John opened tonight's meeting. He caught the KLUG attendees up on several planned KLUG presentations and other upcoming KLUG events.
Tonight there was one request for install help. That request was made at 11:45am today! Andrew Thompson, KLUG’s sharp and patient installmaster, does not see his e-mail for the 24 hour period prior to the meeting. The guidelines say that the requests for help need to be made at least 7 days prior to the assistance meeting.
Ted Whitman needed a little help with configuring his SuSE 9.3 networking. It could not see other Linux or Windows computers on the network and they couldn’t see the SuSE 9.3 box. He had internet connectivity and all other functions working well. He was just not able to browse the local network with this machine. Andrew spoke with Ted about this issue and learned that it had already been resolved. That left plenty of time to talk about the configuration of Ted’s business computer network.
Jon Smitley and Stu Gillis were test driving the Open Source AMPardy (based on Jeopardy) code that will be used at this year’s annual KLUG Geek Jeopardy celebration. Jon connected his new Apple PowerBook directly to Stu’s Intel-based laptop and they were both displaying the AMPardy screen. Then they tested the PowerBook video output with the InFocus KLUG SVGA projector.
Tyler was helping Alan Tanner with a problem that involved recovery of Linux on a dual booting laptop. There was plenty of advice being considered limited only by the resources at hand. After verification that the partition was still intact, Tyler tried to get a valid RJ45 network connection path out to the internet and was stymied.
Dirk Bartley was seen welcoming some attendees that had not been to a meeting in some time. The group was deep into discussing networking strategies and explaining current best practices.
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.
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 one week prior to the meeting. If you only have general questions or curiosity you don't need to do anything but show up!