May meeting Thursday 31st

28 05 2012

Mini-hardware night
We’ve rattled together a collection of hardware people are talking about – in and out of the Linux Community and the owners are bringing them along to demonstrate and discuss with others how to use them, what they can be used for and swap some notes of help each other sort problems out.

  •  Makerbot & Linux software driving it. (we had driver probs at the last Hamfest & no inet – now to see Linux with it
  •  IModella the Modella’s little brother
  • Raspberry Pi, and local created case (available for order!)
  •  …. more.. as they used to say “run what you brung” (prefer to run things from laptops if PC is required).

Other discussions, meetups, self help groups can happen if required.

Usual meeting place

– Telford College ( ) and TF1 2NP got GPSs
7pm to 9pm 31st May. Room E201 (just ask security if its your first visit).

Note: next month is the last meeting at Telford College till September due to evening building lock-up.
We’re looking around for ideas for Summer venue?

April Meeting review – another successful evening

28 04 2012

Thanks very much to David Philzacklea for the talk and answering questions on how Linux / open source is used to keep his company  Jumbo IT Service Ltd of Newport going. The company process data for many organisations – both public and private – for whom all the term ‘mission critical’ is very real. Much of the work was done by our own Lee Cashmore.

David gave an interesting talk / presentation to show how systems and data that are so important to the company (and other companies / organisations) is made available to process and kept secure. He described how effective yet economic hardware is used through investment in programming open source OS’s and applications. The core of value is extracting what Open Source can enable and making best use of it – not just trusting what other global organisations tell you that you need and having to trust them with it.

Working on databases or monitoring them is their job – they have solid back up, restore and disaster planning which could enable them to walk away from any of their workplaces should the worst occure – and be continuining operations either from home or mobile locations within promises made in SLAs. Having such important data and its value, really focussed their activity on making sure that nothing is broken or lost . He also described their use of VM machines for efficiency and as part of protecting from disasters.

David talked about how hardware continues to operate (but with planned replacement if need be – without effectiving the organisation. It was a refreshing thing to hear how a successful company is not romanced into handing over substatial control and funds to corporates who operate on FUD.

Thanks David – he offered to do a follow up talk – we’ll be scheduling one in late in the year.. Search “Jumbo IT Services Newport”  for more information on them.

All in I think we had 15 attendance – continuing the good numbers we are getting now we have regular talks and demonstrations.

Look forward to next months meeting at Telford College – but after that till September we’ll need a Summer Datcha to relocate to. Dave H


Next Meeting January 26th at Telford College

3 01 2012

Andy Dean will be presenting a talk: “Installing, Configuring and Securing a Linux Email Server” at the next meeting the Linux User Group.

Poster for January meeting

Info for getting to the meeting

7-9pm meeting – talk starts at 7.30pm

Review of November LUG meeting

3 01 2012

A new venue for the LUG and our first meeting kicked everything off great.

The room at Telford College was decent size, a projector that could be linked too (a whiteboard if you have the drivers!). There is even reasonable sound system as well. We had access from 7 to 9pm.

13 people came along to see Jons talk – some returnees – welcome back! Jons talk introducing Ubuntu went down really well, it began with a live boot, then install (brave man!) also installing typical things that a user would need to have following a newly setup Ubuntu computer – like Flash. Them Jon did a walk through the capabilities of ubuntu. This had full attention and plenty of questions asked.

We began to run out of time and some of the questions seem to naturally lead onto a second talk – like describing use of the terminal. Jon has said he’ll do another talk later in 2012 for follow-up this one.

Thanks Jon, a fine start – lets hope 2012 follows on as well as this.

Feb 2011 Meeting – Should we start a practical-only session?

15 02 2011

Feb 22nd at the Station Inn, horsehay Telford.
Would you like to see a practical session?
Perhaps a different day, during the weekend? Where do you want it to be, should we pay for it? (probably have to if elsewhere!) and what kind of things can you think of or do! Bring ideas to talk about.

After a lot of traffic on the listserver about this – we can decide on what to do next.

LUG Meeting 31st August 2010

9 09 2010

We had a good discussion and help evening – seven people turned up including folk who’ve not been along in years and on a night that’s normally one of the quietist of the year!

Subjects included networking, Ubuntu laptop PSU problem and thanks Lee for clarifying what ACPI is!

Also discussion about the Hamfest – all looking good and ready for the event.

No photos at this one.

Next meeting (28/9/10) potentially last one at The Station – we’ll know after the pub has been auctioned on Oct. 6th and the new owners are in.