How did the presentation go? Well let's put it this way, when I was talking with people afterwards the only positive things they could say was that my Power Point presentation (developed in OpenOffice.org Impress mind you) looked good and was crammed with a lot of information. I'll leave it at that.
So what's on my plate now? Quite a few things computer-related and non-computer related.
BEER ... as in BEER
On the non-computer related I have to get my home brew kegs started. I have a Christmas recepie that includes Dark Sweet Cherries, Cinnimmon, Ginger and some other spices. The Dark Sweet Cherries are available for the Beer kit company (Mr Beer).
This year I'm making 2 batches of beer (~40 12oz bottles) and everything will be the same, except one keg will have the Mr Beer bought Dark Sweet Cherries and the other is with the closest equivalent that my wife can find in the supermarket which is much cheaper than the Mr Beer shipped variety.
I'll be making the 2 batches at the same time, side by side, and see what difference, if any, there is. This should be a fun experiment and regardless (unless I really flub it) it should provide me with enough bottles to bring a "classy" 6 pack to any Holiday parties we go to
On the computer front . . .
My old, weak laptop which I am putting TinyMe on did not quite work the first time. I managed to get it installed after a while but it takes a long time for it to initailly boot. When you install it seems to just take the files of the Live session and copy it to the hard drive. The nice thing about this is if you set up your networking and/or any customizations I believe that will get moved over as well.
Unfortunately it did not quite set up Grub properly. Seems that the step did not take into effect that DSL installed LILO on the Master Boot Record (MBR) so when the system tried bootlig up it used DSL's LILO and naturally could not find the kernel it was looking for. Actually, I think it was the rest of the system that could not handle running on such an older kernel. Anyway, it didn't work.
Since then I've posted on the TinyMe forum and got some good pointers. One suggeston was that I format the drive as ReiserFS and not Ext2 (which DSL suggests for older machines). I did that last night, so now I think I'm ready to try installing once again and paying attention to the boot loader. I think there is a choice there somewhere for installing in the MBR but I'm not sure.
My main desktop is going to be a dual-boot Windows XP and openSuse 10.2 (KDE). This way my wife has her Windows files and programs (Photoshop, Word and Publisher) and I have my Linux . I am also hoping that after she sees that I can do just about everything in Linux using OpenOffice and programs, then tell her the cost of upgrading to Vista (plus the DRM, registration and sneaky underhanded moves Microsoft is doing of late) may open her up to moving all Linux.
Really my only sticking point is something that does what MS Publisher does. Scribus is too "professional" and seems to lack some of the key features we use Publisher for in the first place.
This doesn't include, though, that I have to get all of the drivers (such as Nvidia) for the system since the Windows XP is a fresh install on a blank hard drive. Then I get to install Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, the Printer, the Scanner and mvoe over her files! It will be great when it is done because we're moving from a 1GHz Windows 2000 system to a 2.4GHz Windows XP Pro system.
Thin Client Server
Edubuntu makes setting up a thin client so increadibly easy. Unfortunately verions 7.04 is missing the kid's educational games that came installed on 6.06 LTS! So I have to download those and make sure the kid's applications are all present and usable before I move their files and settings over to the server. Then comes the fun of setting up the old computer (PIII 500Mhz Sony Vaio desktop) to boot to the server automatically.
The Dell that is running Windows 2000 (to be replaced as mentioned above) boots nicely to the server so depending on the timing may just move them up to that CPU.
Of course if I am going to set up thin clients, I have to network them to the comptuer! This is completely new to me so it ought to be a learning curve.
I want to put the server in the basement and run the cables up into a couple of the rooms (Living room, dining room.. maybe kitchen) but having never done that before I have no idea how to get the wires behind the walls, let alone drop them into the basement and snake them to the Gigabit switch.
Then comes the fun of hooking up the main computer (XP/openSuse) to the switch to access the server's website (to be developed) and sharing directories and if possible, to have the main computer possess the option to boot up as a thin client to the server so I can do maintenance and stuff from any of the clients.
Oh, did I mention I know nothing about networking? Nada! Nyet! And to top that off I have dial-up internet connection too?
Fun days lie ahead.