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March  9th 2002

Members 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  Jim Vassilakos.

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.   When 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 set up.

  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 possibility. 

  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, 2002.