Boise Linux Group May 1st Meeting Notes

The meeting attendance was light with 8 present, which could be due to the "summer weather" we are having in Boise; Clint brought in and setup 3 laptops for the presentations tonight:
1) 2007 Dell running RoboLinux with both WindowsXP and Windows 7 running in Virtualbox
2)  A 2012 Dell i7 17" running a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, again with the same Virtualbox configuration of WindowsXP and Windows 7.
3)  An old 2005 Pentium M (non-PAE) laptop where he demonstrated both LXDE-32 and Crunchbang "Waldorf" which are lightweight Linux releases, both providing the full Linux desktop experience including LibreOffice on older computers.
Clint first started off with a demo of RoboLinux ( a Debian based Linux version that has a tailored virtualbox installation that will automatically build and install WindowsXP and Windows 7 in Virtualbox.  RoboLinux also provides VM scripts for openSUSE, LinuxMint, and Ubuntu which provides similar functionalites for backing up and restoring Windows virtual machines along with Snapshot.  RoboLinux also uses a lightweight Gnome 3 classic desktop so it runs really fast even on the older 2007 Dell computer.  Being Debian based, also means that it doesn't need to be reinstalled or upgraded every 6 months which seems to be the way LinuxMint and others are going.  RoboLinux also comes with the "kitchen sink" collection of programs including LibreOffice and Photo tools; their website states over 30,000 programs that can be used or installed on RoboLinux. RoboLinux appears to outperform Ubuntu 14.04 in a couple of areas, it seems faster that the Unity Desktop and it handles multiples screens better.  Clint says he will be leaving RoboLinux on his older Dell laptop, it is a keeper!
Update:  You should have a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB is recommeded for the host machine running VirtualBox.  Hugh reports that RoboLinux will run on HP Mini's (netbooks) with Dual Core Atom processor, but again with minimum 2 GB of RAM which is the maximum supported by those HP Mini's, again according to Hugh.  Hugh has also tested Windows 8 on RoboLinux where he reports that you need at least 2 GB of RAM for Windows 8 plus an addition 1 GB of RAM for RoboLinux or Ubuntu host running VirtualBox, or 3 GB of RAM.  Also, RoboLinux requires a donation (via PayPal or Credit Card) for access to the VM scripts, the donation "price" is a minimum of $7 which is up from the $2 I mentioned at the meeting as the "donation" amount.  Clint's thought:  RoboLinux isn't getting rich at $7 and it if it help them with the costs of making this distribution available to the public, definitely worth the price.  One should support one's distribution.
Clint then moved on to the newer Dell i7 running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS where he demonstrated the features of the new version (not a lot of changes from the predecessors other than UbuntuOne has gone away).  He also had a Virtualbox installed where he could demonstrate WindowsXP and Windows 7 running on 14.04, similarly to RoboLinux; infact he had exported the virtual machines from his RoboLinux system and imported them to Virtualbox on 14.04.  He provided the following kickstart list of steps to be ran right after installation to provide the features and programs he deems "essential: (these need to be run as sudo su -, ie, as the root user)  
Initial Install:
    3  apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
    5  apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    6  apt-get install flashplugin-installer
    7  apt-get install dropbox
    9  apt-get install vlc
   10  apt-get install p7zip-rar p7zip-full unace unrar zip unzip sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller rar
   11  apt-get install gimp
   12  add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
   13  apt-get update
   14  apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks
   16  apt-get install samba
For the Mate desktop:
   17  add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -cs) main"
   18  wget -q -O- | apt-key add -
   19  apt-get update
   21  apt-get install synaptic
   22  synaptic
Use Synaptic to install the Mate environment!
   23  apt-get install vim vim-doc vim-scripts
   25  apt-get install k3b
   26  apt-get install lame
   28  cd /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/
   32  ./ 
   34  synaptic (install desired extra packages)
Virtualbox Install:
   12  wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
   13  sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3 -y
   14  wget
   19  sudo adduser <yourusername> vboxusers
   20  reboot
Clint then concluded by moving to the "old" laptop where he demonstrated LXDE-32 (Ubuntu 12.04.4 based) running live from DVD and Crunchbang "Waldorf" (Debian based) installed and running from the hard drive.  Both of these distrobutions offer a full Linux Desktop experience on older hardware (just not too old!)  Distriutions for really old computers with minimal memory and processors, Lucid Puppy might be a better choice.  URLs for downloading:
There were several side tasks going on as Mark was helping another user install Linux on his HP 611 laptop and Hugh was exploring the issues of making Windows 7 working on his copy of Ubuntu as the guest install was having resource issues.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 5th.