Tim Dobson | 1 Feb 02:01 2010
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Werewolf Manchester on Wednesday!

Hey everyone!

We're kicking off 2010 with a game of Werewolf this Wednesday at Pure
Space near Oxford Road.

Even if you've never played before or if you think you're an expert come
on down for a bit of paranoia, mob rule and deception.

Upcoming has the details:
http://upcoming.org/event/5319362

Feel free to bring a friend!

See you Wednesday,

Tim

P.S. You might want to checkout our Facebook Group:
http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=65919771319
Andrew Williams | 1 Feb 11:23 2010

Liverpool Linux User Group Meeting - 3rd Feb 2009


Liverpool Linux User Group Meeting - December 2009
Date Wed February 3rd, 2009 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Liverpool Social Centre, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, England L1 4HY
Speaker: Tom Hall - ZFS/btrfs.

Liverpool Linux User Group are a group of Linux and open source software users that meet on the first Wednesday
of the month. If no talk is organised then we will usually organise a “open stage” for people to discuss
projects, current news, or just to rant.

Main Talk
Following on from the RAID/LVM talk last year, Tom will talk about the ZFS filesystem in (Open)Solaris, how
it collapses 
the stack and does some of the things RAID/LVM do plus more. He will also look at btrfs and discuss why though
the 
feature list is similar, underneath it is quite a different beast. He will be announcing a new project to
build Storage 
Pods from a design released by Backblaze mid last year and a brief survey of clustered filesystems/high
availability 
solutions to try and get robust file and block level storage on commodity hardware.

Open Stage
As per usual, time will be allocated to the end of the talk for anyone to give a five minute talk on any subject.
If you want some time just drop me a mail or grab me on the day. I'm sure Dan Lynch will want to talk about OggCamp
and 
we'll be discussing LivLUG's role in the upcoming event.

Doors are usually open before 7:00pm if people want to meet up in the centre, The Liverpool Social Centre is two
doors up from Forbidden Planet and is the right-hand door at the front of “News From Nowhere”. Check the window
for a handy Liverpool LUG sign, which will indicate we are there and not still at the pub. Press the white
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Leslie I'Anson | 1 Feb 15:19 2010

Manchester Free Software Talk : An Introduction To The Debian Project by Leslie I'Anson - Tuesday, 16th February

Greetings all,

This month's Manchester Free Software talk will take place on Tuesday,
16th February. Please read on for more details...

The Talk
-----------
This month's talk, delivered by Leslie I'Anson, has one simple
objective which is to answer the following question:

"From the literally hundreds of GNU/Linux distributions in existence,
what makes Debian special?"

Leslie has been using some form of the GNU/Linux operating system as
his primary desktop environment since the Summer of 2007 and since
then he has experimented with a multitude of different distributions;
form the "easy-to-use" ( i.e Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE) to the
down-right "hardcore" ( LFS, Slackware, Gentoo and Arch). All in all,
Leslie's estimates that he's used over twenty different incarnations
of this popular free software platform.

However, one distribution keeps drawing him back - Debian (which
indecently was Leslie's first ever experience of a free software
operating system). Believing that he has finally settled down with his
one true love, Leslie attempts to explain why this is and, as you will
no doubt discover, the rational behind this decision is far from
purely technical.

So join us if you will for, what will (hopefully) be, an entertaining
and enlightening introduction to both Debian as operating system and
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lucyb | 2 Feb 10:48 2010
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Fwd: Connect2Communities at MadLab

I thought some people might be interested in this, as I know we have
quite a few people here who are keen to get involved in helping the
local community..

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: dave <dave...@...>
Date: Feb 1, 3:09 pm
Subject: Connect2Communities at MadLab
To: GeekUp

Hi everyone,

We're running an event in partnership with the MDDA at the MadLab
called 'Connect2Communities'. The idea is to have an informal fair for
community organisations, charities, and voluntary sector organisations
who are intimidated by or don't know where to begin with online
presences and social media.
We're hoping to have a few introductory talks before the event begins,
then we'll have an informal set of one-to-ones and and hands-on
support and tutorials for attendees from the non-technical sectors to
explain how to go about social media and online strategies, explain
why they'd want to do them, and best practices in implementing them,
as well as introducing your organisation or community group to those
who may not be aware of them, and generally sharing the skill,
knowledge and network outside our usual circles.

