Monthly General Meeting — March 8th, 2017

Meeting Time: 17:30 to 19:30

With all the more buzz lately on the news related to free and open source in our present day world, hot topics could be abundant.

  • Meeting Place: Central Library, Basement Rm 2
  • Street address: 616 Macleod Trail S.E.
  • Calgary AB T2G 2M2   (refer to map below)

Intended Audience:

People interested in meeting about safe, novel and fun filled uses of computers and collaborative tools

The Fine print: Opinions expressed are those of the author. You may form your own opinions with research and independent thought.

Mar 7 th Update

  • Neil pointed out what IBM is doing now (Computer with no proprietary software or firmware blobs) with their Power8 and to be 9. Plus what Raptor Engineering planning with the Power8. Talos Secure Workstation (Wow what a difference from the XT PC!) Early adopters have to vote with their dollars before we will see a lower cost version made.

Controversy like the GNU/Linux — ZFS mix/ No mix:

Feb 28 th Update

Paul do his work so he ended up buying his own PC to do better. Then in excitement he said:

“The possibilities are endless.”

 Mid eighties quote from Paul Griffiths after buying an IBM PC XT for $6000  Picture and Ref to Vintage IBM PC
Now think of what we can do today.

What made you interested in using GNU/Linux plus free and open source? We are looking for someone willing
to share in what they are doing that excites them.

More progress is starting in support of club infrastructure, so we would like to start comparing notes. It’s time to hear your collaborative ideas again.

Together we can make this happen.

See you at the meeting on the second Wednesday, March 8th



Remember, it’s also about you the interested user and new user, coder, developer, etc.

Thanks again to those who attended the last meeting and shared their successes and challenges with Linux. I was impressed with how everyone sought out and acknowledged all other vantage points, including listening to the challenges!

The world of people and business runs on technology  facilitated increasingly by collaboration in various libre, free and open systems. Out of respect for those involved in these systems I am of the opinion that different sides can not be exclusively right and all others wrong. Fighting each other serves no one, least of all the collaborative system.

Can we look at them similar to our Earth Ecological Systems? For example: Tropical Rain Forest and the various Northern Forests. None of them are exclusively wright or wrong, yet they all serve the world ecology needs and produce oxygen in their parts of the planet. [Eben Moglen cited in one his articles how collaborative systems should be treated like an ecological system as both are easy to damage and difficult to repair]

FOSS and FLOSS the same but different. CAN all sides win?

What is computer science and can this relate to a Linux computer club? More people are waking up to all these things and then they will be looking for guidance and help from us.

Computers are virtually indispensable to the field of computer science. Yet, as Edsger Dijkstra, a pioneering computer scientist, so aptly put it, “Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”

Computer Science is a medium for problem solving and self-expression. — Ashley Gavin


Central Library

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Central Library 51.046466, -114.057800

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