam Tweddell used a KLUG LTSP desktop PC and the KLUG
SVGA projector to take us through the introductory details
about the OpenOffice.org suite of office productivity
apps.
Questions were answered as they arose during the presentation.

Adam used Impress slide shows provided by OpenOffice.org
to show us how the applications worked. He also demonstrated
functions in the applications, walking us through configuration
and operations. OpenOffice.org is Open Source free software.
The current version is OOo v2.0.2. OOo is a key offering in
the proprietary software vs. Linux battle for the desktop.

Data from each component can be shared with the other OOo
components. The integration between the applications can be
static or dynamic. Literally take a letter and a spreadsheet

and make them into a slide. Some of the new features found
in OOo applications are wonderfully innovative and unique.

OpenOffice.org Office Suite Components:

* Writer
Many feel this application is far superior to MS WinWord.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/writer.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/wordprocessing.html

* Calc
Compatible with Excel in all but a few advanced uses.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/calc.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/spreadsheet.html

* Impress
Easily make presentation slides with powerful points.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/impress.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/presentation.html

* Math
Create equations and formulae for your documents.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/math.html

* Base
Enables you to manipulate database data seamlessly.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/base.html

* Draw
Tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/drawing.html


(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Adam Tweddell gives an introductory lesson
in the usage of the Open Source OpenOffice.org
office suite of applications. Posted by Picasa

 

Both of these innovators produce sweet
harmonies with unrestrained passion.
Found this on a French LUG site...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

 

KLUG GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson opened the KLUG meeting tonight with
introductions and a Linux question for the day! The
question was, "What would you like to do more of with
Linux?" The answers ranged from "Everything!" to
gaining more GIMP experience!

Anthony is still learning about his Toshiba laptop
with OpenSuSE v10.0. Andrew gave him some good ideas
and he began exploring, asking questions when needed.
Looks like he is making steady progress.
http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:SDB
http://en.opensuse.org/Documentation
http://en.opensuse.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions

Bill Kennard is working on a mobile audio jukebox
system. Cajun is an Open Source program that allows
you to turn any computer into a massive audio jukebox
for your car or home. He is in the process of building
an infra-red remote control. LIRC is a package that
allows you to decode and send infra-red signals of
many (but not all) commonly used remote controls.
Dirk Bartley, Robert G. Brown, and Andrew discussed
the project with Bill. Do programmers suspect hardware
failure before code problems? Sometimes... smirk!
http://www.cajun.nu/
http://www.lirc.org/

KLUG provides new users direction and encouragement.
Dave Frederickson returned to KLUG tonight to ask
for more help in learning Linux. He has been using
Red Hat v9.0 and going it alone, as far as Linux usage
help, for the past couple years. Dave was encouraged
to join the KLUG members mailing list and look at the
Kalamazoo Linux web site. It is a good idea to review
the mailing list archives and the Meeting Notes blog.
http://kalamazoolinux.org/
http://kalamazoolinux.org/listserv/listserv.php3
http://kalamazoolinux.blogspot.com/

This meeting is intended for those who are just
curious about Linux and Open Source software, who
need some help getting started, or want some extra
eyes to look at your advanced problem. You can also
bring in your PC or laptop to get help installing
Linux on it, at no charge. Try a Linux distribution
that boots from a CD and requires no change to your
system's current software. Make sure you arrange to
get the software you want ahead of time. Check out
http://kalamazoolinux.org/cd/ for more information.

If you would like to install Linux on a system, or you
need help with Linux, please fill out a Help Request so
that someone can research your hardware/software, etc...
http://kalamazoolinux.org/meetings/installmeeting.php
Installations and assistance are done by appointment
ONLY. You must fill out the appropriate form at least
one week prior to the meeting.


