Blackpool LUG Meeting 12/02/2011

Well a slightly reduced number this week, but the quality wasn’t reduced.
There was
  • Mark
  • Dave
  • Jon
  • Les
  • Mike
  • Peter
  • Ed
There wasn’t much hacking this week, instead we had a general chat, then did a bit of tinkering.

The gangs all here

Our chat related to patent trolling (SCO / Microsoft), Linux distros for newbies, and Gnome-Do.

Jon showing Peter Gnome-Do

Peter wanted to know how to use shortcuts to perform tasks / open applications quickly.
You can set up keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu using System >> Preferences >> Keyboard Shortcuts, the process should be similar for other distributions. You can also use an application called Gnome-Do (or Docky) to create a small dock on the desktop. This dock learns what apps you use and adapts. Its a really great app and you should try it out.
Les was tinkering with Mike’s Dell laptops, one had Tiny Core Linux installed, the other was running Bodhi Linux
Tiny Core on the left, Bodhi Linux on the right
Les enjoyed Bodhi Linux, its based on Ubuntu, but used the Enlightenment window manager, instead of Gnome/KDE/Xfce.
Les’ only gripe is with the speed of the distro, even runing on a Core2 Duo with 4GB of RAM the distro felt sluggish, hopefully this will be improved upon in the future.
Jon brought along a little box of tricks
Jon's server in his pocket!
It’s a server, a wireless device (like a MiFi), print server, some say its also a relative of Skynet
Jon, tell us more mate.
The pictures of this meeting can be found here

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