[kwlug-announce] KWLUG Meeting Monday: ArchLinux

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sat Nov 3 01:56:55 EDT 2012

Aren't you sick and tired of Linux being so easy to use and install? You
live-boot a CD, run through a nice graphical installer and -- poof! -- Linux is
installed on your desktop or notebook or toaster, and there are never ever any
problems. If you are one of the teeming hordes who wish you could relive 1998,
boy does Brent Clements have the presentation for you. Brent spent his summer
vacation playing with ArchLinux, a distro that is user-friendly in a different
way. ArchLinux tries to Keep Things Simple by discarding unnecessary additions,
modifications, or complications like GUI-configuration tools or even X-Window
environments. You too can spend hours twiddling configuration files with a text
editor, and in this month's presentation Brent will show us why you would want
to (hint: efficiency, installing exactly the packages you want, learning about
how things work under the hood, and the ability to mix binary packages with
stuff you compile from source). 

This month's FLOSS Fund nominee is XBMC, media centre software that can turn a
home PC into a home theatre. You can find out more about XBMC by getting into a
time machine and attending the October 2010 KWLUG meeting, or by going to
http://xbmc.org . If you would like to contribute to the project but will not
be attending the meeting, give me a shout and I will hook you up with people
who will gladly take your money.

There are some interesting talks being put on by the WatPy people on November
6. You can see http://watpy.ca . Or you can attend one of the many many other
interesting tech events advertised on the WstCamp calendar:

It is that time of year again: time to beg and plead for KWLUG presentations.
Are you working on something nifty that you might want to share? Do you (or
somebody you know) work for a company that uses FLOSS and would be willing to
talk about it? Would you like to help new Linux users get acquainted to FLOSS
with a tutorial or introductory presentation? If so, please be brave and
present for the group. For the most part, we are a friendly,
non-confrontational audience for the interesting FLOSS-related ideas you would
like to spread. 

.. and that's it, except for the logistics: 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria Street North
(at Weber and Victoria)

You can park your time machines at the Worth a Second Look parking lot, and
your helibikes along the side of the building. Maps and pictures of the
location are on our website: http://kwlug.org

- Paul


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