We normally meet (but see below) every second Tuesday of the month for talks and demonstrations from 7:00pm onwards at BCB Radio.
Why not come along to a meeting?
Some of us also create IT Stuff for BCB Radio (106.6 FM) every four weeks on Thursday, 6:00pm-6:30pm. Repeated the next day on Friday at 1:30pm-2:00pm.
As there were still problems with the sound on John’s new laptop, we started with a discussion of sound on chromium, whether it might worth trying Firefox, which did not recognise John’s external microphone, or whether it might be worth trying another microphone, without coming to any satisfactory conclusion.
Brian, John W, Bernard, David, Darren and John H joined the meeting this month. Brian began by describing some of the neighbour trouble he was having before
Bernard demonstrated how the content of the four projects contained in LXD containers on the Webparametrics website
As no-one had prepared anything specific for the meeting, the conversation wandered over a wide range of computing and non-computing topics.
Brian has swapped from Digital Ocean to Amazon because he only needs a web server and not a website but he was puzzled by the output of
free -m which suggested that he had very little free memory. David explained that the Linux kernel uses whatever memory there is for cache and so will reclaim memory from cache if it needs more than the free memory available.
Brian shared the problems he was having connecting over
ssh behind carrier grade NAT. A number of possible solutions were discussed including using wireguard or
socat or following the SSH Port Forwarding Example and the problem was eventually solved.
David S is still looking for a decent Android text editor. This query led on to a discussion of Android Firefox problems. Bernard, Darren, Brian, David, John and, later, Nick joined the discussion.
Brian shared a number of problems he was having configuring a VPN with the Microtik router OS; the only suggestion people could make was to use Wireguard instead for what he wants. Brian also mentioned that he had had a look at Boxee Smart DNS as a possible way forward.
Unfortunately, there were problems with the audio in particular this time which meant that several people who joined us left the meeting. For those who remained
Darren demonstrated a simplified version of
cat(1), written in Dlang. It had only one loop, two variables, and three function calls to the D standard library.
Bernard demonstrated using Python virtual environments.
Darren drew attention to the announcement that Lenovo will be supporting Linux across its range with Ubuntu and RedHat and providing full web support. John mentioned that the number of Linux desktops connected to the Internet had now overtaken the number of XP desktops and was approaching the number of Windows 7 desktops; however, there was a long way to go to overtaking the number of Windows 8 desktops.
Ten people, three cats and a hamster participated at various times and in various ways in our second online meeting.
David reported that he had managed to install the Ubuntu 20.4 Mate image on his Odroid but had encountered various problems and was now awaiting the Arch ARM image.