minutes · linux from scratch sparkleshare distros monit perl · 2013-09-19 · stevenix


Siouxland Libraries Main Branch
Room: Main Meeting Room B
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


  • Next meeting is to be in January instead of December to avoid interfering with holiday plans.
  • We spoke a little about different filesystems such as ZFS, ext3, ext4, btrfs, ReiserFS and ZFS.
  • PyPy was brought up as a faster implementation of the python interpreter.
  • It is a good time to try LFS (Linux From Scratch) because recently both it and BLFS had major releases, which doesn't often happen. This is significant because more packages will likely be tested.
  • SparkleShare is a privately hostable, Dropbox-like system that uses Git as the storage back-end and ssh for transport.
  • Tor
  • Cryptocat was brought up, but not successfully demonstrated.
  • 0bin was brought up in discussion, it is a pastebin that encrypts the paste using JavaScript and a key passed through the fragment portion of the URL.
  • etckeeper (GitHub) came up in conversation, but wasn't widely used.
  • Sabayon came up as a distribution easier to get started with than Gentoo.
  • We watched a video for elementary OS.
  • SmartOS came up, but no one had used it yet. OpenIndiana also came up.
  • Minimal Linux distributions came up, including Finnix, Raspbian, and CrunchBang.
  • node.js was also a topic of some discussion.
  • Other programming related discussion included Clojure and ClojureScript.
  • There was some Perl discussion, that segued into good programming practices.
  • System services and daemons were also discussed, which brought up Monit and M/Monit.