The UNIX® CRONicle

December 1998

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, December 09, 1998 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PMTutorial Programming a communication linkby Rich Seibel
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 Network Communications by Gary Meyer & Rich Seibel


Network Communications by Gary Meyer & Rich Seibel

Have you ever wondered what all that communications stuff was about?What exactly is Ethernet, TCP/IP, and ATM (hint: its _not_ Automatic TellerMachine)?

This month Rich and Gary will team up to try to explain some of it. Theywill look at computer communications starting from the physical wiresand cables up to the applications that use the communication system.Concentation will be on the Internet protocols and current technologies,but some history and future technologies will be discussed as well.

Gary Meyer is a consultant with University Consulting. Gary has beenintegral member since prior to the incorporation of SLUUG. He has servedas an officer including Vice President and is currently serving as President.He has also served as a director for the organization.

Gary has been involved with data communications and Unix for 20 years.He was Department Leader of Network Services at Edward Jones and formerlyworked building the Network Control Center for Concentric Network (Quicken/Intuit, Web TV, etc.)

Rich Seibel is a consultant for Advanced Resources, Inc. Rich has beenan integral member of SLUUG since its inception. He currently holdsthe officer position of Secretary as well as being a director.Rich has been involvedwith computer communications for over 20 years and has used Unix forover 10 years. Currently, Rich is a software developer for client serversystems.


Programming a communication link by Rich Seibel

Rich will explain programming a communication link using the TCPprotocol and the sockets programming interface.

Special Promotion(s)

Title of the Month

TCP/IP, 2nd Edition will be at a 25% Discount at December 09 Meeting
*** Cost at Meeting $24.75 ***

All regularly priced titles are 20% off retail cost at meeting.
Excludes specially priced items or promotional items

The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly meeting as a convenience to our members.

Each month features a book related to that month's presentation topic.

Discounts are offered to all members and each month's featured book(s)will be additionally discounted.

Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting December 09, 1998 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee December 15, 1998 at 6:00 PM
Daugherty Systems
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO

Linux SIG December 17, 1998 at 7:00 PM
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive
(at Midland)

CTI SIG Currently they have moved to a webboard format.

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.

(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 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 Indian Trails Public Library.

Elections are rapidly approaching. SLUUG holds officer elections at ourFebruary meetings. If you are interested in an officers position, or wouldlike more information about the administrative duties for the organization,please visit our website at,or contact Chris Wanta at

All the NEWS thats fit to Print!

To keep up with NET events: news for nerds - stuff that matters! daily updates of Internet software releases.
(check out the "Appendix" button). - daily news of mostly (but not only) Linuxevents. for detailed follup on the demise ofBYTE.

Halloween Document about Microsoft case

Stan Riechart pointed out that there is something calledthe Halloween document available at (or was This document is supposedly an internal Microsoft documentdesribing thier fears about the Linux operating system being a strongcompetitor to Microft's OSes (and would-be OSes).

Regarding Times' article on Linus Torvalds

In the Oct 28 issue of Time magazine there is an article onLinus Torvalds, the originator of the Linux version of UNIX.This shows the growing popularity of Linux.

Also check the 23 Nov '98 issue of U.S. News & World Report.On pages 45-48 "How to trip Microsoft" gives a glowing recommendationfor Linux and open solutions. The Red Hat boys are pictured as well asLinus Torvalds.

The comments are great such as, "NT is not a reliable solution right now,Linux is." spoken by a fashion retailer customer. Another was,"I no longer dream of...Microsoft's post-crash...blus screen of death".

There is also a side article about the "Halloween document" from the currentMicrosoft trial.

     Dan Gilmore in the Mercury News suggests IBM make the Lotus     SmartSuite an Open Source product and make it run on Linux.
For more about this look up the Monday 23 Nov '98 issue of thePost Dispatch, see p BP14 in the business section. They reprintDan Gilmore's column from the Mercury News in San Jose.

He points out that the Lotus SmartSuite product (a competitor toMS's Office containing Lotus 1-2-3, word processor, etc,...) is nowa dead product. It is rapidly loosing market share to Microsoft asMS-Office becomes the de facto standard since people are unlikly to BUYsomething the Windows OS may not support.

He sees an obvious strategy. They are making insignificant money trying to sell the product.
Therefore:1. Re-write it to run on UNIX,  particularly Linux.  2. Make the source code publicly available.  3. Only worry about licensing it for business use...or....more exactly,   just charge people for maintainence & support.
His only "down side" is increasing the similar competition with the German StarOffice and Corels' WordPerfect. That may not be a problem as more people move to UNIX.

Linux is a completely free version of UNIX. All of its sourcecodeis freely distributed. It will run on common PC hardware and isbecoming more popular in homes, hobbies, and business as peoplewonder if there isn't an alternative to proprieary OSes such asMicrosoft's.

There is a Special Interest Group with St. Louis UNIX Users' Groupdevoted to LINUX. It meets on the 3rd Thursday each month.

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)

Visit the Linux SIG home page ( for the latest meeting details.

Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
(at Midland)

From 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

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)

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 at or (314)878-9855.

Digital Alpha SIG

The Digital Alpha SIG is for those interested in Digital UNIX and the DEC Alpha architecture. Visit the Digital Alpha SIG's home at for more information.

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.


For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Ed Wehner

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.

SLUUG Administration is volunteer based.

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 at or visit


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 Java SIG

Next meeting(s) details:

  When:     Thursday, December 10, 1998, 6:30 PM
  Where:    Novell, 600 Emerson Road, Suite 203
  Speaker:    Topic:    

For more information about the St. Louis Java SIG, visit their home page at


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 Dave Mills Work: (314)230-5151, extension 103
Presentations Open Position
Steering Committee
Gary Meyer Home: (314)781-8644
SLUUG Treasurer Steve Pautz
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Computer Telephony
Integration (CTI)
Tony Zafiropoulos Phone: (314)878-9855
Linux Matthew Feldt Home: (314)429-5433

Submitting Articles to the SLUUG CRONicle

If you would like to submit an article to the CRONicle of general interest to the members of the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, email it to The deadline for article submissions is two weeks before the next main 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 1184
    Fenton, MO  63026-1184