Meeting — September 3, 2014

September 2nd, 2014

The next meeting is scheduled for September 3, 2014 at the U of C Downtown Campus, room 426, at 7 p.m. As always, the meeting is open to members and non-members. Last month’s meeting was a bit technically involved, so this month we will focus on end user applications. We’ll take a quick look at Tmux and also the AMPPS web software distribution (commonly called to a LAMP stack even though it’s a tree).

After the meeting we usually head over to Brewster’s/Beer Revolution, which is within walking distance of meeting location. Even if you can’t make it to the meeting, you’re welcome to join us for beers.

Anand.

Room 426
U of C Downtown Campus – 906 – 8th Ave SW
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Parking in the Campus building is $3. Free street parking nearby is available.

Meeting — August 6, 2014

July 31st, 2014

The next meeting is scheduled for August 6, 2014 at the U of C Downtown Campus, room 426, at 7 p.m. As always, the meeting is open to members and non-members. This month we will be taking a look at the Btrfs file system and exploring some of its benefits.

After the meeting we usually head over to Brewster’s/Beer Revolution, which is within walking distance of meeting location. Even if you can’t make it to the meeting, you’re welcome to join us for beers.

Anand.

Room 426
U of C Downtown Campus – 906 – 8th Ave SW
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Parking in the Campus building is $3. Free street parking nearby is available.

Meeting — July 2, 2014

June 27th, 2014

The next meeting is scheduled for July 2, 2014 at the U of C Downtown Campus, room 426, at 7 p.m. As always, the meeting is open to members and non-members.  After the meeting we usually head over to Brewster’s/Beer Revolution, which is within walking distance of meeting location. Even if you can’t make it to the meeting, you’re welcome to join us for beers.

Anand.

Room 426
U of C Downtown Campus – 906 – 8th Ave SW
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Parking in the Campus building is $3. Free street parking nearby is available.

Minutes from May 7 2014 Annual General Meeting

May 20th, 2014

Calgary Linux Users Group Annual General Meeting

Michael Walters…Secretary

The meeting opened on or about 7:00 p.m. 2014 May 7 with eleven people present (ten tier-two members and one tier-one member).

A number of ideas were brought forward to empower club members in sharing interesting topics and research, yet still have a life, too.

Mel, Michael, Sam, and Winson were tier-two members and Kin, Ian, Robin, Anand, David, and Peter purchased $20.00 tier-two memberships.

Sam offered to serve as treasurer. Anand nominated him as treasurer.  David seconded and the motion was carried.

Michael offered to serve as secretary. Sam nominated him as secretary.  David seconded and the motion was carried.

Anand offered to serve as president. Sam nominated him as president. David seconded and the motion was carried.

Mel offered to serve as vice president. David nominated Mel as vice-president. Sam seconded and the motion was carried.

Peter moved to close the floor to nominations. David seconded and the motion was carried.

With only one candidate running for each position, each candidate was elected by default.

Executive Board 2014-2015

Far Out

May 9th, 2014

Linux Foundation Training Prepares the International Space Station for Linux Migration

It’s hard to get tech support 400 kilometers away from the Earth,…
a NASA contractor deeply involved in Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) operations, decided to migrate to Linux.
URL: (Read the article.) Check out their FREE courses too!
http://training.linuxfoundation.org/why-our-linux-training/training-reviews/linux-foundation-training-prepares-the-international-space-station-for-linux-migration 

Using the program Celestia to display a simulation of the International Space Station

Far out

Far out!… Linux goes into outer space

 

Meeting — June 4, 2014

May 9th, 2014

The next meeting is scheduled for June 4, 2014 at the U of C Downtown Campus, room 426, at 7 p.m.  As always, the meeting is open to members and non-members.  We’ll be looking at a few UTM disributions this month.  The discussion will touch upon security, traffic shaping and threat management in general.  After the meeting we usually head over to Brewster’s/Beer Revolution, which is within walking distance of meeting location.  Even if you can’t make it to the meeting, you’re welcome to join us for beers.

Anand.

Room 426
U of C Downtown Campus – 906 – 8th Ave SW
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Parking in the Campus building is $3.  Free street parking nearby is available.

