March 9th 2002
attending the meeting included: Richard Foerster, Alan
Shoemaker, Mac Shaver, Dick
Mathews, Jim Lucha, Klaus Herzog
and Jeff Lensman who was visiting the meeting for the first time,
New members, Ossil Macavinta, Dana Rodden, Mark DiNicolai, Karl Pomroy,
Joe Bruner, Eric Holland, Eric Schwartz and Martin Fleming were unable to
make this meeting. Also missing at this meeting were Dave
Reisz, Gary Taylor, Ken Howels, Don Evinger, Hung Nguyen, Kandy Phan, Tad
Peters, Isaac Saldana , Forrest Sherman, Craig Carignan, and
Alan and Klaus spent some time at the start ot the
meeting looking at and experimenting with Lycoris
Linux which had been installed on the e-machine just after our last meeting.
Joseph Cheek founded the company that developed this distro, it was called
Redmond Linux. But since January 19, 2002, Redmond Linux Corp has become Lycoris,
and Lycoris' Desktop/XL. Lycoris is
targeted as “the Linux for Everyone”, and comes preconfigured with Internet
access, office productivity, multimedia, entertainment, and more.
One thing we found was that the D-Link ISA type Ethernet card was not
recognized during the install, so Klaus and Alan used modprobe ne io=0x300 irq=3
to get it going.
|“The name Lycoris
refers to an eastern Asian genus of Amaryllidaceae superficially
resembling the South African Nerine and sometimes confused with it
in the horticultural trade. "In
many Chinese languages, Lycoris species have common names that
translate as "stone garlic", referring to their
|onion-like bulbs which are, however, quite
inedible. All species are poisonous, containing the alkaloid
lycorine: L. radiata is called chung kwai fa in Cantonese, implying
the grim jest that anyone who eats it in mistake for garlic will fall prey
to Chung Kwai, who captures ghosts”, according to D.A.
Cooke & Phan YenLeng. They
are the authors of an interesting paper on this unusual flower, which is
elsewhere sometimes called a ‘Surprise Lilly’.
Mac provided a report on his new DirecWay
broadband installation. He reported
that two basic variations are possible: 1) one-way – down only, or 2) two-way
which allows both up and downloads. In
addition the system can be combined with DirecTV, which provides a one-dish
solution. Mac said it requires a
one year commitment, and really requires professional installation, but with
rebates and incentives it ends being very competitive with other solutions. Another plus is that a phone line is only needed to get it
Alan mentioned the possibility that our group might want to get involved in
Linux Demo Days, and has promised to open a discussion thread on the Lugie List
to gather input from members who might be interested in exploring this
We also briefly discussed the value of exploring a new ‘provider’ for
our message board, now hosted by yahoo groups.
In the next weeks before our next meeting we hope to consider some
alternatives, even if we do not end up making any change.
We all enjoyed an interesting conversation with Jeff, who is currently a
consultant to ISP’s and has had lots of interesting experiences in the
industry. All-in-all the meeting
was a great success, and we are looking forward to our next meeting on April 13th,