WYLUG Monthly Meeting: Monday 12th May 2008

May 4th, 2008

Our next meeting will be on Monday 12 May 2008 in Leeds University’s Stoner Building.

The meeting room is sign-posted from the main EC Stoner Building entrance.

The meeting officially starts at 7.00pm, but the room will be open for coffee, tea, biscuits and chat from 6.30pm.

Talk: Hardy Heron on the EeePC

Ubuntu’s new LTS version Hardy Heron was released last month and James Holden is going to give a talk on getting it to work on the EeePC.

  • How to trial it on an SD card
  • Backing up the existing OS
  • Installation options (netboot, USB CD etc)
  • Wireless support
  • ACPI
  • Sound
  • External monitor
  • Improving boot speed
  • Fonts and cosmetic tweaks
  • Visual effects

Location:

Active Learning Lab., (Level 9, near staircase 2)
E.C. Stoner Building (aka Physics/Admin)
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds UK
LS2 9JT

Directions:

Slides:

James’ slides can now be found on the WYLUG wiki in both OpenOffice Presentation (odp) and PDF formats.

WYLUG Monthly Meeting: Monday 10 Mar 2008

March 9th, 2008

OpenStreetMap Pub Crawl — 27 Feb 2008

February 27th, 2008

Join us for beer and mapping in central Bradford (27 Feb 2008).

We will rendevous at the following locations and times:

  • 6.00 p.m. ‘The Cock and Bottle’, BD3 9AA
  • 7.00 p.m. ‘The Beehive’, BD1 3AA
  • 8.00 p.m. ‘The Fighting Cock’, BD7 1JE

The idea is to plug a hole in the map, and get fairly inebriated at the same time.

It’s entirely informal, with no planning and no expectations.

WYLUG Social and OpenStreetMap session – Sunday 24th February 2008

February 18th, 2008

After the OpenStreetMap talk earlier in the month, we’re holding a micro-mapping session before the WYLUG social this Sunday (24th February 2008).

OpenStreetMap micro-mapping session – 2pm-6pm (ish)

Meet at the Wetherspoons/Becketts Bank pub on Park Row, Leeds at 2pm. We’ll assign areas and equipments once we see how many people turn up. (If you can, bring along a GPS receiver and a laptop – also, don’t forget a notepad/camera/dictaphone to record streetnames and landmarks along the way.)

We’ll try to assign city centre areas to people on foot and those with transport might end up mapping slightly further afield.

After a couple of hours of mapping, we’ll meet back at Becketts Bank around 5pm for a review of how it’s gone and to start downloading the data for editing etc.

Newcomers are very welcome to attend – hopefully there will be a few experienced mappers around to show us what to do.

WYLUG Social – from 7pm (ish)

Informal social meet giving WYLUGers a chance to chat about FOSS, Linux and other generally geeky things over a few drinks at the Scarbrough Hotel, Leeds (across the road from the train station).

Kicks off around 7pm-ish and continues until we all go home (probably around last orders knowing us) 😉

Feel free to drop in for a drink at any time – we’ll have a shiny penguin poster to indicate who we are if you’ve not been down before.

Next Meeting: Open Street Map, Monday 11 Feb 2008

February 10th, 2008

Our next meeting will be on Monday 11 Feb 2008 in Leeds University’s Stoner Building.

The meeting room is sign-posted from the main Stoner Building entrance.

The meeting officially starts at 7.00 pm, but the room will be open for coffee, tea, biscuits and chat from 6.30 pm.

Dave Fisher and Geoff Richards will be delivering the following talk:

OpenStreetMap (OSM)

Geoff and I will be trying to explain (with demos):

  • What the OpenStreetMap project is trying accomplish
  • How to survey an area
  • How to add details to a map
  • How to edit details on the map, using JOSM and Potlatch
  • How to label map features
  • How you can help to map West Yorkshire
  • Why you should bother

If you would like to do some ‘homework’ preparation, see:

Meeting Definitely On (Monday, 14 Jan 2008)

January 13th, 2008

I’ve just had confirmation that Jim Jackson can definitely open up the room for us (thanks, Jim).

The meeting will, therefore, definitely go ahead at the usual time and place (see details in the original announcement below).

