We had another good meeting with 9 members present including 2 new attendees. We were given the Auditorium for the evening which was very nice, one time only. Clint led off the evening with a demonstration of AriOS 3.0 which he had recently installed. Clint likes this distribution, even better than LinuxMint, as a replacement for Windows. Not only does it come with all the multi-media codecs that are provided by LinuxMint, but it is truer to Ubuntu.
There are several "mega" alternatives to the basic Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop with or without the Unity desktop. Among the alternatives are the Ultimate Edition including its Gamers Edition, SuperOS, Artistx and AriOS, all of which are installed from DVD. Ultimate Edition 2.9 is still stuck in 10.10 has not been updated to the 11.04. SuperOS, I did try but for some reason that escapes me, I did not keep it around.
We had another good meeting with 8 members present and lots of discussion including extending our home wireless networks for video streaming to TV and Blue-Ray devices to watch online movies such as Netflix where hardwire network connections are not possible. Clint led off the presentation on "How He Did That" in configuring his home network, which consists of 4 routers with only two being used as Routers.
Ubuntu Idaho is a separate group from the Boise Linux User Group and this in not an official report of their activities. However, I am member of the Ubuntu Idaho LoCo Team and active in the group as well as supporter of their activities. On Tuesday, June 14th, they held a meeting in room 206 of the University of Phoenix in Meridian and had 11 in attendance. It was a very good and informative meeting as they had 4 presentations during the course of the evening (7PM - 9PM).
We had a good meeting with 10 members including one new attendee. Clint led off his presentations with a page from ZD Net Fedora 15 Five Best Features where the writer leads off with comment's on Linux Mint 11, Ubuntu 11.04, and Fedora 15. He first writes from somewhat of an elitist viewpoint "If you’re ...
It appears that a number of Ubuntu distributions are releasing the version of 11.04 without the Unity desktop. Among these are Zorin and Pinguy_0S_11.04. Pinguy_OS_11.04 is a very interesting distribution, it is DVD in size (1.6 GB), and borrows from other distributions including LinuxMint and Fedora.
Tonight's Meeting focus was on showing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty and the Unity desktop and we spent about an hour and half doing so. Linux is undergoing some significant changes in the way we experience the Desktop. With Ubuntu, the future is Unity as we move towards touch screens and a friendlier workspace. It is different from the world of drop down cascading windows like menus and panels taking up valuable real estate at the top and bottom (or sides) of your screen.
We had 10 in attendance including one new attendee. Clint had prepped two computers for the meeting, one with Linux Mint Debian Xfce edition which was just released, and the second with Ubuntu Natty Beta 1 which was released on March 31st, demonstrating the Unity 3D desktop.
11.4 was released on March 10th. There seems to be a number of issues with this release. On my less than one year old netbook, it was reported to have a failing drive when I booted up the Gnome version but not by the KDE Live CD. I don't think the drive is failing as neither openSUSE 11.3 or WindowsXP currently installed is reporting any problems with the drive. The default browser and office suite is Firefox 4.0.x beta and LibreOffice 3.3.1. I recently installed it on a Acer business class system where I had Fedora 14 installed ... wish I had kept 14 installed.
I am on the Ubuntu technical users list and there has been a lot of chatter about a number of issues with Natty. I did get Natty Narwhal working on my test computer and I am getting like what I am seeing but it has not been a painless journey.