Nov/Dec BozemanLUG Meeting - Combo meeting for Nov/Dec on the first Thursday of December
Presenter: David Boreham from NuevaSync
Topic: Extreme Debugging -- Cautionary tales from a year spent making cloud sync work.
Description: David will talk about the technical challenges encountered providing over-the-air mobile sync service, as the number of users grew from 100 to 100,000 and beyond. The service runs on a cluster of Linux servers, originally located in downtown Livingston but long ago moved to California in pursuit of cheap and reliable Internet connectivity.
1) What firewall distro to use - by Justin Krohn - He will be showing pfsense, Untangle and a couple of others I believe. When challenged to build a firewall/router system for the local computer gaming club Justin tried out several and discovered exactly how they all differ.
2) Getting to know the competition, Windows 7 - by Scott Dowdle - A brief demonstration and discussion about the recently released Windows 7
3) One Laptop Per Child Lending Lab project - by Scott Dowdle - Discuss what to do with the 10 OLPCs we now have as a lending lab. This is an ongoing topic that will basically become an "every meeting" topic.
For where, when and parking info, see: Meeting Info
September BozemanLUG Meeting - Last Thursday of the month
August BozemanLUG Meeting - Last Thursday of the month
David Eder will be giving a presentation on GnuCash. GnuCash is a standard package in most Linux distributions. For those unfamiliar with GnuCash, here's a blurb from the Wikipedia page:
GnuCash is a free accounting software program which implements a double-entry bookkeeping system. It was initially aimed at developing capabilities similar to Intuit, Inc.'s Quicken application, but also has features for small business accounting. Recent development has been focused on adapting to modern desktop support-library requirements.
GnuCash is part of the GNU Project, and runs on Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, and other Unix-like platforms. A Microsoft Windows (2000 or newer) port was made available starting with the 2.1.x series released on 2007-04-14.
David has been using GnuCash to manage his personal finances for over 10 years.
Attention: Anyone who borrowed an OLPC unit should bring them back to the meeting and turn them in. If there is anyone who would like to check out an OLPC for August, they may do so.
Caryl Bigenho, OLPC Support Volunteer and long time educator, will be bringing an OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) "Roadshow in a Box" to discuss the OLPC project as well as Activity development opportunities. She will be bringing 10 OLPC XO units of which 5 can be checked out for a few weeks if desired.
The location for the meeting will be EPS 254 which is next door to the regular meeting room (EPS 259). EPS 254 has 33 PCs we can use.
May BozemanLUG Meeting - Had to change the date of the meeting due to a scheduling conflict. Rather than being the last Thursday of May it will be the first Thursday of June. The June meeting is still planned for the last Thursday in June.
Joseph Gable has volunteered to give a presentation on PC Linux OS and setting up an RPM build environment. He is a contributor to PCLOS. Joseph is from the HelenaLUG and works in Computer Support for the Montana Department of Transportation in the Carrier Services department.
Scott Dowdle will briefly show off his fairly new Acer Aspire One D150 netbook running MontanaLinux (a Fedora 10 remix).
For where and when, see Meeting Information.
Hope to see you there.
For those unfamiliar with Blender, wikipedia says:
Blender is a 3D graphics application released as free software under the GNU General Public License. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.
Blender is available for several operating systems, including GNU, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris with unofficial ports for AmigaOS, BeOS, MorphOS , Pocket PC and SkyOS. Blender has a robust feature set similar in scope and depth to other high-end 3D software such as Softimage|XSI, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Lightwave and Maya.
These features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid body, fluid, cloth and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.
Hunter is a faculty member of the Computer Science Department at MSU-Bozeman and has used Blender in a couple of classes. He will cover the following topics during his presentation:
- User Interface intro
- Feature Tour
- Comparison to commercial apps
- Show some sample projects including those done by students
For directions and parking info, see:
Chris Ching will be giving a presentation on Arch Linux.
Here is a description of Arch Linux:
Arch Linux is an independently developed i686/x86-64 community distribution, based on a rolling-release package model and targeted at competent GNU/Linux users. Development focuses on a balance of minimalism, elegance, code correctness and modernity. Version 0.1 (Homer) was released March 11, 2002.