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Response to dopper: My First Linux Experience

I am glad you had a good first meeting. We did get a good turnout for that talk -- we usually get 20-30 people.

The organization that was mentioned is CLUE: the Canadian Association for Open Source. Visit for more information.

Jobs at PeaceWorks

PeaceWorks is an computer consulting company that caters to nonprofits and charities. They have been doing good work in KW andsurrounding areas for something like 11 years, and they are looking for qualified people who have good technical skills and share their values. There are two job openings: one for a Linux/Windows Client Network Administrator, and one for a Software Consultant. Full job descriptions are posted at Both jobs are mixed proprietary/FLOSS environments, so this could bea transition job for people who know a lot about Windows and something about Linux, and want to move in a more open-source direction.

Site Map vs. Site Menu

The discerning reader will see that there is both a site map and a sitemenu link at the top. Their functionalities overlap. But neither one of them seems ideal: * Sitemenu expands categories and shows some of the sub articles, but doesn't give RSS feeds and doesn't list blogs, books, etc. * Site map has RSS feeds, but doesn't expand categories. * Neither one of them include static pages in the map, which is unfortunate because I would like to link to things like the pages in the "Resources" section. One of these maps should go, and maybe we should keep a different one. Which should go?

MarkSmarty plugin

MarkSmarty ======= This is my attempt to make *yet another input format* + Why do this? + I have no idea! * But maybe it's a reasonable idea? + We shouldn't do things without a good reason. I wonder how you end bullet lists? System.out.println("This is code."); System.out.println("Isn't it pretty?"); I guess that Markdown is the "cool thing" to use these days. If you are curious about the syntax, check out Here is the [Markdown page]( I am also experimentizing with different site maps.

[kwlug disc.] Test message flood


There may be a bunch of test messages coming to the list in the
next few days. We're debugging the forum<-> mailing list interface. Sorry
for the inconvenience.

- Paul
KWLUG-Disc mailing list

X-servers and improved shells for W*ndows.



Apparently this does not require Cygwin, but provides an X-server for FREE.


This is offtopic, but it is a cmd.exe replacement that supports a tabbed interface (look at version 2.0). Good if you miss "screen" when using Win32, I suppose. (Screen itself is available for Cygwin as an unofficial build, but I have not tried it.)

Available available available

The library is changed. The publication status is still not right, but the available books should be available and the "On Loan" ones loaned.

Next step: get books that are loaned out into the database.

Words words words

Oh my! Look at all the books in our library! Thanks to the secret elves (a.k.a. Michael, Richard, Kevin, and Charles) for entering in all of these.

Unfortunately there are some bugs:
- If non-administrators enter books the status is "on loan"
- The ISBN number is not required (and it should be)
- If administrators add books they have status "not published"
- Navigation of the library is not so good. You click on a book and can't get back the original list of books you had.
- I want to be able to check out and sign in things en masse.

More meta comments

Here are a couple of uneducated opinions about the website, before I forget:

0. I think the "Reviews" session should go. We should move the two reviews in there somewhere else (maybe to somebody's blog, maybe to an "archive" section as stories) and take out the link. I think the personal blog section is the right place to put reviews.

1. I wish we could enter in a lot less information for the library page. Ideally, we would enter in an ISBN number and our module would use the magic of Web 2.0 to find as much of the rest of the fields as it can. Even if this only worked for a limited set of publishers (O'Reilly, say) we would be better off.

Meaty compilers


What I learned from this week's Debian Weekly News: If you don't enjoy beef, enterprising carnivores can compile their programs with chicken.

Oh. And for those wacky vegetarians, there's Open-COBOL. Sigh.

(Oh. And Drupal has security flaws and needs an upgrade.)

UPDATE: Ace of Penguins has been orphaned! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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