Meeting started promply at 6:30 with Darin presenting on the newly released Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin. We had 9 members present including a new attendee Tammy. Nice to have a woman present at our meeting with both a technical and user focus. Darin started off with showing off the monitor capabilities of his nVidia based laptop and high resolution. Dual monitor support was excellent, and he showed us both twinmode, a new function that takes advantage of two monitors and extending the screen on to the second monitor, and mirrored mode.
Turnout as a bit light tonight with only 6 in attendance however we had one new person running openSuSE 12.1 who had a couple of questions and member Darin provided some insights into configuring desktop video and how he really makes his desktop come alive with keyboard shortcuts. Clint led off the evening with a presentation on the Arios 4.0 Beta Linux version which was released on March 26th and based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta that was released in early March.
We had a great turnout for a special presentation on SUSE by its local representative, Cameron Seader, who has an office Meridian. Before the evening was over, we had 12 members in attendance, all the chairs were taken! Cameron was very knowledgeable in his presentation, keeping our attention up to the 8 o'clock hour.
At our last meeting, a question was asked about Jenkins & JBoss and since it had been about a year or so since my last dive into Hudson, I decided to install Jenkins and JBoss on Ubuntu 11.04 to make another deep dive. There some packages needed for a succesful implementation of these technologies including Sun's SDK/JRE for Java and Eclipse with the Maven plugin (m2eclipse). I need to flush out the following information as they are notes I made as I went through the process; however, all the information is here that one needs to build such a Ubuntu configuration.
We had a great meeting with 11 in atttendance and this was with the meeting being scheduled as an open meeting, no presentations planned. We basically went around the table as each one took a some time to ask a question or discuss a problem.
The meeting was awesome as we filled all the chairs including one in the corner. Martin led off the meeting with about an update of his use of openSuSE 12.1 on his 5 year old laptop and its particular video system which 12.1 supports along with experiences with KDE. He was still having some difficulty with his Realtech based mini-wireless adapter. Clint had brought his Netgear USB adapter which worked fine in providing Internet wireless access for his demo.
Given all the frustration with the new desktops in GNome 3.2 and Unity, there has been an upturn in interest in KDE. LinuxFormat Magazine went as far to say "KDE 4.7 gets it right" in Issue 150 and then in the latest issue 152, where they did comparison of Gnome 3.2, Unity on 11.10, and KDE 4.7, declared the KDE 4.7 was the one to beat, ie the best, in usage as a desktop. One of the reasons given for KDE being given high marks because of its "familiarity", ie, the KDE Menu system (Kickoff), Panel, and Desktop where the new Gnome 3.2 and Unity 11.10 are new and different ways of working.
This morning, it was reported that based on Distrowatch numbers, that LinuxMint 12 has surpassed Ubuntu 11.10 in downloads, at least on today's counts. I think it is awesome that LinuxMint 12 is being recognized as the Windows Desktop replacement that it is and that they are meeting the users needs in preserving the traditional GNome desktop. However, I donot take glee in the fact that LinuxMint 12 has surpassed Ubuntu in download popularity, after all, if there was no Ubuntu, it is unlikely there would be LinuxMint to download.
Another good meeting! With 9 present, Martin Torres led off with about a 2 hour presentation on openSUSE 12.1 and KDE. Martin has a 6 year old laptop and was having difficulty finding a current version of Linux that supported his VIA video chipset (older versions worked fine). openSUSE not handled his video fine including some effects, but in the out of the box install from DVD, it also supported his new "micro" USB D-Link Wireless adapter which allowed installing from wireless. Called micro because they look a tiny bluetooth USB adapter.
It was another great meeting with 11 present including 2 new attendees. Darin Miller started of the meeting and spent the first 90 minutes giving us a demo on 3 desktops available on the GNome 3.0 kernel version Ubuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot. He started off with the Unity which has been updated in this version of Ubuntu. Darin is unhappy with Unity as many users have been since the initial release in the previous version of Ubuntu (11.04).