The UNIX® CRONicle
|6:30 PM||Tutorial||Passwords (Part 1) by Stan Reichardt|
|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||Open Source Software: Ready for Prime Time? by Dr. Myles Bogner|
Passwords are the magic words that let authorized users work on computers while keeping others out. But, really, "Part One"!? Just how much can be said about this subject?
Well, Stan likes to make a lot of slides. He roughed out about 30 slides a few months back and took up two full hours defending them before the Hazelwood Linux Users Group meeting. It may have been that he had put something interesting together. Nobody fell asleep and everybody learned something that they didn't know before.
You can expect a somewhat structured ramble through the wonderful world surrounding the front door key to Unix security. Nothing highly complex, yet worth discussion. Too much to cover in one tutorial session but interesting enough to continue next month.
We suspect that Stan Reichardt has some level of education, that he is licensed to drive his pickup truck, and that his employment has often been doing things other than his job title.
With a twinkle in his eye he recounts contract work with the US Post Office and Full Time active duty with the US Army Reserve. A life time member of the NRA that seldom shoots anymore, he is quite proud of a marksmanship trophy he got in 1990. The only other thing he is personally proud of from his military service is a bourne shell script application he wrote during his last two months with the US Army Reserve Command in Atlanta.
He is too cheap for the latest technical gadgets and his devotion to the VIM text editor (a "vi" emulation) is quite strong. For the last four years his personal choice of Operating Systems has been RedHat Linux.
His philosophy of life is that even though Y2K was a let down, similar opportunities happen all the time. Ask about his kitchen.
Stan was the volunteer SLUUG newsletter editor from Feb 1999 to Feb 2001. He has given various SLUUG tutorials and presentations. He acted as the "Beach Master" co-ordinator during the March 2001 St. Louis Linux Install-Fest. Currently he is the "Dictator for Life" heading up the Hazelwood Linux Users Group for "newbies" and he constantly attends our SLUUG Steering Committee meetings.
Check out Stan's personal web page at
for a glimpse of his subtle sense of humor about vacations and near death.
Questions and comments are welcome. Contact Stan Reichardt via email to
or by phone at 314-298-1183.
With the successes of the Linux operating system and Apache web server, many IT executives today are beginning to leverage Open Source software. A major question prevails: how far can open source software take my organization?
This talk gives a brief overview of the Open Source movement. It then describes how to build an e-commerce web application using entirely open source software. Technologies utilized include Linux, Java, and XML.
Dr. Myles Bogner is Vice President of Research and Development for Asynchrony Solutions, Inc. He has extensive experience designing and realizing "smart" e-commerce and artificial intelligence software. Myles has developed leading edge solutions (primarily in Java) for venture-backed clients, medium and large sized corporations, and government agencies. He is an excellent leader in task management and has a refereed publications record. Myles is a vibrant instructor and continues to give invited talks. He has been a key team member of several interdisciplinary teams.
Myles received both his Master's and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Memphis in a stellar three years after his B.S. in Computer Science from Rhodes College.
Ideas, questions and suggestions are welcome; please contact Christine
Over the past few years, instant messaging (IM) has grown from a small niche market to the latest "must-have" technology. While IM competition between the big companies like Microsoft, Yahoo! and America Online has grown quite fierce, the open source community has remained strangely quiet. Without the open source community pushing for a standardization of IM protocol, the numerous competitors have kept their developments highly proprietary. While recent developments have prodded key players to pay lip service to standardization, the fruits of these efforts remain to be seen. Without a major open source project to uphold the standards and promote cooperation, users are left to the whims of large, faceless companies, interoperability flounders and outside development is non-existent.
Jabber is a completely open source, cross platform, feature rich, developer friendly, standards compliant IM platform. By upholding the standards of groups such as the IETF IMPP group, as well as creating a "translation" system between IM networks, Jabber promotes increased progress and frees users from negotiating which platform to use so they can focus on the point of IM: communication.
Matthew Porter is a graduate of Saint Louis Univeristy - Parks College. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and is planning to return for a Masters in Computer Science in the near-term future. Matthew is currently a Java architect and software developer at Demand Management, Inc. where he is working with a talented team to build the company's next-generation product. When not coding, Matthew can be found driving his 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I.
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
are welcome; please send email to
Special of the Month
The August special will be:
The O'Reilly and Associates line of
books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to
Most months we feature special offers on titles related to that month's
presentation or tutorial topic. Discounts off retail prices are offered
to all attendees.
|August 2 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||Perl Mongers||
5 North Jackson at Forsyth
|August 2 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||St. Louis Area Computer Club||
12863 Willowyk Drive (off Fee Fee)
Creve Coeur, MO
|August 7 (7:00pm-9:00pm)
NOTE: Special Location
|O'Fallon SILUG meeting||
Borders Book Store
Fairview Heights, IL
|August 7 (7:00pm-11:00pm)||MO Open Source Linux User Group||
Culpepper's Restaurant (basement)
312 South Kirkwood Road
|August 8 (6:30pm-9:00pm)||SLUUG General Meeting||
7910 Manchester (at Hanley)
St. Louis, MO
|August 9 (6:30pm-8:00pm)||St. Louis Java Users' Group||
CityPlace One Auditorium
One City Place
Creve Coeur, MO
|August 13 (6:30pm-8:30pm)||SLUUG Steering Committee||
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO
|August 14 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||Linux Users of Central Illinois||
|August 16 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||St. Louis Linux Users Group||
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
St. Louis, MO
|August 19-21 (times vary)||Super Computer Sale||
|August 21 (7:30pm-9:00pm)
NOTE: Special Date/Time.
|Hazelwood Linux Users Group||
Prarie Commons Branch Library
915 Utz Lane (between Howdershell and Dunn)
|August 28 (7:00pm-9:00pm)||Linux Users of Central Illinois||
|September 12 (6:30pm)||SLUUG General Meeting|
|September 17 (6:30pm)||SLUUG Steering Committee|
|September 20 (7:00pm)||St. Louis Linux Users Group|
|September 25 (7:00pm)||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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Several projects are in progress to improve SLUUG's computer systems, also known as the BBS. Work should be completed within a couple of months.
