[sf-lug] Meeting of Monday 17 February 2014

Bobbie Sellers bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com
Mon Feb 17 21:16:00 PST 2014

Hi LUGgers!

      I was at the Cafe Enchante by 1740.  My notebook was running ok.
     Bill showed up with a couple of problematic notebook machines.
     One was a Sony VAIO from about 2001 on which someone had installed 
Crunchbang (#!) on it and failed to put the passwords
in a non-electronic media.  After some experimentation we found
it could boot Knoppix 7.2 from the DVD drive.  I tried the PCLOS 2013.12 
on it but the low memory (<1 GiB ) made it too slow to
use in Live Mode.
     The Knoppix did very well considering the low memory.
Bill will probably install it from the disk I used and gave to
him for the purpose.

     The other was a Toshiba with display difficulties and
perhaps a munged Windows XP.   The display has had a hard time
so that the hinge is loose and the bezel is broken.  We got a display 
briefly but it was not to be helpful.  I noted that the machine has a
15 pin VGA out and, like the Dell, has a function key to enable
display away from the box. I pointed these out to Bill.  He will attempt 
to enable the external display to fix the problems and probably install 
Knoppix there as well.

     About the time we were trying to set up the Toshiba with its
damaged screen hinge, Eric and then Jim showed up.  They chatted
a bit with Bill and each other.   I pointed out the story in the
Linux Pro magazine of last month with the story on the Firefox OS,
This is intended to be a phone OS but no one had tried it yet.
Eric said he might try it in a desktop machine with an emulator.

      At nearly 8 PM the meeting broke up and Jim gave myself and Eric 
rides home.

     Bobbie Sellers

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