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May 2, 2009 - 1 minute read - meetings

Meeting - 3 live distros

Next meeting Saturday 9th May. At this meeting (2009-05-02) We played with (demonstrated) 3 live Distros, Mint, PC LOS, and Puppy. These distros can be used without having to install anything. Just put the disk in the drive and reboot. Once you have finished playing, reboot without the disk and its gone. We also used the PCLOS disk to make a system that dual booted Win XP and PCLOS. This gives you the option to choose either XP or PCLOS as the machine is starting.

May 1, 2009 - 1 minute read - meetings

Meetings restarting

Meetings restarted - every Saturday excluding school holidays. 10am start, finish at noon. Venue - PC Recycler Ltd 29-35 Ripon road, Blackpool, FY1 4DY Tel: 01253 293258 Ripon road is residents only parking, don’t get a parking ticket! Link to map :- Ripon road, Blackpool FY1 4DY Use the buzzer/intercom on the wall next to the door in the yard to get in. Format - ‘Free for all’ open day. Members, non members, friends, passers by, everybody welcome.

Apr 18, 2009 - 4 minute read - meetings


This week at Blackpool LUG there was Mike, Colin, Tony and Les What we did / discussed today ** 1. The format of the LUG 2. Ubuntu and floppy disks 3. The Linux Command Line 4. Colin’s mini disro of the week 5. Are distros that use unsigned packages safe? Could they be used for criminal purposes? 6. How to install an application from source 7. Etherape - Keeping an eye on what the kids are looking at 8.

Apr 4, 2009 - 2 minute read - meetings

Meetings - looking for projects

Well it was a slightly quieter meeting today just Mike, Colin and myself. We had a look at Ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 which unfortunately would not run in Live mode on the PC we used ( It might be a bug as I haven’t tried it on my Core 2 Duo as yet) we also looked at the new Lubuntu beta 1 the first official community release of Ubuntu with the LXDE GUI looked good but crashed a couple of times in live mode, I may try installing them both in Virtual; Box to have a proper look and see if these are still issues.

Mar 21, 2009 - 1 minute read - meetings

Meeting - USB booting

Quick update on what was covered at the last 2 meetings. last Saturday we looked at repartitioning hard disks using the Mandriva partitioning tool and took a quick look a shredding/wiping data using DBAN. The week before, Tony showed 2 distros booting from USB, (latests Karmic Ubuntu, and latest Mint) Tony is a big Ubuntu fan! (isn’t that right Tony?) I showed Moblin and Xpud booting from USB these are both Kiosk style distros, and Xpud is of particular interest to me because it boots in 15 seconds on an Acer aspire one netbook.

Mar 5, 2005 - 3 minute read

A beginners take on ARM programming

I have collected this material together as I have tried to figure out how to ‘get started’ with ARM. ARM in this context means:- A Acorn or Advanced, depending on who you talk to. R RISC, (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) M Machine Atomic: The Acorn Atom was my first computer, and the manual was called “Atomic theory and practice.” Acorn Atom picture Acorn were the makers of the BBC micro which was widely used in schools in the UK in the ‘80’s.