Configuration of a new mail server (i.e. a replacement for michelob) has started. Major new features include: 12GB of disk space vs. 3.5GB, 1GB memory vs. 64MB, a processor that is 3 times faster, and AIX 5L with many GNU utilities and Linux "application compatability".
A new Xyplex terminal server, for dial-up access, is now being tested. The main enhancement is a later release of the software which should further improve reliability. It will also provide the base for future security enhancements.
Account payments are now due for renewal. Emails will be sent out soon. Please make plans to pay as soon as you can. Payments may be made by mail, or at any regular meeting, and may be by check, credit card, or cash. Please contact Gary Meyer (email@example.com) for questions about BBS billing or to sign up for an account.
If you wish to help with the BBS or the upgrades, please contact Mike Knight.
At the July SLUUG general meeting, Robert Citek gave a presentation on genomic research and his work at Washington University maintaining their high-performance computing cluster. The presentation was well-received, and many people were eager to learn more about the topic. Robert posted these URLs, some of which he mentioned during his presentation, and some of which provide additional information.
5th Annual Linux Showcase and Conference (http://www.linuxshowcase.org)
Each year, the best and the brightest in the Open Source and Linux community come together at one technical conference, the Annual Linux Showcase and Conference. Now in its fifth year, ALS continues its remarkable development as the premiere technical Linux conference for savvy system administrators, end users, enthusiasts, and developers.
The ALS conference starts out with a Tutorial Program, November 5-7, 2001. In the tutorials, you can gain mastery of complex techniques and technologies through in-depth instruction. The 12 tutorials deliver immediately useful information. Both full and half-day tutorials are offered.
The tutorial program will be followed by three days of technical sessions, an XFree86 technical conference and a free vendor exhibition showcasing the products and services of over 70 top Linux companies including Compaq, Hewlett-Packard Company, Red Hat, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., SuSE Inc. and VA Linux Systems Inc.
For the complete conference schedule and to register visit
O'Reilly And Associates editor-in-chief, Frank Willison, died Monday, July 30th. Over the years, you may have read his oreilly.com column, Frankly Speaking. Tim O'Reilly shares his thoughts on Frank and the impact he had as well as his famous wit, wisdom, humor, and humanity at http://www.oreilly.com/news/frank_0701.html. A memorial page has been set up at http://labs.oreilly.com/cgi-bin/frank.
In happier news, we'd like to wish Kara and Steven Pritchard
congratulations on the birth of their first child. Emma Margaret
Pritchard was born on Thursday, July 26. Mother and baby are doing
great, and father is only slightly in shock. Given her lineage, Emma
should be giving presentations at LUG meetings any day now. Pictures
can be found at http://www.silug.org/~emma/ and
Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable. -- John F. Kennedy It's kind of like a magazine subscription -- I get one every month. -- Dave Odevich, referring to Outlook viruses Rich: Have you noticed the traffic out there? Craig: No, I haven't checked my email since Friday. Rich: No, the traffic on Olive. I'd rather listen to [Sir Isaac] Newton than to [Microsoft's VP Craig] Mundie. He may have been dead for almost three hundred years, but despite that he stinks up the room less. -- Linus What's weirder -- this haircut, or the fact that he has a razor with him? -- Buch Pyland The government cannot take down Microsoft, but Microsoft can take down the government. -- devphil on Slashdot, in reference to the Code Red virus, which takes advantage of a hole in IIS to attack whitehouse.gov Mike is mail police He saves us from port two five Mike could use procmail -- David Ulevich Give a programmer a computer that runs twice as fast, he/she will produce code that runs ten times slower. -- Unknown EMACS: Eight Megs And Constantly Swapping EMACS: Escape, Meta, Alt, Control, Shift EMACS: EMACS Makes A Computer Slow EMACS: Eventually malloc()'s All Computer Storage EMACS: Equine Mammals Are Considerably Smaller EMACS: Excavating Mayan Architecture Comes Simpler I use both Emacs and an IDE. If my left hand hurts, I've been using Emacs for too long. If my right hand hurts, I've been using the IDE for too long. -- Michael Tiemann It's hard enough to justify our own existence, much less that of a bacteria. -- Craig Buchek, in answer to the question "Why do bacteria exist?"
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
|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 the St. Louis Linux Users Group, refer to the
web page at http://www.stllinlux.org
or contact Craig Buchek
For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group,
contact Ed Wehner, send
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Cell: (314) 486-3261
|Newsletter Editor||Craig Buchek||
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Cell: (314) 374-5780
|Contributing Editor||Stan Reichardt||
Home: (314) 298-1183
|Steering Committee Info||Gary Meyer||
Home: (314) 781-8644
|Linux Users Group Chair||Craig M. Buchek||
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