Presented by Adam Tweddell Adam Tweddell used Mark Jones’ laptop with Ubuntu installed with the KLUG SVGA projector to deliver a live tour of the Linux desktop. He went through practically every menu option, answered participants questions on-the-fly, then he went beyond the Gnome Desktop of Ubuntu tour and explained strategic system considerations. An example of this would be the question Adam answered about how to set up a partition so Windows and Linux can share files on a dual-boot workstation. Just set up a FAT32 partition as both OS’s can read/write without problems. Partitions formatted with other file systems do not play well together. Writing data to NTFS partitions from Linux is not recommended. He must have covered several dozen of these tips that people new to Linux will certainly want to know.
OK! So you have Ubuntu installed and everything is configured! Now what? You are sitting at the Gnome desktop GUI with some block icons labeled hda1, hda5, maybe hda6 too. HUH? Adam showed what you would do to get the desktop set up for your use.
Some topics covered:
VMware Wine – Wine Is Not an Emulator Various partition schemes Windows files to/from Linux files Mounting/unmounting drives File System selection discussion 90% of Gnome desktop menu options System Preferences - customization Making desktop icons Trash function Add and remove applications:* Synaptic Package Manager * Ubuntu uses Deb Packages not RPM’s. Configuration files Printing and setting up a printer Time and Date function Search for files feature Task bar and panel function ...Others
Applications: OpenOffice.org *office productivity toolset Evolution *e-mail and more Firefox *web browser Nautilus File Manager *file permissions K3B *GUI CD & DVD burning utility Mplayer *media player ...Others
How did Adam pack all this information into an hour and a half? He did it! It looked like he did an extemporaneous delivery with a definite outline in his head. He got some help from others along the way when questions were asked. An outstanding delivery with great use of the technology to illustrate Linux desktop functionality. WOW! There was a steady clamoring for this type of presentation. Unfortunately the presentation was only seen tonight by a few of those who are just getting started with Linux. Cupid may have had something to do with that.
NOTE: ******** KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson and KLUG Vice-Chair Mark Jones addressed tonight’s attendees regarding a planned change in the KLUG meeting format. The first Tuesday of the month would still be the install/configuration meeting. On the second Tuesday of the month there will be a KLUG presentation on one of a variety of introductory Linux subjects. The third Tuesday of the month will feature intermediate level presentation content. YUP! You guessed it! On the fourth Tuesday KLUG will host an advanced topic presentation. If there is a fifth Tuesday in some month... perhaps an LDAP presentation will be given in Latin. There is a shared idea that this meeting structure will better serve the KLUG mission statement, the community, and Open Source/Linux.