For Christmas we got ourselves a ps3. Due to exams I only got around to playing it last week. They are a great machine. The space under my TV had now become crowded with the arrival of the ps3. For the last number of years, I have used an old Dell P4 box under my TV to play files from my home server. It ran Ubuntu and worked great. I had a DVI to HDMI cable from the PC to the TV all worked fine but there was a good bit of over-scan. So with my new toy, I began to look for ways to get rid of the computer and stream directly to the ps3.
It turns out the the ps3 is a UPnP client. I began to look for a UPnP server and with one Google search I came across PS3 Media Server. Very simple to install. On 10.10 it is just
sudo apt-get install mencoder ffmpeg mplayer vlc openjdk-6-jre
Then download the latest build from http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/. I am running v1.20.412. Run the PMS.sh file and away you go. The only configuring I did was to add the folders where my media is stored. In one way I am sad to see my old Ubuntu box go but happy to have under my TV not look like such a mess.
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Our Table. I blured out the other person as I never asked him if I could put this photo up
As I mention last week, I planned to along to an event being organized by Enterprise Ireland and the Enterprise Europe Network Ireland called the Business Value of Open Source Software. The event was held last Tuesday in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. This was very handy for me, as I was in DCU all morning finishing a project.
I was amazed at the quality of the talks. All the speakers were great public speakers. It reinforces the need for me to continue improving my public speaking skills. The two speakers to stand out for me , were Simon Phipps and Mark Shuttleworth.
Simon gave a great talk on the business value of open source. He explained why you need software freedoms. The talk clearly showcased the advantages of using open source. I liked the talk very much. It was great to hear a different side of why to use open source . A lot of other open source talks I have been try to get you to use open source for philosophical reasons . Simon explained you should use open source in order to stay flexibly and agile in the business world.
For the coffee break and networking session of the event their were a number of tables set up outside. A few different Irish open source providers were their with all their bells and whistles set up. As I mention last David from Enterprise Ireland offered me a table at the event. For the TOG table we had our Makerbot a few posters and lots of Ubuntu Cd’s along with us. As with other events I have taken the Makerbot too, people love to know what it is. We had lots of people come over asking about. I talked to loads of people about hackerspaces and Ubuntu. It was great to meet some follow hackerspace members who were up from 091labs for the event. Overall the it was worthwhile having the table at the event. I am not sure any of them will be new TOG members but the overall awareness was definitely raised.
It started off with me letting people know I was attending a great event next week. The Business Value of Open Source Software. Then the suggestion came out that we(ubuntu-ie) should give out the rest of the ubuntu 10.10 cds we had left. It turns out that we had a huge demand for the cds .We were sent 250 and now we had only 15 left. Cztab comes to the rescue. Within minutes of mentioning it on IRC, she had a shipit order placed for 100 cds. That was Tuesday and now Thuresday I get a knock on my door. A box of 100 ubuntu waiting for me.
After emailing the organizers asking could I give out the ubuntu cds, they offered us a table during the networking part of the event. I think I did not make myself clear as I had my Ubuntu-ie hat on and not my TOG one , as he now asked could TOG do a table at the event. So it started off that I was just going to listen to a few great talks and no I am running a table at the event. Its funny how things snowball.
To find out how the event went click here.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat was released last Sunday on the 10/10/10 10.10 UTC . As always Ubuntu-ie the Irish LoCo were having a party to celebrate. The party started off in Jimmy Chungs for some food and then moved along to the Market bar. I missed the food part of the party as I was at an open house event in Dun Laoghaire. I went to see the Commissioners of Irish Lights HQ. Very cool place. Being involved in Irish LoCo, at our last IRC meeting I suggested that we run a Ubuntu quiz in the pub. Mike and I had the task of running the quiz. Mike came up with ten questions and so did I. On the day I forgot my ten questions so we had to run with just a ten. As a penalty for forgetting my questions I was given the job of quiz master. The quiz is below.
Regarding the First official Ubuntu release:
What was it called, numbered and on what date was it released?
Which release of ubuntu did not follow the the normal x.04 X.10 cadence (Name and number).
What city was was Hardy Herons UDS held?
Name 4 of the current 5 derivatives that use Ubuntu as their foundation and contribute
On what date was the new ubuntu-ie mailing list officially launched with Derry Murrays
When did the Ubuntu Ireland LoCo become an official LoCo.
What are the names or IRC nicks of the 5 Ubuntu-ie LoCo based Ubuntu Members?
How many Ubuntu LTS releases have there been to date? (number, names and release numbers)
How many official iterations have there been to date up to and including 10.10 Maverick Meerkat?
What are the code names of the first 8 Ubuntu releases?
A link to the answers is here. Try the quiz without looking and put your score in the comments. The winner of the quiz got 16 points , our very own point of contact ebel.
Also one of our LoCo members is moving to the UK for a job. We got her a cake and a card as a thank you for all the work she has done.
Cztab will be missed.