Boise Linux Group March 3rd Meeting Notes

Clint started off the meeting with a short presentation on ArtistX, much of the content being found in the article Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04.2 LTS Multimedia ArtistX 1.0 Released our website. He also showed a number of program additions as well as how to start Conky on Login to which there were a couple questions. He then focused in on LibreOffice 3.3 and answered a few questions on it and he had downloaded a video from FOSDEM 2011 on LibreOffice which a showed but as interest wained, the video was cut short. We then moved on to other questions. Clint compared ArtistX and Ubuntu 10.04 Ultimate Edition 2.8 (UE) and while UE supports a wider range of application, ArtistX is more focused on creative content applications, hence the Artist; also ArtistX seems to be more stable in updating, no broken repositories, where updating and broken repositories has been an issue with UE. One of the questions asked was about the best video editor's using Linux to which Clint showed the Kino and PiTivi video editors, both available on ArtistX along with a lot other programs found in the Video program group. On a sidenote, Clint talked about some issues he has with Ubuntu versioning and updates, specifically, 10.04.x LucidLynx. Users are encouraged to use 10.04.x LTS (Long Term Support) as it is considered the "stable" release and that you will be able to seamlessly and easily upgrade to the next LTS version which you may not be able to do with the current release 10.10.10 Maverick Meerkat or next release 11.04 Natty Narwhal. The main issue is that Ubuntu does not update the LTS application software such as office or even the small applications like CakePHP for Apache 2. Using these two applications as examples, OpenOffice and CakePHP, 10.04.2 versions are 3.2.0 and 1.2.5 respectively, while on Maverick, they are 3.2.1 and 1.3.2 respectively. When Clint did his CakePHP presentation at Boise Codecamp, he was forced to use 10.10 because CakePHP version of 1.25 was unusable and dated. Ubuntu needs to break what can be a vicious cycle of having to update to the next release, such as 10.10, just to get the software updates which are not necessarily the latest and greatest while risking the upgrade might break your system,and resulting in having to do a fresh install of the latest release and all the work that it might entail. Member Chad shared a couple websites where you could find and download pdf books on using the command line. Unix For the Beginning Mage can be downloaded at UFBM Book and click on the Download Book icon. The second book, Introduction to the Command line can be downloaded here and click on Download an electronic copy of this book. Another of our members had built a home file server and had tried to share out an external USB hard drive. Clint verified the problem but we didn't have a resolution to the problem. Clint in exploring the problem post meeting, determined that there is problem in trying mount a not-native linux share (NTFS/FAT32/FAT) is that such devices cannot be read by the network share mount command and the mount fails, both on the host and the remote workstation when trying to open the shared folder or file. The solution is to format the external device to be shared as an EXT partition (I formatted it as EXT4 and labeled it as ext4share using gksu gparted. Then I removed the device and reinserted it in the computer. I then set permissions to the device while as root for the local user chown -R tinslecl:tinslecl /media/ext4share and the set the permissions chmod -R 777 /media/ext4share). I then was able to share the device using the share function in Nautilus and was then was able to access it from other computers on the network. We always learn something as a result of the meetings! Clint also mentioned the LinuxFest Northwest conference on April 30th to May 1st. He will be presenting at the conference and driving up on Friday the 29th; he offered space in the car for two more, if anyone from the group wanted to join him for the trip. Linuxfest Northwest 2011 - April 30th-May 1st While the formal meeting went until 8 PM, we covered a lot of ground in the hour and a half. About 4 of us hung out until almost a quarter of 9 and visited. The April meeting to be held on April 7th, same time, same location