April 7, 2014 – CLUG Meeting

April 16th, 2014

Meeting  19:00 – 21:00

Likely in room 426 – will try and firm up tomorrow.

At this point I would like to say a few words with Mel stepping down.  It is a shame that it has come to this for such a small organization that is crying out for volunteers.  I personally will miss Mel’s energy.  We don’t always see eye to eye nor should we expect everyone to agree.  We should however respect the individual and the energy that they voluntarily put forward.  To all the past executives and members that have given freely of their time in giving talks, answering posts, solving problems, holding workshops.  As a collective – we are not paid to do this, we do it out of passion for open source and helping the community.  This gift of time becomes even more precious when life pressures consume what free time we have left, postponing obligations to continue the gift of time.

It is not our place to judge whether the job was adequate or it should have been done this way or whether it was done wrong.  People have given their gift of time – if you don’t like it, it was a gift, do with it as you will but don’t criticize the gift.  For those that are quick to judge, what was your latest gift.  If you don’t like the direction the group is taking, step up and do something about it.  This does not mean come up with an  idea and some volunteer group will do the work – I suggest that you own the idea an make it yours.

As an aside, a group of us did meet last week to discuss the future and the topic of doing a pod cast was put forward.  We discussed briefly how this can be accomplished without everyone having to meet.  There is not reason why you can not participate remotely either as part of the discussion or as a passive listener.  I hope we can flush out this idea some more at the next meeting.

President stepped down

April 15th, 2014

This is a summary of what was already posted on the site

30 day notice of AGM fulfilled

An Annual General Meeting announcement was posted in an email on Jan 31, 2014 (filling the required 30 days notice part). To avoid confusion, notice of failed AGMs were removed from web site.

I am told some provincial guidelines make forming a quorum possible when the old club bylaws never had to cover these sort of things.So patience is in order, as I doubt people have given up. Would it make sense to listen to those who show up, and not those who say they are gone?

Mel Walters: via email list

Resigned from the presidency on Mar 23,  2014

I felt was necessary so some in the club could feel free to go
in the direction they wanted.

Stay tunned for more notice from Kin about the up coming meeting details.

Solyd XK Linux Review

March 18th, 2014

At First Glance

After being told about this distribution by someone who was looking to scratch their own itch, I thought it well worth considering.

An up to date Debian Testing based Linux system with limited or controlled updates. Debian Stable based Solyd XK (back office and business editions) are also available for download. Live boot/install ISO for USB or DVD.

Solyd K Linux

http://solydxk.com

I started by installing Solyd K Linux to virtual-box on my Debian Wheezy workstation. Boot-loader didn’t seem to catch first time but second install was good. My only comment would have to be so far everything has turned out well. Strange in fact because I could think of nothing to nit pick about. A very decent project.  I installed a few extra programs, and their Graphical User Interface actually worked. It seemed bent on making all the correct decisions , no errors or hidden errors. Not only that, but the package manager seemed pleasantly free of annoying habits. I did not fully expect that.

Solyd X Linux

A day or two later I install Solyd X Linux via virtual-box. This time no issues again. I like the minimalist type install, but will have to customize by extra programs to get to my taste of minimum needed functions. Their Fonts category has proven handy. Video driver for virtual machine was able to allow resizing of virtual screen on the fly. Other distributions I have tried could not do this.

Summary

The Operating System itself seems solid (solyd?) I tried installing Solyd X on an Asus EEEbox.

Working sound, video, network, printers, etc. I listened and watched some of the news or video in v machine and the EEEbox. Only a limitation I am thinking of so far is in virtual box video acceleration, not in Solyd Linux actually.

I will be helping with two real metal installs tomorrow on a laptop and full workstation. An update is possible in a day or so, as my client has high expectations for functionality and easy updates.

One of the systems had a hardware or BIOS setting install problem. I will let you know in a day or two.

Sorry that a timely update was not possible. My customer had his workstation (3 yrs old from memory express) a checkup and a BIOS update while they were at it. They found not hardware problems, but let me try another Solyd install after the BIOS update. This time the installed was successful. Both systems have been performing well.

