David S celebrated Slackware’s 21st birthday with a slide presentation in which he pointed out that, among other things, it:
- has maintained more of BSD’s traditions
- continues to flourish without a major backer
- is simple to install — all dependencies in the core distro have been satisfied
- is compiled for reliability
- has a Core Team, mostly of volunteers
- has support provided by LinuxQuestions.org
- has community repositories hosted on SlackBuilds.org
- has a documentation project.
Without our regular note taker present, the minutes from June’s meeting is a little lacking. We spoke about Leeds Art Crawl, Flight Radar, Truecrypt, and secure VoIP whilst attempting to install Android on an EePC (and getting slightly further in doing so than WYLUG).
Jitsi open source encrypted VoIP
Truecrypt no-longer supported full disk encryption which may or may not be secure
Flight Radar 24 a network of Mode S aircraft trackers around the world
Dump 1090 open source project which allows monitoring of aircraft overhead using certain [...]
Brian presented a number of recent discoveries:
- powertop which marks as ‘bad’ processes where power consumption can be reduced
- reptyr which allows you to transfer a running process from one parent to another
- screen which, after you have run it, allows you to do what you want, log out and, when you log in, restore the screen with
Shi brought in the first edition of Linux Voice.
John H did a brief history of MIME Types in response to a question at an earlier session and then
David B introduced the Manchester Space Programme using the slides which had been used at the 27 February 2014 launch. MADLAB has considerably expanded and Makerspace has moved to new premises.
When Adobe created the PDF (Portable Document Format) in 1993, it was aimed at large companies who wanted to distribute documents without having to bother about whether those who received them had particular fonts on their computers. While the software to create a PDF was fairly complicated — and expensive, the software to read it was simple. In 2000 this software began to be given away free and in 2008 all the software became an open standard.
Brian used recordMyDesktop to demonstrate his Gnome desktop with the Cairo Dock desktop interface, BitTorrent sync syncing all his devices, Gigolo, a GUI for remote servers, to demonstrate how fast the Raspberry Pi is accessing a 2TB drive, and creating and applying a password in KeyPassX.
To continue to use an old XP computer, it really needs at least 1Gb of RAM and a 20Gb hard drive. Linux doesn’t need 1Gb; it can happily run in less than half that but, for Internet browsing, 1Gb is the recommended minimum if you want to avoid some websites slowing your machine to a crawl.
Alice demonstrated how to download Tor; it is better to download it directly into your own user rather than from repos because the direct download gives you everything you need and is likely to be more up-to-date than the versions in repos. The download comes with a
start-tor-browser script to run. The Vidalia graphical controller is included in the package and acts as a control panel.
Broadcast on: 16th January 2014 18:00 and 17th January 2014 13:30
Tune in to hear us twitter on about:
- The NHS sharing of your personal data and how to opt out
- How Google are ‘helping’ you reach more people than you know
- The Government’s cyberstreetwise initiative
- The gagging, erm we mean lobbying bill
…and the speaking computer failing to maintain control or order on the show
Here are the answers to the quiz: