April 2013 Issue 371

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This is a presentation about video conferencing. You can think of video conferencing as the more typical one-on-one video chat with extended functionality to accomodate multiple users. Or you can think of it as a conference phone call with video functionality.

Why might one take an interest? With the proper resources it is as easy or easier to setup as either a conference phone call or a one on one video chat using Skype (Microsoft's replacement for Windows Instant Messenger), AIM (AOL's Instant Messenger), and other similar products. Google Hangouts are FREE, cross platform, and integrate well with other services in the Google ecosystem like Calendar, Gmail, Contacts, Youtube, and Google Plus. A Hangout can even accommodate one phone call participant.

Video conferencing is a time and money saver for certain types of meetings depending on the type and content of the meeting since a virtual meeting avoids travel time and cost. Disabled persons can take advantage of video conferencing as an alternative to actual travel. Businesses, clubs, classmates, and families may find video conferencing useful as a substitute for actual meetings during inclement weather and as a way to hold a virtual family reunion. Conventional meeting participation can be extended to include virtual participants, people who would not otherwise participate due to distance, health issues, or weather conditions.

John D will introduce us to the details of setting up and using Google Hangouts. He'll present an outline and demo covering the service requirements, restrictions, and features of the service. So come to the meeting to ask questions and see what Google Hangouts can do for you.





11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, March 9th. Two of the 11 attendees were virtual attendees via Google+ Hangout video chat.

Main Meeting Q&A:
We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

John D -

Al G -

Nelson S -

Rich T -

John M -

Layton F -

Joan S -

Pat S -

Peter W -

Tom J -

Main Meeting Program:
The main meeting presentation topic was "Linux Overview" and was presented by Peter W.

One expectation of the presentation was to make members relatively comfortable with the option of using Linux instead of a Mac or Windows OS. Instead, what I garnered from the presentation is that Linux is a multitude of freedom of choices. The choice to choose a distribution or distributor, each with its own idiosyncracies. There's also the choice to select a desktop. IMO, for the average non-tech user, that offering of a multitude of choices presents an overwhelming dilemma. By comparison, the Mac is a one stop purchase of integrated hardware and software. Windows offers many more choices than Mac, almost to the point of creating a dilemma for the average user, but more often than not the decision boils down to selecting between a Home or Professional version of Windows. It should be noted that these 2 choices have much the same look and feel. By comparison, Linux is for the niche user who wants a system customized to their specific and mostly uncompromising desires, a person who definitely knows their technical wants and needs and will take the time and effort to define these.

The show notes can be found at:

Anyone considering moving from Windows to Linux should likely read this: "The Ubuntu guide for displaced Windows users" which addresses the issue: "With Windows 8 pushing a “touch-first” desktop interface—Microsoft’s words, not ours—and with Valve’s Steam on Linux beginning to bring much-needed games and popular attention to the oft-overlooked operating system, there’s never been a better time to take Linux out for a test drive."

One source of new Linux computers is



This section contains web links & other info related to the club or some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.



Did you know the new version of the club's PDF newsletter includes what Adobe calls Bookmarks. These bookmarks can be used in Adobe Reader and possibly other PDF readers to facilitate navigation to different sections of the newsletter as shown in the picture below.

MLCUG PDF Newsletter Bookmarks



It is now possible to "attend" the Round Table portion of the monthly MLCUG Meeting via Video Conferencing using Google+ Hangout. Below in outline form are the requirements & instructions for doing so.

You will need the following for a computer based connection. The alternative is a tablet or cell phone with a Google Plus app, but these instructions do not cover those specific details.



Wubi (Windows-based UBuntu Installer) is an official Windows-based free software installer for Ubuntu, which installs the software on an existing Windows partition, thus without need for partitioning.

Wubi was born as an independent project and as such versions 7.04 and 7.10 were unofficial releases. Since 8.04 the code has been merged within Ubuntu and since 8.04 alpha 5, Wubi can also be found in the Ubuntu Live CD.

The project's aim is to enable existing Windows users, unacquainted with Linux, to try Ubuntu without risking any data loss (due to disk formatting or partitioning mistakes). It can also safely uninstall Ubuntu from within Windows.

It is not a virtual machine, but creates a stand-alone installation within a loopmounted device, also known as a disk image, like Topologilinux does. It is not a Linux distribution of its own, but rather an installer for Ubuntu.

Wubi adds an entry to the Windows boot menu which allows the user to run Linux. Ubuntu is installed within a file in the Windows file system (c:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk), as opposed to being installed within its own partition. This file is seen by Linux as a real hard disk. Wubi also creates a swap file in the Windows file system (c:\ubuntu\disks\swap.disk), in addition to the memory of the host machine. This file is seen by Ubuntu as additional RAM.



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VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. What does that mean? For one thing, it installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. Secondly, it extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. So, for example, you can run Windows and Linux on your Mac, run Windows Server 2008 on your Linux server, run Linux on your Windows PC, and so on, all alongside your existing applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like -- the only practical limits are disk space and memory.


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VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software. VMware Player is free for personal use.



Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center (SAC) at Villanova University. The regular monthly sessions meet in Room 110.

VU Map

Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper level of the 2-level parking building adjacent to the St. Augustine Center on the Ithan Avenue side of the building. (Click for link to Google Map)

NOTE: additional map & direction links on our website home page -

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