Another week with lots to do and lots of people there.
This we had 8 attendees
- And new member Mark, Hi Mark!
Dave and Les continued there session on virtual machines, this we we learnt how to use an ISO disc image as a CD/DVD in Virtualbox. We also investigated installing an OS on the virtual hard drive. This is a simple procedure, you treat the virtual hard drive, just as you would a real hard drive.
John and Colin installed the latest version of Firefox on an Acer Aspire netbook, that was running Linpus. This was not a straightforward procedure, as Linpus is fairly locked down compared to other Linux distros, but with perseverance, coffee and biscuits they did it!
Ed and Arran discussed backing up OS installations. Lets here from Ed
Mark and Mike discussed their Linux experience. Mark is relatively new to Linux, but has a good grounding in IT, harking back to MS DOS.
Mark has an avid interest in retro games consoles and computers. He has just received a Pandora http://www.openpandora.org/ A fantastic little device that runs an ARM CPU and can run a full desktop.
The included OS is based on Angstrom Linux, but has been tweaked for the Pandora.
Mark's first hurdle was installing and using VLC media player on his device. The installation was easy, literally copying a binary file to the desktop, but Mark did not know where his SD card was located. This is a common problem for first time Linux users, I showed Mark the file system of a Linux computer, and where the system mounted the SD card. After a few minutes we were ready to watch a video on his Pandora.
Mark then showed the group the MSX emulator, running Metal Gear 2 - Snake's Revenge.
Another busy week at Blackpool LUG.
For reference, if anyone would like a copy of my Linux Command Line guide, then please help yourself http://dl.dropbox.com/u/448790/The%20Linux%20Command%20Line.pdf
All the best