KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

 

KLUG MONTHLY GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chairperson John Bridleman

There were no new faces to repeat the standard opening
comments and no speaker introductions were needed tonight.
John Bridleman let the meeting steer itself and that seemed
like it worked out for the best. With the thoughts of 2005
GEEK JEOPARDY repeatedly bubbling up in each conversation,
it is less than a month away and the tension is noticeable.
The Geek Jeopardy competition will be celebrated on
Tuesday October 25th at 7PM at the Chamber of Commerce.
http://kalamazoolinux.org/meetings/schedule.php3

Back in the corner, Alan Tanner sat with a Dell PC with the
side panel removed. He had a laptop drive attached to his
PC’s drive cable with a powered adapter. He was attempting
to recover the files on this failing drive. That seemed to

go well. KLUG Installmaster Andrew Thompson was working
his magic with solid Linux support. Andrew was able to boot
from a CD-ROM on a PC that had no hard drives installed.
http://recover.sourceforge.net/linux/recover/

Tyler and a friend were in the middle of the room with a
large 24 port router sitting between them. There was a
network install with the box being prepared for dual boot
operation. The remote Debian network install looked like a
success. I did hear someone mention that there was a GRUB
error 21 Master Boot Record missing and that the guy really
needed the stuff on the Windows drive partitions. Looked
like Adam was lending a hand. So many different Linux
distributions and infinite hardware configurations make it
all a miracle. Some people appear to know there way around
any Linux OS. Install Guide for Debian Linux Distribution:
http://www.debian.org/releases/potato/i386/install

When in the back of the room to get cookies and pretzels,
one could hear a conversation between Todd Pillars and
Mark Jones generally about VOIP and the Asterisk Project.
http://www.asterisk.org/

Bill Hollett and Adam Williams were quietly discussing an
implementation of SOAP ("Simple Object Access Protocol")
over on the less crowded side of the room. A SOAP message
is fundamentally a one-way transmission between SOAP
nodes.
http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part0/

In the center of the room was a general technology discussion
that ranged from Open Source topics to theories about the
causes and impact of the high gasoline prices. Adam Williams,
Dirk Bartley, Bruce Smith, John Bridleman, and others were
vigorously sharing thoughts and ideas.


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!


(21 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)



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