Tonight was KLUG’s May General Assistance Meeting. John opened the meeting with the standard introduction. We broke into the mayhem phase and everyone began multitasking and multiprocessing.
Installmaster Andrew Thompson helped Paul who was trying to get a Winmodem working in Mandrake Linux v10.2 2005 - Special Edition. Paul had a custom PC with a K7 S5A Elite motherboard – 800 MHz AMD CPU – 10 Gb hard drive – 196 Mb RAM – and a pesky Winmodem. Andrew's patient and dutiful attempts to coax the modem to function were thwarted. Paul vowed to do the right thing and acquire an external modem (a real hardware modem with UART serial chips onboard).
Linux curious attendees Rob and Tim were welcomed and given reference tips on KLUG and Linux. Several members engaged them in discussion and their contact information was recorded by the KLUG secretary.
Brock brought in a Compaq laptop with an AMD Athlon 64-bit processor running SuSE Pro v9.2. Ximian Evolution was not configured right somehow and he wanted someone to look things over. He was also having trouble after an update of Firefox. Electrical problems had the KLUG network hub down for the night and prevented Brock from getting a web connection. Kevin was seen over in the corner downloading and also installing a program called Inkscapes. This is an open source scalable vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, and Corel Draw. It looked like everything went well. Kevin is planning to make a KLUG presentation in the near future.
One member was asking for help getting a PCMCIA card driver working on his laptop. He kept getting a message about the driver not being compatible with the currently installed kernel version. Dirk jumped in and explained why this was happening and what it would take to make it work.
The most amazing observation of the evening was when Adam, John, and Brian were seen configuring Microsoft Internet Explorer v6 on their laptops... and the Windows Media Player v7 running in Gnome on SuSE Pro v9.3!!! WHAT??? You better believe it. SuSE activates WINE in the install process and it allows you to run Windows programs right on your Linux desktop. Remember that WINE stands for WINE IS NOT AN EMULATOR. Even those Microsoft Office programs run too. Macromedia Flash was being installed too!!! WHAT IS COMING NEXT??? There was even a big MY COMPUTER icon seen on John’s desktop. A great new age has dawned in the Open Source Software world. Bill Gates and his crashing code crew in Redmond must be in a cold sweat over all this. (16 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)