Long Distance Baronial Meetings


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Ynys Fawr is a cosy little barony spread over a ridiculously large area. Attending meetings in other baronies is a doddle: hop on a bus, or drive your car, and in half an hour or not much more, there you are. In Ynys Fawr, it’s a bit different. The hamlet of Eastkirk and the canton of Lightwood are more than four hours apart, and not all the baronial officers live in the central barony. So what do we do about meetings?

The solution we’ve traditionally used is teleconferencing, using software called Ventrilo. This works in Windows and Apple’s OS-X, but not yet in Linux. Fortunately, there’s compatible software called Mangler, which works in Linux and is included in the standard repositories of most distributions. Both Ventrilo and Mangler are free of charge, and can be installed without major difficulty.

To use the software to “attend” baronial meetings, follow these steps.

Ventrilo – Windows and Macintosh

  1. Download the software here, in the Client Programs section. If you don’t know which one to pick, follow this logic: if your computer is expensive and really slick and has an apple on it, pick the Mac OSX option. If you know for sure that you’re running Windows 2000 or a 64-bit version, pick the matching one from the list. Otherwise, it’s a safe bet you’re using a 32-bit version, because that’s pretty much what everyone has, so pick that.
  2. Run the program you downloaded and install it. How? That depends on your computer and the version, but if it’s not reasonably familiar already you can probably ask someone under the age of 15, because they all seem to understand this stuff.

Mangler – Linux

  1. If you’re using Ubuntu Linux 11.04 or greater (so Natty Narwhal, Oneiric Ocelot or anything later), Mangler is included in the standard repos. Open a shell and type sudo apt-get install mangler and you’ll get everything you need. Much more civilised than those other OSes, eh?
  2. If you’re using another distro, the instructions involve more fiddling, but you wouldn’t be using those distros if you weren’t up to the challenge. Read all about it.

Setting up

You need to fill in the following information: server name, host name, port number and password. You can get these from the web minister, Karl Faustus von Aachen. Call on 6297-9599 or email on eric@geeveston.net
He’ll walk you through testing that everything is working; it doesn’t take long.

We’re not publishing the details here because this is visible to the world, and we don’t want the server, which is owned by Baron Lucas Maxwell, to get swamped with spammers and pranksters.

Once you have it all set up, you’re ready to go. Things may be a little flaky on dial-up or satellite internet, but we’ll take it one step at a time.