Linux Users Group of Sacramento (sacLUG)
Logo by Bill Kendrick
Regular meetings set for the second wednesday of the month
at Calweb, 7-9pm. Map and
Upcoming Events. Check the Installfests
Section for Installfest dates:
Mike Machado has donated the use of his
server to host sacLUG and helps maintain the server. Frequently
Mike will go the extra mile to keep services on sacLUG working.
He also developed the Job Listings Manager for sacLUG. Mike works
at Innercite as a system
administrator. Innercite offers adsl so if you are thinking of
getting adsl at your office and home, I would definitely take
a look at Innercite's
The Lug-Nuts mailing list archive is
on line. Michael Long originally
hammered out an archive of the list using Hypermail.
Another program to do this with would be MHonArc.
I just put up the cheetos page.
It's a partial list crediting some of those who have helped out.
Get the Membership Form in PDF or
sacLUG is a special interest group of the Sacramento
PC Users Group. They provide us with liability insurance,
non profit status, a monthly publication which we can submit reports
to, along with the status of being part of a recoginized organization.
I would like to encourage everyone to sign up and become a member.
You will help support the group that supports our SIG. Dues are
$35 per year. If you would like a membership application, please
email me and I will mail you one. You don't have to be a member
of SACPCUG to come to the meetings, but by being one, you will
help support the continued progress of LUGS. If you are not a
member of Sacramento PC Users Group, there is an online form you
can print out and mail in at http://www.sacpcug.org/memform.html
LUGS (Sacramento) now has a mailing list titled firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join and find out the latest with sacLUG.org. To subscribe send
a message to email@example.com with a blank subject line and
in the body place:
Once you are subscribed to the list, post your messages as
If you want to be removed from the list
Some evangalists would rather Linux be referred to as GNU/Linux
rather than just Linux, as the media often portrays it. Linux
evolved from two different sources. You probably have heard about
one of them, Linus Torvalds. Linus started writing a kernel with
several basic operating system procedures in 1991. He released
his code on the internet as invited others to contribute. His
work has evolved into now what is called the kernel. You can actually
download the Linux kernel from ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/kernel
and follow the directory to whichever version interests you. The
kernel moves along within two different branches: stable and unstable.
The stable kernel sources are the ones that have been developed
and tested and are considered stable. The more recent versions
have the most features, but there may be certain instabilities.
The kernel source for the most recent stable kernel is about 14
megabytes. Some people have claimed it is becoming rather bloated.
Perhaps the kernel source has grown to this size, but once you
compile it, the resulting binary can be as small as 384 Kbytes.
This will fit on a floppy along with quite a bit of other stuff.
In fact some people have developed entire systems such as the
Linux Router project and the Firewall Floppy that fit on a single
floppy disk! Take that, Cisco!
Of course there is the second source, that without, Linux wouldn't
have even earned a speck of ink on your business section. It is
our unsung hero, GNU (http://www.gnu.org).
GNU was started in 1984 by Richard Stallman. At that time Richard
Stallman worked at MIT in the AI Lab. Certain politics played
out at the time, and Stallman found himself twisted in the middle
of a tangle of proprietary software that did not lend itsself
well to research. Stallman resigned the lab and vowed to one day
develop a complete operating system that one could freely give
to his friends. Often his concept of Free Software is construed
with it being free, and that is where you have to research Stallmans
licensing agreements and then you will understand what GNU software
is all about. GNU software answers the question many people ask
regarding Linux, "Is there software available for Linux?"
The answer is, there is a whole shitload. If you look at Debian
GNU/Linux, you will find over 2,700 software packages available.
Software is available for even the most imagineable tasks.Certain
credit is due to BSD too, the Berkeley Software Distribution.
With the Linux kernel, GNU software, BSD software, we have
a complete operating system that we can create solutions, work,
and produce with. And when we make something useful, we can sell
it to our friends, who in turn can add more useful features to
it. If it's GNU software we sell our friends, we have to give
them the source, and allow the buyer the right to modify the code.
The reason I used the example of selling our software is that
GNU is about freedom, not necessarily about software being free.
Of course in the Linux community, we often give it to our friends
who in turn add more features to our software. This is what makes
Linux one of the fastest growing / feature filled operating systems
that it is today.
You are invited to the Linux Users Group Sacramento (sacLUG)
meeting. Linux is a UNIX type operating system. Among the heavyweights,
Linux has been adopted by Wells Fargo Bank, NASA, Cisco, PG&E,
and the United States Post Office for production applications.
The source to GNU/Linux is open, so it allows for complete customization.
Come to the meeting to learn more, or share your current knowledge.
Map by mapblast
In Sacramento there is Business 80 and Interstate 80. Business
80 passes through downtown. Interstate 80 bypasses it. Make sure
you take Business 80.
Now that more people come to the meetings, we need volunteers.
You can make LUGS more like the way you want it by becoming a
volunteer. We could use volunteers in the following areas:
VA Linux Systems has sponsored regular installfests. We will
host a regular installfest on the second sunday of the month at
the Coloma Community Center
Coloma Community Center
4623 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-4743
Scheduled dates for upcoming Installfests are as follows:
Installfests begin at 12 noon and end at 5pm.
Installfests are BYOS. That means Bring Your Own Stuff. That
includes your monitor, power strip, a couple floppies, your keyboard,
mouse, power cord, etc. Bring your own distribution too. You can
buy a fully functional Linux Distribution from Cheapbytes.
I have seen some good buys at Best
Buy too. If you order early friday morning, you should have
it in your mail box the next day. I have often seen people bring
in machines with internal modems with the question of how to configure
it. First, if it's a winmodem, it won't work. Second, if it's
Plug and Play, it's difficult to configure. My advice, buy an
external modem (few adhere to this advice), otherwise, bring the
and Play HOWTO along with you, because you may have to read
up. In fact, bring the HOWTO
for whatever you attempt to do. Everyone at the installfest is
a volunteer, so treat it that way, and you will get the best help.
In fact you might just find it useful to come and hang out and
see what is going on. In addition, here is something to avoid.
Don't daisy chain power strips or hubs. You could find yourself
shut down at the most critical point. Last thing, sacLUG maintains
NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY KIND OF DATA LOSS.
Rick Moen also has a guide for installing Linux which he suggests
that attendees of the CABAL
installfests he and a group of cohorts organize together.
Check it out at: http://linuxmafia.com/bale/linuxprep.html
PO Box 19184
Sacramento, CA 95819-0184
Wk: (916) 557-6623
Hm: (916) 628-0726