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March 1997

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial "Something Good" by Mike Kriz
7:00 PM Call For Help (An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)

7:15 PM Social, off-line conversations, & book sales

7:30 PM Presentation "Adding Value to the Data Warehouse" by Jim O'Shea, Oracle Corporation


"Adding Value to the Data Warehouse" by Jim O'Shea, Oracle Corporation

Jim O'Shea from Oracle Corporation will present the latest generation in On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) decision support technology, Oracle Express 6.0. Express 6.0 features a unique hybrid OLAP architecture providing the best of both relational and multidimensional OLAP as well as an object oriented development environment and multiple deployment options including the World Wide Web. The result is an enterprise-wide decision support architecture capable of addressing multiple DSS requirements ranging from finance to sales & marketing, operations to EIS and the casual to power user all utilizing data from multiple legacy sources, both Oracle and non-Oracle.


"Something Good" by Mike Kriz

[Sorry, there are no details on the tutorial topic yet. It is sure to be "something good" as usual. It will probably be related in some way to database technology, data modeling, data normalization, etc. -- Editor]

Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting March 12, 1996 at 6:30 PM

Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee March 18, 1996 at 6:00 PM

Daugherty Systems
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO

Linux SIG March 20, 1996 at 7:00 PM
Graphic Tools for Linux, by Brian Ricker, Technology Applications

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO 63044

CTI SIG March 5, 1996 at 6:30 PM
The ComDial CTI voice mail VCM model, by Ken Barron, Barron Communications

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO 63044

Meeting Directions

The STL!/unix/usr/group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester Blvd, just east of Hanley on Manchester.

Directions From Downtown

  1. Take 40 West to the Hanley exit.
  2. Turn left (south) onto Hanley.
  3. Turn left (east) onto Manchester, then turn right ASAP into the Sunnen Products driveway.

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 SLUUG Linux SIG (SLUUGLS) meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Bridgeton Trails Public Library.

The SLUUG CTI SIG (SLUUG CiTI) meets the 1st Wednesday of every month, location to be announced.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

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.

St. Louis Unix Users Group - Linux SIG (SLUUGLS)

PRESENTATION: Brian Ricker is a Software Engineer with Technology Applications in Chesterfield. He has been using Linux since the 0.99 kernel and gave an entertaining overview of X Window Managers for Linux to the users group in December 1996.

This month Brian will discuss graphics tools available for Linux. His presentation will cover:

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road

From 270: Exit St. Charles Rock Road east,
make right onto McKelvey Road,
Library is on the right (west) hand side of McKelvey.
From Lindberg: Exit St. Charles Rock Road west,
make left onto McKelvey Road,
Library is on the right (west) hand side of McKelvey.

For more information on SLUUGLS refer to the WWW home page for the group at or contact Matthew Feldt at

Computer Telephony Integration User's Group (SLUUG CiTI)

Ken Barron, President of Barron Communications, will speak on the particulars of the CTI voice mail VCM model by ComDial. Barron will display a visual demo of an interactive voice response (IVR) system software by ComDial as it is integrated into the complete package.

Barron Communications represents the ComDial product line here in St. Louis. Barron Communications last spoke to the CTI User's Group on a similar subject in early summer along with a Novell Netware local reseller.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 5, 1997; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (approx)
Location: Bridgeton Trails Library (Rm #1) - 3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO (one block south of St. Charles Rock Road)
(see map at
Cost: None. New members welcomed monthly free of charge.
Note: All 1997 meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information on SLUUG CiTI contact Tony Zafiropoulos at or (314)537-3959.

Book Review

"Lion's Commentary on UNIX with Source Code" by Tom Parsons

[This book has recently been made available throughout the world after having been "banned everywhere." Tom Parsons found this information at the Computer Literacy Books website, Tom says Michael Tilson of SCO is thought to have been the driving force behind having the publication restrictions removed. -- Editor]

ORDER# : DZ740601
ISBN # : 1573980137
YEAR   : Aug 1996
PRICE  : $  29.95
STOCK  : IN STOCK at San Jose
         IN STOCK at Tyson's Corner

Written in 1977 as an Operating Systems text for his students at the University of New South Wales, this book gives the complete source code to an early version of UNIX, plus commentary from Lions. This famous underground manuscript was never permitted to be formally published, so generations of UNIX hackers learned UNIX by referring to pirated photocopies of this book... it is arguably the most famous suppressed book in computer history! The book includes a foreword by Dennis Ritchie, retrospective essays from Ken Thompson, Berny Goodheart, Peter Salus, Mike Tilson, and other well-known UNIX figures. Many consider the early UNIX kernel (personally written by Thompson and Ritchie) the most elegant computer code ever written -- this book shows why! Note that the book covers the 6th 'edition' (rev) of UNIX; the book itself is the historical first edition (it was never revised).

