The Columbia Linux User Group met on 13 August 2009 at 6:30pm.

In attendance were Shay, Kendra, Louis, Lewis, Robert, Kevin, I, and new member Sandy Snead, and others whose names were not recorded (sorry).

Sandy brought an old Panasonic Toughbook CF-28 laptop to the meeting, which was quickly mobbed and booted by a Knoppix LiveCD within minutes. Sandy got the toughbook at the State Surplus warehouse for $37.50 during a sale. The wireless card did not show up in the GUI interface, but did show up in one of the command line tools, lspci. It had 256M of memory and a 30G hard drive -- perfect for Linux.

We had a talk by Harry Crissy and Monica Miller from the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development relating their progress toward a Midlands computer lab. They described developments toward outfitting a mobile computer lab since they have such a large area to cover. ColaLUG agreed to provide technical expertise on installing and configuring the mobile lab's computers.

Shay showed some of the features and functions of a DD-WRT capable router. More to come when I get Shay's video.

Kendra gave an impromptu, excellent demonstration of Joomla, a web-based content management system featuring easy installation. It is written in PHP, and uses a MySQL database. Very good for content managers that are not graphic designers.

I gave a good demonstration of how not to use DimDim for web conferencing. Sorry for those who tried to attend online. We will be improving this situation prior to the next meeting. Please try again.

The meeting ended at 8:30pm, with the usual suspects adjourning to the iHOP, which is being sued by Apple for copyright infringement (not really).

--Ben Francis, Secretary (amended by Shay Walters)

Attachments:

Harry Crissy & Monica Miller on mobile community computer lab.mp3

Kendra on Joomla.mp3