[SATLUG] November Meeting, December Meeting, Close Down SATLUG?

Rosie Contreras rose.contreras at RACKSPACE.COM
Wed Dec 3 12:46:17 CST 2014


Will there be a SATLUG meeting for December?

Rosie Contreras
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On 11/13/14, 2:44 PM, "Craig" <sargonemail at gmail.com> wrote:

>On Wed, 11/12/14, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
><http://alamo.satlug.org/mailman/listinfo/satlug>> wrote:
>> The problem then would be topics and presenters.
>Actually, I'd say it was the shift from "how do I use linux" to "where
>can linux be used/what can be used with linux" is where SATLUG missed
>the boat.
>When SATLUG started out ~20 years ago, the internet was relatively a
>"new" concept, so finding information on "how do I use linux" wasn't
>as easy as it is now.
>A lot of the early meetings revolved around talking about "how are you
>using linux" && "what help do you need to keep going" --much of what
>was discussed in the early years
>is now "automated" -- when's the last time a linux distro required a
>user to figure out the dot timing of the video screen in use.
>Over the years the SATLUG discussions, shifted to "what apps are
>available for me to do <fill in software requirements> under linux/how
>do I do <software process>"
>Online classes/courses/resources are a "mainstream" option that
>provide more in-depth learning/discussion than would be possible at a
>meeting / 2-3 day discussion.
>As "open source" became "mainstream" and moved in the hardware
>direction, the "linux os" stuff was old news even on new platforms.
>Much of the approach that SATLUG took early on has been superseded by
>"time" --  SATLUG hasn't really evolved to keep up.
>
>> Perhaps Linux is getting to be too mainstream.
>Linux the OS, yeah.  Apps/hardware for/using/running under linux, no.
>
>A few examples of the above:
>** "Using Linux OS to run <fill in latest hardware>" compared to
>"I'm using linux so that various system on a chip boards can be
>interchanged with my 3d printed pi-top hardware (pi-top.com) without
>having to
>any of my software."  see "Alternatives to raspberry pi"
>http://satlug.org/pipermail/satlug/2014-September/067980.html
>
>** Using CUDA under linux in order to get 300 giggaflops out of a
>credit card size board is hardly main stream.
>Note: 300 gigaflops in the early 90's would have put the machine in
>the top 10 fastest computers list.
>
>**A 300 gigaflop diy linux laptop would certainly provide for a nice
>discussion -- heavily hardware centric of course.
>A 1-1024 node (http://elinux.org/Parallella) computing expansion of
>the raspberry pi without using beowulf cluster
>software might be more interesting, but still quite hardware centric.
>Note: Each node is a 9 watt ~85gigaflop node! -- That's a terrabyte
>laptop in 27watts!
>The snarky 90's joke would have been "grate, with a 'terrabyte'
>laptop, I can have an MSOS app/oss run in emulation at normal,
>non-emulated speeds."."
>Today, there are quite a few ways to run MSOS stuff under emulation at
>"normal" speeds without requiring a "terrabyte" laptop.
>
>So, without "mainstream/common" hardware, is a comparison of running a
>linux beowulf cluster vs. a scalable linux terrabyte laptop going to
>work?
>
>Little bit more than my $0.02 worth (or ~$1.00 if starting from SATLUG
>beginnings).
>
>Craig
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