(11 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

KLUG Chairperson Andrew Thompson gives
Dave Frederickson a tour of the KLUG web site.
Sign up for the KLUG Members mailing list. Posted by Picasa

 

Adam Tweddell looks over an IR remote design
that Bill Kennard is adding to his mobile audio
jukebox project. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

 

BASIC WEB SITE PROGRAMMING

Presented by Bill Hollett

The Presentation in OpenOffice.org Impress format:
http://kalamazoolinux.org/presentations/history.php?year=2006
http://kalamazoolinux.org/presentations/basic_website_programming.sxi

Bill Hollett is a professional PHP web developer and the new KLUG
webmaster. He used a laptop running OpenSuSE v10.x and the Impress
application in OpenOffice.org with the KLUG SVGA projector to take
us through 47 slides detailing the AMP (Apache, MySQL, & PHP) web
development basics. Bill does not limit his programming to MySQL for
his interactive web-based applications.

What is PHP? PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language
that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded

into HTML. http://www.php.net/

If I use an If statement will my program think? What's a For Loop
for?
What happens while a While Loop runs? How do Functions function?
Can anyone explain an array? What's a henway? Bill covered these and
more at our first in a series on basic web site programming. Bill used
humor to keep everyone awake and he was obviously enjoying sharing
how wonderful PHP is to work with. That grin was ear to ear. Great to
hear from someone who really enjoys their work tools. A henway? OK!

PHP programming basics covered in this session:
Format of PHP Code
Variables
If Statements
Nesting
Arrays
Functions
Parameters
Function Parameters
While Loops
While Ooops
For Loops
Loopy Loops

Look for Bill’s next PHP programming presentation in May. If
you missed the first session, catch up and get ready for more
web site development and PHP fun. Maybe Bill will go over the
henway again.

(21 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Bill Hollett, PHP Web Developer
and the new KLUG Webmaster,
Presenting Basic PHP Web Site
Programming. Posted by Picasa

 

What is PHP? PHP is a widely-used
general-purpose scripting language
that is especially suited for Web
development and can be embedded
into HTML. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

CENTRALIZED LOGGING

Presented by Adam Williams

The PDF file of this presentation is at this URL:
http://www.whitemiceconsulting.com/node/103

Adam Williams used his Toshiba laptop running OpenSuSE
v10.x and the SVGA projector to display 26 slides prepared
with OpenOffice.org Impress about cross-platform network
system level logging. He was wearing a t-shirt that declared
that "open source is addictive." The often apparent smile on
Adam’s face indicates that this is a very positive addiction.

Adam’s presentation covered setting up syslog and syslog-ng
clients to record to a centralized syslog-ng log server. The
pipe function is used to deliver the data to the destination.

This can log the activity of both Windows and Linux systems.
On the central server the logs can be recorded to basically
any store, but in this case the example will be a PostgreSQL
database. Storing your logs into an SQL database provides a
great deal of functionality in regards to analysis and system

reporting.

DbVisualizer is a cross-platform database visualization and
management tool. This is the program that Adam uses to view

the syslog data after conversion by the SQL creating script.
Just point and click to browse the SQL data from syslog -ng.

More about syslog –ng:
http://www.balabit.com/products/syslog-ng/

More about DbVisualizer:
http://www.minq.se/products/dbvis/

More:
Centralized Logging
http://linuxlabs.biz/articles/syslog.htm

winlogd –
Windows syslog client that sends Event Log to syslog server
http://edoceo.com/products/winlogd.php


(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Adam Williams explains how traditional Linux
logging works in this slide. 1 of 26 OpenOffice.org
Impress slides Adam prepared. Posted by Picasa

 

Adam Williams describes centralized logging
using syslog -ng piped network data which
he converts to an SQL format for reporting. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINUX: SESSION #2 FIREFOX

Presented by Adam Tweddell

More information on the Firefox Web Browser from Mozilla:
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

A Better Web Experience! Firefox 1.5 has an intuitive
interface and blocks viruses, spyware, and popup ads. It
delivers Web pages faster than ever. And it’s easy to install
and import your favorites. Packed with useful features like
tabbed browsing, Live Bookmarks, and an integrated Search
bar, Firefox will change the way you experience the Web,
for the better.

Adam Tweddell used a PC with Ubuntu v5.10 installed and
the KLUG SVGA projector to deliver a live tour of the Open
Source Mozilla Firefox web browser on the Linux desktop.
Adam went through the Firefox menu options, answered many
questions on-the-fly, and explained each application
configuration consideration found in preferences..

He talked about browser plugin software and extensions.
PDF viewer, Sage RSS reader, Flash Player, QuickTime,
RealPlayer , Mplayer, etc. Enhance your compatibility!
Find out the details about plugin management with Firefox.
http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/faqs/firefox-linux.html

OK! So you have Ubuntu installed and everything is configured!
You know how to use your web browser. What is next? E-Mail!
Next month look for Mozilla Thunderbird to be demonstrated.
In the months ahead there is a rumor that OpenOffice.org apps
will be featured. Desktop, web browser, e-mail, word processor,
spreadsheet, and presentation software. That should cover most
people for daily usage.

* * * NOTE: * * *
Please let the KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson, Meeting Director
Adam Williams, or Education Director Adam Tweddell know if
you are enjoying these educational meetings. Get the word out to
beginning Linux folks that KLUG offers support and education
just for them every month. Feedback would be helpful.


(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

A Better Web Experience, Firefox 1.5 has
an intuitive interface. Packed with Useful
Features Like Tabbed Browsing, Live
Bookmarks, and an Integrated Search Bar,
Firefox Will Change the Way You Experience
the Web, For the Better. Posted by Picasa

 

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser is Open Source
Software and the Preferred Default Browser on
both the MS Windows and Linux Desktop. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

 

KLUG GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson opened the meeting tonight with
a welcome! Being both the KLUG Chair and KLUG
Installmaster, he was a very popular fellow! The
question of the night was which Linux distribution
we liked! Fedora Core 4 and OpenSuSE were most
popular. Plenty going on tonight, eight projects!

Eric Beversluis was setting up a Fedora Core 4
box to use for web development using Apache with
PHP. Looked like all was going well with the install.

Adam Williams worked with Brock and Leola who
upgraded the 64-bit Compaq laptop from OpenSuSE v9.2
to v10.0. Adam showed them how the remote monitor
feature works. They even had success with the printing
configuration.

Andrew Gahan was either installing OpenSuSE v10.0 or
Debian (Sarge – stable) on a neon lit gamer box to
function as some type of server.

Anthony was working on his Toshiba laptop with
OpenSuSE v10.0. Andrew, Dirk, and Adam Tweddell
helped him find the needed files and with the YAST
configuration. He was successful!

Dan had his HP laptop with Fedora Core 4 installed.
He needed this for his class at KVCC. Andrew used
a Ubuntu v5.1 CD to correct the partitions and get
him working. Dan was delighted. Hope he passes
the word around the classroom that KLUG is great.

Bill Lindeman was getting help with his Toshiba laptop
that was running OpenSuSE v10.0. Andrew and others
configured the system to play DVD movies. Bob showed
him how to use a digital camera on a Linux box. The
camera shows up as a device and you open the folder.

Mark Jones was helping Jason with an Asterisk VOIP
demonstration configuration. They were busy pouring
through the documentation. Sounded like the writer
had a sense of humor. They had phones and laptops
and hubs and cables spread over the side tables.

Joe Roman got a late start but jumped with an IBM box
that he was putting Fedora Core 4 on. He had a laptop
set up beside him to help in the process. He was getting
advice from everyone and was making progress with the
BIOS and other issues.

This meeting is intended for those who are just
curious about Linux and Open Source software, who
need some help getting started, or want some extra
eyes to look at your advanced problem. You can also
bring in your PC or laptop to get help installing
Linux on it, at no charge. Try a Linux distribution
that boots from a CD and requires no change to your
system's current software. Make sure you arrange to
get the software you want ahead of time. Check out
http://kalamazoolinux.org/cd/ for more information.

If you would like to install Linux on a system, or you
need help with Linux, please fill out a Help Request so
that someone can research your hardware/software, etc...
http://kalamazoolinux.org/meetings/installmeeting.php
Installations and assistance are done by appointment
ONLY. You must fill out the appropriate form at least
one week prior to the meeting.

