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2002.09.03 Meeting Notes


  • RIAA (Record industry's) website defaced. It even featured a pirated copy of a Linkin Park MP3 which remained online for four days!
  • Bulldozer rams wrong house (Hollywood Florida)
  • Broadband hits the South Pole, thanks to fiber optic cable (about 1600km!)
  • Opera browser version 7 in the works - a rewrite to be even FASTER, and more compatible.
  • Drivers for the Radeon 8500/8500LE video card are now available for Linux (for XFree86 4.1.0 and 4.2.0). Not to be confused with the ones being paid for by The Weather Channel.
  • AMD 2600+ CPU released; clocked at 2.13 GHz.
  • Australian telecomm Telestra will be deploying 45,000 Linux desktops. (Microsoft's "Licensing 6.0" prompted the move.)
  • Air New Zealand replacing 150 Compaq servers running NT with a single IBM mainframe running Linux, as well as 4000 MS Exchange email and file/print servers with Linux and Open Source apps.
  • Australia's Bureau of Veteran Affairs to replace all file and print servers with Linux, and considering it for the desktop.
  • AMD's 64bit "Hammer" CPU now claled "Opteron"
  • ISP bans RIAA to protect customers, because RIAA is planning to introduce destructive executables (trojans) into peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, like Gnutella. (A bill by Calif. congressman Howard Berman is attempting to make these trojans legal.)
  • China's government is blocking its people from accessing Google.com search engine now.
  • Steven Lisberger, the man behind the movie TRON, is working with Disney on TRON 2.0.
  • SuSE 8.0 has been successfully booted on a Microsoft XBox game console.
  • Venezuelan government to go completely open source.
  • British Telecomm (BT)'s "hyperlink" patent thrown out in court. You may still use hyperlinks in your websites. :^)
  • Tuxgames.com is taking preorders of Doom 3.
  • Tuxgames.com predicts they'll be out of Loki Games stock soon.
  • Unreal Tournament 2003 game client is being developed for Linux.

Project Reports

  • Demo - The next demo will be Sept. 14th at the Davis Food Co-Op.

  • Installfests - The next Installfest will be Sept. 15th.

  • LERT - No LERT news.

  • Library - No news.

Other Business

  • Mac OS X Conference Raffle - O'Reilly and Associates asked us to do a raffle for a free pass to their Mac OS X conference, taking place in late September, early October, in Santa Clara. Kevin Murakoshi played on behalf of his friend Matt, and won!

  • Church Website to Web Server OS Match-Up - Pete had a game where people tried to match up which websites ran which webservers. Winners got their pick of some swag (O'Reilly Mac OS X books, a copy of Mozilla 1.0 on CD, a Trolltech t-shirt, a No Starch Press t-shirt, and some copies of DemoLinux)

  • Financial Report - $49.66 in voluntary dues were collected. $15.00 were spent for the room at the library.


  • Zane Westover of Hewlett-Packard talked about HP's Blade Servers, and the blade server standards.


  • Pete Salzman
  • Melissa Hardenbrook
  • Bill Kendrick
  • Marc Hasbrouck
  • Cheuk
  • Henry House
  • Mike Simons
  • Dmitriy Ivanov
  • Amul Purohit
  • MK Murlas
  • Bill Wells
  • Ted Deppner
  • Phillip Smith
  • Mike Punham
  • Hitesh Bhatt
  • Zane Westover
  • Jay Kobell
  • Jeff Rousch
  • Jeff DeFay
  • David
  • Richard Harkey
  • Ryan Castalluci
  • Sigrid
  • Kevin Murakoshi
  • Seth Nagao
  • Karsten Self
  • ... and two others


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