The Linux Enthusiasts Group (LEG) is a Society at the University of Cape Town, affiliated with the Cape Linux Users Group. This site focuses exclusively on the use of Linux, and other free software at UCT. LEG isn't currently a user group in it's own right. If you want help with linux, you should join the CLUG Mailing lists.

Mirror trim

The current release cycle is almost over, and we are out of disk space. We have a new server on the way with twice the disk capacity, but we still are going to have to keep a relatively tight ship.

We have removed the /pub/linux/distributions/ symlink. If you are getting errors, remove “/distributions” from your download URL. For the last 3 years, it has pointed back at /pub/linux/.

The following distros have been dropped:

  • Clusterknoppix (no releases in 4 years)
  • Morphix (no releases in 5 years)

The following releases have been dropped:

  • Centos: 4.*
  • Mandriva-plf: 8—2006
  • Packman: SuSE 10.0—10.2, Fedora 6—7
  • Rocks Clusters: The “rocks-src” directory
  • Slackware sources

If we lost something that you need, drop legadmin an e-mail.

Shuttleworth Lab (TSL) downtime

The Shuttleworth Opensource Lab (TSL) on the ground floor of the Computer Science Building will be unavailable between Friday 20 - Sunday 22 June and Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June 2008.

This is due to a project to upgrade the electrical reticulation in the Computer Science Computer Room, which requires all servers hosted there - which includes the TSL server - to be shutdown.

The server, and hence the lab should be available again by the middle of the following Monday morning.

Linux support (from ICTS) at UCT

Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) just sent out the following email message to announce that they are “gearing up” to provide support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and Ubuntu at UCT.

Connect to the University of Cape Town's "uct-secure" Wireless Network with Ubuntu

The University of Cape Town is rolling out a secure wireless network to many buildings on campus. This network requires that you authenticate using your UCT username (usually with your student number, staff number or third-party number) and password. The SSID of the network is “uct-secure”.

This document describes how to configure an Ubuntu Hardy Heron (or more recent) Linux machine with a wireless card to connect to this network.

Outage today

Apologies for the outage today and on Friday, we upgraded the RAM in the ftp.leg.uct.ac.za server (thank you Chem Eng).

Unfortunately, there were a few complications (to do with bad kernels) and it resulted in a lot more downtime than it should have. But everything is now working correctly again, and we aren’t likely to run out of RAM again, within the lifespan of this server.

Traffic Shaping Implemented

Recently, our mirror has been flooded by Ubuntu-updating-users, and our mirroring hasn’t been able to keep up due to constantly-saturated network links.

We’ve now implemented our own packet shaping on the LEG servers, over and above ICTS’ border shaping. This should share out bandwidth equally between off-campus mirror-users, while keeping the websites snappy and allowing the mirrors to update.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron

Ubuntu Hardy Heron is out, and we have it for you.

  • CDs for Ubuntu can be found here.
  • Kubuntu: here.
  • Edubuntu: here.
  • Our Unofficial Package DVDs: here
  • We don’t have the DVDs yet. We’ll have them in a day or two.

MS Core Fonts

The [corefonts][] are “free” fonts produced by Microsoft. They include many fonts you are expected to have (such as Times New Roman).

On Debian/Ubuntu, you can install the package “ttf-mscorefonts-installer”. As the fonts themselves are not [DFSG-free][dfsg], you need get them separately.

On Debian, if you set your debconf priority low, then it’ll ask you where you want to download them from:

# DEBIAN_PRIORITY=low aptitude install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

You can leave all the questions blank, except for the one about the mirror.

LEG Inaugural Talk

For those who haven’t been following our meetings or leg-chat mailing list, we are organising an inaugural society talk for Wednesday 19 March.

The agenda:

  • What are Linux and LEG?
  • Linux at UCT
  • Elephant’s Dream, The Open Source Movie
  • KDE4
  • Q&A

The talk is necessary for us to meet the society-creation rules, so please come and support us. The idea for the talk is to be interesting to new Linux users as well as long-timers.Posters will appear around campus soon to remind you.

Some additions

We have added a few mirrors recently without announcing them:

  • corefonts - for people who want to install the package.
  • andlinux - something to look at instead of cygwin for windows-bound people.
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