General Meeting on Wednesday - 14 February 2018
The St. Louis Unix Users Group (SLUUG) general meetings are usually on the second Wednesday of each month.
We start the general meeting with a basic session (usually focused on personal commputing); which may include either
amazing graphical packages, blinking lights, command line wonders, demonstrations of useful applications,
displays of newly discovered web sites, major resolution of long standing anomalies, quantum discoveries,
superb tutorials, or shifts in both time and space.
Then we will have our usual quick welcome, introduction, administrative announcements, and a Questions and Answers Period.
After all that, we take a break before our main event (usually focused on enterprise commputing).
The BASIC portion for February will be a tutorial about
OEM Builds with Samba and SKEL
by Stan Reichardt
Original Equipment Manufacturer
...sometimes means the maker of a system that includes other companies' subsystems, an end-product producer,
an automotive part that is manufactured by the same company that produced the original part used in the
automobile's assembly, or a value-added reseller.
Some Linux distributions use an oem-config script that re-asks a number of questions that are normally asked
during installation, and reconfigures the system accordingly. This allows a
vendor to install a skeleton system, clone it onto a large number of
machines, and ship it to end users, while still allowing end users to set
up their own username and password, language, timezone, and so on.
Most of the LinuxMint distributions allow this process, and will be used in this session.
Stan Reichardt likes the Debian and LinuxMint MATE distributions of the Linux Operating System.
The MAIN presentation for February is on
Mirroring Installation Server
by Joeseph (Joe B) Bohnenstiehl
Joe B decided to build a server to distribute the many files needed to download and install of CentOS. He will give
us the report of his experience and suggested "best practice".
Interestingly, 3 wks ago, the topic at the Red Hat Linux User Grp was Satellite, the licensed, proprietary server
of Red Hat updates. This is a good opportunity to compare these 2 related software projects!
Joseph (Joe B) Bohnenstiehl is interesting and informative.
Joe B is a former member of SLUUG's board of directors and long-time maintainer/SysAdmin of SLUUG's systems.
He has years of experience on various hardware and OSes while based in Saint Louis.
++ Posted 11 February 2018