[sf-lug] Meeting at Cafe Enchante on December 16, 2013 and some notes.

Bobbie Sellers bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com
Thu Dec 26 10:49:33 PST 2013

Hi LUGgers,

    I arrived at the Cafe Enchante about 1750,  setup machine without
problems and got a decaf soy latte.  I mention this because it seems
important to me that attendees patronize the establishment where
the meeting is hosted.
     1810 caught up on my notes as no one else has shown up,
     1850 Jason showed up with the news that Jim was looking for a
parking place.   He was happy to get a copy of Kali which is the new
name for BackTrack and is basically an intrusion detection tool,

     Jim showed up and read a Linux Pro magazine as he advised Jason
as to the use of dd to copy files from his old hard drive. Having read the
magazine Jim mentioned the article which says the future of computing
is in ARM powered devices.  I replied that the matter is still open to
debate and my belief that the future of computing actually still lies
largely in the x86 and its derivatives.  While we enjoyed, I believe, the
extended discussion touching on past cpu chips and how they were
used I could wish  that some more knowledgeable people would show
up to to my mistakes in understanding

     I used my USB Flash drive to load PC Linux Full Monty OS 2013.12
onto my notebook for the edification of the gathered.  When asked
about the elaborate pre-setup of the OS with 6 dedicated virtual desktops
I said that with the right machine loaded with memory and video ram
with a fast CPU it would be nice for a lot of people.  Also it has a lot
of software which has to be downloaded otherwise.  For example it
comes with Kate out of the basic installation.  The regular PCLOS
has only KWrite and Kate must be downloaded.  Now the interesting
and significant part is that unless you happen to know about software
not included with the standard distribution what are you going to do
about it?   Because I learned about Kate on Mandriva distributions over
the last few years I knew enough download it.  Besides that if you are
running a late version of Windows on a rather new machine you might
be happy to switch over to a Linux with lots of tools and eye candy and
which looks nothing like Windows.

     1955 we packed it up.  Jim gave me a ride home then took Jason
to his next stop.

     The next meeting will be on January 5, 2014 and will be noticed as
usual next Monday.   I already have a copy of the latest Linux Pro and
will be bringing it to the meeting.  The DVD of the month is Ubuntu
13.10 in 32 and 64 bit versions.  If anyone wants copies from this
DVD or from the only line version of the iso files let me know in advance
and I will have them at the next meeting and may pickup Kubuntu 13.xx
in the meantime.   The magazine has articles on running Linux in the two
main virtual box style tools under Windows and on running Windows
under Linux in the tools.

     Thanks for your attention!
     Trusting you have all had happy holidays according to the flavor
you enjoy and wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a happy,
healthy, and prosperous year in 2014.

     Bobbie Sellers

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