February 7 Meeting Report

We had a good turn out tonight with over 9 in attendance as the night went on. Clint opened the meeting by welcoming one new member and a round of introduction of those present. Then he dove into a presentation on the new featurs of Ubuntu 7.10 followed by installation tips and adding software to the system using one of the howto's listed below as well as using Automatix2. To aid in the presentation, he had brought in a couple of computers, a laptop configured with 7.10 using Automatix2 along with a manual installation of the Adobe Flash player 9 and a second one where he was running vmware and was able to show a fresh install of 7.10 running along a fresh installe of 7.04. The first resource was visted was http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/710tour where the new features since Ubuntu 7.04 are listed. Noteworthy among these are the new desktop search engine, new display configuration tools including what is referred to as BulletProofX using the new graphical configuration tool for X server and also the inclusion of non-free (meaning not open source or GPL'd) drivers such as nVidia, network drivers, etc which have to be enabled to use. Also very cool is the new migration tool for bringing over you Windows files and settings (My Documents, Photos, Video's, favorites, and desktop settings). Another take on the new features can be found at this website: http://tech.tolero.org/blog/en/linux/review-ubuntu-710-gutsy-features-changes http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/ubuntu-gutsy-gibbon-review.ars includes comments on upgrading from 7.04 to 7.10 which is the only “easy” supported upgrade route. If you have a previous version of Ubuntu or other flavor of Linux, you are best to do a clean install although a knowledgeable user could also do a custom installation keeping things like the users home folder and other content during the upgrade. If you are interested in the different current versions of Ubuntu then you are encoraged to visit http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download where the 6.06 LTS and 7.10 versions are available for download for both desktop and server editions and the support periods are stated such as 7.10 Desktop will be supported through 2009 during which time you will be able to get updates without having to upgrade. A very good tutorial for a step-by-step installation of Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop is described here: http://www.howtoforge.com/the_perfect_desktop_ubuntu_gutsy_gibbon Clint used Automatix2 to do update his desktop with all the extra's he wanted. Automatix2 does all the heavy lifting like configuring the respositories needed and downloading the additiona software and packages from a menu driven system. It is described here: http://www.getautomatix.com/wiki/index.php?title=Installation A HowTo on Installing Gutsy – lots of helpful stuff here including “sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg” and other x stuff can be found here: http://www.funnestra.org/ubuntu/gutsy/ More information on BulletProofX can be found at these weblinks: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BulletProofX, http://media.arstechnica.com/journals/linux.ars/2007/08/29/ubuntu-xorg-maintainer-demonstrates-bulletproof-x, and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DisplayConfigGTK Additional resources you may find useful in installing and using Ubuntu are: http://www.linewbie.com/2007/10/how-to-build-the-perfect-server-with-ubuntu-gutsy-gibbon-ubuntu-710.html, http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_server_ubuntu7.10, http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/ The 7.04 and 7.10 VMware images that Clint used can be downloaded from http://chrysaor.info/?page=ubuntu You will need at least VMware player to use them which you can download for free from VMware at www.vmware.com. After a short discussion period, a few of us stayed late (until 9 PM) to install Ubuntu 7.10 on one our members laptop which was very interesting as it was a dual boot system and we got to see first hand the Windows migration tool and how that worked. Our next meeting is March 6th, 6:30, Boise Public Library Computer Lab. We still need a meeting topic or two for the evening.