The SLUUG Cronicle

February 2002

St. Louis UNIX Users Group

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Headline: SLUUG Elections

See the articles below for full details and campaign statements.

Table of Contents

Calendar of Events

February 2 Saturday Groundhog Day
February 3 Sunday Superbowl Sunday
February 4 Monday SILUG - Carbondale 7:00pm - 9:00pm
February 5 Tuesday MOSLUG 7:00pm -11:00pm
February 7 Thursday SLACC 7:00pm - 9:00pm
February 12 Tuesday Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
Lincoln's Birthday
Chinese New Year
February 12 Tuesday LUCI - Newbie Night CANCELED
February 12 Tuesday CCSL - Dinner Meeting
  Topic: The Truth About .NET
  by Scott Granneman
  RESERVATIONS: 314-995-4652
February 13 Wednesday SLUUG - General Meeting
  Lightning Talks
6:30pm - 9:00pm
February 14 Thursday St. Louis Java Users Group 6:30pm - 8:00pm
February 14 Thursday Valentine's Day
February 17 Sunday CWE-LUG
1:00pm - 5:00pm
February 18 Monday Presidents Day
February 19 Tuesday STLWEBDEV
  Webby Awards
  St. Louis Science Center
6:30pm - 9:00pm
February 19 Tuesday XML SIG 6:00pm - 7:00pm
February 21 Thursday St. Louis Linux Users Group
  Topic: Vulnerability Detection
7:00pm - 9:00pm
February 25 Monday SLUUG - Steering Committee
  NOTE: Not the normal day
6:15pm - 8:30pm
February 26 Tuesday Hazelwood LUG 6:30pm - 9:00pm
February 26 Tuesday LUCI 7:00pm - 9:00pm
February 26 Tuesday Wireless SIG 6:30pm - 9:00pm
March 13 Wednesday SLUUG - General Meeting 6:30pm
March 18 Monday SLUUG - Steering Committee 6:15pm
March 21 Thursday St. Louis Linux Users Group
  Topic: Open Source Licenses
March 26 Tuesday Hazelwood LUG 6:30pm
April 13 Saturday Linux InstallFest
  Details Soon
12:00pm - 5:00pm

NOTE: More information on these groups, including locations and web sites, can be found in the "Meeting Locations" section below.

Next General Meeting is Wednesday, February 13, 2002

6:30 pm Lightning Talks Part 1
7:00 pm Announcements Standard Introductions & Procedures
7:15 pm Q & A An opportunity to ask technical questions
7:20 pm Admittance to building may not be possible after 7:20.
7:30 pm Break Social, off-line conversations, book sales
8:00 pm Election Campaigning and balloting
8:30 pm Lightning Talks Part 2


Lightning Talks
hosted by Michael King (Mike808)

This month we will be hosting 10 Lightning Talks. Each talk will last for 5 minutes. This will hopefully give you the opportunity to learn a little about each subject. Please let us know what you think about the talks. If there is significant interest, we will invite some of the speakers back for full-length presentations.

The scheduled topics are:

6:30 Robert Citek Cygwin: a Unix-like environment for Windows
6:35 Jim Leingang Games for $200, Alex: What is 'Recruiting'?
6:40 Duaine Hechler Rexx for Linux: Yet Another Scripting Language?
6:45 John Hoffler The BDPA 2nd Annual Summit
6:50 Brian Marston Cross-community Networking
8:30 David Hans Home Automation and X10
8:35 Ben Hockenhull Wireless Community Networking in St. Louis
8:40 Jeff Grigg What is Extreme Programming (XP)?
8:45 John Hoffler Printing to PDF via Samba
8:50 Scott Granneman Win4Lin: Bringing Windows users under Tux's wing
Alternate Robert Citek Fun with the Loopback Device
Alternate Tony Zafiropolous SLUUG and STLLUG: The Tony Z Edition
Alternate Stan Reichardt Learning vi - Upgrading Your Editor From 'Five'

Ideas, questions and suggestions are welcome; please contact Christine Wanta (

Book Sales

The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to our members. Proceeds from the book sales go toward running the organization. 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.