I know a few people on here are keen to help out the voluntary sector
and support charity and community groups - this is an idea
opportunity! We're planning to run the event on the 17th February,
from 2pm to 6pm at the MadLab (http://madlab.org.uk/). If you want to
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Clarke Computers | 2 Feb 16:15 2010

And Gnu/Linux marches on

Hi Group,

Just a heart warming link showing that Gnu/Linux is displacing Microsoft - 
right at the very heart of the financial industry. Shame this hasn't been 
more widely reported = needs shouting from the roof-tops. 

http://www.computerworlduk.com/technology/networking/messaging/news/index.cfm?newsid=18429 

Cheers,
adrian.
Michael Dorrington | 2 Feb 19:17 2010
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Re: Fwd: Connect2Communities at MadLab

It would be great to have some free software representation and
promotion there. I encourage you to attend and do this.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

lucyb wrote:
> I thought some people might be interested in this, as I know we have
> quite a few people here who are keen to get involved in helping the
> local community..
> 
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: dave <dave...@...>
> Date: Feb 1, 3:09 pm
> Subject: Connect2Communities at MadLab
> To: GeekUp
> 
> 
> Hi everyone,
> 
> We're running an event in partnership with the MDDA at the MadLab
> called 'Connect2Communities'. The idea is to have an informal fair for
> community organisations, charities, and voluntary sector organisations
> who are intimidated by or don't know where to begin with online
> presences and social media.
> We're hoping to have a few introductory talks before the event begins,
> then we'll have an informal set of one-to-ones and and hands-on
> support and tutorials for attendees from the non-technical sectors to
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Richard Smedley | 2 Feb 19:23 2010

Re: Fwd: Connect2Communities at MadLab

Michael Dorrington wrote:
> It would be great to have some free software representation and
> promotion there. I encourage you to attend and do this.

They already rang me - I'll be there :-)

  - Richard
Tom Chiverton | 2 Feb 19:50 2010

Re: And Gnu/Linux marches on

On Tuesday 02 February 2010 15:15:57 Clarke Computers wrote:
> right at the very heart of the financial industry. Shame this hasn't been
> more widely reported = needs shouting from the roof-tops.

It was, months ago, when the announcement was made.

--

-- 
Tom
Please do not put sandwiches in the disk drive.
Michael Dorrington | 2 Feb 22:01 2010
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Re: And Gnu/Linux marches on

Clarke Computers wrote:
> Hi Group,
> 
> Just a heart warming link showing that Gnu/Linux is displacing Microsoft - 
> right at the very heart of the financial industry. Shame this hasn't been 
> more widely reported = needs shouting from the roof-tops. 
> 
>
http://www.computerworlduk.com/technology/networking/messaging/news/index.cfm?newsid=18429 

The LSE's use of Microsoft and .NET used to be listed on Microsoft's
"Get the Facts." (Windows or Linux?) page at
http://www.microsoft.com/uk/getthefacts/default.mspx
but seems to have been removed. The wayback machine[1] remembers though,
its the headline of "The Highly Reliable Times"
http://web.archive.org/web/20080430065349/http://www.microsoft.com/uk/getthefacts/default.mspx
You can watch the video
mms://wm.microsoft.com/ms/windowsserversystem/facts/videos/LSE_CaseStudy_Rev_750k.wmv

And they've made the LSE specific link point the default page
http://www.microsoft.com/uk/getthefacts/lse.mspx

However you can read how LSE is (now was!) using Microsoft and .NET at
http://www.microsoft.com/singapore/windowsserver/compare/CaseStudyDetails.mspx?recid=37

A blog comment on the situation:
http://blog.cleverelephant.ca/2009/07/no-one-ever-got-fired-for-buying-linux.html

Regards,
Mike.
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Tim Dobson | 4 Feb 15:53 2010
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TinyOgg is out!

Hey guys

I've just found out about this.

It looks pretty cool. :)

Tim

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Gnugeneration] TinyOgg is out!
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:38:18 +0300
From: Osama KM <osamak.wfm@...>
To: gnugeneration@...

Hi!

Just a few minutes ago, I released my GNU Generation project, TinyOgg, 
which
is a Free Software service designed to get rid of Flash technology in 
playing
audios and videos over the Internet by converting them to a new standard
multimedia format called "Ogg" which is supported by all major browsers 
except
Internet Explorer.. Of course no one in this group is using it. ;)

This service has very good technical advantages, such as the ability to 
play
videos without installing any plug-ins, and to download them directly to 
enjoy
it off-line. See: http://tinyogg.com/about/faqs/#advantages
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