KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, November 01, 2005



Hosted by KLUG Chairperson John Bridleman

The gathering tonight blew in on the heels of hurricane
Beta but no local storm damage or injuries were reported.
After Chairperson John Bridleman opened the server room
cabinet and the November KLUG meeting, the crowd broke
into five identifiable workgroups. In the following text,
names will be named and their activities will be disclosed.

Bruce Smith, John Bridleman, and Todd Pillars worked
on the three new Linksys 802.11G WAP’s. They were busy
retrieving the static IP addresses of the WAP transmitters
so they could configure the network to make them web
accessible. You can actually reboot them from your web
browser and get a status report. The older WAP’s were
retired and had been giving unsatisfactory performance.

Someone recommended against reliance on the "One Button"
security feature of the Linksys 802.11G wireless router.
http://www.linksys.com Hey Cisco, where’s Poncho?

Robert G. Brown, Mark Jones, and Eric Beversluis were
dining on carryout delicacies and could be quite clearly
overheard discussing world, national, and local politics.
I didn’t hear any talk about Kalamazoo being designated
as a future space portal launch site. Saddam, Camilla, and
a host of other popular subjects were energetically being
jousted! There was an Open Source spin on some of it.
Had they visited?

Dirk Bartley and Tyler Haske were doing some support
work with a young man named Mike. The quest seemed
to involve the configuration possibilities of Xinerama.
Xinerama extensions allow applications and window
managers to use two or more physical displays as one large
virtual display.
Dirk did a presentation about this "back in the day…"
November 14, 2000 Multiple Monitors Using XFree86

Leola Walker, Brock Inglehart, Stuart Gillis, and Jon
Smitley were all bunched up near the network connect
points. I noticed four laptops connected by ethernet,
to Appletalk, back to ethernet. In this daisy chain of
high-powered mobile computing collaboration was an
802.11G Bridge? Huh? Not sure what was going on
with that device… there may have been problems with
a PCMCIA wireless network driver or some such.
Leola had the photo album from the trip she and Brock
took to Alaska on a sleek red motorcycle this summer.

In the center of the room was Tom Nelson. He had a
Dell PC that was loaded with Fedora Core 4 (Red Hat).
He was displaying plenty of hex screen dumps and
was in the process of tweaking the configuration files.
He was being assisted by both Tyler Haske and Andrew
Thompson. Dirk Bartley was also giving suggestions.
It looked like Tom was hardwired into the RJ45 wall
outlet. Someone was asking about the DD command.
How and when to use the dd command?

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 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...
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!

(18 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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