On Saturday, January 22nd, the Ubuntu-Idaho Group held a meeting at the University of Phoenix's Idaho Campus in Meridian. In attendance were 5 members along with a visitor and his son. The meeting was from 10 AM to 11 AM but actually opened at about 10:20. The formal meeting ended about 11 but most of us remained until a little after 12 PM. The meeting was under the direction of Paul Wilch and Curtis Elgin. Sheri and Curtis Elgin had prepared the agenda where Curtis had the floor in going through the agenda as follows: Agenda for Jan 22nd, 2011 - Ubuntu Idaho LoCo Meeting
We had 10 in attendance at the Boise Public Library Gates Lab as the meeting got under way. Tonight's meeting would be on how to configure and use Firewall's on Linux systems. Working from an outline, Clint first explained why a firewall is needed on a Linux system when the computer is already behind a router which is a "firewall" in its own right in that it protects the computer from the outside world but does not protect it from "attacks" from other computers on the home or office network (Windows Computers?), or even the computer's user who may unknowingly compromise the system.
We had 10 in attendance at the Boise Public Library Gates Lab despite what was somewhat less than favorable weather. Thanks to all that challenged the weather in attending!
We started out a little light this evening with only 5 attendees but before the evening was over, we had 8 in attendance. Clint led off the evening with showing his Dell Inspiron Mini 10 on which he had recently installed openSUSE 11.3 and was very impressed with as he demonstrated its speed and the way it handled the screen. Finally small screen fonts on a Netbook display!
In that my experience with Ubuntu Unity (10.10) on my netbook was not a pleasant one and I wasn't that happy with Ubuntu on my Netbook even in the 10.04 release due to desktop usage issues (I was running the standard GNOME desktop version as I found in 10.04 that the Netbook version left a lot to be desired). I decided to try the openSUSE 11.3 GNOME desktop on my Netbook and I am very impressed. Biggest gain with openSUSE 11.3 is it handles the small display with smaller fonts and an overall more useful desktop! And it is fast on the Netbook.
"Some time ago a group of hyper-intelligent pan dimensional beings decided to finally answer the great question of Life, The Universe and Everything. To this end, a small band of these Debians built an incredibly powerful distribution, Ubuntu. After this great computer programme had run (a very quick 3 million minutes...or 6 years) the answer was announced. The Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is...42, and in its' purest form 101010. Which suggests that what you really need to know is 'What was the Question?'.
The 2010 Utah Open Source Conference is now an historic event. And it is a event to remember as being a 3 day event and featuring over 50 presentations along with 3 keynote presentations, evening BoF (Birds of Feather) session for like minded attendees, and the Geek Dinner on Friday, the 8th. Jared Smith, the Fedora Project Lead and Karsten Wade both spoke on Building Community. Our 3rd keynote presenter was Howard Tayler on “Imitating Success and Identifying Failure.” Howard Tayler is author of the Schlock Mercenary, and an Online Comic Strip.
Tonight's lug was light on members but heavy on participation, we had 5 regular members and two new members who really added a lot to the discussion. At tonights meeting, Darin demonstrated a script he had modified to change background images, based on a nested background script in Gnome backgrounds he had found. The modification to the script provides ability to add any photos on his system to the list and modify the time each photo is displayed.
We had another great meeting with 10 members present including 1 new attendee and 3 times on the meeting agenda with Clint doing the presentations. The first presentation was on File and Folder Sharing with Linux and Windows and explored the Ubuntu sharing features that are part of Ubuntu LucidLynx (10.04). For the presentation, Clint had three virtual machines including one running LinuxMint 9 for live demonstration of how it all works and he included screen shots of sharing with a Windows 7 system.
Moving forward on our plans for the Idaho Linux/OSS Day on Saturday Nov, 20th, 2010, we met in the Idaho Linux Users IRC Meetup on August 25th. Represented was both Boise and Eastern Idaho. We went over the current plans for three sessions consisting of an opening session on "Why Linux" in educating potential Linux users as to why they would want to use Linux over some other operating system; the session would focus on ease of use, the "free" quality software that is available in Linux, and compatibility with Microsoft applications.