The memorial service was well attended. So far as I could tell there were approximately 6 LUG members (2 from Billings, 3 from Bozeman, and 1 from Helena). Of course Ken's family was there as was Judy's... and all of Ken's co-workers from Key Computer Consulting and many people from the motorcycle club Ken was a member of.
We started by signing the guestbook upon entry into the building. That was followed by heading up to the front table that had three posters full of pictures of Ken for a trip down memory lane.
The full story contains several pictures. See also the photogallery.
Donnie Lunder and Warren Sanders (both from the BillingsLUG) picked me up about noon on their way to Helena. The reason we went so early, given the fact that the service wasn't until 6:30PM, was because we had a mission: 1) Gain access to all of Ken's computers, see what they are running, and save anything that needed to be saved, and 2) Go through all of Ken's computer related stuff and help get rid of everything so the family doesn't have to.
Update: A memorial service for Ken was held in Helena on Friday November 2nd. 2915 Country Club Ave., Helena.
Ken passed away Monday morning, October 29th. Please read comments for more information. See also this comment from Ken's brother.
A comment was posted early Sunday morning to the BozemanLUG book section of this site. Please have a look.
Ken Dyke founded the BozemanLUG back in the Spring of 2001. He also frequently attended BillingsLUG meetings.
Ken moved to Helena in 2005 and started up a HelenaLUG... and continued to drive to Bozeman each month to host the BozemanLUG meetings until I moved to the Bozeman area (Sept. 2005) and he handed over the reigns of the BozemanLUG to me. He has been attending the BozemanLUG meetings on and off since moving to Helena.
Ten people attended the meeting last night. As always, thanks to Ken Dyke for drving in from Helena to make the meeting.
We had a lively discussion on Virtualization. Before the meeting I wrote up the various virtualization methods that were in play on the whiteboard. After the meeting had started and the ice broken... I went over my experience with XenExpress, Xen in RHEL 5, what I had learned about VMware ESX from a co-worker, and some about OpenVZ. There were quite a few questions.
[Update] Ken emailed me the link to the P2V Converter he mentioned at the meeting... Convert Physical Windows Systems Into Virtual Machines To Be Run On A Linux Desktop.
Just wanted to thank David Boreham again for the presentation he did on Fedora Directory Server. 15 people (including myself and David) attended the meeting... which is the highest turnout we have had in a very long time... although I believe we easily have the potential for 3 times that number. I *SHOULD* have brought a camera and taken a few pictures but I didn't.
Birth of LDAP
David started off the presentation by explaining that quite a bit of the most recent development work on FDS (aka Red Hat Directory Server) was actually done here in Montana... by David and people who work for him. It was incredibly interesting to have an actual developer give a presentation and David has a long history in the industry and was able to give us a first-hand introduction into the birth of the ITU's X.500 protocol and how it was later scaled down and adapted to work over TPC/IP as LDAP by Tim Howes of the University of Michigan.
David then explained what LDAP was good for and what it wasn't so good for.
History of Fedora Directory Server
Since FDS is the continuation of the product formerly known as Netscape Directory Server and was aquired by Red Hat on June 1, 2005, David went over some of the history of the product and where it stands today.
For the rest of the story, click on the read more link below...
There were eight folks in attendance for Chad Bohannan's presentation on the Linux Virtual File System (VFS), Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) and his porting of MaiaFS from a small embedded OS to FUSE.
Chad has been working with a couple of space satellite research projects with MSU-Bozeman and his goal is to port Linux to their launch vehicle and use the MaiaFS as a "forgetful" filesystem for data collection.
Chad covered the basics of the VFS, FUSE, and showed us actual code for MaiaFS. He explained that it is very easy to create and modify filesystems since the VFS/FUSE system provides all of the functions for everything and you just replace the functions you need and can ignore the ones you don't need.