April 5th Meeting Notes - Arios 4.0 Beta Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 and KDE

Turnout as a bit light tonight with only 6 in attendance however we had one new person running openSuSE 12.1 who had a couple of questions and member Darin provided some insights into configuring desktop video and how he really makes his desktop come alive with keyboard shortcuts. Clint led off the evening with a presentation on the Arios 4.0 Beta Linux version which was released on March 26th and based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta that was released in early March. His comments included it seemed to be very stable, other than an unexplained crash/reboot at the beginning of the meeting, he liked the dynamic application launcher, its use of the cascading traditional menu system and completeness including Oracle's VirtualBox which he would use to demonstrate the Beta 2 release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS released on March March 29th. He provided a couple of links for adding missing features in both Arios 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin". Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Long Term Support, is a significant Ubuntu release in that replaces the aging but vernable and extremely stable Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Those links are Top Things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin from Unixmen.com and How to add Medibuntu repository in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise pangolin and 11.10 via Terminal and GUI. Among the missing packages in Arios 4.0 were LibreOffice Impress, Draw and Base which were simple one click installs using the Ubuntu Software Center and DVD player support which he used the two resources listed for installing and then had a working Gnome 3 based desktop that was clean and easy to use. There is a minor issue with the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS base kernel for people wishing to use it on older hardware as it requires that the processor support PAE, physical address extension, on 32 bit machines and even some Pentium processors, circa 2005, did not have this capability. Topic is currently being discussed by the Ubuntu developers for inclusion of a non-PAE kernel in the final release scheduled for April 26th, whether it makes it or not is the question. The lighter weight versions of Ubuntu such as Lubuntu will need a non-PAE kernel for older hardware. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 looks nice with its Unity based desktop but problems with the underlying desktop configuration prevented a full demonstration of this release. Seems 12.04 Unity seems to corrupt some of its own configuration settings in use which Darin had also experienced. Clint concluded that while Arios 4.0 Beta is usable and appears stable, it might be worth the wait for it and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS final release before installing on a system. Arios 4.0 is getting huge daily updates as Clint demonstrated that on installation, it downloaded almost half a gig of updates and then one night later, it wanted to download and install another hundred plus megabytes of updates. We then moved on John's (our new member) questions concerning video issues with his openSuSE 12.1 KDE desktop. Darin quickly identified that his computer was using the nVidia chipset and the nVidia drivers were not installed as a very like solution to his issues. Clint helped John with configuring a repository link that John had found in an Internet search on installing nVidia support in openSuSE 12.1 During the following open discussion, Darin showed how he could make his desktop "dance" to his custom configured keyboard shortcuts using the compiz enabled desktop. The meeting ended about 8:15 and most were gone by 8:30. All in all, it was a pretty good meeting. Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 3rd, in the Gates Meeting Room on the first floor of the Boise Public Library! at 715 S. Capitol Blvd, at our usual time of 6:30 PM. Darin will be facilitating the meeting in Clint's absence that month. As always, our meetings are open to the public and free to attend.