[clug] August Canberra Linux Users Group meeting 28th August - George's system

George at Clug Clug at goproject.info
Sat Aug 30 09:44:32 MDT 2014


The slides were a very short overview for the presentation on
Thursday.  Thanks for showing interest. I have updated and expanded
the slides based on feedback during the presentation.  There were
some great questions and suggestions.

	* LinuxSmallBusinessServerPresentation.odp  (possible until
30-09-2014) [1]
Please email us/me any helpful comments or suggestions.

Personally I would like to further investigate/discuss the idea of a
collection of Open Source products that would be suitable a Small
Business Server solution. The ultimate aim to produce a suite of
documentation which would describe the installation, configuration and
use of the various Open Source products.  As individual user/business
needs would vary, the software documentation could cover two or more

I am frequently frustrated by the poor quality in the delivery and
documentation by Open Source software. People spend a lot of personal
time to create the software, but often it is not tested fully or not
delivered as a completed product, and not documented, thus much of
their efforts are wasted as many would be users are unable to get the
software working using a reasonable level of effort.

As an example to this issue, I would present "Network UPS Tools
(NUT)". NUT appears to be an excellent product, and also essential
feature for any serious business system.  I have had great issues in
getting NUT to work, either on CentOS or Debian.  Saturday evening I
built a Debian Wheezy + XFCE test server, installed the Debian NUT
packages and then connected the USB UPS that I am testing with. It
failed to run, first of all the is a required folder "/var/run/nut/"
was  not created, so I had to create this and guess what the
permissions should be applied to the folder. This advanced me one step
further, but once again, the NUT system was unable to access the UPS
and failed to run. I have yet to understand what could be causing the
issue. But it is obvious that the NUT package does not install NUT
correctly, there are some essential components missing.

It is issues like the above problems with NUT that interest me in
producing the suite of documentation, that provides a complete
instruction list of how to install and then to manage a limited but
useful set of applications that would benefit others who, like myself,
would like to use Open Source products to suit small business (or the
home user who may also want to run various components of the  of Open
Source applications.

Finding enough spare time to produce and to keep up to date the
documentation is a challenge. Maybe if others like myself were
involved, this would be possible. Sites like HowToForge
come close but are often out of date.



At Saturday, 30-08-2014 on 21:50 Jeff NotTelling wrote:


Once again I was unable to attend the meeting, but have a possible
interest in this topic.  I was wondering though, why such a short
timeframe on the downloading of the presentation?



On 28 August 2014 09:10, George at Clug  wrote:

    Canberra Linux Users Group Meeting - 28th August 2014
Date:28th August 2014 (Fourth Thursday of the month)  Time:19:00 -
21:00 (or when it finishes)


For those who are interested, I have written a short five slide
overview of a pet topic of mine, The Linux Small Business Server.
Tonight I will show some of the hardware that I have been using to
research and trial one possible concept for a Linux Small Business

LinuxSmallBusinessServerPresentation.odp [1]  (possible until

LinuxSmallBusinessServerPresentation.pdf [2]  (possible until

To keep the info limited to five slides, the presentation is very high
level, but it should be a good starting point for later discussions.

If people find any of this of personal interest and would like to
follow along with me as I further develop these ideas over the next
year or so, please reply back.  I am interested in listening to ideas
that others would have, about the software that they have found
useful, etc.

If the CLUG group is interested, maybe some of these areas could be
good topics for CLUG ?


At Tuesday, 26-08-2014 on 08:00 Paul Wayper wrote:

Canberra Linux Users Group Meeting - 28th August 2014

Date:28th August 2014 (Fourth Thursday of the month)

Time:19:00 - 21:00 (or when it finishes)

Speaker:Paul Wayper

It's demo time!

At the July meeting George suggested he could bring the
server he's been working on to the meeting. Other people
suggested they'd like to show their machines off too,
and others still wanted to see what people were using
and how they had their systems set up.

So bring in your Linux system - small or large, modest
or outrageous, homely or high powered - and give us a
short (five minute) talk-through of your system: what
you use it for, what you've got installed and any things
you've done to customise it to your tastes.

Venue:Room N101
Computer Science and Information Technology Building
North Road
The Australian National University

See http://clug.org.au/ for more directions and a map

Food/drink:Pizza and soft drink/juice. Come hungry, and bring
about $6 to cover the cost of your share if you
want some.

If you would like to give a talk at a future meeting, please email me.

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