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10th January 2011: Social Meet

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The first meeting of 2011 will be on the 10th of January at Mr Foley’s for a social meet-up.

Feel free to bring your Linux problems and issues down for the experts to take a look at (laptops only, of course).

If you’re new to Linux and want a little hand-holding, do come along, or if you just fancy a bit of geeky chat there’s always lively debate on a range of geek and non-geek subjects.

We’ll be in the back room from 7pm onwards.

Christmas / Birthday Meal Reminder: Tonight at Red Chilli

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The Christmas / birthday meal is tonight and will be at Red Chilli.

The table is booked for 7pm, hope to see you there!

For those wishing to skip the meal, it is likely that the group will move to Mr Foleys afterwards. Keep an eye on the @wylug Twitter page.

Christmas / Birthday Meal: Monday 13th December 2010

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The next meeting will on Monday 13th December 2010 and will be the traditional Christmas / birthday meal (13 years old!).

We have used various venues in the past, some satisfactory, some less so. This year, following some discussion at the last meeting, the venue will be determined by a poll.

The possible venues are listed below, chosen by location and prior experience or recommendation.

Brio Pizza, The Light (Italian)

  • Starters £3.75 to £7.05
  • Mains £8.70 to £13.75
  • House wine £13.95, beers from £3.35
  • Generally good reviews, not particularly cheap for pizza/pasta
  • Website
  • Google listing

Bianco, Great George Street (Italian)

  • Starters £3.35 to £7.25
  • Mains £8.75 to £21.95
  • House wine £13.95
  • Christmas set menu £24.95
  • Good reviews so far but only open recently, quite expensive
  • Website
  • Google listing

Chaophraya, Swinegate (Thai)

  • Starters £7.50 to £9.95
  • Mains £9.00 to £16.00 (apart from lobster)
  • No drinks menu on-line
  • Christmas set menu from £27.50
  • Expensive but excellent food and atmosphere, good cocktail bar
  • Website
  • Google listing

Red Chilli, Great George Street (Chinese)

  • Starters £2.70 to £15.00
  • Mains £6.80 to £15.00 (plus rice etc)
  • House wine £13.90, beers from £3.20
  • Very authentic chinese food, reasonably priced
  • Website
  • Google listing

Spice Quarter, Millennium Square (Chinese / Italian / Indian / Thai Buffet)

  • Buffet £14.95
  • No drinks menu on-line
  • Cheapest option, variety will suit most tastes but the food is better elsewhere
  • Website
  • Google listing

Akbars, Eastgate (Indian)

  • Starters £2.95 to £5.45
  • Mains £7.55 to £12.95 (plus rice etc)
  • House wine £8.95, beers from £2.75
  • Good food, reasonably priced, but can get busy and noisy
  • Website
  • Google listing

To ensure that there is time to book, the poll will close at 11pm on the 29th November 2010.

8th November 2010: Social Meet

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The next meeting will be on the 8th of November at Mr Foley’s for a social meet-up.

Feel free to bring your Linux problems and issues down for the experts to take a look at (laptops only, of course).

If you’re new to Linux and want a little hand-holding, do come along, or if you just fancy a bit of geeky chat there’s always lively debate on a range of geek and non-geek subjects.

We’ll be in the back room from 7pm onwards.

11th October 2010: A Mythbuntu Multimedia Server

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The next meeting will be on the 11th of October at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds.

Peter Robinson will be giving a talk on building a MythTV media server. In his presentation, he describes why he decided to build a Mythbuntu based multi-media server and how he went about it.

The original idea was to have a single server for playing and recording TV programmes, plus storing video DVDs and music CDs without the necessity for numerous set-top-boxes, DVD and CD players plus wires everywhere.

Mythbuntu is a version of MythTV based on Ubuntu and although MythTV can be installed on any Linux distribution, mythbuntu is fully integrated with Ubuntu, in general following its release schedule. The presentation covers the design objectives I set for the system, why and how I selected the hardware and software components and the problems (and successes!) I had building it and making it all work.

The final system has achieved most of the original design goals resulting in a system being housed in a 12U, 19 inch rack located in the cupboard under the stairs, well out of sight. The system will record and play back standard and HD TV programmes in 5.1 sound and DVDs in full 7.1 surround sound to two rooms in the house.

The project shows what can be achieved using opensource software, rivalling the functionality of many commercial Home Theatre systems, all at a fraction of the cost – and it was fun!