(21 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

NOTE:
********
KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson and KLUG Vice-Chair Mark Jones
previously addressed the attendees regarding a change in the KLUG
meeting format. The first Tuesday of the month is still the install &
configuration meeting. On the second Tuesday of the month there will
be a KLUG presentation on one of a variety of introductory Linux
subjects. The third Tuesday of the month will feature intermediate
level presentation content. YUP! You guessed it! On the fourth Tuesday
KLUG will host an advanced topic presentation. There is a shared idea
that this meeting structure will better serve the KLUG Mission

statement, the community, and Open Source/Linux.

 

Dan telling Joe, Dirk, and Bob about the Linux
Classes at KVCC. Dan was getting Fedora Core 4
configured on his Athlon powered HP. Posted by Picasa

 

Eight installations or configurations were going
on tonight. Lots of help and lots of success!!!
Linux information exchanges occured all night. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

TELLICO – A COLLECTION MANAGER FOR KDE 3.X

Presented by Stu Gillis Assisted by Jon Smitley

Tellico is developed and coded by Robby Stephenson
http://www.periapsis.org/tellico/
Tellico is licensed under the GNU General Public License

Stu Gillis shared his experiences with Tellico. Jon Smitley
assisted in the display of Stu’s Compaq laptop by networking
the video with his Apple Powerbook to the KLUG SVGA
projector. Stu displayed slides to give us the basic info
and then demonstrated running the program. We saw how
he uses the program and what useful features the code offers.
Stu took questions throughout the presentation and his humor
made it fun. We had a peek at his 500 DVD collection and
heard about their plan to "database the three home freezers!"

Tellico is a KDE application for organizing your collections.
It provides default templates for books, bibliographies, videos,
music, video games, coins, stamps, trading cards, comic books,
and wines. Tellico allows you to enter your collection in a
catalog database, saving many different properties like title,
author, etc. Two different views of your collection are shown.
On the left, your entries are grouped together by any field you
like, allowing you to see how many are in each group. On the
right, selected fields are shown in column format, allowing you
to sort by any field. On the bottom is a customizable HTML
view of the current entry. The entry editor is a dialog box where
you enter the data.

Importing and exporting data with Tellico was described.
Collections may be imported or exported using a variety of
formats, to allow for easy exchange or publication of data.
It can automate the process of cataloging DVD’s and CD’s.


There is a "checkout" feature that allows you to track items
that are loaned from the collection. Reminders can be set
to display in your KDE Calendar! The application is still
in development and future improvements are possible. The
code can crash... some examples were given. Restart and
continue when those crashes occur. Backing up files is easy.
Copy the .tc files frequently when updating and you will be
covered!

Stu recommends: Marcel Gagne review of Tellico!
http://www.marcelgagne.com/cwl042005.html

Tellico is very well documented, available on the web or direct
from within the program. The web-based manual is found here.
http://www.periapsis.org/tellico/doc/index.html


(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Stu Gillis demonstrates how Tellico, a collection
manager for KDE 3.x, organizes many things. Posted by Picasa

 

TELLICO - A COLLECTION MANAGER FOR KDE 3.x


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

 

A GNU PRIVACY GUARD (GPG) KEY SIGNING PARTY!

Hosted by Dirk Bartley

Dirk Bartley's November 15, 2005 GPG Presentation

ftp://kalamazoolinux.org/pub/pdf/gpg.pdf

GNU Privacy Guard
http://www.gnupg.org

GnuPG Keysigning Party HOWTO

http://www.cryptnet.net/fdp/crypto/gpg-party.html

With a fingerprint list handout and a flip chart for visual
support, Dirk Bartley explained what needs to be accomplished
once you have generated your GPG encryption keys. Answering
questions until there was silence, Dirk shared his knowledge
of Open Source GNU Privacy Guard.

A weak point of public key encryption is the spreading of

the public keys. A user could bring a public key with false
user ID in circulation. If with this particular key messages
are made, the intruder can decode and read the messages. If
the intruder passes it on then still with a genuine public key
coded to the actual recipient, this attack is not noticeable.

Always set an expiration date on your keys when you create them.
If you don’t you might become haunted by ghost keys.

If you have a wrong public key you can say goodbye to the value
of your encryption. To overcome such risks there is a possibility
of signing keys. In that case you place your signature over the

key, so that you are absolutely positive that this key is valid.
This leads to the situation where the signature acknowledges that
the user ID mentioned in the key is actually the owner of that
key. With that reassurance you can start encrypting.

