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Nov 23, 2010 - 1 minute read

Free Toshiba Satellite pro 4200

This Laptop is an old Pentium 3 from the Windows 2000 era. It is running puppy Linux, and has a built in dialup modem. Not as fast as broadband, but you can connect to the internet without an account of any sort. The cost goes on the ‘phone bill. Shown connected to Google, you can see the ‘phone wire exiting the right hand side of the laptop. This is FREE if you want to turn up at a LUG meeting any Saturday, 10-12.

Nov 20, 2010 - 1 minute read - meetings

Meeting - Virtual machines

Replaced two computers in the computer suite. Added a quad core without processor VT support. This has Suse installed plus Xen for virtualisation work. Also added a dual core with VT support, this has Fedora and the Kernel virtual machine (KVM)installed. KVM has to have VT extensions in the cpu to work, Xen doesn’t. [![]( ]( From [meetings]( At 10-30, two new faces arrived, Welcome... Jon, and his son Jordan. We spent most of the morning talking about the nature of the Blackpool LUG.

Nov 13, 2010 - 1 minute read


With Ubuntu 10.10 creeping ever closer to ‘macness’, macbuntu moves it closer still. Macbuntu is an addon for Ubuntu, and is free from sourceforge: This is a short video showing some of the macbuntu features. Shown, is a standard install of Ubuntu 10.10 with macbuntu added. All macbuntu defaults were accepted, no configuration was needed to get to this point. The machine is a Dell inspiron 9100 laptop, P4 3200HT, with 2G Ram.

Nov 13, 2010 - 2 minute read - meetings

Meeting - Tinycore

Peter brought what looked like a four port usb hub, which included an ethernet port. This device is intended to turn usb drives and or sticks into network attached storage (NAS). It does this useing usb server software supplied on disk. The supplied software is windows only, and Peter wondered if Linux would detect the hardware, so we plugged it into Unbuntu 10.10, and ….. nothing, not really surprising, given that the work is being done by software.

Oct 21, 2010 - 2 minute read - tips

Finding machine specifications on linux

Finding machine specifications on linux hwinfo is a command available in various distros, and provides a nicely formatted output on screen or to a log file. In Debian-Edu (Skolelinux) hwinfo has shown better results than discover when detecting mouse, keyboard and monitor. hwinfo is collecting information about the hardware installed on a system. Among others, libhd contains information about cdrom, zip, floppy, disks and partitions, network card, graphics card, monitor, camera, mouse, sound, pppoe, isdn, modem, printer, scanner, bios, cpu, usb, memory and smp.

Oct 16, 2010 - 1 minute read - meetings

Meeting - projects

We had a new face this week, Peter visiting from the Fylde computer club. Welcome Peter! The Fylde computer club meets at Lostock gardens Community centre, off St. Annes Road on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (7pm ‘til 9-30). This is an open invitation, all welcome, and admission is FREE. Today we spent the meeting discussing Linux, and debating the type of projects we could undertake. This is a topic that we regularly discuss in order to ensure that the group is meeting the needs of the membership.