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San Gabriel Valley LUG Meeting
August 14 7-9pm, 107 Downs at Cal Tech University, in Pasadena http://sgvlug.org/
Meeting Summary/Speaker Bios
Nathan Haines is a computer consultant and instructor who enjoys programming in Python and is a member of the California Ubuntu LoCo team. Neal Bussett is an Electrical Engineer and leader of the California Ubuntu LoCo team. Both are Ubuntu Members and advocates of Free software.
Ubuntu is the said to be the biggest thing in desktop Linux at the moment, but Neal and Nathan are here to cut through the hype and show you how Ubuntu can simplify your life and make your computer more fun and simple to use for everyday tasks. They will discuss various aspects of Ubuntu, from the basics of everyday system maintence, to how to customize your system. They will also cover the differences that make Ubuntu unique from Debian and other distros; and the differences and benefits of the various flavors that make up the Ubuntu family.
We get one hour:
1. General Information Target Audience (Linux for Human Beings) One-Edition-Fits-All, Fresh and stable software Community/CoCo/et al Release Schedule Development Codenames Different Flavors (sysreq, usage, etc) 2. GUI Tools for system maintenence Add/Remove for easy packages Synaptic for all packages Update Manager for security and bugfix updates Network Manager for wireless connectivity (wired Just Works) Hardware drivers for automatic proprietary driver installation "Restricted codecs... doohickey <- this is just a metapackage for Flash, (no longer) Java, and some weird codecs ubuntu-restricted-extras <- that's the one Automatic Codec installation support in Totem Distro-managed Firefox Plugins. 3. Differentiators from other distro (Debian in particular) It "Just Works" Sane defaults Frequent Updates Focus on desktop end-user for extra polish Useful derivatives that can be used by installing metapackages ubuntu-desktop kubuntu-desktop ubuntu-studio-desktop (* not just this metapackage) 4. Ubuntu as a server LTS** JeOS? Preconfigured Options: (install CD/tasksel) LAMP DNS Mail SSH Postgres Print Samba http://www.ubuntu.com/files/server/UbuntuserverBrochure804LTS.pdf