The PGP solution (and because of that automatically the GnuPG
solution) exists in signing codes. A public key can be signed by
other people. This signature acknowledges that the key used by
the UID (User Identification) actually belongs to the person it
claims to be. It is then up to the user of GnuPG how far the trust
in the signature goes. You can consider a key as trustworthy
when you trust the sender of the key and you know for sure that
the key really belongs to that person. Only when you can trust
the key of the signer, you can trust the signature. To be absolutely
positive that the key is correct you have to compare the finger
print over reliable channels before giving absolute trust.

gpg --search keys 2
gpg --edit-key
gpg --send-key 4
gpg --refresh-key
gpg --sign-key 3
gpg --gen-key 1
gpg --list-sigs

 

A GPG Key Signing Party was hosted by Dirk Bartley.
He has served as KLUG Chair twice and regularly
gives presentations on advanced security topics. Posted by Picasa

 

GNU Privacy Guard


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINUX: SESSION #1

Presented by Adam Tweddell

Adam Tweddell used Mark Jones’ laptop with Ubuntu installed
with the KLUG SVGA projector to deliver a live tour of the
Linux desktop. He went through practically every menu option,
answered participants questions on-the-fly, then he went beyond
the Gnome Desktop of Ubuntu tour and explained strategic system
considerations. An example of this would be the question Adam
answered about how to set up a partition so Windows and Linux
can share files on a dual-boot workstation. Just set up a FAT32
partition as both OS’s can read/write without problems. Partitions
formatted with other file systems do not play well together.
Writing data to NTFS partitions from Linux is not recommended.
He must have covered several dozen of these tips that people new
to Linux will certainly want to know.

OK! So you have Ubuntu installed and everything is configured!
Now what? You are sitting at the Gnome desktop GUI with some
block icons labeled hda1, hda5, maybe hda6 too. HUH? Adam
showed what you would do to get the desktop set up for your use.

Some topics covered:

VMware
Wine – Wine Is Not an Emulator
Various partition schemes
Windows files to/from Linux files
Mounting/unmounting drives
File System selection discussion
90% of Gnome desktop menu options
System Preferences - customization
Making desktop icons
Trash function
Add and remove applications:*
Synaptic Package Manager
* Ubuntu uses Deb Packages not RPM’s.
Configuration files
Printing and setting up a printer
Time and Date function
Search for files feature
Task bar and panel function
...Others

Applications:
OpenOffice.org *office productivity toolset
Evolution *e-mail and more
Firefox *web browser
Nautilus File Manager *file permissions
K3B *GUI CD & DVD burning utility
Mplayer *media player
...Others

How did Adam pack all this information into an hour and a half?
He did it! It looked like he did an extemporaneous delivery with
a definite outline in his head. He got some help from others along
the way when questions were asked. An outstanding delivery with
great use of the technology to illustrate Linux desktop functionality.
WOW! There was a steady clamoring for this type of presentation.
Unfortunately the presentation was only seen tonight by a few of
those who are just getting started with Linux. Cupid may have had
something to do with that.

NOTE:
********
KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson and KLUG Vice-Chair Mark Jones
addressed tonight’s attendees regarding a planned change in the KLUG
meeting format. The first Tuesday of the month would still be the
install/configuration meeting. On the second Tuesday of the month
there will be a KLUG presentation on one of a variety of introductory
Linux subjects. The third Tuesday of the month will feature intermediate
level presentation content. YUP! You guessed it! On the fourth Tuesday
KLUG will host an advanced topic presentation. If there is a fifth Tuesday
in some month... perhaps an LDAP presentation will be given in Latin.
There is a shared idea that this meeting structure will better serve the
KLUG mission statement, the community, and Open Source/Linux.

(15 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)


 

Adam Tweddell Presenting the KLUG Education
Session: After Installation - Linux for Beginners!Posted by Picasa

 

Once You Get Linux Installed and Configured...
Then What? Kalamazoo Linux User's Group!Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

 

KLUG GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson opened the meeting tonight with
a welcome! Being both the KLUG Chair and KLUG
Installmaster, he was a very popular fellow!

