[sf-lug] Meeting notes for May 2, 2021

Bobbie Sellers bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com
Sun May 2 20:39:10 PDT 2021

On 5/2/21 6:49 PM, aaronco36 wrote:
> Quoting Bobbie Sellers <bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com> from [01]:
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> The question was raised as to the best distribution to install on an 
> older machine with lower specification and I called MX-Linux, someone 
> else said AntiX and I believe it was Michael Paoli who suggested 
> Debian's multi-arch ISO 
> <https//cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/iso-cd/debian-10.9.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Besides the abovementioned distros as "the best distribution to 
> install on an older machine with lower specification" -- including 
> Wayne's/Bobbie's and Michael P's respective MX-Linux and Debian 
> multi-arch recommendations -- a DistroWatch search [02] for lower 
> specification and Beginners distributions shows the popularity-ordered 
> results as Linux Mint [03][04] (latter reference for the lighterweight 
> Xfce desktop), Zorin OS [05][06] (latter for the lighterweight Zorin 
> OS Lite), PCLinuxOS [07][08] that Bobbie S may be more familiar with 
> (latter reference [08] for the lighterweight Xfce), and Bodhi Linux 
> [09][10] that referencing at least from [11] Rick M may be more 
> familiar with :-)

         I did not mention PCLinux for my own good reasons and while it 
has XFCE and
several other smaller(?) Desktop Environments we have had problems 
lately and I
am waiting to see the next release which may be soon.   I seem to have 
that other folks do not have when it comes to installations and 
updates.  In PCLinux
this years release have had problems on up-to-date hardware.

     I could not get to the Forum due to some problems until after lunch 
it became accessible again.

> Quoting Bobbie Sellers <bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com> from [01]:
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> He might let us know if the conversion was practical but around 12:45 
> PM we developed audio problems and after a reboot and reconnection 
> there was no improvement at my end so at 12:54 I signed out for the 
> day leaving only Michael and Aaron still in the meeting.
> A very interesting meeting with lots of input from most attendees.
> Too bad audio was so bad today.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Would speculate that my and Bobbie's Jit.si Meet microphone/audio 
> issues at today's SF-LUG virtual meeting could have arisen from one or 
> more of the following:
> - loose connections between the microphone's/webcam's USB connector 
> and the computer's USB port
> - particulate or other matter (e.g., drops of soda, tea, coffee, etc) 
> either on the microphone's/webcam's USB connector or on the computer's 
> external USB port itself
> - USB microphone/webcam attached to one USB port with another "noisy" 
> USB device (e.g, flashdrive in active use) attached to an adjacent USB 
> port
> - concurrently-running applications using high system-resources that 
> could possibly affect Jit.si Meet audio performance
> - various issues with audio-input settings on the computer's Linux 
> distro, e.g., Pulse Audio VolUme Control (pavucontrol) or other 
> related software issues
> After my own first 15-20min microphone-quirky presence starting 
> ~11:25am on today's SF-LUG virtual meetup, I exited Jit.si Meet, 
> completed my download of Zorin Core, shutdown all loaded browser 
> tabs+windows, removed the USB used to dd-"burn" my previously 
> downloaded Linux Mint ISO+checksum+sig[12], shutdown the PC, gently 
> cleaned using 99percent+ isopropanol the USB contacts on both my 
> microphone/webcam and external computer ports, rebooted my machine, 
> and ~3/4hr later re-opened a limited-few browser tabs+windows 
> including the Jit.si Meet link for the SF-LUG meetup.
> Think that one or more of these steps successfully resolved the 
> audio-input issues I myself had :-)
> Don't know about Bobbie S's microphone/audio issues using her Dell 
> E7450 though :-\
> -Aaron

     Well I a  have so far no idea what happened to the Audio but the 
E7450 has a
  bayonet mount not a USB. I do not do much eating over it.

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> [01]http://linuxmafia.com/pipermail/sf-lug/2021q2/015242.html
> [02]https://distrowatch.com/search.php#advanced
> [03]https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mint
> [04]https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=4013
> [05]https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=zorin
> [06]https://zorinos.com/download/#lite
> [07]https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=pclinuxos
> [08]https://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=3836
> [09]https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=bodhi
> [10]https://www.bodhilinux.com/
> [11]http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/kicking.html
> [12]https://linuxmint.com/verify.php
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