New Meetup: Dallas Open Source Saturday March Meetup

From: John F.
Sent on: Thursday, March 4, 2010 11:26 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Dallas Open Source Saturday!

What: Dallas Open Source Saturday March Meetup

When: Saturday, March 6,[masked]:00 AM

Where:
Los Lupes ~ Addison
3855 Belt Line Rd
Addison, TX 75001
[masked]

March Meeting motto is "Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto". (Cheesy, but John liked it.)

We have a special guest presenter, Eric Chaney, from the DPRG, Dallas Personal Robotics Group, http://www.dprg.org. He is going to bring in some robots and talk about Arduino, Parallax, Mindstorms, BoeBot,, etc. development.

They are a 501(c)3 Non Profit Educational Organization. Currently they are in the middle of a fund drive to start a Makerspace / hackerspace / a shared community workshop in Dallas. The web site is at:
http://www.dallasmakerspace.com.
Planned is a workshop with CNC machines, laser cutters, and dark room
for circuit etching, along with a computer lab. And whatever else they can cram in. Check out the pics from their last lab! I'll be donating. :)

Eric says they are also having a Robot Competition on May 9th. It will be an indoor / outdoor event using GPS, beacons, colored lights or whatever for a mini Darpa Grand Challenge.

John is still in production mode with a deadline at work, so he didn't make any real progress on a new meeting spot. He also promises to stop talking in the 3rd person.

More news from the open source front, like Novell (SUSE) being offered 2 Billion dollars for the company (they have ~1 Billion in cash, so it really is a 1 Billion offer..) and Ubuntu's next LTS (Long Term Support) release coming next month.
John

Learn more here:
http://opensource.meetup.com/62/calendar/12782725/

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