Meeting Notes 2018 - What happened in our Monthly Meetings


November 2018 Meeting:  Linux News started with an item about the IBM’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat.  It was thought to be a very high price for Red Hat’s business as a cloud services integrator, with revenues of $720 Million and some 12,000 employees. But it does make IBM the largest hybrid cloud provider. ⇒  Read More ...

October 2018 Meeting: The meeting started with a Linux News video - the subject was the relationship between Microsoft and Linux. It was explained that Microsoft is no longer pursuing other companies for compensation for patent violations. ⇒  Read More ...

September 2018 Meeting:  Nick Vespo was unable to join us for the meeting so David Hatton started proceedings with a description of two online Linux magazines. The first, Full Circle, provides a weekly newscast and a monthly magazine. Both are downloadable in PDF format, and there is no charge, although they do ask for contributions from readers. ⇒  Read More ...

August 2018 Meeting:  Linux News was back on the program after last month’s intermission. The main item was a video from the movie world of a SIGGRAPH session about the co-operation between the Motion Picture Academy and the Linux Foundation aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of open source software for use in making movies. ⇒  Read More ...

July 2018 Meeting:   It might have been a coincidence, but there were six apologies from our regular attendees, including some who had temporarily escaped the Melbourne winter for sunnier northern parts of Australia and some who genuinely needed R & R after a bout with the dreaded lurgi.  ⇒  Read More ...

June 2018 Meeting:  Nick Vespo presented Linux news with a video on Project Crostini, an open source project, which is working on developing running Android and Linux apps on Chromebooks running ChromeOS. It is doing this by taking each app and putting it into its own virtual machine container wrapper which will mean these apps would be click and run on a chromebook. ⇒  Read More ...

May 2018 Meeting: Linux News from Nick Vespo this month was mainly about a product called NextCloud. This supports the “private cloud”, offering abilities similar to public clouds such as Dropbox, but with the enhanced privacy and security available from having the “cloud” on premises. ⇒  Read More ...

April 2018 Meeting:  This month’s Linux News came in the form a video presentation about a video editor titled Kdenlive which is an acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It is primarily aimed at the GNU/Linux platform but also works on BSD and MacOS. It has also been ported to Windows as a Google Summer of Code (GSOC) project. ⇒ Read More ...

March 2018 Meeting:   The Linux News for this meeting appeared, at first, to be about Microsoft and Windows 10.  But it transpired that it is now possible to obtain certain Linux distributions from the Microsoft Store and install and run parts of Linux in a Windows environment. ⇒ Read More ...

February 2018 Meeting:  Nick Vespo opened proceedings with a video giving a review of the Linux password manager KeepassX. The review covered the basics well, and started a lively discussion on aspects of passwords and security. ⇒ Read More ...

January 2018 Meeting:  Our first meeting of 2018 was held at our usual venue, Watsonia Library meeting room. The start was the now customary Linux News from Nick Vespo.  All the items were interviews, the first was of Florian Effenberger, executive director of the LibreOffice project. ⇒  Read More ...


Meeting Notes Credits

The Meeting Notes collected here are the result of a team effort. Paul Addis usually starts things off by taking notes at our meetings to produce a first draft - a difficult task well done. David Hatton, Stephen Davidson and Nick Vespo review the draft and sometimes make suggestions for improvement. Paul then produces a final version which ends up in the MelbPC PC Update newsletter and here on our SIG website.