Last night I went along to a Linux User Group discussion at Noisebridge on Mission. I’d heard of Noisebridge around and about the various people I follow on the web, and it was a good opportunity to check the place out and get some Linux help as well.
It’s a very lively area of SF, for sure. Once I found the front door, was buzzed in , and made my way upstairs to the space, I was amazed to find such a large space full of all kinds of technology and tools. If you’re in any way of a hacking, making or doing disposition, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The discussion itself was quite open, and I was able to pick some experts brains about some things that have confused me from the start with Linux. Namely, WHERE IS EVERYTHING? What are the default directories for things? I only ask because it seems vital when you want to compile something from source. I was pointed to the very useful Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. We also chatted about possible reasons for the periodic freezing of Audacity when I’m editing The Coiled Spring. The answer to that was a bit vague. (Problem: a water pipe that gurgles when you hit it with a heavy book. Solution: don’t hit it with a heavy book)
I wasn’t able to figure out how to compile from source, but never mind, now I use Ubuntu which is polished and shiny and I don’t have to think about it any more. And at the meeting mast night was a chap from the Ubuntu California Team, so I was able to get some info about possible support in future.
After that I went to a local tapas joint to meet Cassie and Taylor and gang for Taylor’s birthday, whereupon a cockroach ran up my leg. Oh, Mission.