July 13th 2002
Members attending the
meeting included: Richard Foerster, Jim Lucha,
Jeff Lasman, and Martin Fleming.
Two others in attendance included, Donna Schrokosch and Michael
Karshner, were visiting our group for the first time.
New members, Iffiok Nsek ,
Ossil Macavinta, Dana Rodden, Mark DiNicolai, Karl Pomroy, Joe
Bruner, Eric Holland, and Eric Schwartz were unable to make this meeting.
Also missing at this
meeting were Alan Shoemaker, Mac Shaver,
Don Evinger, Klaus Herzog, Todd Lyons, Dave Reisz, Gary Taylor, Ken
Howels, Hung Nguyen, Kandy
Phan, Tad Peters, Isaac Saldana, Forrest Sherman, Craig
Carignan, and Jim Vassilakos.
Jeff brought a box of Linux
goodies, including OS Boxed Sets, books and other items that he no longer
needed personally. Several
members were able to make immediate use of some of the contributions and
the remainder were placed in the LUGIE library.
Jeff also mentioned that
while at Fry’s recently he spotted
a Linux based $299 computer
system. It was running “Thiz Linux” which
provided both KDE and Gnome desktops and which appeared to be possibly
based on Red Hat. He said it
was not well set up, and that Fry’s employees did not seem to understand
how to operate it. It was
speculated that it was a ‘legal’ way to sell an inexpensive system
without having to include Windows.
Donna told the group that she has been involved in home schooling
over the past few years, and is interested in setting up an alternative
educational program that is “not targeted to economic or other types of
disadvantaged youth” Rather,
she is intent on creating a program to challenge and motivate the middle
tier child. Donna’s
program, which will be called The Hawthorn Center, will be located on
property she and her husband own in Bloomington.
She mentioned that she has been looking at mini-grants available
through the Department of Education and other programs such as FIRST
which is set up to inspire young people, their schools and communities in
an appreciation of science and technology.
Since our last meeting, Jim Lucha spend some time working with Craig
Carignan setting up a Linux
passed terminal server system at a public school in Moreno Valley.
Jim suggested that Donna take a look at http://k12ltsp.org
as a resource for some Linux based education technology ideas.
Martin Fleming told us that he had not been able to attend the last
meeting because he has been traveling recently for his work.
He had just returned from 2 weeks in Honduras, and provided some
stories of his adventures in that country.
Some of the projects including the set-up of some new Linux systems
and the frustrations of getting software and components needed.
He mentioned that one resource was the HonLUG, the Honduras Linux
Martin also mentioned that someone had penetrated the web server he
had been operating, but had not had time to investigate, because of
travel. Jeff recommended that
he take a look at: http://www.chkrootkit.org/
All-in-all the meeting was a great success, and we
are looking forward to our next meeting on August 10th, 2002.