Books that are not available at the meetings may be ordered to be picked up at the next SLUUG general meeting. Contact Sue Hurst (

February Specials:

Books with a red sticker - 70% off
All other books - 30% off

Next St. Louis Linux Users Group Meeting Is February 21

Presentation: Vulnerability Detection
by Jim McBride

All systems are vulnerable to attacks. In this presentation, Jim will provide some steps that you can take to help secure your systems. He will demonstrate the concepts by running some of the detection utilities against a standard Red Hat system.

Jim will cover the following topics in this presentation:

Jim has been working with Unix derivatives since 1992. His first Linux experience was a pre 1.0 kernel Slackware distribution, and he has been using it in one form or another ever since. Jim's security background started in 1995, as the sysadmin of a local ISP. He is currently working as a security analyst for a St. Louis manufacturer.

Comments, questions, and ideas for the St. Louis Linux Users Group are welcome; please send email to

Meeting Locations

SLUUG - St. Louis UNIX Users Group (
General Meeting

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Free and open to the public.
Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester (at Hanley)
St. Louis, MO
Directions: Take I-64 (US 40) to the Hanley exit south. Turn left at Manchester, then an immediate right into Sunnen driveway.


(NOTE: A security guard from Sunnen is scheduled to be at the door from 6:20pm to 7:20pm to allow entry. After 7:20, the door will be unattended and you may not be able to enter.)

SLUUG - St. Louis UNIX Users Group (
Steering Committee

Meets the Monday following the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:15pm to 8:30pm. Open to the public. This is where we make decisions on what topics to cover and other administration of the group. If you want to get involved, this is a good place to start.
Daugherty Systems
One City Place, 2nd floor
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

St. Louis Linux Users Group (STLLUG) (

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The room is reserved starting at 6:00pm. (Ask a librarian to let you in if it is locked.) Members are encouraged to come early to mingle and/or give informal demos or presentations. Free and open to the public. (Formerly known as the Linux SIG.)
Indian Trails Library
8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
St. Louis, MO
Directions:   Take I-170 to Page east. Turn left at North-South. Turn left at Midland. Drive 2 blocks and turn left on Delport. The library is on your left.


Hazelwood LUG (

Generally meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. (NOTE: Start time has moved earlier -- to 6:30.) Free and open to the public. This is a SIG of SLUUG, intended for Linux newbies.
Prairie Commons Library
915 Utz Lane (between Howdershell and Dunn)
Hazelwood, MO

CWE-LUG - Central West End LUG (

NEW!! No regular meetings yet. In-person help, troubleshooting, installations, show-and-tell, demonstrations, and expressing personal opinions on Linux/Unix, etc. Free and open to the public.
Schlafly Library
225 N. Euclid (at Lindell)
St. Louis, MO 63108

MOSLUG - MO Open Source LUG (

Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Meetings are free and open to everyone. This is a Linux Users Group (LUG) for all levels, from new beginners to the more advanced users.
Culpeppers Restaurant (basement)
312 S. Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

STLBSD - St. Louis BSD Users (

Does not have any official meetings, but they often gather informally at SLUUG meetings. Look for guys with little red daemons on their shirts.

SLACC - St. Louis Area Computer Club (

Meets the 1st Thursday of every month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Thornhill Library
12863 Willowyk Drive (off Fee Fee)
Creve Coeur, MO

PerlMongers (

Meets the 1st Thursday of the month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. (NOTE: They did not have a meeting in January, and their web site is not current. No word whether they are still meeting.)
5 North Jackson at Forsyth
Clayton, MO

St. Louis Java Users Group (

Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
CityPlace One Auditorium
One City Place
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

STLWEBDEV - St. Louis Web Developers (

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Meetings are free and open to everyone. This is an open group to facilitate communications between diverse professions involved in Internet/Intranet design and development. STLWEBDEV is also the St. Louis chapter of the International Webmasters Association and the HTML Writers Guild (IWA-HWG).
CityPlace One Auditorium
One City Place
Creve Coeur, MO 63141


This is a SIG of STLWEBDEV. The first meeting will be before the STLWEBDEV meeting, at the same location. It will start at 6:00pm. Meetings are free and open to everyone.

