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Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 6:45 PM
5 N Jackson Ave at Forsyth Blvd,
|6:45 PM||Tutorial||Using MAKE - Mike Kriz|
|6:45 PM||Guru Gathering||
Smoke on the Mountain
- Jeff Grigg
|7:15 PM||Announcements||(Standard Introductions & Procedure ) |
|7:20 PM||Call For Help||(An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group) |
Social, off-line conversations, &
book sales |
|7:45 PM||Presentation||POSIX threads Programming by Rich Seibel|
The make commnand looks for the files makefile, Makefile, s.makefile, or s.Makefile, in that order, and executes the command in the first file it finds. This command is used for building large programs that have multiple files. It is usually used by programmers for making applications, but any user can put make to work on any large set of files.
For more info contact Mike Kriz by sending mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
This month a small group of those that are bored with the tutorials will meet in the secondary room, behind the main presentation area. Attendance will not be by invitation; but, lurkers and wantabees will be embarassed and urged to leave. Subject matter will be refereed by Jeff Grigg.
Please contact Jeff Grigg by sending mailto:email@example.com if you have suggestions for this session.
This month's presentation by Rich Seibel is for all programmers. Pthreds is the POSIX API for building multi-threaded programs. Rich will discuss why you might want to use threads, what capabilities are offered by Pthreads and what you need to watch out for when you make a threaded program. It is useful technology that no programmer should be without.
Rich Seibel, is a software engineer for Object Computing Inc. Rich was trained as an electrical engineer at Purdue University in 1966. He started out maintaining computers 25 years ago and moved into software and training. He is currently working with open source middleware for distributed software using the Object-Oriented paradigm.
He has been a SLUUG board member and steering committee member in the past and has been doing tutorials for the Unix Users Group for quite a few years. Currently he is the organization's Secretary and general recorder.
His July 1999 tutorial was on "The History of Editors" and was a co-presentor in June 1999 of "The Micro$oft Anti-Trust Case."
For more info contact Rich Seibel by sending mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
Title of the Month
The 25% discount special will be on any book with the word "programming" in the title, 10% discound on all other boosk. Get a free Tee Shirt with any $30 purchase.
All regularly priced titles are 10% off retail cost at the general meeting.
(Excludes featured, or specially priced or promotional items)
The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to our members.
Each month features a book related to that month's presentation or tutorial topic.
||February 3, 2000 at 7:00 PM |
( TOPICS: ) To Be Announced
CAIT, Training Room 024,
5 N Jackson Ave at Forsyth Blvd,
| GIG-ANTIC TM Show & Sale
||February 4-5, 1999 |
Free Parking - Adults $4 - Children 8-12 $2
Sat 10:00AM - 4:00PM Sun 11:00 AM - 3:00PM
St. Charles Exposition Hall
Take I-70 to Fifth Street Exit
St. Charles, MO
||February 8, 2000 |
[St. Louis UNIX Users Group stuff]
|SLUUG General Meeting
||February 9, 2000 at 6:45 PM|
CAIT, Training Room 024, (temporary location)
5 N Jackson Ave at Forsyth Blvd,
[Don't forget about this stuff]
||February 14, 2000 ||Steering Committee
||February 15, 2000 at 6:00 PM|
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO
||February 17, 2000 at 7:00 PM|
( TOPIC: ) Something Really Good by Some One
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
St. Louis, MO
||March 2, 2000 |
|SLUUG General Meeting
||March 8, 2000 ||Steering Committee
||March 14, 2000 ||Linux SIG
||March 16, 2000 ||ITEC
||May ..-.., 2000 ||KC Linuxfest
||June 20-24, 2000 |
Overland Park, KS
The STL!/unix/usr/group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Note, temporary location for this month only!
See map at http://www.cait.wustl.edu/gotowc.html
The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur.
The SLUUG Linux SIG (SLUUGLS) meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Indian Trails Public Library.
See map at http://www.stllinux.org/directions/
Thanks to a helpful Security guard at Sunnen we discovered that we were NOT scheduled for the conference room for the year 2000. We had always been asked if we wanted to continue the next year by our "contact" at Sunnen. Our last contact was Tim Scally who has since left Sunnen.
We subsequently talked to Rebecca (Becky) Lovasco, who schedules the rooms. We are now scheduled at Sunnen for March - December. However, for February, we have had to find another meeting place. She had only a room big enough for 12 people available. On 2/9/2000, the 3rd floor conf room, the 2nd floor conf room, and the cafeteria are all in use.
We believe that is only the second time we haven't met at Sunnen. The other time was with the O'Rieley speaker at Library Ltd.
