KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

THE FOUR BEST THINGS FROM REDMOND

Presented by Robert G. Brown

The 800 pound gorilla can play nice when it wants – and still
make money. Microsoft supported Open Standard software.

This presentation was originally scheduled for Tuesday July 19,
The delay was caused by Bob’s visit to the hospital the
Saturday before. Was this extreme avoidance? Rumors have
circulated that perhaps Redmond-based agents got to Bob just
in time, fearing any exposure with a LUG. Another creative
mind proposed that RGB may have been cloned and we now
have a new Bob. The original Bob is being forced to document
PERL code in a dimly lit room somewhere in the Northwest.

Many people believe that our friends in Redmond, Washington
are intent on collecting money for every little thing that they
produce, and they just never share. However, we took a look at
four very useful items that have emerged from Microsoft over
the past few years. Robert covered these subjects as four short
presentations, each indicates that Microsoft knows how to create
and use open standards when they see how these methods prove
to be effective.

ODBC http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/ODBC.html
Short for Open DataBase Connectivity. A standard database access
method. Allows ANY database client to use ANY database server.

RTF http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTF
Rich Text Format - Device and software independent document
markup and representation.

DHCP http://www.dhcp.org/
Short for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A protocol for
assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network.
Essential configuration of workstations is too common a need to
require skilled staff.

SMB http://www.samba.org/cifs/docs/what-is-smb.html
Server Message Block – File sharing, message passing, network
printing, domain authentication/control.

WHY WOULD MICROSOFT SUPPORT OPEN STANDARDS?
- A tool for entering the market: remove cost barrier
- Exploit market opportunities quickly
- Establish a de facto standard where confusion reigns
- Become the standard-setter for future growth

SUMMARY
---------------
Despite all the talk about how bad "open source" and "open
standards" are, Microsoft does not hesitate to adapt these practices
when they consider it appropriate.

Based on these efforts, Microsoft is actually fairly successful at it.

Everyone in the industry had benefited from these open projects; we
all use the products of these efforts, by choice and preference.


(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Robert G. Brown Presents "The Four Best Things
from Microsoft!" ODBC - RTF - DHCP - SMB
Focus on Microsoft Supported Open StandardsPosted by Picasa

 

The 800 pound gorilla can play nice when
it wants - and still make money. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

 

WIRELESS AUTHENTICATION - EAP & OpenRADIUS

Presented by Adam Williams

Adam has posted his presentation here:
http://www.whitemiceconsulting.com/node/97

OpenRADIUS URL’s:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~evbergen/openradius/
http://freshmeat.net/projects/openradius/

Adam Williams spelled it out with a 42 slide Impress presentation,
"Wireless Alphabet Soup." He showed what it takes to configure
an OpenRADIUS server to handle wireless network authentication.
We saw yet another useful Open Source GPL’d software solution.

This presentation covered setting up a RADIUS service to provide
support for EAP authentication via your wireless network. OpenRADIUS
can authenticate users against your LDAP DSA, CIFS Domain Controller,
or a multitude of other sources (including flat files).
RADIUS stands for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service.

Originally used by ISP’s to control the banks of dial-up modems,
OpenRADIUS is used for wireless network authentication services.
Adam told us how it all fits together. He explained the 802.11i goals
for security. The descriptions for setting up a WPA network will get
you to the goal of a working authentication service. He showed how
to configure the various files to get the desired result.


RADIUS is the protocol used by EAP servers to authenticate EAP users;
and OpenRADIUS is an Open Source service that provides RADIUS
service from any UNIX like platform (LINUX, BSD, etc...). EAP
(Extensible Authentication Protocol) is a standard for authenticating
network clients, most commonly used for wireless devices ("Supplicants").
EAP is an 802.1x standard that allows developers to pass security
authentication data between RADIUS and the access point (AP) and
wireless client. EAP has a number of variants, including: EAP MD5,
EAP-Tunneled TLS (EAP-TTLS), Lightweight EAP (LEAP), and
Protected EAP (PEAP).

(18 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)


 

Wireless Alphabet Soup! WAP's, WEP, EAP,
EAP-PEAP, 802.1x, 802.11i, LDAP DSA, CIFS,
MD5, TLS, etc. Adam Williams Spelled it Out!Posted by Picasa

 

FreeRADIUS is Used for Authentication Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

 

TiVo - A VCR ON STEROIDS

Presented by Mark Jones

http://www.tivo.com

A $50 Linux box with a 200 MHz CPU and a 40 Gb hard
Drive? Mark Jones brought in his Series 2 TiVo box and
connected it to his laptop, the internet, and the KLUG

SVGA [InFocus LP335] projector.

We went through the "TiVo Central" main menu:
- Now Playing List
- Watch Live TV
- Music, Photos, and More
- Showcases & TV Guide
- Pick Programs to Record
- Messages and Settings

Mark showed us how he uses his TiVo box and how simple
it is to operate. TiVo services can be contracted in three
ways. Lifetime, yearly, and monthly. The current yearly
fee is $155. Mark demonstrated the basic functions and
described many more. The TiVo remote runs the system and

it is also programmable for other devices. Mark stressed
that you can operate this system without technical expertise.

[from the TiVo web site]
"Only TiVo® is so smart, it's simple to use. Just choose
a TiVo box and activate the TiVo service to get all the
entertainment you care about. TiVo automatically finds
and digitally records up to 300 hours of programming you
want —your favorite show, every Coppola movie, home
improvement programs, Dora cartoons, whatever you choose

—all while you're out living life. Plus, pause, rewind
and slo-mo live TV.

Offers award-winning features like Season Pass™ recordings,
WishList™ searches, and TiVo Online Scheduling to easily
record your favorite shows. Offers features that work like a
search engine to find the shows you want (by title, actor,
director, category, even keyword). Offers home entertainment
innovations that go beyond TV with features like digital music
& photos. TiVoToGo™ lets you transfer shows to your laptop
or easily burn them to DVD** Works with any TV setup so
you can take it anywhere: cable, digital cable, satellite,

even combinations." http://www.tivo.com/1.0.asp

(14 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Andrew Thompson Introduces KLUG's TiVo
Educator Mark Jones. TiVo is a $50 Linux
Box with a 200 MHz CPU and a 40Gb Hard
Drive. (Series 2) Posted by Picasa

 

TiVo can be VERY addicting! Posted by Picasa

 

TiVo is like a VCR on steroids! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

 

2006 KLUG ANNUAL MEETING


Facilitated by Bruce Smith

Tasty pizza was consumed in mass quantities.

2006 KLUG Election of Officers:
Learn more about the KLUG officer election process:
http://www.kalamazoolinux.org/organize/
KLUG Bylaws give more specific organizational details:
http://www.kalamazoolinux.org/klug_bylaws_040306.pdf

2006 KLUG Elected Officers:
Chairperson - Andrew Thompson
Vice-Chair - Mark Jones
Treasurer - Eric Beversluis
Recording Secretary - Brian Ritz
Member at Large - Brock Inglehart

Descriptions of the KLUG officer positions:
http://www.kalamazoolinux.org/officers/

KLUG granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS effective

January 1st, 2002

(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

2006 ANNUAL MEETING KALAMAZOO
LINUX USERS GROUP Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

 

JANUARY KLUG GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by Vice-Chair Bruce Smith

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...

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.

(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

January 2006 General Assistance Night
KLUG Kalamazoo Linux User Group Posted by Picasa

 

Reprinted from Wired Magazine
Issue 13.02 February 2005
[click graphic to enlarge] Posted by Picasa

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