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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 Users Group.  

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.