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

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 15:22:37 CST 2014


If someone sets up a meeting, I'd be glad to do that.  I do not know my 
schedule yet for the Spring semester, but I may have classes on both 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Alternatively, I'd be glad to answer any questions here on the list.

   -- Bruce

Chris Hudson wrote:
> I'd like to see a meeting where everyone could bring in a laptop and
> someone, *cough* Dr Dubbs *cough* could lead a Linux from Scratch install
> session.
>   :-)
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Kevin Buckner <sirjaggy29 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Does this mean no more Satlug meetings in 2015 as well? Is Satlug closed
>> down as of this year?
>> On Dec 4, 2014 11:35 AM, "Jose Leiva" <leivajose at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> 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?
>>>>
>>>> Rosie Contreras
>>>> Technical Writer II
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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).



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