KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

 

BASIC WEB SITE PROGRAMMING

Presented by Bill Hollett

The Presentation in OpenOffice.org Impress format:
http://kalamazoolinux.org/presentations/history.php?year=2006
http://kalamazoolinux.org/presentations/basic_website_programming.sxi

Bill Hollett is a professional PHP web developer and the new KLUG
webmaster. He used a laptop running OpenSuSE v10.x and the Impress
application in OpenOffice.org with the KLUG SVGA projector to take
us through 47 slides detailing the AMP (Apache, MySQL, & PHP) web
development basics. Bill does not limit his programming to MySQL for
his interactive web-based applications.

What is PHP? PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language
that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded

into HTML. http://www.php.net/

If I use an If statement will my program think? What's a For Loop
for?
What happens while a While Loop runs? How do Functions function?
Can anyone explain an array? What's a henway? Bill covered these and
more at our first in a series on basic web site programming. Bill used
humor to keep everyone awake and he was obviously enjoying sharing
how wonderful PHP is to work with. That grin was ear to ear. Great to
hear from someone who really enjoys their work tools. A henway? OK!

PHP programming basics covered in this session:
Format of PHP Code
Variables
If Statements
Nesting
Arrays
Functions
Parameters
Function Parameters
While Loops
While Ooops
For Loops
Loopy Loops

Look for Bill’s next PHP programming presentation in May. If
you missed the first session, catch up and get ready for more
web site development and PHP fun. Maybe Bill will go over the
henway again.

(21 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Bill Hollett, PHP Web Developer
and the new KLUG Webmaster,
Presenting Basic PHP Web Site
Programming. Posted by Picasa

 

What is PHP? PHP is a widely-used
general-purpose scripting language
that is especially suited for Web
development and can be embedded
into HTML. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

CENTRALIZED LOGGING

Presented by Adam Williams

The PDF file of this presentation is at this URL:
http://www.whitemiceconsulting.com/node/103

Adam Williams used his Toshiba laptop running OpenSuSE
v10.x and the SVGA projector to display 26 slides prepared
with OpenOffice.org Impress about cross-platform network
system level logging. He was wearing a t-shirt that declared
that "open source is addictive." The often apparent smile on
Adam’s face indicates that this is a very positive addiction.

Adam’s presentation covered setting up syslog and syslog-ng
clients to record to a centralized syslog-ng log server. The
pipe function is used to deliver the data to the destination.

This can log the activity of both Windows and Linux systems.
On the central server the logs can be recorded to basically
any store, but in this case the example will be a PostgreSQL
database. Storing your logs into an SQL database provides a
great deal of functionality in regards to analysis and system

reporting.

DbVisualizer is a cross-platform database visualization and
management tool. This is the program that Adam uses to view

the syslog data after conversion by the SQL creating script.
Just point and click to browse the SQL data from syslog -ng.

More about syslog –ng:
http://www.balabit.com/products/syslog-ng/

More about DbVisualizer:
http://www.minq.se/products/dbvis/

More:
Centralized Logging
http://linuxlabs.biz/articles/syslog.htm

winlogd –
Windows syslog client that sends Event Log to syslog server
http://edoceo.com/products/winlogd.php


(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Adam Williams explains how traditional Linux
logging works in this slide. 1 of 26 OpenOffice.org
Impress slides Adam prepared. Posted by Picasa

 

Adam Williams describes centralized logging
using syslog -ng piped network data which
he converts to an SQL format for reporting. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINUX: SESSION #2 FIREFOX

Presented by Adam Tweddell

More information on the Firefox Web Browser from Mozilla:
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

A Better Web Experience! Firefox 1.5 has an intuitive
interface and blocks viruses, spyware, and popup ads. It
delivers Web pages faster than ever. And it’s easy to install
and import your favorites. Packed with useful features like
tabbed browsing, Live Bookmarks, and an integrated Search
bar, Firefox will change the way you experience the Web,
for the better.

