This week at Blackpool LUG there was Mike, Colin, and Les

What we did / discussed today

  1. The development of the LUG
  2. Projects
  3. Colin’s IBM Thinkpad Adventure
  4. Photographing each weeks LUG
  5. Mailing list
  6. Next Weeks LUG
  7. Future Events

1 The development of the LUG

We discussed the development of the LUG and how we can focus our activities to ensure that we get the most out of our sessions.
Mike is keen to point out that the direction of the group is determined by the members.
We discussed the use of a mission statement, to determine our focus, is this a good idea?

Remember this is your LUG, if you want to do something then please tell the group and we will do it.

2 Projects

Following on from our discussion on the development of the LUG, we discussed the use of projects to generate interest and educate the group.
Les is keen to follow this approach, and will chair the first session on Saturday 17th July.
The idea generated from our discussion would be to split our LUG session into sections, for example

10:00 to 10:30 Coffee and general chat
10:30 to 11:30 Arranged session
11:30 to 12:00 Any other business

Would this work? Does anyone have any questions?

3 Colin’s IBM Thinkpad Adventure

Today we worked hard on Colin’s IBM thinkpad (P2 233mhz CPU and 32mb of RAM) to install a USB wifi dongle on Damn Small Linux .
We installed the dongle and used the terminal command
tail -f /var/log/messages
to ensure that the laptop detected the dongle, which it did.
We then used Ndiswrapper to load the Windows driver for the dongle, and set the wireless SSID and WEP key. For some reason the device would not work (and an added bonus was that loading the driver disabled the keyboard!)
To determine the root cause of the issue we used the terminal command
to show the status of attached USB devices. This showed that the dongle was attached and identified, but it looks like we will need to update the kernel using modprobe for this to be a success.
We shall carry on this activity for the first part of next weeks LUG.

4 Photographing each weeks LUG

Les is keen to photograph elements of our LUG and upload them to his Flickr account .
This way we can generate interest in the LUG and record our activities for future use.

Does anyone have any objections?

5 Mailing list

If there are any people on the mailing list who haven’t said hello, then please do, we’re a friendly bunch and would love to hear from you.

6 Next Weeks LUG

10:00 to 10:30 Colin’s laptop.
10:30 to 11:30 Beginiing the command line, basic commands to get the job done.
11:30 to 12:00 Any other business.

7 Future Events

There are quite a few events in the north west that we might be interested in, all of the events are recorded in the <a href="LUG Google calendar

18th September Software Freedom Day

10th October Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is released

And another barcamp, currently being arranged by the Barcamp Blackpool team.

TBA Barcamp Nottingham

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