[ubuntu-arizona] Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #36

Craig A. Eddy tyche at cox.net
Wed Feb 27 21:55:05 GMT 2008


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Welcome to the Ubuntu-Arizona Weekly Newsletter, Issue #36 for the
week February 18 - February 24.

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      Arizona Loco Newsletter

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      Thirty-Sixth Edition

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      Powered by Ubuntu

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      Wednesday-February 27, 2008

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      Arizona Loco Team Wiki: ArizonaTeam
      <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam>

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      Next meeting: Sunday March 4, 2008 9:00PM

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      Server: Freenode: IRC Channel #ubuntu-arizona


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        Summary of the February 24, 2008 meeting

johnc4510 called the meeting to order at 9:00 PM

There was a new member present, and johnc4510 asked him to introduce
himself. danp is from Yuma. He works for a school technology
consortium that are big opensource users and are using Ubuntu on their
servers more and more. danp was welcomed into the Team.

Next, johnc4510 declared that we would be working on the text of the
InstallFest <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InstallFest> flyer. soldats has
been working on the artwork for it, and it can be found at
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=704786
<http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=704786>. Both soldats and
johnc4510 told the Team that this could be edited, and that criticism
would be appreciated, so, if you have ideas or changes in the artwork,
please make a comment on the thread.

Now, we need to work on the text for the flyer. tyche and johnc4510
have found a very cool new open source tool called gobby. Gobby is a
free collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session
and a multi-user chat. It's a tool so we can all edit a text at the
same time and chat in the process. Gobby does not log the chat
session, but tyche was willing to copy and paste it into a text file.
The Team agreed to try it, and johnc4510 pasted instructions into the
meeting for people to download it and join a session.

sudo apt-get install gobby or use synaptic
launch gobby
click on join a session
put this in the host slot: gobby.ubuntu.com
leave port at 6522
replace you name with your nick
click ok   gobby will connect to the server
click on the window button on the tool bar and make sure:User List,
Document List and Chat are all marked
In the document window click on AZ-Flyer.txt and click on Subscript at
the bottom
You should now be in the text with chat

Within minutes, the following people made the switch from IRC to
gobby: johnc4510, tyche, kennymc0, chagas (eddieftw), paul928,
jsounder, soldats rs3 (rsthree) and ianmcorvidae. tyche suggested that
some of the members choose a lighter color because the black text
didn't show up against the dark blues. As the Team began working on
the text, various suggestions and comments were made in the chat
session just below it. By the end of the evening, the suggested text
looked like this:

An InstallFest is an event, generally sponsored by a local Linux User
Group or University, where people get together to install
computer operating systems or software. Most often Linux, the
operating system, or some other open source software is the
installation candidate.

We will have the LiveCD's for Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" (A Linux
distribution) and earlier releases available at our InstallFest.
A LiveCD is a CD of a complete and functional Linux distribution you
can boot from to test the distribution without having to
install to your computer first. The LiveCD also includes an installer.
You can install at the InstallFest with our help or take
the disks home to test and install Ubuntu for yourself. When
installing a new operating system such as Ubuntu, you may also
keep your current operating system, if you so desire, and boot either
one (something called dual-booting).

One goal of Linux is to provide a stable operating system to users who
wish to continue to use their less capable machines despite
their age or flaws. Linux is capable of allowing you to use newer and
more advanced applications on such machines. If you have a
older computer, bring it along. You might find that switching to
Ubuntu Linux will improve your operability and save you from
needing to buy a newer computer.  It also performs excellently on
newer machines, helping them realize their optimum potential
by avoiding "bloat" such as useless data or background services.

The Ubuntu-Arizona LoCo Team can be found on irc.freenode.net
<irc://irc.freenode.net> #ubuntu-us-az. We also have a web page
with more information at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam.
Completely free support is available through either location.

Indeed, although everything mentioned here is completely free, its
quality is unsurpassed - the open-source philosophy of
community involvement ensures these programs and services are the best
they can be.

- From the number of additions and edits to the text, and the comments
made by the members, it was clear that gobby was a hit. Also, other
suggestions were made in the chat session concerning the use of a
local repository to install from and the use of earlier releases and
alternate CD's. johnc4510 announced that, now that the flyer was
started, anyone could go in at any time to continue editing and/or
adding text to the file. This is a rough draft, and the finished
product may be pared down to fit the available space. But all
suggestions were welcome.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 PM.


      Credits

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      CraigAEddy <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CraigAEddy>

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      Johnc4510 <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Johnc4510>

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