KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

TELLICO – A COLLECTION MANAGER FOR KDE 3.X

Presented by Stu Gillis Assisted by Jon Smitley

Tellico is developed and coded by Robby Stephenson
http://www.periapsis.org/tellico/
Tellico is licensed under the GNU General Public License

Stu Gillis shared his experiences with Tellico. Jon Smitley
assisted in the display of Stu’s Compaq laptop by networking
the video with his Apple Powerbook to the KLUG SVGA
projector. Stu displayed slides to give us the basic info
and then demonstrated running the program. We saw how
he uses the program and what useful features the code offers.
Stu took questions throughout the presentation and his humor
made it fun. We had a peek at his 500 DVD collection and
heard about their plan to "database the three home freezers!"

Tellico is a KDE application for organizing your collections.
It provides default templates for books, bibliographies, videos,
music, video games, coins, stamps, trading cards, comic books,
and wines. Tellico allows you to enter your collection in a
catalog database, saving many different properties like title,
author, etc. Two different views of your collection are shown.
On the left, your entries are grouped together by any field you
like, allowing you to see how many are in each group. On the
right, selected fields are shown in column format, allowing you
to sort by any field. On the bottom is a customizable HTML
view of the current entry. The entry editor is a dialog box where
you enter the data.

Importing and exporting data with Tellico was described.
Collections may be imported or exported using a variety of
formats, to allow for easy exchange or publication of data.
It can automate the process of cataloging DVD’s and CD’s.


There is a "checkout" feature that allows you to track items
that are loaned from the collection. Reminders can be set
to display in your KDE Calendar! The application is still
in development and future improvements are possible. The
code can crash... some examples were given. Restart and
continue when those crashes occur. Backing up files is easy.
Copy the .tc files frequently when updating and you will be
covered!

Stu recommends: Marcel Gagne review of Tellico!
http://www.marcelgagne.com/cwl042005.html

Tellico is very well documented, available on the web or direct
from within the program. The web-based manual is found here.
http://www.periapsis.org/tellico/doc/index.html


(19 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Stu Gillis demonstrates how Tellico, a collection
manager for KDE 3.x, organizes many things. Posted by Picasa

 

TELLICO - A COLLECTION MANAGER FOR KDE 3.x


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

 

A GNU PRIVACY GUARD (GPG) KEY SIGNING PARTY!

Hosted by Dirk Bartley

Dirk Bartley's November 15, 2005 GPG Presentation

ftp://kalamazoolinux.org/pub/pdf/gpg.pdf

GNU Privacy Guard
http://www.gnupg.org

GnuPG Keysigning Party HOWTO

http://www.cryptnet.net/fdp/crypto/gpg-party.html

With a fingerprint list handout and a flip chart for visual
support, Dirk Bartley explained what needs to be accomplished
once you have generated your GPG encryption keys. Answering
questions until there was silence, Dirk shared his knowledge
of Open Source GNU Privacy Guard.

A weak point of public key encryption is the spreading of

the public keys. A user could bring a public key with false
user ID in circulation. If with this particular key messages
are made, the intruder can decode and read the messages. If
the intruder passes it on then still with a genuine public key
coded to the actual recipient, this attack is not noticeable.

Always set an expiration date on your keys when you create them.
If you don’t you might become haunted by ghost keys.

If you have a wrong public key you can say goodbye to the value
of your encryption. To overcome such risks there is a possibility
of signing keys. In that case you place your signature over the

key, so that you are absolutely positive that this key is valid.
This leads to the situation where the signature acknowledges that
the user ID mentioned in the key is actually the owner of that
key. With that reassurance you can start encrypting.

The PGP solution (and because of that automatically the GnuPG
solution) exists in signing codes. A public key can be signed by
other people. This signature acknowledges that the key used by
the UID (User Identification) actually belongs to the person it
claims to be. It is then up to the user of GnuPG how far the trust
in the signature goes. You can consider a key as trustworthy
when you trust the sender of the key and you know for sure that
the key really belongs to that person. Only when you can trust
the key of the signer, you can trust the signature. To be absolutely
positive that the key is correct you have to compare the finger
print over reliable channels before giving absolute trust.

gpg --search keys 2
gpg --edit-key
gpg --send-key 4
gpg --refresh-key
gpg --sign-key 3
gpg --gen-key 1
gpg --list-sigs

 

A GPG Key Signing Party was hosted by Dirk Bartley.
He has served as KLUG Chair twice and regularly
gives presentations on advanced security topics. Posted by Picasa

 

GNU Privacy Guard


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINUX: SESSION #1

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.

(15 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)


 

Adam Tweddell Presenting the KLUG Education
Session: After Installation - Linux for Beginners!Posted by Picasa

 

Once You Get Linux Installed and Configured...
Then What? Kalamazoo Linux User's Group!Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

 

KLUG GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson opened the meeting tonight with
a welcome! Being both the KLUG Chair and KLUG
Installmaster, he was a very popular fellow!

Andrew Gahan brought out his Sun Microsystems
Enterprise 3000 for a viewing. See the graphics

below for more about this fun project!

Jason brought in his HP laptop to get help with
setting up his wireless connection drivers. He had
Open SuSE v10.0 installed. Andrew and both Adams
helped him find the needed files and with the YAST
configuration.

Mike brought in a PC that was not making it through
an OpenSuSE install. It was hanging up on the drive
partitioning. Stu and Andrew were able to get YAST
to format the drive and start the install.

Andrew, Jon, and Stu worked with Brock and Leola
Who had printing problems after an upgrade from
OpenSuSE v9.2 to v10.0. OpenSuSE v10.0 was being
reinstalled on another PC for testing.

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 in your PC or laptop to get help installing
Linux on it, at no charge. Try a Linux distribution
that boots from a CD and requires no change to your
system's current software. Make sure you arrange to
get the software you want ahead of time. Check out
http://kalamazoolinux.org/cd/ for more information.

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 at least
one week prior to the meeting.

(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Andrew Thompson, Brock Inglehart, and Jon
Smitley watch while an OpenSuSE v10.0 install
finishes. Yet Another System Tool (YAST) is a
flexible installation and configuration utility. Posted by Picasa

 

Andrew Gahan with his Sun Enterprise
3000 computer he got on eBay for $10.
Ten 9 GB RAID level 1 hard drives Posted by Picasa

 

RAM is maxed out on this Sun dual processor
board, just one of three plugged into the bus! Posted by Picasa

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