The meeting was called to order by Victor at 6:30 PM.

We had another great turn-out, with approximately 15 attendees; to about half of those there this was their first time attending a meeting.

Business Meeting

New Business

Old Business

Educational Session

Mike and Stuart combined to give the club a review of "What Is Linux?" and an installation of Fedora Core 4 in an existing Windows XP box.

Mike started the Educational Session by showing that the Windows XP system had a 13 GB NTFS partition. He then booted from a System Rescue CD that contained a great partition management utility called GNU Parted (Partition Editor). He showed us how easy it was to reduce the current NTFS partition from 13 to 6 Gb, thus making room for a Linux installation in the newly-available space. He recommended not reducing the size of the NTFS partition too much or the operation will fail.

After the NTFS partition was reduced, Mike booted back into Windows to allow it to readjust itself (XP will run checkdisk on boot up and it will find new hardware because the drive partitioning has changed).

Mike then booted the machine with a Fedora Core 4 CD and began the installation process. The process is GUI based and fairly intuitive. As usual, install as little as possible, restricting items to only those you really need. This will not only make it a faster installation process but also produce a cleaner system; other components can be added later. He showed us how to configure the boot loader so that Windows and Linux are listed appear properly at boot time.

While the installation proceeded, Stuart presented the "What Is Linux?" talk. Some points made:

Once the installation process finished, Mike showed how Linux and Windows were listed as available bootable systems on the machine. He went into Fedora and showed how to install other applications. He downloaded and easily installed Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Mike and Stuart then alunched hte machine into Windows and demonstrated the portable server that Stuart first showed us in September. The server was recognized as Windows first as a CD drive, then as a network device. Staurt then used his thumbprint to authenticate to the server, showed the group how Windows used the server to access the internet via Apache, and launched several applications that he installed on the machine (Firefox, Thunderbird, games). For more information please visit

We tried to boot the system with an Ubuntu LiveCD but ran into problems due to the video configuration on the machine (it has two video cards, and the built in unit interferes with Ubuntu).

Resoruces presented by Mike:

The group discussed several aspects of using Linux:

The meeting broke off at around 9 PM.

Thank you to Mike Westcott and Stuart Anderson for a great presentation!

-= Victor =-

Minutes/2005/09 (last edited 2010-01-19 15:02:34 by BenFrancis)

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