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Linux User Group / Installfest

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Linux User Group / Installfest

Time: April 30, 2011 from 9am to 1pm
Location: UH Manoa, Wist Hall Room 134 (Collaboration Center)
Street: 1776 University Avenue (Corner with Metcalf)
City/Town: Honolulu
Event Type: user, group, exploration
Organized By: Paul
Latest Activity: May 2, 2011

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Event Description

Install Ubuntu Linux 11.04 - “Natty Narwhal”!
◦ Bring your computer
◦ Get an Ubuntu sticker (to cover that Windows sticker on your laptop!)
• Learn about GNU/Linux!
• Meet Linux novices and enthusiasts!
• Discuss: Does UH Manoa need a Linux User's Group (LUG)?

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Comment by Paul on May 2, 2011 at 1:31pm

David, et al -

There is a new TechHui group, Manoa LUG Nuts for anyone interested in attending future meetings (bi-monthly was the consensus).

Comment by Marcus Sortijas on May 1, 2011 at 1:46pm
@David Chung:  Hi, you can check out my write-up of the event here: Ubuntu 11.04 Installfest Wrap-up.
Comment by David Chung on April 30, 2011 at 1:33pm
Sorry I missed this event. How did it go?
Comment by Paul on April 24, 2011 at 4:01pm

Yes, I recently encountered a bewildering WD drive.  I guess they have, at the hardware level, partitioned it such that the first section is treated like an optical disk (CD/DVD) - and so that's the only thing that shows up to the Linux OS.  One of my colleagues was able to reformat the drive, but I think he had to use Windows to do it.


To your backup question, you can use grsynch to copy an external drive to another also.  However, you might just want to put those data files into the phtoos, music, video, etc. folders in /home and then you only have one volume to keep backups of.

Comment by Marcus Sortijas on April 23, 2011 at 8:45pm
@Paul: Thanks for the advice!  I went to Best Buy to get an external hard drive.  But the salesperson said Western Digital (WD) doesn't work with Linux.  For Seagate, he wasn't sure.  What brand do you recommend?

I checked my file configuration.  Like you said, I have a "Home" folder with my documents and software configuration files.  But all my music, movies, etc. are on a "Data" drive.  Will that be a problem to back up?
Comment by Paul on April 19, 2011 at 9:36am

Best thing is to keep your /Home directory on a separate partition from your OS.  This way, ALL of your software configuration files (stored as hidden directories, with names like .skype and .mozilla) follow you into the new installation.

If you haven't done that already, use rsync (or the GUI interface, grsync) to synchronize your home directory to an external drive.  Then synch it the opposite direction after your reinstall.

Comment by Marcus Sortijas on April 19, 2011 at 9:33am

Paul, cool to see your checklist.  Ubuntu Tweak is a must!  One of the things I do with that is to set VLC as my default movie player.


I remembered reading this a while back and wonder if it still works.  Would be useful for upgrades/new installs.

Using "My Packages" to save and restore installed programs


I downloaded a lot of programs for doing web design, so it would be a big time-saver if I didn't have to find and install them again.


On a similar note, is there a way to save all my Firefox bookmarks and extensions into a new install? 

Comment by Paul on April 19, 2011 at 9:08am

Y, I have my own list, again a bit dated (ie Oo.o vs. LibreOffice), but one I follow every time I do a new Ubuntu install.  Much overlap:

Comment by Marcus Sortijas on April 18, 2011 at 10:34pm

This is a little old, but a nice checklist for a new install: 9 Things I did after installing Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.


What I found interesting was the part about tweaking the appearance: "Equinox/Faenza + Nautilus Elementary + Gloobus Preview = Perfect Desktop."

Comment by Marcus Sortijas on April 15, 2011 at 6:58pm

@Paul: Cool, that's good to hear.  If you can find other groups with programmers and developers, definitely promote the Installfest to them.  Most of the Linux/Ubuntu users I know are into coding.

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