A reminder, the WLUG Fixit Meeting is today.
Saturday September 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We will be holding our SaturdayWorkshop at Te Whanau Pūtahi (http://zoomin.co.nz/nz/hamilton/enderley/-te+whanau+ptahi/?place/full_map), the community church at the end of Oxford Street.
We'll have the usual tables, power, various ISO's, LAN, coffee and light lunch, etc. I'm not sure at this time if we'll have a broadband internet connection but we're working on it.
We just got a new notebook today from Dick Smith Powerhouse on very
good special and would make good Linux box.
Acer Aspire 5310-300508
Celeron M 520
512 MB RAM
Intel 950 graphics
80 GB Hard drive
Vista Basic (Will use our Vista Ultimate won at WLUG meeting!)
$598 paid and $100 cashback by redemption. We upgraded with another 1
GB SODIMM to 1.5 GB from PBTech for just over $100.
There are 20 per day available on Saturday and Sunday - opening 8:30
am. I got there before 7 am this morning and got it. I was number 15
in queue but #7 for laptop. It's not a particularly powerful machine
but if you want a good price then get in quick (and early!)
Saturday only 10 Toshiba 37" LCD TV $1549
Sunday only 20 PS3 with 2 games/extra controller $999 (also a good Linux box!)
and heaps of other specials.
e.g 10 c per photo (limit 100 per customer)
We are calling for nominations for the next committee at this page:
Please feel free to put yourself, or someone else (with their
approval) onto this page.
Current committee members - please update your status for next year
(if you know what you wish to do!)
Please note that this does not preclude nominations on the night which
usually occur also. This page just helps us plan a little in advance.
Gutsy is still a month and a half away and they have already announced
the next LTS release of Ubuntu.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jono Bacon <jono(a)ubuntu.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2007 23:15
Subject: Introducing the Hardy Heron
I am delighted to have the pleasure of announcing the Hardy Heron
(Ubuntu 8.04), the next version of Ubuntu that will succeed Gutsy Gibbon
(Ubuntu 7.10, due for release in October 2007). Not only will the Ubuntu
community continue to do what it does best, produce an easy-to-use,
reliable, free software platform, but this release will proudly wear the
badge of Long Term Support (LTS) and be supported with security updates
for five years on the server and three years on the desktop. We look
forward to releasing the Hardy Heron in April 2008.
With the opening of each new release cycle of Ubuntu, we have more and
more opportunity at our fingertips. Not only are our friends in the
upstream world constantly innovating and extending their applications
and software, but the Ubuntu community continues to see incredible
growth in its diverse range of areas such as packaging, development,
documentation, quality assurance, translations, LoCo teams and more.
Each new release gives us all an opportunity to shine, irrespective of
which bricks in the project we are laying, and this is at the heart of
our belief - working together to produce an Operating System that will
empower its users and shape the IT industry, putting free software at
the corner-stone of our direction.
Did anyone else notice the Microsoft advertisement placed in
yesterdays Waikato Times (Wed, Aug 29, page 8)?
It was basically a PR piece lobbying Standards NZ to accept Open XML
as an ISO standard, disguised as an open letter to all New Zealanders.
Using such emotive headings as, "Protecting our heritage, our
future....", and "This is about much more than technology - it is
about New Zealand", it also gives these bullet points:
- Protect our heritage
- Provide choice
- Secure our future
- Foster innovation
- Give confidence
I'm surprised they didn't continue with the following:
- Cures global warming
- Ends world hunger
- Saves the whales
There's been quite a bit of coverage of this on the usual tech sites,
but here's one that popped up this morning for me:
Linux Foundation Urges 'No' Vote On Microsoft's Open XML Format
"Microsoft Office's Open XML or OOXML is the default file format for
documents built and used by Office applications. The Linux Foundation
says the format "is specific to Windows and other Microsoft products,"
it relies on references to "many Microsoft proprietary specifications"
that are not publicly available and it is uncertain whether Open XML
"can be used with other operating systems, like Linux.""
For the pro-Open XML lobby group:
Given Microsofts history of "embrace and extend" when it comes to
standards, is there an expectation that they will behave differently
this time? If you feel so inclined, you could send Standards NZ an
email with your views on the matter:
If any one who is going to the fixit meeting has a
Feisty 64bit install disc it would be helpful as I
downloaded a 64 bit version of Feisty .ISO and saved it to
my windows ntfs partition then burned it with my Gnomebaker
in Dapper only to find the CD had two file errors on it.
Maybe dragging it across to Ubuntu corrupted them.
Also if I can get a successful install(64 or 32 bit) I
would probably need a help with my broadcom wireless card
----- Original Message Follows -----
> We will be holding a Saturday Workshop on Sept 1st at
> Oxford St Church.
> Bring your computer along, and we'll try to help with any
> issues you may be having. Or you may be able to help
> someone else.
> Full details are on the wiki:
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