Octorber 21st Meeting Notes

Good meeting with 12 in attendance, good pizza, soda, and cookies, thanks given to our host, TAOS of Boise. We started off the evening looking at trying to get LinuxMint 17 Cinnamon to make a network connection in the Microsoft Hyper-V environment.  After spending about 15 minutes in this effort, unsuccessful, we came to conclusion that there is something going on Hyper-V side with it's networking and it is possible that some special guest network client must be installed on LinuxMint as we observed in Windows 10 that was working in the same environment.  Further investigation found that there is an integration piece from Microsoft that might need to be installed as well.
We then took a few minutes and went around the room, having everyone introduce themselves.
We had a new attendee, Clayton, and his wife with us tonight, who recently moved to Boise, having a daughter who lived here.  Clayton has quite a background in technology, travels the world and even showed some of the foreign currency (mostly made of plasic) from various countries.  Worked with some very high performance computing specializing in 3D rendering and the physical design/layout of technology facilities.  He has the luxury of working with high powered systems that some of use can only dream of. Later in the meeting, he brought in a High Performance System that he had built in a single white computer tower the size of a desktop system, nick named the "Red Dwarf".  Inside was 4 small system boards all running in parallel using ParallelKnoppix, now known as PelicanHPC, freely available for download but according to the website, the developer has gone "end-of-live" as June 19, 2013, because it needs to be upgraded from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy and he talks about that on the project website.  The last release was on January 10, 2013.  The entire HPC environment boots and runs from a single DVD.  Very cool!  Thanks Clayton for sharing that with us.
We then spent about 10 minutes in discussion on what to look for in a new laptop that will run Linux. Intel/IBM systems get good marks.  Asus and Lenovo also seem to rank high.  Gaming computers can be good as long as they are a year or so old in design so that the graphics cards drivers have "caught up" with the hardware but they are "high performance" by design and even the Alienware systems were discussed.  The big tripping points with running Linux on new systems are the video and network driver support.
Towards the end of the meeting, we visited about future meetings, take another look at the small form systems such as the Rasberry Pi and others at our next meeting.
Finally, the subject of the Tails distribution came up.  Tails allows you to "anonymously" surf the web and leave no trace of where you have been and what you might have done.  There is some question as to if it really is "untraceable" with governments placing/infiltrating with their own TOR servers in the network and using other techniques to capture your data communications and why would you use such a distribution unless you have something to hide.

With that last note, the meeting ended at 8:30.  Next meeting is November 18th, 6:30 PM, at TAOS..