KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

KLUG MONTHLY GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chairperson John Bridleman

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 installmaster@kalamazoolinux.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!

(16 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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