|TuskenTower on 21 Jun 2007 14:28:17 -0000|
Attendance: 8 people New Users: 1 person (or was it two ...)
We had a very good meeting (I took 3 pages of notes!). Thanks to KS Bhaskar for his presentation on GT.M internals (which ran 30 min over time because we kept asking him questions).
Paul Snyder confirmed that I will be doing a talk on Linux + HDTV on July 26th. We had conversation about HDTV antenna choices, where to go to find out more information and where to buy the antennas from. I would put this information here, but that would take a way a few slides for me. :P
During the discussion, we stopped to talk about CONcast cable. A few tidbits: - If you have a HDTV with a good QAM tuner, you can pick up your neighbors OnDemand channels and other "digital cable" goodies like "Music Choice" - CONcast does not advertise the ultra basic cable which gets you only the over the air channels. This is the cheapest package - If you get the aforementioned ultra basic or the advertised basic package with internet, you get all the standard unencrypted channels because they can't block those without blocking the internet signal. - It actually costs less to get basic cable and internet than it does to just get cable internet.
We talked a bit about VZN FiOS. Not having them come to your community is a two fold problem. On one hand they are cherry picking. On the other, they need local and community (e.g. my HOA) permission to dig at the local gov/community's expense. Fred showed his pictures of a broken phone line and tales about VZN incompetence in fixing the problem.
A reminder to all, the meetings can have discussions about other open source projects other than Linux. Anyone want to talk about a BSD? Maybe embedded Linux/BSD projects?
We also talked about duplicating talks at both PLUG West and PLUG Montco (which I believe is held at the Unisys Blue Bell site).
The GT.M talk was very cool. The true internals part is too hard for me to shorten down to a few sentences. So I'm covering the pieces that give me the nice warm and fuzzies all over (excuse any unintentional omissions): - Multi-platform - Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and some others, but no Mac OS X :( - Multi-arch - Power, x86, PA-RISC, and Itanium with, the first 64bit implementation of GT.M - GT.M is a non-daemon application. It is a runtime C-library which is used by the shell app Bhaskar demonstrated with. You'll need to read the presentation to learn more about this. - Because GT.M is a runtime library, the app that you create to work with it has the potential to cause all sorts of problems like deadlocks and other abuses on the DB. - It does not re-implement security features (like most SQL style DBs) and rely's on OS permissions. - Cool DB recovery journaling mechanism
Some stuff skipped past me, like Fred's questions about keys. Anyone want to chime in on the parts that I missed?
At the end, we had a lot of questions on how the GT.M team does its software testing (considering the wide array of platforms) and software development. Bhaskar voted someone else (Srinivas I believe) from his team to do this next presentation some time in the future.
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