KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

INTRODUCTION TO OPENOFFICE.ORG

Presented by Adam Tweddell

Find out more about OpenOffice.org:
http://www.openoffice.org

Introductory slide shows:
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/

Adam Tweddell used a KLUG LTSP desktop PC and the KLUG
SVGA projector to take us through the introductory details
about the OpenOffice.org suite of office productivity
apps.
Questions were answered as they arose during the presentation.

Adam used Impress slide shows provided by OpenOffice.org
to show us how the applications worked. He also demonstrated
functions in the applications, walking us through configuration
and operations. OpenOffice.org is Open Source free software.
The current version is OOo v2.0.2. OOo is a key offering in
the proprietary software vs. Linux battle for the desktop.

Data from each component can be shared with the other OOo
components. The integration between the applications can be
static or dynamic. Literally take a letter and a spreadsheet

and make them into a slide. Some of the new features found
in OOo applications are wonderfully innovative and unique.

OpenOffice.org Office Suite Components:

* Writer
Many feel this application is far superior to MS WinWord.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/writer.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/wordprocessing.html

* Calc
Compatible with Excel in all but a few advanced uses.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/calc.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/spreadsheet.html

* Impress
Easily make presentation slides with powerful points.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/impress.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/presentation.html

* Math
Create equations and formulae for your documents.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/math.html

* Base
Enables you to manipulate database data seamlessly.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/base.html

* Draw
Tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams.
http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html
Intro
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/drawing.html


(17 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

Adam Tweddell gives an introductory lesson
in the usage of the Open Source OpenOffice.org
office suite of applications. Posted by Picasa

 

Both of these innovators produce sweet
harmonies with unrestrained passion.
Found this on a French LUG site...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

 

KLUG GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEETING

Hosted by KLUG Chair Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson opened the KLUG meeting tonight with
introductions and a Linux question for the day! The
question was, "What would you like to do more of with
Linux?" The answers ranged from "Everything!" to
gaining more GIMP experience!

Anthony is still learning about his Toshiba laptop
with OpenSuSE v10.0. Andrew gave him some good ideas
and he began exploring, asking questions when needed.
Looks like he is making steady progress.
http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:SDB
http://en.opensuse.org/Documentation
http://en.opensuse.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions

Bill Kennard is working on a mobile audio jukebox
system. Cajun is an Open Source program that allows
you to turn any computer into a massive audio jukebox
for your car or home. He is in the process of building
an infra-red remote control. LIRC is a package that
allows you to decode and send infra-red signals of
many (but not all) commonly used remote controls.
Dirk Bartley, Robert G. Brown, and Andrew discussed
the project with Bill. Do programmers suspect hardware
failure before code problems? Sometimes... smirk!
http://www.cajun.nu/
http://www.lirc.org/

KLUG provides new users direction and encouragement.
Dave Frederickson returned to KLUG tonight to ask
for more help in learning Linux. He has been using
Red Hat v9.0 and going it alone, as far as Linux usage
help, for the past couple years. Dave was encouraged
to join the KLUG members mailing list and look at the
Kalamazoo Linux web site. It is a good idea to review
the mailing list archives and the Meeting Notes blog.
http://kalamazoolinux.org/
http://kalamazoolinux.org/listserv/listserv.php3
http://kalamazoolinux.blogspot.com/

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.


(11 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

 

KLUG Chairperson Andrew Thompson gives
Dave Frederickson a tour of the KLUG web site.
Sign up for the KLUG Members mailing list. Posted by Picasa

 

Adam Tweddell looks over an IR remote design
that Bill Kennard is adding to his mobile audio
jukebox project. Posted by Picasa

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