Our temporary February location will be CAIT, Washington University's Continuing Ed program site at the old famous Barr Building in downtown Clayton.
The CAIT room has 40 chairs now and there is room to pull in an additional 12. This is the same room that is used by the Perl Mongers group. It is in the western of the two old Famous Barr buildings at Forsyth and Jackson. See map at http://www.cait.wustl.edu/gotowc.html
As a one time substitute, it is not far from our Sunnen location so it shouldn't inconvienience many people. There is a parking garage. No charge at nite.
We will be starting 15 minutes later so that attendees who unknowingly go to Sunnen will have time to drive to the temporary location. The Security guard at Sunnen will redirect those who don't get the word on the temporary location change.
Please contact Rich Seibel by sending
if you need more specific information on the location or other aspects
of the SLUUG professional association.
SLUUG holds officer advisory elections at our February meetings. This is the official notice. As required by the By-laws, the February meeting (9 Feb) shall constitute the annual membership meeting and elections.
Anyone having attended 2 meetings in this previous year is eligable to vote.
The elections are for 2 seats on the Board of Directors. As of this writing, only the 2 incumbents have stated their desire to be elected to serve in these positions. These are Dave Mills and Rich Seibel. The seats have 3 year terms. There are a total of 5 directors. SLUUG is incorporated as an association in the state of Missouri.
There wil also be an advisor vote for officers. The officers are actually elected by the board but it is our tradition to hold this advisory election as well. Only the current incumbants have indicated their willingness to serve.
Current SLUUG officers are:
President: Gary J. Meyer Vice Pres: Ed Wehner Sectretary: Rich Seibel Treasurer: Mike Kriz
The election shall take place at the Q&A/announcement period. This month, that will be about 7:15pm.
We are VERY open to any additional nominations for these positions, and any member can run. For more information, contact Gary Meyer, 781-8644, or any member of the steering committee.
Please contact Gary Meyer by sending
if you need more specific information on the offices or other aspects
of the SLUUG professional association.
Stan: Uhhh, isn't it five? Gary: ...from our new By-laws....qualifications for president...should be able to count to 4...er,ah 5...or so.
Triple-I Corporation http://www.triplei.com/
The Triple-I Corporation is proud to be a sponsor for the St. Louis Unix User's Group. The Triple-I Corporation is a 30 year old consulting company with offices throughout the Midwest. We are proud of our fine reputation, and we are pleased to support groups such as yours that are committed to excellence in the information technology profession.
The Triple-I Corporation focuses on providing our client companies with individuals with the following technologies: System Administrators, C and C++, Oracle Developers and DBA's, and JAVA programmers.
For more information on Triple-I, please call Jackie Crotzer (314) 821-2322 x 11, or send mailto:email@example.com
The ITEC show coming in May. Volunteers? Ideas?
The ITEC computer & office system show will, once again, take place this May. A poll taken at out January general meeting showed a strong desire that we should again participate.
We are looking for ideas that will make us more visible at the show and to the St.Louis community. No matter how crazy...please make suggestions. Brainstorming wild ideas often leads to distilling out some great ideas.
Some ideas included doing a continual installation of Linux, SCO, or other versions on laptps or small desktops to demonstate the ease of use and installation. More ideas???
We had 4 people volunteer to be the managers of this effort. They include John O'Rielly, Mike King and Leland V. Lambert.
You can be part of the planning by sending mailto:ITEC@mail.sluug.org You can join this mailing list and read along by sending a note by mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with 1 line..."subscribe itec" as the message body. Do not include the quote marks.
For more info contact Gary Meyer by sending mailto:email@example.com .
Last month,Judge Harold Green died. He is best remembered in our industry as "the judge that broke up AT&T" but that memory is somewhat inaccurate.
Judge Green was hearing the Anti-trust / monopoly case against AT&T. After the government concluded its initial case, AT&T asked the judge to end the trial on the basis of the government "obviously had no case". This is a fairly standard legal manuver, even if it is a long shot that the judge will agree.
Judge Green denied AT&T's request and said he wanted to hear the defense arguments presented. He did NOT rule against AT&T's defence of the case.
At that point, AT&T negotiated an agreement of mutual consent with the government that ended the case. The Judge approved the agreement and was later called upon to rule on interpretations as AT&T broke itself apart.
A clerk for the judge during the trial said that neither at the time of the trial nor after, did the judge ever indicate how he would have ruled to decide the case. Nor did he say if the break-up of AT&T and the current state of affairs in telecommunications & computing were anything like what he would have planned or envisioned.