The only real glitch was the driver detector wanted to install an accelerated ATI driver for the workstation and we lost Xwindow. I was able to recover use of the generic open source driver by renaming the /etc/X11/xorg.conf (same as having no config file).

ie: mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.notworking

I’ve not yet investigated what is going on here.

 

Future of Linux User Groups

March 13th, 2014

Mel Walters

Insanity Keep repeating the same again and again and expecting different results.
(definition by Albert Einstein)

Being Remarkable

Peoples’ expectations have changed. The new normal is remarkable, [1]  or something worthy of remark. Call it weird, normal is just plain boring. Authenticity[2]  is also a must.
I propose we stop being boring or irrelevant; and remarkable will become easier with practice.

What Can We Do?

Here are a few ideas:
  • Improve things for people who want to be creative and not fussing with their computer all the time. Minimize incomplete, inaccurate or bad technical advice. I will use virtual machines to try out my own advice. There are definite advantages in doingsomething including:
    • Installation dependency requirements will all be met by starting with a base system install.
    • Achieving letter perfect documentation by copying from true to life examples, even though they be virtual.
    • Not having to disturb your real system to do the trial runs.
    • Define preferred Linux distributions and configured programs to fulfill desired functions.
    • Being able to prepackage a custom Linux distribution may also work out as a bonus. I will be trying this on my virtual-box.
    • Instructions can be considered adequate only if clear and complete enough to be followed to success.
  • Do something. A perceived risk will not be as risky as doing nothing at all.
  • Look at the whole job. Being only 98 percent done is is very frustrating. Don’t stop short.
  • Do not become hypnotized into self imposed limits.
  • Let us drop the black and white, right and wrong. Adopt Integrative Thinking.[3]  So by seeing both sides, you pick neither one or the other, but come up with a better solution. (You keep more friends this way too.)
  • Everybody is really good at something, so look inside and drop the “I can’t”.
  • We repel those we really need; if we put false class distinctions on abilities.
  • It takes demonstration (leading), not memos or bylaws to change culture. [4] 
  • Questing for the ultimate programs/operating system combination is worth revisiting. Thanks Jerry for pointing out Solyd XK Linux, looks interesting. I have taken it for a spin in virtual-box.
  • Just to show you we can be interesting, I would like to give a talk about how cool and easy high quality FOSS[5]  self publishing is these days. Now why on earth would that be useful or noteworthy in our modern economy? (e-publishing and paper too)
  • By appreciating our potential and present members,[6]  boring will go out the window.
  • Freedoms and Fair Use “License”: Abundance is the new market, not scarcity. It’s like Love; It works when you give it away. Don’t hold back. Trust your customers and they will trust you. When they trust you they will buy from you. Think of it as the only thing that scales big and small. There is no where to hide in our information economy. Share your knowledge.
  • There are 10(2) types of people in the world; Spoiler [7] 
    • 1(2) Those who get it.
    • 10(2) Those who don’t.
  • You can join a local LUG,[8]  or if that will not work for you, consider joining ours.
At our last meeting I saw a passion in some to experiment, to try out new. They may be among our future leaders? All it takes is joining our mailing list,[9]  and your involvement qualifies you as a Tier I member of CLUG[10] .
People are telling me that meeting in person is still important. Lets face it, we must have fun while doing it.
The future looks bright for CLUG, to anyone willing to collaborate in doing what’s needed. Complicated has to get easier and easier, do more with less!

Notes

1)  Seth Godin, Book: Purple Cow – Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable (2009)
2)  Seth Godin, Book: All Marketers Are Liars Tell Stories: How Marketing Really Works
And Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All (2012)
3)  Roger L. Martin, Book: The Opposable Mind – Winning Through Integrative Thinking (2014)
4)  Jason Fried; David Heinemeier Hansson, Book: Rework (2010) from 37signals.com and basecamp.com
5)  Free(dom) and Open Source Software
6)  those wanting to use such cool technology as Freedom and Open Source Software
7)  10base2  = 2base10  think binary numbers
8)  Linux User Group
9)  Club members have experimented with things like IRC chat in the past, so keep in mind other ways to collaborate.
10) http://clug.ca/membershi/

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