[kwlug-announce] Meeting Monday: Automated Installation (NOTE LOCATION)

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sat Jan 30 01:30:46 EST 2010


NOTE: This meeting will again be held at St John's Kitchen. See the
bottom of this e-mail or http://kwlug.org/node/709 for more
information. 

Well, it's 2010 now. Although some of us despair to live in The
Future, I guess it is not all bad. We have video-phones now, and
vacuum-bots, TVs that are as flat as watercolour paintings,
slidewalks, food pills and jetpacks. Sometimes The Future
feels more like Neuromancer than the Jetsons, it is good to know that
at least some of us are living the dream. While the rest of us
struggle with Linux installs like it is 1999, Eric Gerlach deploys new
servers by plugging them in and pressing a button. Six minutes later,
he has a spanking new machine ready for his number-crunching
infrastructure. 

In this month's KWLUG meeting Eric will show us the magic behind the
curtain. He will talk about PXE booting, Debian/Ubuntu preseeding,
fast local mirrors -- everything you need in order to configure your
own production-line. Along the way you are sure to learn a thing or
three about how Linux installers really work. This presentation starts
at 7pm. 

This month's FLOSS Fund nominee is Linux Mint, a distro which attempts
to build a distribution that is even more polished and easy-to-use
than Ubuntu. To learn more visit http://www.linuxmint.com . If you
would like to donate but cannot make the meeting get in touch with me
and I will contact the Secret Cabal. 

Speaking of which, did you know that in The Future people talk
directly with space satellites? These bold adventurers have harnessed
the power of Space to beam location information to their commlinks.
Then they make maps with the data. You too can live in The Future this
Wednesday, if you visit
http://www.meetup.com/Waterloo-OSM/calendar/12427012/ and sign up. 

Here is the meeting location! 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria Street North 
(at the corner of Victoria and Weber)
Kitchener 

We hope to have the doors open at around 6:30pm if we don't get
double-booked again. For security reasons we have to lock the door at
around 7:15pm or so; after that time there will be a number you can
call or a doorbell you can ring -- look for a sign on the door. There
are pictures, maps, and parking information about the site at 
http://kwlug.org/node/709 , including a picture of which door to use. 

- Paul




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