Meeting Minutes 2012-02-09

In attendance:

  • Ben Meyer (scribe)
  • Ben Francis
  • Jeremy Bicha
  • Robert Fraysse
  • Many IT-ology Guests

Special Thanks to Todd Lewis, Jeremy Bischa, and IT-ology for hosting us, promoting the presentations, and providing the pizza and drinks. Also a Special Welcome to our many IT-ology guests.

The evening was a joint meeting between IT-ology and ColaLUG.

Evening Topics

  1. Todd Lewis, Ben Francis - Welcoming & Greetings

  2. Jeremy Bicha - Virtualization
  3. Ben Meyer - VMware/ReactOS, schroot
  4. Post meeting activities

Topical Breakdown

Welcoming and Greeting

Todd Lewis (for IT-ology) and Ben Francis (for ColaLUG) welcomed everyone for the evening's event.

Virtualization

Jeremy Bicha presented on Virtualization, covering Hardware vs. Software Virtualization, naming a number of various products out there, and demoing the use of Virtualization Technologies via VirtualBox Open Source Edition (OSE) (https://www.virtualbox.org/), as well as the GNOME Boxes (https://live.gnome.org/Design/Apps/Boxes) environment based on the SPICE protocol (http://www.spice-space.org/).

VMware/ReactOS

As an extension to Jeremy's presentation, Ben Meyer demoed VMware (http://www.vmware.com) and the latest release of ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html) which while not ready for everyday use, is very functional.

schroot

Ben Meyer presented schroot (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/566) for building under various Debian and Debian-Derived distributions.

Post Meeting Activities

After the meeting there was an extensive debate on Mono, C#, and its continued use (or lack thereof) in the Linux community. Number one point: It's going away as no one trusts it from a licensing/legal perspective; the patent license Novell had purchased was for 5 years, and after that left the door open for infringment by all parties and even then, only covered Novell's customers.