The Columbia Linux Users Group met on 14 January 2010 in Swearingen Engineering Center.

Todd Lewis (todd@palmettocomputerlabs.com) talked to our group tonight and gave us a sneak-peek at the upcoming POSSCON (Palmetto Open Source Software Conference), which is to be held April 15th, 16th and 17th. They have expanded from a 1-day to a 3-day conference. Day 1 will be oriented toward company CEOs and CIOs familiarizing them wit the benefits of Open Source Software, day 2 will be oriented toward education uses, and day 3 will be devoted to training. They have some high-profile speakers lined up including John "Maddog" Hall, who is the Executive Director of Linux International, a non-profit organization of computer vendors who wish to support and promote Linux-based operating systems. One change from previous POSSCONs is that this year there will a registration fee of $49 (students are admitted free.) Another change is that it will be held at the Convention Center rather than in the Amoco meeting room in Swearingen.

They are still interested in suggestions for speakers, so if there is anyone you would like to hear, drop a line to Todd.

Shay Walters gave a demonstration of Motion as a means of capturing activity of a web camera. When Ben tripped the over the camera's wire, the camera filmed its own fall off the table.

Ben demonstrated BKO, a site that allows you to boot or install any major distribution from the internet (Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat, Damn Small Linux, PXE Knife). All you need is the gPXE program (200K) on a floppy, USB, or CD-ROM.

Bob enlightened us about Tom's Root Boot floppy, the most amount of useful tools on one floppy. He also mentioned Autoclave as a floppy that would destroy any harddrive.

The meeting ended at 8:30PM and some members adjourned to the IHOP.