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

Jose Leiva leivajose at gmail.com
Thu Dec 4 11:05:09 CST 2014


Dont think there will be a meeting unless im wrong?
On Dec 3, 2014 1:12 PM, "Rosie Contreras" <rose.contreras at rackspace.com>
wrote:

> Will there be a SATLUG meeting for December?
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> Rosie Contreras
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> On 11/13/14, 2:44 PM, "Craig" <sargonemail at gmail.com> wrote:
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> >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Much of the approach that SATLUG took early on has been superseded by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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