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San Gabriel Valley LUG Meeting


August 14 7-9pm, 107 Downs at Cal Tech University, in Pasadena

Brainstormish topics/Summary

We get one hour:

Nathan Haines is a computer consultant and instructor who enjoys programming in Python and is an advocate of Free software and digital freedom.
Neal Bussett is an electrical engineer and leader of the California Ubuntu LoCo team.
Both are Ubuntu Members and (advocacy thingy in LoCo).

Ubuntu is the biggest thing in desktop Linux, 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 every day.
They will discuss various aspects of Ubuntu, from the basics and everyday system
maintenance to how to customize your system.  They will also discuss what makes
Ubuntu unique from Debian and other distros, explain the various flavors of
Ubuntu, and show you how Ubuntu can supercharge your server.

Their presentation will cover various aspects of Ubuntu Linux, including X Y and Z.
Ubuntu is a [adjective] Linux distribution with a number of flavors,

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-studio-desktop (* not just this metapackage)
4. Ubuntu as a server
        Preconfigured Options: (install CD/tasksel)