ITEC '97 Expo Update

by Dave Mills & Chris Wanta

ITEC '97 is progressing very well and should be the best show we have done to date. Mark your calendars for May 21 and 22 for SLUUG booth work or just to attend the show. Also, be sure to tell your co-workers that we can provide free tickets. The web site ( is up; take a look at it soon as it contains information on working the booth, administrative progress, and general information about the show. (The web page is still developing, stop by often for updates).

Our booth will be located against the wall adjacent to the entrance this year (#1077). Traffic should be high and we will need all the volunteers we can get. Please consider working the booth, even if you can only spare an hour. Let us know even if it is tentative (sign up on the web, tell Dave Mills or Chris Wanta at the meeting(s) or send email to or

We have four presentations being developed, two with the help of Kerri Bonasch of O'Reilly & Associates. Although tentative, we have all confidence that we will cover the following topics; Java, Perl, a discussion of NT/Unix applications, and Linux as a web server. Either Dave or Chris will have more information by the March meeting.

Tickets for the ITEC '97 expo will be available after April 10. Unfortunately, this will not be in time for the April 9 meeting. There will be alternative methods of obtaining the tickets and we will let you know how to get them early as soon as we can. IF YOU PRE-REGISTER with ASM online, please be sure to indicate that you are with SLUUG and not your own company, they will be tracking our attendance this year and we want a strong showing (it helps to reduce our costs.)

It looks like we have an excellent event in store this year. We hope to see all of you there.


by Rich Seibel

SLUUG has a deal for you. We will be raffling off a Linux machine in June. Tickets will be available at the regular meetings for $1 each. Watch for them and win your own UNIX machine.

This is the opportunity you expected isn't it?

St. Louis UNIX Users Group Steering Committee

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.


SLUUG on the World Wide Web

The St. Louis UNIX Users Group maintains a WWW page at 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.


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 with, or call any of the SLUUG officers.

St. Louis Internet Users Group

The next St. Louis Internet User's Group meeting will be Tuesday, March 4th 6:30 PM at 1 City Place. Directions on how to get to 1 City Place are available at

Michael Watterud from Microsoft will be speaking about Microsoft's three tier Internet/intranet architecture. Michael will discuss the components of the architecture, SQL Server, Transaction Server and a thin client (Web Browser).

This new architecture is vital for conducting electronic commerce over the Internet. Come to the March meeting and learn how advanced web sites of the future are going to be built.

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM, auditorium, lower level, One City Place on Olive Street Road in Creve Coeur.

Contact: Jym Barnes at (314)926-8672 ( or visit their Web home page,

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), St. Louis Chapter

Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month, 5:30 PM, Grone Cafeteria, 4409 Woodson Road, 2 blocks south of Lambert airport. Dinner at Grone's before the meeting.

The March 10, 1997 meeting features a presentation titled "What Is a Web Page and What Is the Web" by Gene Caldwell.

Monday, March 10, 1997
Social & Dinner: 6:00 PM. Program: 6:15 - 7:45 PM
Grones Cafeteria: 4409 Woodson Rd, 423-7880

This will be a simple, straightforward description of what is a Web Home Page that avoids the jargon. The presentation will also discuss how one obtains a home page and how it is accessed both by its "owner" and others. It will also describe how it relates to the Internet.

Gene Caldwell is a Senior Consultant with CSC Consulting and Systems Integration. Telephony, Network Design, Client/Server Development, and WEB Technologies are his specialties. He has been a consultant/developer for 20 years. His previous lives include Server Development Manager of MCI's Intelligent Services Platform, Logica Data Architects, and OAO.

Arrangements: Begin the cafeteria style dinner and social when you arrive. Dinner and FREE lecture are in the back room. Non-members are welcome. No registration. Bring a friend!

Contact: Dayle Majors at or (314)441-2895.

St. Louis Object Oriented Special Interest Group (OOSIG)

Meetings: The St. Louis OOSIG meets on the 3rd Thursday of alternating months from 4:30-6:30 pm. The location varies, usually alternating between the Creve Coeur Community Center and Southwestern Bell, downtown.

Contact: Mike Taterka, (314)344-5007 or


Address Changes
and Membership
Klaus Mueller Home: +1 (573) 334-6477
331 S Spring Ave
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

BBS Questions Jim (Knight) Ford

Corporate Sponsors Ed Wehner

Editorial team:

Publisher: Sanjiv Bhatia Home: (314)519-9272
Work: (314)516-6520
FAX: (314)516-5400

Editor: Steve Totten Home: (618)931-0037

O'Reilly Books Fred Govier Work: (314)342-7846

Presentations Rich Seibel Home: (314)878-0394
Work: (314)515-2725

Steering Committee
Gary Meyer Home: (314)781-8644

SLUUG Treasurer Steve Pautz

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Computer Telephone
Integration (CTI)
Tony Zafiropoulos

Linux Matthew Feldt Home: (314)429-5433

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