Tonight there was one request for install help. Andrew Thompson, KLUG Installmaster, helped Bill Lindemann in an attempt to install SuSE Pro v9.3 on a unknown secondhand PC. When errors were encountered the diagnostics began. The Ubuntu v5.04 distribution CD was loaded into the CD-ROM drive for install. Same result as with the SuSE install. Then the hardware was examined... something was blocking the process. Next Bill Hollett stepped up to the hot seat with a Knoppix CD in his hand. Last I noticed, it looked like cards were being pulled from the motherboard bus sockets. If it could be done... it was done.
While all this installation energy was being shared, the rest of the group broke into gleeful multiple node audio packet transfers... known to some, as talking together. At least half a dozen laptops were connected to the Jas Networks 2.3 mbps DSL by a WAP and quietly doing one task or another. The snacks were devoured tonight. Adam Williams brought boxes of hardware from his own PC graveyard. The items included motherboards, RAM memory, processors, network routers, modems, power supplies, a printer buffer, cables, drive controllers, and more. People were quite pleased with the treasures that would have become trash. Funny nobody took the 4 Mb 30-pin parity SIMM’s. Those were $400 each stick back in the early 1990’s. You could get 2 to 4 Gb of memory for that money today. Hard drives were $1 per Mb then. THANKS TO ADAM WILLIAMS FOR ALL THE SWEET FREE HARDWARE!
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 your computer in order to have Linux installed on it, at no charge; or to try a Linux distribution that boots from CD and requires no change to your system's current software. Make sure you arrange to get the software you want ahead of time.
If you would like assistance with a specific problem please e-mail a description to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can be sure someone familiar with your issue will be available to assist you.
Installations and assistance are done by appointment ONLY. You must fill out the appropriate form one week prior to the meeting. If you only have general questions or curiosity you don't need to do anything but show up!