[Nottingham] Response on awareness day

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Sat Nov 5 15:41:48 GMT 2005

Ashley wrote:
> On 03/11/05, Martin <martin at ml1.co.uk> wrote:
>>This now makes it Michael, Simon, Ashley and myself on Friday and one
>>car for transporting everything.
> I live in Sneinton, so I will walk up.  I don't have a car.  I have a
> bicycle trailer if that helps!

! :-)

I'll be giving Michael a lift up from Sneinton. With Michael and myself 
and our clobber I think I've got a car-full. Sorry, can you walk/cycle up?

> I am planning to bring my Sony Vaio laptop (VGN-X505VP) and a Damn
> Small Linux boot disk (Just XP installed at the moment - sorry!).  I
> have a CD/DVD writer so can burn extra CD's if require on the day
> (provided someone brings some blanks).  I am undecided whether to
> bring my server also (samba + apache).

Sounds good. I'll be taking stock of what equipment we can be using. 
I'll add up and if your server is needed then I can do a ferry trip to 
help you get that up (don't have it bouncing around on a bike trailer!!! 
:-O ).

> Beyond demonstrating Damn Small Linux (or anything else I can get to
> run on the laptop) and burning CD's if required, I am not sure what
> else I can do.  I suppose I could try attaching a digital camera via
> USB.  I also have a wireless LAN card which I have never used so, if
> someone is bringing a wireless router I could play with that.
> Will we have Internet access?

I'm working on the internet access...

All we're aiming to do is to show off the main look-and-feel and 
applications that Linux has to offer. Knowing where the menus are and 
what things are called is mainly what is needed.

Enthusiasm to show off that Linux works and works well is also needed. 
Note that most people have never even heard of Linux let alone seen it 
running on a computer. We hope that a majority of people coming round 
will be newbies themselves, teachers, or technophobe managers, whom can 
be shown that Linux works well for everyday use.

And from what I've recently seen of MS Windows issues, we should be able 
to easily show that Linux offers significant advantages.

We can play the geekie stuff amongst ourselves afterwards :-)


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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