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2001.04.16 Meeting Notes


  • Spindletop.com - an open source hardware co-op that formed an LLC to get funds to boost their non-profit, which helps get good equipment to open source programmers, cheaply.
  • New Linux game company: Tripsoft.
  • Microsoft "Clippy" is no more (as of Windows XP)
  • Windows XP to have firewire support, but NOT USB 2.0
  • RedHat 7.1 released; 2.4 kernel, USB support, updated XF86
  • A company in Israel developed a mouse with braile pins, for the blind.
  • Iomega to give $40 rebates to people who bought Zip drives between 1995 and March 2001. (Due to class-action suit regarding "Click of Death")
  • Libranet Linux requiring people to pay for latest version of their Debian-based distro. (2nd-to-latest versions are free)
  • Indrema (Linux-based game console) died, due to lack of funding.
  • LUGOD's Mother.com account was disabled due to hacking; SSH on Mother.com was trojaned.
  • Star Trek: Next Generation back on Fox 40.
  • The Economist magazine publised pro-Open Source articles
  • SacLUG lost its meeting place, due to Calweb changing their hours.

Committee Reports

  • Demo - Next demo to be April 21st (UCD Picnic Day) at Border's Books, between 3pm and 6pm.

  • DCN - No news.

  • Other LUGs
    • Apr. 17th - BALUG meeting in SF. Topic still TBA!
    • Apr. 17th - MacNexus meeting in Sac. Adobe.
    • Apr. 21st - LUGOD holds Linux demo at Borders in Davis.
    • Apr. 21st/22nd - LUGFest in Simi Valley (near Los Angeles).
    • May 1st - LUGOD meeting. Cisco/Vovida on Open Source Voice over IP.
    • May 2nd - SVLUG meeting in San Jose. Mobile Linux "and other fun stuff."
    • May 3rd - SVBUG meeting in San Jose. Topic TBA.
    • May 14th - LUGOD meeting. Topic TBA; probably VMWare.
    • May 20th - Installfest in Davis.
    • June 6th - SVLUG meeting. Counterpane.
    • June 18th - LUGOD meeting. OpenGL.

  • Installfests - April 15th IF cancelled due to Easter. Next IF will be May 20th.

  • LERT - No news.

Other Business

  • Pic*Nix - A LUGOD picnic was planned for this past weekend. Nobody who was planning on going was at the meeting, so we don't know if it even happened! :^)

  • Linux Game Show - LUGOD contacted DCTV (Davis public access TV) regarding doing our Linux trivia gameshow on actual television. They seem very keen on the idea!

  • Future Talks - Upcoming, currently unscheduled talks that LUGOD will be having will include: VMWare, Borland on Kylix, SETI@home, and more.

  • Financial Report - $14.23 in voluntary dues were collected.


  • Mark K. Kim demonstrated "Blender," the free 3D modeling, rendering and animation program for Linux (and other OSes).

Presentation notes available
(External mirror)


  • Bill Kendrick
  • Jim Riffel
  • Jen Rutherford
  • Mark Kim
  • Foo Lim
  • Henry House
  • Eric Engelhard
  • Stephen Helms
  • Edwin Groot
  • Brian Lavendar
  • Melissa Hardenbrook
  • Jeff Duncan
  • Brad
  • Steve Nguyen
  • Jeff Rausch
  • Monica Lau
  • Steve
  • Ryan
  • Chris
  • Eric Mullinix
  • Jean


  • "I just use Linux because it doesn't piss me off as much as Windows" - Brad

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