Next Meeting

EFI and GPT Multi-boot Practices

Meeting Info
Speaker: 
Bryan Smith and Nino Pereira
Date: 
6/11/2016 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
Nova Labs II
1916 Isaac Newton Square W
Reston, VA 20190

Overview

  • Introduction: Purpose and Terminology
  • Background: Quick Overview of uEFI and GPT
  • Enablement: Enabling uEFI and Creating GPT Disk Labels
  • Booting: Linux and Windows Tools and Solutions
  • Practices: Rod Smith's rEFI Boot Loader and Author's Eccentric Ways

The purpose of these materials is to focus on the following concepts, realities and practices.

Purpose

Adoption:
The [unified] Extensible Firmware Interface ([u]EFI) is here, and is virtually near 100% universal adoption. Knowing the firmware and booting realities are unavoidable, especially with an increasing number of uEFI-only systems lacking Compatibility Support Modules (CSM, legacy BIOS compatibility). The GUID Partition Table (GPT), whether used with uEFI or not (latter usually being non-bootable under CSM) offers many advantages too.

Familiarity:

NovaLug Animation Logo

So I goofed around with Blendar and made this:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wrvuh0g6mz3vprc/NovaLug.ogg?dl=0

Unfortunately, you cannot upload video files to our web site - so you'll have to download it from my dropbox account.

Worthy of mention... the $9 Linux PC

This kickstarter is now overfunded, but still an interesting Linux project.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598272670/chip-the-worlds-first-9-...

Internet Cats

Here is a public link to the presentation I gave today.  I'll look at getting it into the new wiki as soon as possible.

A link that works.  Also the PDF version of the presentation.

All the imagery is open or shared source (another thing I'm into, open source artwork).

I'll be posting a webform for volunteers to sign up for the new architecture project soon.  I estimate I'll have that ready before next months meeting, which I will set aside time to attend as well.

Thanks for tolerating my presentation!

-jpw

New meeting location starting November 2014

The move is (more or less) complete to NoVa Labs new home. We will start meeting there on 8 November 2014.

NoVa Labs II
1916 Isaac Newton Square West
Reston, VA 20190

Mailing List Update (27 July 2014)

UPDATE: The list is close to being ready. We will migrate everyone and post the new address here.

I am working to move the mailing list. Stay tuned for an update. I apologize to those who can not get access or keep getting unsubscribed.

Mark Metz to Present Basic Photo-editing in GIMP at the July FredLUG Meeting

I just wanted to let anyone who wasn't aware that there is a LUG in Fredericksburg and I'll be presenting some basic photo-editing in GIMP at July's meeting.

This will be different than the content I showed at NOVALUG in January.

Check out the link for the July FredLUG MeetUP

I encourage you to join MeetUp and RSVP if you plan to attend.

OpenShift for Development by Peter Larsen

On June 14, 2014 the monthly meeting of NOVALUG featured Peter Larsen, Senior Solutions Architect from Red Hat, speaking about OpenShift. Peter is a regular at NOVALUG, and cameraman for the NOVALUG Google Hangout for most presentations. He was performing a dress rehearsal for his talk at next week's South East Linux Fest in Charlotte, NC.
Peter explained that OpenShift is a user-friendly, easily-deployed platform as a service (PAAS). A little over two years ago the creators of Origin, the open source code for OpenShift, asked for feedback about their PAAS and feedback they got. Backed by Red Hat the product became a way to support a development community, negating the need for resources and the knowledge necessary to maintain an independent development platform.

Kaveri's Potential

I have a lot of respect for AMD because over the years they have come up with a number of true innovations, leaving Intel (sometimes the whole industry) to play catch-up for a bit.  The x86-64 architecture (a.k.a. AMD64) provided backwards compatibility to the 32-bit x86 instruction set when Intel was ready to move on with Itanium.  AMD followed up by baking the memory controller in the CPU.  When paired with HyperTransport, this gave multiple CPU servers significant performance enhancements while still providing memory coherency.

Their current line of processors -- dubbed APUs -- merge the CPU and GPU into a single chip, trying to leverage that integration to better performance.  Up until now, the two might live on the same silicon, but there was still a high wall between them.  In the latest generation, codenamed Kaveri, AMD has merged the GPU and CPU in a tightly unified architecture called HSA.

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