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2000.07.17 Meeting Notes


  • Weather.com uses Linux servers now, replaced their Sun computers with IBM Netfinities.
  • "Henzai" is making GNOME work on PDA's.
  • Microsoft announces ".net." Like Hotmail is to e-mail, .net is to computers. Imagine running a remote word processor, and renting it. (BAD IDEA!!)
  • "Tux Typing," a kids game that teaches typing, has been released.
  • IBM is producing Crusoe-based Thinkpads by the end of the year.
  • It's rumored on Slashdot that Sun is going to GPL StarOffice.
  • A group developing a micro X-window replacement has created a tiny HTML 3.2-compliant web browser for it.
  • New 2.4 kernel done, coming out "soon."
  • FBI has a software/hardware package called "Carnivore" that they want all ISP's to put on their systems to keep track of everyone.
  • DVD decoding case coming out.
  • Campchaos.com has a great Napster/Metallica cartoon. (Warning, it contains very foul language!)
  • Bill will be responsible for Napsterdance.com, a Hampsterdance take-off.
  • Bill's "Mad Bomber" game was reviewed in Maximum Linux magazine!
  • People may want to go to the next City Council meeting on Wednesday to hear about winfirst.com.

Committee Reports

  • Demo - We had a party on July 4, where there were 10 machines there (networked together to play Doom), plus two Atari Jaguage game consoles (networked to each other, too).

    We will be having a demo at the Co-op on the 22nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who wants to come should let Henry know about it. Hopefully a photographer from the paper will be attending it at some point too.

  • DCN - Jen Rutherford is doing a story for the Davis Enterprise on DCN and LUGOD doing computer recycling and other computer-related events in the community. Anyone who has been involved in committees and wants to talk about it in the article should e-mail her. It is due on August 10 and should be coming out soon after that.
  • Installfests - There will only be one installfest this summer, as Pete's overloaded with moving. The July one is canceled, the next one is TBA.
  • LERT - One call was made, they need to work on getting him help.
  • Other LUGs - MaxNexus, a Mac users group in Sacramento, will meet Tuesday, 7/18 to demo MacOS X (which is based on BSD Unix!). BALUG also meets July 18th (topic TBA). SVLUG meets August 2nd (topic will be Eazel, a more user-friendly, GNOME-based GUI being developed by ex-Apple designers). NBLUG meets August 8th (topic: IP service clustering). SacLUG meets August 9th (topic TBA).

Other Business

  • Pete held a contest in which the winner would receive his/her choice of free swag for guessing what stupid question a PacBell employee asked him. The question turned out to be "What is an IP address?", guessed correctly by Roland Minden.
  • Pete also did a survey for an upcoming "Linux Family Fued" game:

    • 0-5 answers: Least favorite distro.
    • 0-5 answers: Favorite distro.
    • 0-5 answers: Favorite Window Manager.
    • 0-4 answers: Favorite editors.
    • 0-3 answers: Favorite Microsoft Operating System.
    • 0-8 answers: Favorite game for Linux.
    • 0-10 answers: Favorite non-Linux-related magazine.
    • 0-5 answers: Favorite Linux magazine or e-zine.
    • 0-10 answers: Favorite Linux figurehead
    • 0-5 answers: Favorite LUG (Linux Users Group)
    • 0-5 answers: Most exciting "dot-com" or Linux-related IPO.
    • 0-8 answers: Favorite e-mail client
    • 0-15 answers: Favorite TLA (Three-Letter Acronym)
    • 0-10 answers: Favorite emoticon (eg, ":^)"...)
    To contribute answers, e-mail: Pete Salzman before August 1st!

  • Financial Report - $49.79 was collected in voluntary donations.


  • Drew Parsons explained the GTK+ (Gimp Toolkit) graphical interface programming library.

    Notes available


  • Henry House
  • Carl Yates
  • Jessica Luedtke
  • Mike Simons
  • Mark Kim
  • Bill Kendrick
  • Bob George
  • Joel Baumert
  • Rhonda Bailey
  • Pete Salzman
  • Jen Rutherford
  • Aura DeSaussure
  • Eric Engelhard
  • Dave Walterson
  • Roland Minden
  • Jim
  • Dave Nelson
  • John Hanson
  • Drew Parsons
  • Farhan Kilamy
  • Steven Helms

Quotes of the Meeting

  • "Ask me about bizarre things because I'm bizarre." -Henry
  • "I'm actually on the Red Hat side this time." -Jessica, relating an argument over security with an insane guy.

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