[FredLUG] Re: Saturday meeting
nomb85 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 25 15:13:59 EDT 2008
Don't forget about Skype. I know a lot of people who use it as their
only IM client as well. Skype also handles voice and video.
On Thu, 2008-09-25 at 14:12 -0400, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-09-25 at 12:00 -0400, Brian Maddox wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 11:54 AM, Peter Larsen <ego.alter at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > It's Thursday and I think it's time to think a bit about this
> > Saturday meeting.
> > Given the turnout I think we should expect some new people to
> > show up - it would be very nice if the turnout is more than a
> > few.
> > For that reason, I thought we may want to pick a subject and
> > maybe a presenter and talk about open source or Linux in
> > general. Either we do some presentations of software like
> > OpenOffice, Gimp and a ton of the other major products we all
> > use every day or we could show how to install Linux on a new
> > computer for the first time (I can bring a blank box if that's
> > what we want to do).
> > Or a Q&A - if people do bring in their machines and issues, we
> > could help each of them independently? I'll bring my wired
> > switch regardless - but it sounds like we should think about
> > bringing a repository server too for easy (FAST) installs?
> > There also might be a few very young (13-ish) people there.
> > Would anyone know of particular subjects that would be helpful
> > to them?
> > --
> > Peter Larsen <ego.alter at gmail.com>
> > I think for the teenagers, things like IM, VoIP, etc, might be of
> > interest since that's all the rage for that age group. Plus, friends
> > of mine who have converted to Linux and have teens have said they had
> > to address those issues from the start.
> Brilliant, Pidgin is pretty much the current 900lb-gorilla but Empathy
> is the next-gen solution that will be able to converge VoIP and other
> solutions, sinced libpurple simply isn't architected for that.
> > For an install demo, would it be easier to use VMWare or VirtualBox to
> > do an install demo since you could show it on the projector or
> > something?
> Whose projector? Someone will have a projector?
> If so, yeah -- but we should be demoing free Linux solutions, not
> VMWare. Otherwise we're kind of undercutting the message that people
> can do it all with FOSS. I personally think KVM is the way to go
> because it's got the healthiest upstream -- including the Linux kernel
> community -- and doesn't play any "free or fee" product games.
> My lappy is 64-bit and vmx cpuflag, so it has great KVM performance --
> if anyone else is similarly situated we could use all the built-in
> features that come with Linux, which is a pretty neat way to show
> everything you get "free."
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