It may be a brief affair, if no-one has much to say, with a swift departure to the pub.

Warning: Possible Cancellation of Meeting (Monday, 14 Jan 2008)

January 13th, 2008

Tom Hall is unable to deliver the planned talk, and we have yet to confirm a replacement.

In addition to that problem, we have also been unable to confirm that someone will be around to open the room at the University.

This warning is a only precaution. The meeting will go ahead, if we can open the room, and if someone volunteers to provide one or more, off-the-cuff, short talks.

WYLUG Monthly Meeting: Monday 14 Jan 2008

January 7th, 2008

Talk:

Tom Hall: Why I love Python

A talk on the programming language Python, in 3 parts (feel free to leave in the interludes if you have had enough)

Part 1: Past, Present, Future.

A bit of history and the design of the language, a look at all the implementations available today, quick tour of built-in and commonly used modules and future plans.

Part 2: Language overview

A quick tour of the language: builtin types, control structures, using modules etc.

Part 3: Recent Magic.

Some relatively recent changes that make programming Python even more pleasurable. Decorators, Generators, List comprehensions, Iterators, Functools and anything else I can fit in. Again a whirlwind tour, but you should be impressed and want to read up on these some more.

Date:

  • Monday, 08 Oct 2007

Times:

  • 6:30 p.m. Tea and coffee and chat.
  • 7:00 p.m. First talk or presentation.
  • 8:30 p.m. (ish) Pub and more chat.

Location:

Active Learning Lab., (Level 9, near staircase 2)
E.C. Stoner Building (aka Physics/Admin)
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds UK

Directions:

WYLUG Monthly Meeting: Monday 10th December 2007

December 7th, 2007

Talk: “Why Linux doesn’t work on your laptop, and what to do about it” by Matthew Garrett

Laptops contain large quantities of weird hardware made by companies you’ve never heard of and assembled together with firmware written by a contractor in Taiwan. How can Linux deal with all this variation, and how can you help it work better.

Matthew has been a Debian developer since 2002. He is currently the leader of the laptop team at Ubuntu and is also a member of Ubuntu’s Core Development team and sits on their Technical Board.

His blog can be found at http://mjg59.livejournal.com/

Date:

  • Monday, 10 December 2007

Times:

  • 6:30 p.m. Tea and coffee and chat.
  • 7:00 p.m. Talk.
  • 8:00 p.m. (ish) Onwards – for food, drinks and more chat.

Location:

Active Learning Lab., (Level 9, near staircase 2)
E.C. Stoner Building (aka Physics/Admin)
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds UK

Directions:

WYLUG Monthly Meeting: Monday 12 Nov 2007

November 4th, 2007

Talks:

  • The XO Laptop from the One Laptop Per Child Project
  • The CMake buildsystem generator

The XO Laptop

The XO is a low-cost, small, durable, and efficient laptop computer. It will be shipped with a slimmed-down version of Fedora Linux and a GUI called Sugar that is intended to help young children collaborate. The XO-1 includes a video camera, a microphone, long-range Wi-Fi, and a hybrid stylus/touch pad. Human power is planned, allowing operation far from commercial sources of power.

Its design goals are:

  • minimal power consumption, with a design target of 2–3 W total power consumption;
  • minimal production cost, with a target of $100 per laptop for production runs of millions of units;
  • a ‘cool’ look, implying innovative styling in its physical appearance;
  • e-book functionality with extremely low power consumption;
  • the software provided with the laptop should be open source and free software.

Further details:

CMake

CMake is a cross-platform build tool like the autotools or SCons. Unlike the autotools (which generate makefiles for the *IXes) or SCons (which calls compilers directly) CMake generates buildsystems for a variety of IDEs (it can still do makefiles, though).

I will be providing an overview of basic CMake usage from both a user’s and a developer’s viewpoint, comparing and contrasting CMake’s behaviour with that of the autotools.

Date:

  • Monday, 12 Nov 2007

Times:

  • 6:30 p.m. Tea and coffee and chat.
  • 7:00 p.m. First talk or presentation.
  • 8:30 p.m. (ish) Pub and more chat.

Location:

Active Learning Lab., (Level 9, near staircase 2)
E.C. Stoner Building (aka Physics/Admin)
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds UK

Directions: