Doing an technical installation in a gallery space poses some reliability problems. The pieces need to autoboot. If there is a power outage they need to startup again without intervention as the PCs are often hidden and out of reach. They need to run continuously for 3 weeks without intervention incase there isn't a power outage. In my case my budget didn't allow for 4 new pcs so I had to borrow what I could. This means boot from USB and don't touch the hard-drive. Initially I made lubuntu install disks but for the final set I customised a ubuntu oneiric desktop install image with UCK. Stripped out what I didn't need and installed kinect drivers and the artworks. It has the added advantage that I can give someone a flash disk and say "plug it into a pc, plug in the kinect, reboot and press F12, choose to boot from flash disk" and it works mostly depending on the pc the person chooses.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I am a few days away from my practical exhibition for my Masters in Digital Art. The show is titled nullPointerException. Why am I posting this on my ubuntu blog? Because it was made in ubuntu using opensource software such as openframeworks and boodler. Because each work runs from a custom live USB disk running ubuntu. Because the concept is software related. The sensing devices are XBox Kinect and I am using the OpenNI and PrimeSense drivers to do the tracking I need.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hmm, due to time constraints, multi-tasking and even a bit of attention thrashing, our organisational skills for this round were a bit oneiric but I am happy to say we have a release party for this cycle in the Western Cape.
The long and the short, we meet at Panarotti's in Canal Walk on Saturday 15 October at 15:30. More detail on the LoCo directory. Thanks to the guys at UCT who sorted this out for us.
May our next release party be precise.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The people in Midrand have been busy, they made this poster and there is a Software Freedom day coming up. More news on the other Software Freedom day activities else where in the country to follow shortly.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
We didn't have many agenda items, it was a record meeting that lasted all of 15 minutes for official items but we spent some time discussing afterwards. What made this meeting especially fun was it was a combo IRC-realLife meeting because we had the SULUG beer evening at the same time at the Brazen head. Some people were logged in on their phones and some on laptops. Efficient Maaz tried to deciphers the commands I flung at her while mixing martini's and making coffee and keeping minutes. The details of the meeting can be found on the loco.ubuntu.com website.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Alas I wasn't there and everybody had so much fun. Here are the pics to prove it. Hmmm mmm, I missed the chocolate cake with the orange Narwals on it (sigh). About 26 people, party started at 11:00 and ended at about 17:00. Thanks to everybody who helped make the repos accessible. A warm welcome to all the new people. A special big thanks to Dewald who organised the venue, figured out how to get the cake in the venue, updated the websites and got the word out. I am sure there are more people who need to be thanked but since I wasn't there I can't know who they are. I big thanks to everybody in the local community who contributed even if it is just coming to the party.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Hello people, its 2011 and the first ubuntu-za ubuntu hour is happening in Stellenbosch this Sunday. As Dewald says: Gino's in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch on Sunday (6 Feb) at 12pm. Please come join us for a beer or cold drink...
Yay go Dewald!