Andrew Gahan brought out his Sun Microsystems
Enterprise 3000 for a viewing. See the graphics

below for more about this fun project!

Jason brought in his HP laptop to get help with
setting up his wireless connection drivers. He had
Open SuSE v10.0 installed. Andrew and both Adams
helped him find the needed files and with the YAST
configuration.

Mike brought in a PC that was not making it through
an OpenSuSE install. It was hanging up on the drive
partitioning. Stu and Andrew were able to get YAST
to format the drive and start the install.

Andrew, Jon, and Stu worked with Brock and Leola
Who had printing problems after an upgrade from
OpenSuSE v9.2 to v10.0. OpenSuSE v10.0 was being
reinstalled on another PC for testing.

This meeting is intended for those who are just
curious about Linux and Open Source software, who
need some help getting started, or want some extra
eyes to look at your advanced problem. You can also
bring in your PC or laptop to get help installing
Linux on it, at no charge. Try a Linux distribution
that boots from a CD and requires no change to your
system's current software. Make sure you arrange to
get the software you want ahead of time. Check out
http://kalamazoolinux.org/cd/ for more information.

If you would like to install Linux on a system, or you
need help with Linux, please fill out a Help Request so
that someone can research your hardware/software, etc...
http://kalamazoolinux.org/meetings/installmeeting.php
Installations and assistance are done by appointment
ONLY. You must fill out the appropriate form at least
one week prior to the meeting.

(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Andrew Thompson, Brock Inglehart, and Jon
Smitley watch while an OpenSuSE v10.0 install
finishes. Yet Another System Tool (YAST) is a
flexible installation and configuration utility. Posted by Picasa

 

Andrew Gahan with his Sun Enterprise
3000 computer he got on eBay for $10.
Ten 9 GB RAID level 1 hard drives Posted by Picasa

 

RAM is maxed out on this Sun dual processor
board, just one of three plugged into the bus! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

THE FOUR BEST THINGS FROM REDMOND

Presented by Robert G. Brown

The 800 pound gorilla can play nice when it wants – and still
make money. Microsoft supported Open Standard software.

This presentation was originally scheduled for Tuesday July 19,
The delay was caused by Bob’s visit to the hospital the
Saturday before. Was this extreme avoidance? Rumors have
circulated that perhaps Redmond-based agents got to Bob just
in time, fearing any exposure with a LUG. Another creative
mind proposed that RGB may have been cloned and we now
have a new Bob. The original Bob is being forced to document
PERL code in a dimly lit room somewhere in the Northwest.

Many people believe that our friends in Redmond, Washington
are intent on collecting money for every little thing that they
produce, and they just never share. However, we took a look at
four very useful items that have emerged from Microsoft over
the past few years. Robert covered these subjects as four short
presentations, each indicates that Microsoft knows how to create
and use open standards when they see how these methods prove
to be effective.

ODBC http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/ODBC.html
Short for Open DataBase Connectivity. A standard database access
method. Allows ANY database client to use ANY database server.

RTF http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTF
Rich Text Format - Device and software independent document
markup and representation.

DHCP http://www.dhcp.org/
Short for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A protocol for
assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network.
Essential configuration of workstations is too common a need to
require skilled staff.

SMB http://www.samba.org/cifs/docs/what-is-smb.html
Server Message Block – File sharing, message passing, network
printing, domain authentication/control.

WHY WOULD MICROSOFT SUPPORT OPEN STANDARDS?
- A tool for entering the market: remove cost barrier
- Exploit market opportunities quickly
- Establish a de facto standard where confusion reigns
- Become the standard-setter for future growth

SUMMARY
---------------
Despite all the talk about how bad "open source" and "open
standards" are, Microsoft does not hesitate to adapt these practices
when they consider it appropriate.

Based on these efforts, Microsoft is actually fairly successful at it.

Everyone in the industry had benefited from these open projects; we
all use the products of these efforts, by choice and preference.


