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|6:30 PM||Tutorial||Startup Scripts by Christine Wanta|
|7:00 PM||Announcements||(Standard Introductions & Procedure )|
|7:05 PM||Call For Help||(An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)|
|7:15 PM||Break||Social, off-line conversations, & book sales|
|7:20 PM||Admittance to building may not be possible after 7:20.|
|7:30 PM||Presentation||Genomics - Using Open Source by Robert Citek|
Christine will discuss the boot process, system startup scripts, and user startup scripts. She will talk about what happens when you turn the machine on, up to the point of system startup scripts, and then discuss some options regarding user startup scripts.
Christine Wanta works as a system specialist for Data Research Associates Inc., in St Louis. Wanta has more than 15 years experience in developing and administering networks involving a variety of OS platforms, including several flavors of Unix, Linux, NT, DOS, and Novell. She possesses expertise in several programming languages (e.g. C/C++, several shells, Perl, Java, HTML), and a number of hardware architectures (Dell, Sun, HP, Compaq, AST, NEC, IBM). Moreover, Wanta has extensive project management and team leadership skills.
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Earlier this year, both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Celera,Inc. announced that they have completed sequencing the human genome. For the first time in history we have the complete "genetic code" available for everyone to read. But reading the genome is like reading machine code with all the manual pages buried in the code itself.
In this talk Robert will address why there is so much interest in genomes, detail some of the computational problems, and describe how Open Source is being used to help analyze these genomic sequences.
Topics will include:
Robert Citek is a microbiologist and systems administrator at Washington University where he manages a group of Linux workstations and servers for a computational biology research group. When he is not dabbling in Perl or Python, often he can be found enjoying a lazy float trip with friends on one of Missouri's many rivers.
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Mike will take a look at 3 of the leading web development platforms available for Linux. Apache is the most popular web server in existence today. It holds a 60% market share of all web servers. Mike will look at the current 1.3 version as well as the upcoming 2.0 release. Tomcat is a Java Servlet and JSP (Java Server Pages) engine. It is a project of the Jakarta group of the Apache Foundation. Tux is a new web server for Linux that runs in kernel space and can serve static HTTP requests extremely fast.
For more information on these web servers, check out http:://www.apache.org, http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/, and http://www.redhat.com/products/software/webservers/tux/.
Mike King has been involved in enterprise web development since 1995. He has worked on projects ranging from e-commerce to extranets, online catalogs to object-oriented programming. He is familiar with technologies including Java, HTML, XML, SQL, and of course Perl.
Meetings of the St. Louis Linux User Group (LUG) are held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM every THIRD THURSDAY of each month. Location: Indian Trails Branch - Saint Louis County Library. Meetings are free and open to everyone. Refer to http://www.stllinux.org for details and maps.
Comments, questions and ideas for the St. Louis Linux Users Group
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Special of the Month
The July special will be the same discount that was given at the
The O'Reilly and Associates line of
books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to
Each month we feature book titles related to that month's presentation
or tutorial topic. Discounts off retail prices are offered to all members
and each month's featured books may be additionally discounted. Usually,
all titles are discounted 10%, while special titles are discounted 25%.
|July 2 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||Carbondale SILUG meeting||
Life Sciences III
|July 3 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||O'Fallon SILUG meeting||
O'Fallon Public Library
120 Civic Plaza
|July 3 (7:30pm)||MO Open Source Linux User Group||
Culpepper's Restaurant (basement)
312 South Kirkwood Road
|July 5 (7:00pm)||Perl Mongers||
5 North Jackson at Forsyth
|July 5 (7:00pm)||St. Louis Area Computer Club||
12863 Willowyk Drive (off Fee Fee)
Creve Coeur, MO
|July 10 (7:00pm)||Linux Users of Central Illinois||
|July 11 (6:30pm)||SLUUG General Meeting||
7910 Manchester (at Hanley)
St. Louis, MO
|July 16 (6:30pm)||SLUUG Steering Committee||
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO
|July 19 (7:00pm)||St. Louis Linux Users Group||
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
St. Louis, MO
|July 24 (7:00pm)||Hazelwood Linux Users Group||
Prarie Commons Branch Library
915 Utz Lane (between Howdershell and Dunn)
|July 24 (7:00pm)||Linux Users of Central Illinois||
|August 8||SLUUG General Meeting|
|August 13||SLUUG Steering Committee|
|August 16||St. Louis Linux Users Group|
|August 21 (7:30)||Hazelwood Linux Users Group|
Directions From Downtown
(NOTE: A security guard from Sunnen is scheduled to be at the door from 6:20 PM to 7:20 PM to allow entry. After 7:20, the door will be unattended and attendees may not be able to enter.)
