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.
Brian, John, David, Shi, Kriss and Yoghurt took part in a Jitsi meet.
Brian demonstrated the Paperwork which allows you to store documents in any format, including image formats, and then search (for) them using the inbuilt OCR which gives it an advantage over purely text based search engines.
The absence of any reports on the meetings in February 2020 and March 2020 did not mean that the meetings did not go ahead but that those attending pursued individual projects and there were no presentations.
The Covid-19 pandemic means that we are unlikely to meet face to face in the near future but we are exploring the possibilities of virtual meetings.
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Mike had had problems applying a patch to
dhcpcd and so David S talked him through the process while the rest of us got on with the meeting.