[sf-lug] Linux show demos (was: Linux podcasts)

Kristian Erik Hermansen kristian.hermansen at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 18:21:46 PST 2008

>  One of the other obvious themes you might want to stress is
>  network-oriented operations.  (Sit and think:  What is _different_ about
>  Linux?  One of the obvious difference is LAN/WAN capability from top to
>  bottom.)  E.g., borrow someone's OS X box and run it headless in the
>  corner, running VNC server, and then include among the X11 applications
>  running on your big, splashy Linux monitor a VNC client displaying some
>  remotely running MacOS X application that would be conventionally
>  considered utterly impossible on Linux.

That's an awesome idea!  But, who needs VNC when OS X has
Xforwarding?!!?  We could just forward the windows via SSH, right?
That would be cool to see something like Final Cut Studio or Adobe
Creative Suite 3 running :-)  I am not a graphic designer and don't
own the software though.  Does anyone here have licenses?

>  And/or have some multiuser graphical games running, usable by multiple
>  people on multiple terminals simultaneously.  Back in the day, we would
>  use multiuser Doom for this.  I'm not a gamer, though, so you'll have to
>  figure the current analogue for yourself.  Battle for Wesnoth?  Dunno.

I think Counter-Strike is still pretty popular.  I used to run it
under wine.  In fact, I found a bug in Half Life back in 2005 while
doing so :-)

We could run CS on Linux for phun...

>  What else is different about Linux?  Support for every CPU platform on
>  the face of the planet, and installations from tiny to gargantuan.  How
>  about having a tiny, quiet MP3 streaming server running running Firefly
>  (see:  http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Apps/AV/itunes.html)?  Maybe someone
>  wants to borrow my Cobalt Qube for that.  ;->

Another thing that was a hit at out University was Linux running on an
XBOX.  I no longer own one.  Would someone be willing to bring some
game systems in that can run Linux?  You might already need to have
them modified with a chip :-(  Unless we can soft-exploit them ;-P

>  How about a client-server setup of MythTV stocked with episodes of
>  Doctor Who and Torchwood?

Good idea.  Has anyone played with LinuxMCE too?
Kristian Erik Hermansen
"It has been just so in all my inventions. The first step is an
intuition--and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise. This thing
gives out and then that--'Bugs'--as such little faults and
difficulties are called--show themselves and months of anxious
watching, study and labor are requisite before commercial success--or
failure--is certainly reached" -- Thomas Edison in a letter to
Theodore Puskas on November 18, 1878

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