April 1st Meeting Notes

Another good meeting with lots of interest and questions as Clint presented on three subject areas - Lucid Lynx 10.04 Beta1 release, Ubuntu-Idaho, and the Amahi Home Server. Clint demonstrated Lucid Lynx 10.04 Beta1 as he had installed it on his laptop. Clint was very impressed with the stability of 10.04, even in Beta1 release with not so fond memories of the somewhat flawed final release of Ubuntu 9.10 last fall. Long time member Alice even commented on how stable it was as she had installed and been using it on her netbook.

Drupal 101 - Updated Installing and configuring Drupal 6

Drupal 6 System Requirements Drupal requires a web server, PHP 4 (4.3.5 or greater) or PHP 5 (http://www.php.net) and either MySQL (http://www.mysql.com) or PostgreSQL (http://www.postgresql.org). The Apache web server and MySQL database are recommended; other web server and database combinations such as IIS and PostgreSQL have been tested to a lesser extent. When using MySQL, version 4.1.1 or greater is recommended to assure you can safely transfer the database. For more detailed information about Drupal requirements, see (http://drupal.org/requirements).

Fedora 12 and Drupal 6

Drupal 6 appears to be well supported on Fedora 12. At the last meeting, I had mentioned the project articles in the March 2010 issue of LinuxFormat where installing Drupal 6 was featured as a "10 minute" project. Those instructions had worked well but could use some clarification which I have detailed below in a step-by-step of the process. When I installed Drupal 6 prior to the meeting, the current release was 6.15 but at the meeting 6.16 had been released so Drupal was issuing a security warning that a security update was needed.

March 4th Meeting Report

Meeting turnout was great with about 4 "new" faces in the room and we did fill the room. Clint brought two machines for the demo this night and a router that created the "demonstration" environment for the evening. Clint had decided to demonstrate file and folder sharing using Samba which provides a Windows desktop compatible sharing protocol using SMB, which is also known as CIFS in much of the documentation.

LinuxMint 8 - Good News

The good news is that the LinuxMint 8, Ubuntu, and Canonical partner repositories are now working! However, you will probably need to modify your sources list. Here is my working sources.list as tested today and I even got the update for Acrobat reader 9.3 from the Partner repository. sources.list contents: (I have also attached my sources.list file but you must be logged in to see it and be sure to do a mv on it to remove the _.txt extension.) ## ----------------------- ## LINUX MINT REPOSITORIES ## ----------------------- ## +++ Linux Mint 7 helena (stable) +++

LiveUSB Creation

At the close of the Boise Linux Group Meeting, one of the members asked for help on creating a LiveUSB bootable device using Ubuntu 9.10. We tried it on both the member's machine and my demo computer, where it would consistently fail and only one time (a glitch) did we get even the opportunity to try to create the LiveUSB drive. We concluded, erroneously, that it was the USB drive that was being used.

February 4th Meeting Notes

We had an attentive 9 members present for Clint's main presentation on Fedora 12 and in addition, Clint also showed a new distribution release called Artistx .08 Live DVD, which was released on February 2nd of this week and is based on Ubuntu 9.04. More on this towards the bottom of the meeting notes.

January 7th Meeting Report

We had a special guest at our meeting last night in addition to the scheduled presenation on installing and configuring Linux. There were 10 in attendance. Our special guest was Scott Croft, Red Hat Professional Services, a Linux Consultant RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer). He spent about 30 minutes in updating us on the activities and programs at Red Hat as well as Fedora. Part of what was interesting is how fast they move the Fedora code in to thier Enterprise product as Red Hat releases both Fedora 13 and Enterprise 6 which may have some Fedora 13 code in it when released.

December 3rd Meeting Report

Another good meeting to report. We had 8 in attendance, about half the previous month.We led off a a short Q&A time after which Clint jumped into his prepared presentation on Grub 2 followed by a demo of JACK using Musix 2.0 and Ubuntu Studio. Clint spent a little time on using LinuxMint 8 which is based on Ubuntu 9.10 which was used for the Grub 2 demo.

December 3rd Meeting Announcement

Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30 PM, in the Computer Lab of the Boise Public Library, Capital Blvd, across from Julie Davis Park. On the agenda, more discussion on Ubuntu 9.10, Mint 8 is now released, and I will do a tutorial on configuring and using Grub 2 along with possible discussion on how the audio JACK panel system can be used to route and capture audio. The usual time will be allowed for Q & A. If you have something to share, show, or something you would like help with, feel free to bring your computer and we'll try to get you connected at the library.