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Finding Samba shares mounted by Nautilus

Every now and then I have the need to access a folder shared in a remote computer at home. I normally mount it by hand in the command line using the standard commands:

mount -t cifs -o <username>,<password> //<serveraddress>/<sharename> <mountpoint>
or
smbmount //<serveraddress>/<sharename> <mountpoint>

but this time I wanted to mount it using Nautilus so I entered the URI in the location bar

smb://<serveraddress>

Inspirational Projects

Over the years that the FLOSS Fund has been running, I have been surprised that people have such a hard time finding projects to nominate. I run into neat projects frequently.

I feel kind of squicky giving you a list (I am NOT suggesting that y'all nominate these projects), but maybe you can use this list to inspire yourself:

What is kwlug? [Extracted from a proposal.]

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What is kwlug?

From the front page of the kwlug web site :

KWLUG - The Kitchener-Waterloo Linux User Group is a monthly meeting of GNU/Linux, Free Software, Open Source and technology enthusiasts. We meet in Kitchener, Ontario, usually on the first (non-holiday) Monday of the month. (Directions) Our meetings are free and open to those with an interest in Linux. Find out more about our meetings. Join our mailing lists.

kwlug meetings - location facilities criteria.

The following appears to have been well received by kwlug as an accurate description of what kwlug looks for in meeting location facilities.

Comments for refinement are most welcome - please post them to kwlug-disc.
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Wherever we go, we're going to need to manage and meet the expectations of whomever our hosts are, particularly if the space is free - show that we are relevant to the K-W community within which that free space sits.

We also need to know what sort of meeting space we'd like to see.

Some thoughts to seed the discussion:
- cost of entry must be absolutely free.

Installing WebHuddle

This will be the shortest post from this series.

To install WebHuddle I followed the instructions from the WebHuddle User Guide

There you will find all the steps in detail and a wealth of extra information regarding the WebHuddle configuration.

I did my installation on a minimal Debian install and the instructions worked for me.

kwlug is on BigTent!

The kwlug group on BigTent has now been created.

Think yahoo / google groups on steroids. The only such I've come across that allows subgroups.

It includes forums, news, events, photos, files, calendar, reviews, polls, e-mail (I think) and I don't know what all else.

I've, so far, only created forums for General Discussion, kwlug Discussion, and New Member Help. The only event is the Jan. 4 meeting.

If it's useful, go ahead and start using it. I can create sub-things as demand is identified, create group, file, forum, admins/moderators, whatever, and so on.

Installing OpenMeetings on Debian Lenny

On the previous post I showed you what you could do with OpenMeetings. Now it's time to describe how to install it on your own server.

Although you can install it in any version of Linux provided you have access to the proper dependencies, I decided to do the set up on a minimal installation of Debian 5.03 "Lenny", that way I could ensure I identified all the components needed. This will also ensure that if you want to install it in a different Distribution, you have all the elements to do it.

Web conferencing

All the tools and methods described on the previous posts work very well with a small number of people sharing a desktop or collaborating, given that access must be granted and computer addresses shared, they work well within a trusted group.

For situations where you need to collaborate with "untrusted" people or with a large number of people, the best option is to use web conferencing software.

NX

On my post about XDMCP I mentioned that there was a better way to open a X session on a remote computer.

After reading this post you'll see why I left it at the end of this blog therad: NX uses elements and concepts explained on the previous posts (SSH, X forwarding, XDMCP, VNC)

VNC (Virtual Network Computing )

Up to now the graphical solutions I've shown were focused on accessing the X desktop. I've also focused on accessing a session exclusively.

On this post I will talk about a tool that is OS independent. You can share a Mac or Windows or Linux desktop and that allows remote collaboration with multiple people looking and controlling the same desktop.

VNC uses the RFB protocol to transmit keyboard and mouse signals to remote computer and receive back the graphical screen.

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