[Scottish] Two talks with demonstrations, EdLUG 5th June

Dan Shearer dan at shearer.org
Fri May 9 23:55:49 BST 2008

I'm told the next meeting of EdLUG will be on Thursday 5th June at 7:30pm at
The Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, St Marys Street Edinburgh. For
more details including a map see http://www.scotlug.org.uk/wiki/EdLUG:Meetings .

Robert Mclay: SME Server

Live demo of SME Server, with some background.

"SME" stand for Small to Medium Enterprise, and this is the target
market of the OS. Think of it as a Linux sheep in Windows clothing, with
a level of integration closer to what is expected in Windows than Linux.
This is aimed at being a drop-in replacement for a traditional Linux
server for < = 500 user LANs. The trusty WRT54G may make another
appearance in a supporting role.

SME Server is a Linux distro used as web, file, email and database
servers.  Based on CentOS, SME's main goals are simplicity, reliability,
& security. All configuration is done through the web front-end, or an
SSH connection.

 *  (break for coffee)  *

Alastair Bennett: Open Source Hardware

Over the last decade the Open Source concept has been paralleled in
hardware.  Not as much and not as fast, but with visible success.
Skipping the boring definitions, I will briefly run through three
projects that to illustrate what is available today:

    * RepRap 3D printer
    * OpenMoko mobile phones
    * Ardunio microcontroller board 

For a grand finale I will do a demo of an Ardunio board doing something,
at the very least being waved around by me. 

Dan Shearer
dan at shearer.org

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