Dave Desrosiers had some goods to hand out before starting his presentation on installing Linux on a USB key. We spent about one and a half hours going over some of the distributions designed to run from USB keys and what they can be used for. It was a very good demo, and we found out that my Alienware notebook was totally useless. Any time I tried to boot from a USB key the notebook locks on of all things, scanning for USB devices. The presentation has been posted as a PDF file.
Some of the distributions talked about were:
Also displayed during the meeting where some options for how to encrypt your USB key so that is still accessible from Linux and Windows with TrueCrypt. Dave showed us a USB key that he has for everyday use that is protected with TrueCrypt. When it is used inserted into a Windows box it autoruns to display the login for TrueCrypt, and then displays a menu with any Portable Apps that are installed on the key. Many of the Portable Apps are packaged in a way that allows them to also run under Linux.
Before ending the meeting Devin Duval talked about XGL and compiz eye candy. He is going to be doing a demo of this at the next meeting. I am not sure if he will be covering installation and configuration.
When the floor was opened at the end of the meeting there was some discussion about the Ultimate Boot CD and some of the software packages that could be useful for a public Library. We have someone who is looking a setting up three stations a his public library and they have no real budget for the project, so he is looking at what can be done using Linux.
The next meeting is scheduled for October 4th at 7PM at NFA. The pre-meeting dinner will most likely be at Dillans in Norwich starting at 6PM.