April 2008 Meeting

Charles Wyble has his hand in many pots - running LiLAX, installing wireless
for all of L.A., and teaching "open source" using "moodle," which is a free
software e-learning platform.

Charles Wyble is a systems engineer with 7 years of experience. He runs a
professional services firm called Known Element Enterprises and has
contributed to a number of high profile open source projects
(OpenOffice/Wine/Gnumeric) and proprietary software (most notably VmWare
Workstation).

Date: Thursday April 10, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


March 2008 Meeting

Ronald Stewart, creative director of the Trinity Audio Group will speak at the next San Gabriel Valley Linux User Group. He will present the
yet-to-be-released InDaMixx appliance, a full-featured, hand-held recording
studio built on Linux (a customized version of 64Studio, to be more specific). He will go over topics such as why Linux was chosen, the future of music in
the open-source community and will demo some of the great features of
InDaMixx.

Ronald's background in the music industry goes back to the late 80's as a DJ & Remixer for Factor 3 Records, Tommy Boy Records, Bullet Proof Records & one of the first beta testers for Digidesign's Pro Tools. Ronald decided that he
needed a full-featured device that he could take with him, along with all his
music only to find out nothing like this existed. Ever the frontiersman,
Ronald decided to blaze the trail, chose all open-source applications and
hasn't looked back ever since.

Date: Thursday March 13, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


February 2008 Meeting

Chris got his kid an "OLPC" laptop and thinks he can wrestle it away from him
long enough for some "show-n-tell"...

OLPC is the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative, aimed at providing full-fledged laptop computers to every child in developing nations. Their goal is for a
$100/unit price point, and they are quite close (actually, the price is about
$150)

Date: Thursday February 14, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


January 2008 Meeting

Dan Kegel of Google, a longtime Linux user and developer, will present a
grab-bag of interesting topics:
Quick Picasa 2.7 for Linux demo. (Picasa is Google's photo management
software for Windows and Linux, but many people don't know about the Linux version)
Quick Wine status report. (Wine is Linux's implementation of Win32; it
lets you run many Windows applications.)
* Introduction to Zumastor. (Zumastor is Linux's answer to ZFS, kind of; it
lets you take atomic snapshots of any filesystem, and easily replicate
those snapshots to remote systems.)

Dan is a developer for all three projects and was elected the release manager
for the upcoming 1.0 release of Wine, so feel free to ask all the technical
questions you like.

Date: Thursday January 10, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


November 2007 Meeting

Asterisk is an open-source PBX program that provides automatic call
distribution, voice mail and interactive voice response menus. X10 is a
power-line carrier protocol for controlling lights and appliances. What can
you do when you combine them? Claude Felizardo will give us an update on his
home-automation system and how integrating Asterisk has moved his home closer
to what is depicted in popular science fiction.

With over 15 years as a Unix developer, Claude got his start with Linux in the late 90s when he built his own firewall. Most of his friends and family think
he has too many gadgets, but he's always looking for something new to play
with, especially if it can be integrated into his system at home. His previous presentations include an Intro to Home Automation, Hacking TiVo and Monitoring the Weather with Linux.

Date: Thursday November 8, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


October 2007 Meeting

Kris Bergstrom will give an introduction to the extremely powerful LaTeX
typesetting system and its application to real-world document production. He
will explain how he uses it in the creation of essays, books, and letters
incorporating graphics. He will also demonstrate the use of LaTeX in his
band's annual fund drive which requires the creation of personalized letters
(mail merge) and envelopes.

Initially designed to typeset mathematical formulae, the LaTeX system
incorporates world-class fonts with international symbols. The system
successfully handles the automatic typesetting of complicated textbooks with
thousands of images and internal page, chapter, and figure references. The
line-breaking algorithm used by LaTeX (or more accurately, by the more basic
TeX engine) is the industry leader (eventually adopted by Adobe for its
commercial program, InDesign).

About the presenter:
Kris Bergstrom was first exposed to GNU/Linux in electronic music courses at
Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. In 2000,
excited by the ideals of Free Software, he tried to switch his desktop from
Windows to Debian but with limited knowledge of networking and basic admin
tasks, was unable to get a basic system up and running. Soon after moving to
Los Angeles in 2002, he joined a Linux Users Group and found the support he
needed to do all his personal and business computer tasks with free software.

Date: Thursday October 11, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107