(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Robert G. Brown Presents "The Four Best Things
from Microsoft!" ODBC - RTF - DHCP - SMB
Focus on Microsoft Supported Open StandardsPosted by Picasa

 

The 800 pound gorilla can play nice when
it wants - and still make money. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

 

WIRELESS AUTHENTICATION - EAP & OpenRADIUS

Presented by Adam Williams

Adam has posted his presentation here:
http://www.whitemiceconsulting.com/node/97

OpenRADIUS URL’s:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~evbergen/openradius/
http://freshmeat.net/projects/openradius/

Adam Williams spelled it out with a 42 slide Impress presentation,
"Wireless Alphabet Soup." He showed what it takes to configure
an OpenRADIUS server to handle wireless network authentication.
We saw yet another useful Open Source GPL’d software solution.

This presentation covered setting up a RADIUS service to provide
support for EAP authentication via your wireless network. OpenRADIUS
can authenticate users against your LDAP DSA, CIFS Domain Controller,
or a multitude of other sources (including flat files).
RADIUS stands for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service.

Originally used by ISP’s to control the banks of dial-up modems,
OpenRADIUS is used for wireless network authentication services.
Adam told us how it all fits together. He explained the 802.11i goals
for security. The descriptions for setting up a WPA network will get
you to the goal of a working authentication service. He showed how
to configure the various files to get the desired result.


RADIUS is the protocol used by EAP servers to authenticate EAP users;
and OpenRADIUS is an Open Source service that provides RADIUS
service from any UNIX like platform (LINUX, BSD, etc...). EAP
(Extensible Authentication Protocol) is a standard for authenticating
network clients, most commonly used for wireless devices ("Supplicants").
EAP is an 802.1x standard that allows developers to pass security
authentication data between RADIUS and the access point (AP) and
wireless client. EAP has a number of variants, including: EAP MD5,
EAP-Tunneled TLS (EAP-TTLS), Lightweight EAP (LEAP), and
Protected EAP (PEAP).

(18 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)


 

Wireless Alphabet Soup! WAP's, WEP, EAP,
EAP-PEAP, 802.1x, 802.11i, LDAP DSA, CIFS,
MD5, TLS, etc. Adam Williams Spelled it Out!Posted by Picasa

 

FreeRADIUS is Used for Authentication Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

 

TiVo - A VCR ON STEROIDS

Presented by Mark Jones

http://www.tivo.com

A $50 Linux box with a 200 MHz CPU and a 40 Gb hard
Drive? Mark Jones brought in his Series 2 TiVo box and
connected it to his laptop, the internet, and the KLUG

SVGA [InFocus LP335] projector.

We went through the "TiVo Central" main menu:
- Now Playing List
- Watch Live TV
- Music, Photos, and More
- Showcases & TV Guide
- Pick Programs to Record
- Messages and Settings

Mark showed us how he uses his TiVo box and how simple
it is to operate. TiVo services can be contracted in three
ways. Lifetime, yearly, and monthly. The current yearly
fee is $155. Mark demonstrated the basic functions and
described many more. The TiVo remote runs the system and

it is also programmable for other devices. Mark stressed
that you can operate this system without technical expertise.

[from the TiVo web site]
"Only TiVo® is so smart, it's simple to use. Just choose
a TiVo box and activate the TiVo service to get all the
entertainment you care about. TiVo automatically finds
and digitally records up to 300 hours of programming you
want —your favorite show, every Coppola movie, home
improvement programs, Dora cartoons, whatever you choose

—all while you're out living life. Plus, pause, rewind
and slo-mo live TV.

Offers award-winning features like Season Pass™ recordings,
WishList™ searches, and TiVo Online Scheduling to easily
record your favorite shows. Offers features that work like a
search engine to find the shows you want (by title, actor,
director, category, even keyword). Offers home entertainment
innovations that go beyond TV with features like digital music
& photos. TiVoToGo™ lets you transfer shows to your laptop
or easily burn them to DVD** Works with any TV setup so
you can take it anywhere: cable, digital cable, satellite,

even combinations." http://www.tivo.com/1.0.asp

(14 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Andrew Thompson Introduces KLUG's TiVo
Educator Mark Jones. TiVo is a $50 Linux
Box with a 200 MHz CPU and a 40Gb Hard
Drive. (Series 2) Posted by Picasa

 

TiVo can be VERY addicting! Posted by Picasa

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