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2001.03.19 Meeting Notes


  • RIAA violates copying laws- they're starting their own MP3 service and aren't paying the artists royalties!
  • XFree86 4.0.3 released
  • An anti-spam bill is out in VA (supported by Rep. and Dem.) - penalties to include up to 12mos in jain and $15,000 (or $10/email) in fines
  • German foreign office stops using Microsoft, citing security concernes. (Worried NSA has backdoors)
  • Phil Carmody "found" a prime number, which, when turned to HEX and GUNZIPped turns into DeCSS!
  • Progeny Debian Release Candidate 1 available.
  • Black and White has gone gold. Ships March 27th. (For Linux, too?)
  • Electronic Boutique selling Linux games for ~$9.99!
  • NVIDIA Linux drivers 0.9-769 available
  • Linux is being used by NASA for satellite control
  • Eazel's Nautilus 1.0 is out
  • Eazel cuts staff by ~50%!
  • Linuxworld.com and Unixinsider (two IDG sites) closing
  • Linux Standards Base nearing completion
  • Security hole in TCP!?
  • Linux compatibility in PowerPC NetBSD
  • OSI modifies Open Source definition
  • Sylvania coming out with a Linux-based TV
  • Disney animation adopts Python; cites "shortcomings" in Perl
  • QT2.3 out; supports antialiased fonts!
  • First webcam (coffee-cam at Cambridge) going offline

Committee Reports

  • Demo - Last demo was March 10th. We hooked the LUGOD demo box up to Border's new large TV. Next demo will be April 21st.

  • DCN - No news.

  • Other LUGs
    • Mar. 20th - BALUG meeting (San Francisco). Topic TBA.
    • Apr. 4th - SVLUG meeting (San Jose). Greg Stein and Karl Fogel of Subversion.
    • Apr. 5th - SVBUG meeting (San Jose). Topic TBA.
    • Apr. 15th - LUGOD and UCD CS Club holding an Installfest in Davis.
    • Apr. 21st - LUGOD holds Linux demo at Borders in Davis.
    • May 2nd - SVLUG, mobile Linux "and other fun stuff."

  • Installfests - The last Installfest was March 18th, and it was great! The Sacramento News & Review mentioned it (so we had a lot of drop-ins). A Netpliance iOpener was there, but couldn't get Linux installed due to a bad IDE cable (probably). We had one Mac laptop (successful) and two classic Macs (SEs? impossible!?)

  • LERT - One call for IDE help pending.

Other Business

  • LUGOD CD - The "Winter 2001" LUGOD CD is available. 100 copies were pressed and donated by Z-World. It includes, among other things, StarOffice, Gimp, Linux Kernel (2.2.18 and 2.4.1), some multimedia files, some MSDOS tools, and much more...

  • Linux Terminal Server Project - LTSP and a school in Oregon are giving away 1000 Celeron CPUs to schools which participate in the project. They can set up a lab with 1 Linux server and 20 Linux clients for around $2000. We've contacted Richard Glass of the Yolo County of Education and he's looking into it. LUGOD's offered our help.

  • Financial Report - $56.70 in voluntary dues were collected. An Ethernet card was donated (to be given away at our next meeting.)


  • Bill Kendrick demonstrated the Agenda VR3 Linux-based PDA, and talked about other PDAs and small devices that run Linux.

Presentation notes available


  • Bill Kendrick
  • Pete Salzman
  • Rhonda Bailey
  • Edwin Groot
  • Jim Riffel
  • Jen Rutherford
  • Joel Baumert
  • Casey
  • Paul Miller
  • Dave Nelson
  • Ryan
  • Brad
  • Steve
  • Don Dunn
  • Will
  • Nicole Carlson
  • Jeff DeFay
  • Rusty Minden
  • Dave Henley
  • Dorie Minden
  • Harry Low
  • Don Foster
  • Mark Kim
  • Foo Lim
  • Mike Simons
  • Christin Scobee
  • ... and two others

Photos of this meeting

Quote of the Meeting

  • "Aieee! ... Kernel Panic!" - Bill Kendrick, quoting the Linux Kernel (during Sunday's installfest)

  • "I just get all tingly inside." - Pete Salzman, regarding the anti-spam bill

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