The talk will begin at 7:00pm, with the doors opening from 6:30pm for coffee and chat.

After the talk, we will move to Mr Foley’s on the Headrow for beer and geeky chatter. No formal booking has been made, but if the back room is available, then it would make sense to congregate in there.

Links/directions:

13th September 2010 Meeting: Paul Brook – The Open Pandora handheld/games console

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

This months meeting will be on the 13th of September at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds.

Paul Brook will be giving a talk on the Open Pandora handheld/games console.

Most games consoles are produced by large corporations which are generally hostile to open source software. Unless you happen to be a large commercial games developer, developing/distributing software for these devices is tricky, and often impossible by legitimate means.

Some years ago an alternative appeared in the form of the GP32, and subsequently the GP2x, which encouraged “homebrew” games. These never really gained mainstream acceptance, but did foster a fair sized niche community.

The Pandora is a next generation device designed and built by members of the GP2x community. It provides a linux based gaming platform, but is also powerful enough to double as a netbook replacement in some cases.

There will be Chuckie Egg.

The talk will begin at 7:00pm, with the doors opening from 6:30pm for coffee and chat.

After the talk, we will move to Mr Foley’s on the Headrow for beer and geeky chatter. No formal booking has been made, but if the back room is available, then it would make sense to congregate in there.

Links/directions:

9th August 2010: Summer Social Meet

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The next WYLUG meeting is on Monday the 9th of August 2010 and will be the traditional summer social meet. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve attended before or not.

We’ll be in Mr Foleys on The Headrow, Leeds from 7pm onwards.

Feel free to bring your Linux problems and issues down for the experts to take a look at (laptops only, of course).

If you’re new to Linux and want a little hand-holding, do come along, or if you just fancy a bit of geeky chat there’s always lively debate on a range of geek and non-geek subjects.

Mr Foleys

12th July 2010 Meeting: Tim Nash – Pre-emptive systems scaling

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Note change of drinking venue! Further details below.

This months meeting will be on the 12th of July at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds.

Tim Nash will be giving a talk on pre-emptively scaling systems based on predicted demand.

Whenever a big humanitarian crisis occurs, major non government organisations and charities put out appeals for money, to provide aid to those in need.

Sadly not all attract the media or publics attention, in an age where a single tweet can bring in thousands of visitors these organisations donation system have to be able to handle strain of massive peaks in traffic as you would expect when the requirement of high performance, high availability is out there Linux based systems can be found.

Tim is going to discuss his recent work with the United Nations World Food Program, in delivering a high scalable system and looks how you can preempt and prepare for spikes in traffic using similar methods to track tsunamis. Ultimately allowing agencies to ratchet up their donation platforms a head of major surges in donations and then reduce down the needed nodes when the public has forgotten and the real work has started.

Tim is a “stuff consultant” currently working with the United Nations World Food Program to help deliver a donation system distributed across the internet, through a REST based API sitting on Linux (Debian), Nginx, PHP/Ruby infrastructure.

The talk will begin at 7:00pm, with the doors opening from 6:30pm for coffee and chat.

After the talk, we will move to Mr Foley’s on the Headrow for beer and geeky chatter. No formal booking has been made, but if the back room is available, then it would make sense to congregate in there.

Links/directions:

WYLUG June 2010 Meeting – Social Meet

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The next WYLUG meeting is on Monday the 14th of June 2010 and will be a purely social meet.

We’ll be in The Fenton on Woodhouse Lane, Leeds from 7pm onwards.

This month, it’d be great to kick off some discussion of any potential talks people may be considering, or whether anyone they know may be amenable to speaking. Ideas and requests for talks are always welcome too.

Feel free to bring your Linux problems and issues down for the experts to take a look at (laptops only, of course).

If you’re new to Linux and want a little hand-holding, do come along, or if you just fancy a bit of geeky chat there’s always lively debate on a range of geek and non-geek subjects.

The Fenton, on Google Maps

April 12th 2010: Social Meet at The Fenton

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The next WYLUG meeting is on Monday the 12th of April 2010, and will be a social meet at The Fenton.

Whilst there’s no offical start time, people will probably start to gather at around 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

If people want to bring laptops or have any Linux related problems they’d like some advice on, there should be knowledgeable folks on hand to help!

Location:
The Fenton
161 Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
LS2 3ED