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Jun 1, 2010 - 1 minute read

June update (2010)

This project has been stalled for a while, because: Once I had got as far as running the Fedora ARM port in Qemu, I realised how rusty my coding skill were. I also realised that although I enjoyed playing around with hardware, it is unlikely that I have the required ability now that Dual in Line (DIL) packages have disappeared and been replaced with surface mount devices that I can barely see let alone solder.

May 22, 2010 - 1 minute read

Meeting - Qemu comes in from the cold

Qemu comes in from the cold. Several years ago I saw a USB stick plugged into a windows machine, and Linux started in a window on the desktop. This was Qemu. It was impressive, but too slow to be considered for serious use. Fast forward to todays powerful hardware, and it is now usable. I have seen a very broad generalisation which indicates that Qemu runs at about 20% native speed.

May 15, 2010 - 2 minute read

Meeting - O2 Joggler

Hi everyone Great session today, I enjoyed chatting to Bob about his Linux experience. Bob, welcome to the LUG, as I said, if there is anything that you would like to do or see at the LUG, then just ask. Mark & Bob The joggler is a fantastic hobby gadget, £50 until the end of May and it can run Ubuntu from a USB stick! It does only run on mains power, but don’t let that put you off as there are loads of hacks that can be done to this device, turning it from a lowly picture frame into a full blown atom based PC.

May 8, 2010 - 1 minute read

Meeting - Acronis11 restores MBR

Two separate sessions today. Tony and Les spent the full two hours trying to figure out why the latest ubuntu would set up mobile broadband on an Acer Aspire netbook and an eePC, netbook, but would not set it up on Tony’s laptop, nor could they persuade it to work. Tony decided to wait for the next Linux Mint to appear. Colin and I spent the two hours attempting to get a small (6gig) external USB drive to boot a copy of Crunchbang Linux, which failed.

Apr 17, 2010 - 2 minute read - meetings

Meeting - free Drupal/PHP hosting

At this weeks meeting, we looked at how to get free hosting with php/mysql support. We then installed Drupal at the host of our choice, and the three members present, Les, Colin, and Tony were assigned admin rights to enable them to practice different aspects of Drupal. There will be no content added to the site, it is just there to practice configuration and administration. Mike A good meeting this morning Mike, Les Colin and Tony.

Mar 27, 2010 - 2 minute read - meetings

Meetings - topics to do?

during the run up to our 3 week break, several topics of interest started to emerge. Les is interested in web sites/hosting/development and started a web page design session. Dave started to set up a Drupal site. Colin is interested in Tiny core, how linux works and command line stuff. Several have mentioned an interest in command line, scripting and/or programming. We might struggle to fit in all the different topics in just two hours a week.