Before becoming a judge, Green was an escapee from the NAZIs and came to the US. He served as a lawyer under Attorney General Robert Kennedy and was one of the authors of the Voting Rights Act (which ended legal hasseling of non-whites and the poor when they tried to vote).
Matthew Feldt made a real effort to update the Linux SIG's web pages in time for last month's meeting. He was apologizing that it didn't happen in time but the firewall problem was beyond his control. Matt is thinking of mirroring the SIG's pages to prevent such problems in the future.
Sun announced that Solaris 8.0 will be no charge for nodes with less than 8 CPUs. The announcement was made in the last week of January. Availablity expected in March.
Sun also announced (as expected) that Solaris is now "Open Source". There does seem to be some confusion about definitions of "open" at this time. Sun apparently is releasing the code for public viewing but the reports say that the users cann't "change the code".
What Linus has been doing...the low power chip.
Linus Torvalds is frequently in the news as the originator of Linux. But in recent interviews, he has admitted to working for a California start-up but had to be secretive about their product.
On 19 January, the secret came out. Transmeta Corp announced its Crusoe (pronounced KRUUSO) chip. Its strength is VERY low power consumption for the laptop and handheld market. It has an instruction set and architecture that allows it to run Intel X86 code.
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Pay attention to the news out of New York.
LinuxWorld starts Wednesday 2 Feb. -- Gary
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As our membership grows, we have had some inquiries about the possibility of having Special Interest Groups in several areas. If you are interested in starting or participating in a SIG for System Administration, Networking, C, Object Oriented Programming, a specific vendor, etc., please call Dave Mills at 230-5151, extension 103, or contact any officer of the group.
Visit the Linux SIG home page (http://www.stllinux.org/) for the latest meeting details.LOCATION DIRECTIONS:
Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
|Follow 170:||Exit Page east to North-South Rd., go left on North-South Rd. to Midland, go left on Midland one block to Delport, the Library is on your left (see map at http://www.stllinux.org/directions/).|
For more information on SLUUGLS refer to the WWW home page for the group at http://linux.feldt.com or contact Matthew Feldt by mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The CTI SIG is no longer having regular meetings and is currently using a webboard format.
The Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) Users Group is a non-profit organization open to developers, end-users, sales people, and others who share the common interest of melding the telecommunications and computing worlds.
For more information on SLUUG CiTI contact Tony Zafiropoulos by mailto:email@example.com or (314)878-9855.
The Digital Alpha SIG is for those interested in Digital UNIX and the DEC Alpha architecture. Visit the Digital Alpha SIG's home at http://www.sluug.org/~newton/asighome.html for more information.
The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur. The guard can direct you to the meeting location. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to become more involved in the planning of SLUUG, feel free to join us at the next Steering Committee meeting. Meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hours.
For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Ed Wehner, send mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Louis UNIX Users Group maintains a WWW page at http://www.sluug.org/. Visit us to learn more about who we are and what we do, visit other UNIX user groups' WWW pages, sign up for a SIG, or just to browse.
SLUUG is looking for volunteers to help with presentations, web page development, managing corporate sponsorships, and many other tasks. If you would like to help out, contact Chris Wanta by mailto:email@example.com or visit http://www.sluug.org/~cfw1/help.html.
We publish other user group meeting schedules on a reciprocal basis. If you are a member of another non-profit group, please inform them of our policy and invite them to exchange meeting information by mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or call any of the SLUUG officers.
|BBS Questions||Jim (Knight) Ford||mailto:email@example.com
|Corporate Sponsors||Ed Wehner||mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
|Publisher||Sanjiv Bhatia||Home: (314)519-9272
|Editor||Stan Reichardt||Home: (314)298-1183
|O'Reilly Books||Dave Mills||Work: (314)230-5151, extension 103
|Presentations||Open Position||Send info/ideas to mailto:email@example.com
|Gary Meyer||Home: (314)781-8644
|SLUUG Secretary||Rich Seibel||mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
|SLUUG Treasurer||Mike Kriz||mailto:email@example.com
|Special Interest Groups (SIGs)|
|Tony Zafiropoulos||Phone: (314)878-9855
|Linux||Matthew Feldt||Home: (314)429-5433
If you would like to submit an article to the CRONicle of general interest to the members of the St. Louis UNIX Users Group,send mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for article submissions is two weeks before the next general meeting.
The St. Louis UNIX Users Group has a P.O. box. All official correspondence with SLUUG should now be sent to:
St. Louis UNIX Users Group P.O. Box 411302 Creve Coeur Post Office St. Louis, MO 63141-9998