February 2nd Meeting Notes - Open Discussion!

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. Starting off the meeting, Martin's laptop was displaying a Grub Error 18. A search on the Internet on the air wasn't encouraging as most suggested repartioning and reinstalling as the only option. Clint had his CD collection and using PartedMagic with Gparted from the Hiren's BootCD, was able to fix the root partion error using GParted (a couple of clicks and it was fixed). Martin rebooted and all was well. He even ran updates after connnecting to the Library network. Hiren's BootCD is an incredible collection of utilities and mini-OS environments; 15.1 is the lastest release, details at http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd with download at http://hbcd.hnsdc.com/Hirens.BootCD.15.1.zip. Next up, Hugh demonstrated his Netrunner KDE installation which he likes along with LinuxMint 12. He particularly likes using the Gnome 3 Shell in LinuxMint 12 and the super friendly application search feature in addition to the Linuxmint Menu system. Mike had a couple of question, the first about UbuntuOne Usage, which provides 5 GB of cloud storage in addition to other features and can now be also be accessed from Windows or a browser. https://one.ubuntu.com/ His other question was on the PLOP boot manager which allows you to boot CD's and USB drives on computers whose BIOS does not support those devices, as boot devices. The neat thing about PLOP is that can be installed ot the Harddrive as a "pre-boot" or a floppy and PLOP includes the necessary drivers to boot USB and CD's which are not found in other smart boot managers. http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html Next was one of our newer members Chris who was working with a XFS partition that he needed to make larger using xfs_growfs. A couple of our more knowledgeable members worked with him briefly along with referencing a couple Internet resourcesincluding http://linux.die.net/man/8/xfs_info but we were not able to resolve the error. Chris will continue to work on this and let us know what he found as a solution. Paul then had some questions about JBoss Application Server (http://www.jboss.org/) and Hudson Build System (Jenkins - http://jenkins-ci.org/). Clint provided some resources he could use to learn more about these systems and suggested that he build these systems on box to learn about them. The discussion then turned to ripping audio which Clint suggested using Audacity. That discussion turned to ripping DVD's for personal use and streaming them to a TV set. http://www.exit1.org/dvdrip/ Hugh mentioned the new mkv format which you can even rip Blue-ray DVD's to. The mkv video format is supported by all the Linux video players. Clint also mentioned the recently released ArtistX 1.2 which comes on a 4 GB DVD and provides a wide variety of Audio and DVD tools. http://www.artistx.org/site3/ is where you can read about and download ArtistX. Darin then talked about PulseAudio issues with Wine and games running under Wine. The solution is disable PulseAudio. using Clint's laptop, we edited the configuration file at /etc/pulse to disable the PulseAudio server from respawning (restarting) itself and then after saving the modifed config file, stop the PulseAudio server with the pulseaudio -k command. We then talked about the WineHQ website at http://www.winehq where it was observer that there was a new release of Wine 1.4 release candidate 2 (February 2nd) and we then visited the download page at http://www.winehq.org/download/Sourceforge and http://sourceforge.net/projects/wine/files/Source/ In closing, Clint took a few minutes to mention the new Gnome 2 like Cinamon 1.2 desktop that will be available on LinuxMint 13 and its new features. http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/?p=119. Also, he mentioned the new HUD (Heads Up Display) function that will available in the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 release, now in Alpha 2 release. He showed a 2:30 video featuring the new HUD functionality. Basically what HUD does is to provide a small search window where you type what you want to do next such a function in a program, bookmark, or music section, and the selection will be excuted. The HUD window is very similar to the application search window or DASH window in Ubuntu. Resources shown include http://www.techspot.com/news/47193-ubuntu-1204-to-replace-traditional-menus-with-new-hud.html and the download Link for Alpha 2 at http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07087 The meeting concluded at 8:10. Our next meeting will be on March 1st, topics yet to be determined. Suggestions and presentations are always welcomed.