Adam Tweddell used a PC with Ubuntu v5.10 installed and
the KLUG SVGA projector to deliver a live tour of the Open
Source Mozilla Firefox web browser on the Linux desktop.
Adam went through the Firefox menu options, answered many
questions on-the-fly, and explained each application
configuration consideration found in preferences..

He talked about browser plugin software and extensions.
PDF viewer, Sage RSS reader, Flash Player, QuickTime,
RealPlayer , Mplayer, etc. Enhance your compatibility!
Find out the details about plugin management with Firefox.
http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/faqs/firefox-linux.html

OK! So you have Ubuntu installed and everything is configured!
You know how to use your web browser. What is next? E-Mail!
Next month look for Mozilla Thunderbird to be demonstrated.
In the months ahead there is a rumor that OpenOffice.org apps
will be featured. Desktop, web browser, e-mail, word processor,
spreadsheet, and presentation software. That should cover most
people for daily usage.

* * * NOTE: * * *
Please let the KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson, Meeting Director
Adam Williams, or Education Director Adam Tweddell know if
you are enjoying these educational meetings. Get the word out to
beginning Linux folks that KLUG offers support and education
just for them every month. Feedback would be helpful.


(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

A Better Web Experience, Firefox 1.5 has
an intuitive interface. Packed with Useful
Features Like Tabbed Browsing, Live
Bookmarks, and an Integrated Search Bar,
Firefox Will Change the Way You Experience
the Web, For the Better. Posted by Picasa

 

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser is Open Source
Software and the Preferred Default Browser on
both the MS Windows and Linux Desktop. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, March 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! The
question of the night was which Linux distribution
we liked! Fedora Core 4 and OpenSuSE were most
popular. Plenty going on tonight, eight projects!

Eric Beversluis was setting up a Fedora Core 4
box to use for web development using Apache with
PHP. Looked like all was going well with the install.

Adam Williams worked with Brock and Leola who
upgraded the 64-bit Compaq laptop from OpenSuSE v9.2
to v10.0. Adam showed them how the remote monitor
feature works. They even had success with the printing
configuration.

Andrew Gahan was either installing OpenSuSE v10.0 or
Debian (Sarge – stable) on a neon lit gamer box to
function as some type of server.

Anthony was working on his Toshiba laptop with
OpenSuSE v10.0. Andrew, Dirk, and Adam Tweddell
helped him find the needed files and with the YAST
configuration. He was successful!

Dan had his HP laptop with Fedora Core 4 installed.
He needed this for his class at KVCC. Andrew used
a Ubuntu v5.1 CD to correct the partitions and get
him working. Dan was delighted. Hope he passes
the word around the classroom that KLUG is great.

Bill Lindeman was getting help with his Toshiba laptop
that was running OpenSuSE v10.0. Andrew and others
configured the system to play DVD movies. Bob showed
him how to use a digital camera on a Linux box. The
camera shows up as a device and you open the folder.

Mark Jones was helping Jason with an Asterisk VOIP
demonstration configuration. They were busy pouring
through the documentation. Sounded like the writer
had a sense of humor. They had phones and laptops
and hubs and cables spread over the side tables.

Joe Roman got a late start but jumped with an IBM box
that he was putting Fedora Core 4 on. He had a laptop
set up beside him to help in the process. He was getting
advice from everyone and was making progress with the
BIOS and other issues.

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.

(21 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

NOTE:
********
KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson and KLUG Vice-Chair Mark Jones
previously addressed the attendees regarding a change in the KLUG
meeting format. The first Tuesday of the month is still 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. There is a shared idea
that this meeting structure will better serve the KLUG Mission

statement, the community, and Open Source/Linux.

 

Dan telling Joe, Dirk, and Bob about the Linux
Classes at KVCC. Dan was getting Fedora Core 4
configured on his Athlon powered HP. Posted by Picasa

 

Eight installations or configurations were going
on tonight. Lots of help and lots of success!!!
Linux information exchanges occured all night. Posted by Picasa

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