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2000.11.20 Meeting Notes


  • 11 companies have created the KDE League (similar to the recently-created Gnome Foundation)
  • Open Source software is now being taxed in Poland. (The price is the same amount of tax you'd pay for a commercial product that does the same thing.)
  • Pentium 4 will be out next week. Two flavors: 1.4GHz, 1.5GHz
  • Kernel 2.4 will be out in December. Linus' new daughter will be out some time this month.
  • LinuxToday recommends the AOpen FM56 ISA and Zoom 56K PCI modems.
  • NSA will be producing their own distribution of Linux.
  • UCD"s "AC4" met. UCD now has an official policy on MP3's... they discovered that ~75% of campus bandwidth was being used for MP3's, so they're hiring iDrive to provid 50MB of space per UCD student. Related: UCD undergrads may all be getting web space.

Committee Reports

  • Demo - Our last demo was November 18th at the Davis Food Co-Op. It went well. Bill Kendrick and Mike Simons installed Helix/Gnome and got sound working with a borrowed SoundBlaster-16. Henry and Pete are going to install a Voodoo-5 video card and AWE64 soundcard The next demo will be on December 16th (since the 23rd is too close to Christmas). LUGOD has also purchased "Win4Lin" (but it doesn't support DirectX!)

  • DCN - Nothing new.

  • Other LUGs
    • 12/5 - LUGOD: Geoff Herteg, Matt Snelham and Jim Kingdon of VA Linux on SourceForge
    • 12/6 - Davis PCUG: Linux
    • 12/13 - SacLUG: SleepyCat on Berkeley DB
    • 1/15 - LUGOD: Jeremy Allison on Samba
    • 2/6 - LUGOD: Matt Bishop of UCD

  • Installfests - Last IF was small, but very successful. Roland Minden is now running IF's. Rick O'Shaghnessy is willing to donate a spare CDROM drive for Installfests (since sometimes people don't have one, or have strange ones). Roland has donated power strips. We're going to make a post-IF pamphlet which explains the basics of getting around a Linux system.

  • LERT - Someone needs an install in the next few days. Contact Pete Salzman if you'd like to handle it. Jeff Newmiller helped someone get LRP installed, and they donated $15. Pete had the idea that if a LERT member reaches a certain donation level (eg, $150), that LUGOD would repay them- perhaps with a Linux game or lunch.

Other Business

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

  • Woodland Community College - No news.

  • LUGOD T-Shirts - Design Works said that they cannot print our shirts (white on dark cloth) because the image will smear. We need to either pick different art or print dark on light. Bill will e-mail everyone who has ordered so far to see what they'd prefer.

  • Constitution Changes - Bill Kendrick proposed changing LUGOD's Constitution so that (in Article 2: Purpose, and 3: Membership), we clearly state that the goal of the club is to promote not just Linux, but also Free Software and Open Source in general, as well as open standards. The term "Linux" was replaced with "GNU/Linux," as well.

  • Coffee Machine - Eric Engelhard provided Peet's Coffee and Z-World provided coffee machines for the meeting!

  • Sandwiches - Steve Nyugen of Maxim Group brought deli sandwiches for the meeting!

  • Laser Pointer - Foo Lim has donated a laser pointer to LUGOD for use during presentations.

  • Palm V - Jim Riffel of Z-World donated a Palm V to LUGOD to give out as a door prize. We'll be raffling it at our next meeting.

  • Ben & Jerry's FUNdraiser - We've decided to table this until spring.


  • Eric Engelhard of Sagres Discovery talked about a bioinformatics pipeline he's created using a cluster of Linux boxes, Perl, Apache, PHP and PostgreSQL.


  • Joel Baumert
  • Jim Riffel
  • Pete Salzman
  • Bill Kendrick
  • Eric Engelhard
  • Henry House
  • Roland Minden
  • Rick O'Shagnessy
  • Nicole Carlson
  • Jeff Newmiller
  • Verbus Counts
  • Steve
  • Dave
  • Lee Welter
  • Kevin
  • Clyde Reed
  • Casey Bralla
  • Lynn Lin
  • Jan Wynholds
  • Alfredo
  • Kevin Murakoshi
  • Edwin Groot
  • ... and 5 others

Meeting Quotes

  • "People take insects for granted. They think they're really simple... Try to build one." - Eric Engelhard

  • "I finally gave up OS/2" - Casey Bralla.

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