The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Monday following the general meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur.
The St. Louis Linux Users Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Indian Trails Branch Library.
See map at http://www.stllinux.org/directions/
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[DISCLOSURE: I hold Microsoft's Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Professional (MCP) certifications.]
I have a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server Resource Kit. It comes with a CD that includes several GPLed GNU programs compiled to run on Windows NT: cat, chown, find, ln, mkdir, rm, sh, vi, chmod, cp, grep, ls, mv, rmdir, touch, and wc. These are clearly labeled as GNU programs, and the source code (for these and several other GNU programs) is included on the CD. Perl, another Open Source program under a different license, is also included.
If GNU software under the GPL is dangerous, why would Microsoft have used these on its CD full of handy utilities and bonus software? Surely there must have been some good reason that these tools were included.
This puts Microsoft in an interesting situation. While Microsoft is in the process of telling others not to use the GPL, it may end up being in a position of having to defend the GPL, if for some reason it were to be sued for using, modifying, and distributing this software. It also makes Microsoft look hypocritical for saying that others should not use GPL software, when it has already used GPLed software to enhance its own products.
And if, as Microsoft has stated before, the GPL requires a company to release all of its software under the GPL, when can we expect to see the source code for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office?
The fact is, the GPL license is no more "viral" than any proprietary
commercial license. If I decide to use software that I buy or get for
free from Microsoft, I have to abide by the licensing terms as well as
copyright law. If I decide to use some of Microsoft's code in my own
program, my program becomes "infected" by Microsoft code, and I then
have to license my code under Microsoft's terms. (Assuming Microsoft
will even let me distribute the code.) The GPL is different only in
that the "payment" required is to keep the source code free for eternity,
instead of money.
If somebody wants to change [my] name to "Frodo Rabbit", I wouldn't holler loudly. -- Linus Torvalds, LKM - June 28, 2001 Expansions of "OSDN" (Open Source Developer Network) seen on OSDN sites: Our Sites Down Now Our Staff Destroys Networks Our Sites Do Nothing The GPL is not a virus, it is a vaccine, an inoculation against later abuse of your code by having someone, such as Microsoft, take your hard work, incorporate it into a proprietary product which is then extended and kept closed, marginalizing your project in the process. -- seen on Slashdot That's a beautiful color, but I thought we used UNIX so we don't have to see that color. -- Josh Medley, referring to the blank screen on the VGA projector John Brooks has really deep pockets. -- Sue Hurst If I take a letter, lock it in a safe, hide the safe somewhere in New York, and then tell you to read the letter, that's not security. That's obscurity. On the other hand, if I take a letter and lock it in a safe, and then give you the safe along with the design specifications of the safe and a hundred identical safes with their combinations so that you and the world's best safecrackers can study the locking mechanism--and you still can't open the safe and read the letter, that's security. -- Bruce Schneier, "Applied Cryptography" No technology exists until Microsoft invents it. -- Petreley's first law of computer journalism All *xen are alike and all *xen are not alike. -- Tom Parsons Asking Microsoft to explain the GPL is a little like asking Joe Stalin to explain the US Constitution. -- Professor Eben Moglen, http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/articles/issue12/LU12-ebenmoglen.html Taking advice on what the GPL means from Microsoft is like taking Stalin's word on the meaning of the US Constitution. -- Professor Eben Moglen, http://www.businesswire.com/webbox/bw.050401/211242227.htm
- http://www.toad.com/gnu/whatswrong.html - What's Wrong With Copy Protection
- http://www.pathname.com/fhs/ - The Linux Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
- http://www.kde.org - KDE Desktop Environment (version 2.1.1 is out, 2.2 is in beta)
- http://www.gnome.org - GNOME Desktop Environment (version 1.4 is out, working on 2.0)
- http://orasoft.org/ - OraSoft, a local company developing applications for Oracle on Linux.
- http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ - Free Win32 Telnet/SSH Client called PuTTY.
- http://www.ars-technica.com - good site for keeping up with current hardware trends
- http://www.tomshardware.com - parts reviews/how-to for hardware
- http://www.anandtech.com - another good hardware site
- http://www.pricewatch.com - massive database of pricing and parts
- http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/craig/05-03sharedsource.asp - More Microsoft FUD on Open Source, and their Shared Source initiative
- http://linuxcalendar.com - a nice event calendar from Linux Weekly News.
- http://www.iarchitect.com/mshame.htm - User Interface Hall of Shame
- http://www.vcnet.com/bms/departments/innovation.shtml - Microsoft Hall of Innovation
- http://www.dict.org - Look up words in various dictionaries.
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
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