Wireless SIG (

Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Meetings are free and open to everyone. Refreshments at 6:30, program begins at 7:00. This group is a cooperative effort of both the St. Louis Web Developers and the St. Louis Java Users Group.
CityPlace One Auditorium
One City Place
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

CCSL - Computer Consultants of St. Louis (
Monthly Dinner Meeting

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at Cheshire Inn. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Cost is $20 per member, $25 per non-member. Call Susan Pope, 314-995-4652. Social hour starts at 5:30pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm.
Cheshire Inn
6306 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO

SILUG - Southern Illinois LUG (
O'Fallon meeting

The SILUG O'Fallon meeting is generally on the first Thursday of the month. It runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
O'Fallon Public Library
120 Civic Plaza
O'Fallon, IL

SILUG - Southern Illinois LUG (
Carbondale meeting

The SILUG Carbondale meeting is the 1st Monday of the month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Life Sciences III
1059 Auditorium
Carbondale, IL

LUCI - Linux Users of Central Illinois (

All LUCI meetings are held at the same location, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. General meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month, and Newbie night is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center
1011 East Ash St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Mizzou LUG (

The Mizzou LUG has an active web site, but does not appear to hold regular meetings. For information, check their web site.
Columbia, MO

We publish meeting schedules of groups in the St. Louis region that may be of interest to our members. If you would like to have info added about your group, please mail the newsletter editor ( or call any of the SLUUG officers.


WARNING: These articles may express personal opinions and SLUUG exerts no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed herein are those of the respective authors and not necessarily supported by SLUUG. SLUUG does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

SLUUG Elections

by Gary Meyer

This is the official notice. As required by the By-laws, the Thursday February 21, 2002 meeting shall constitute the annual membership meeting. This year there is a change in our election process -- you will be able to vote at different events instead of JUST the annaul membership meeting. This is to accommodate the members who cannot attend on that specific evening.

Anyone having attended 2 meetings in this previous calendar year is eligible to vote. Names have been collected from sign-in sheets. You can check you eligibility by looking at the list on the front page of the SLUUG web site. All official SLUUG meetings count, including the SLUUG general meetings, Steering Committee meetings, the St. Louis LUG (Linux SIG), and the Hazelwood LUG (Linux Newbie SIG).

The elections are for 1 full term on the Board of Directors and another seat that is open due to resignation -- that term has 1 year remaining. So we are voting on one seat of 3 years and one seat for 1 year. The candidates who have announced as of this article are Robert Citek, Scott Granneman, Stan Reichardt, and Christine Wanta.

There are a total of 5 directors. The terms are staggered to end on different years. SLUUG is incorporated as an association in the state of Missouri.

The person with the 2nd most votes will get the seat with the reainder of 1 year. In the event of a tie, a coin toss will decide. The incumbants are Dave Mills, who is resigning the remaining year due to time commitments, and Gary Meyer who is not running for re-election. Both have served many years on the board.

There wil also be an advisory vote for corporate officers. The officers are actually elected by the board annually but it is our tradition to hold this advisory election as well. The corporate offices are those normally considered in corporate law with the normally accompanying duties.

The candidates at this writing are as follows (I signifies incumbent):

Dave Mills will not be running again for VP, and Tony Zafirolpoulos will not be running again for Secretary. Write-in votes are also accepted.

Voting Procedures

We are trying a new voting method this year. We will vote by paper ballot at 3 different meetings. You can only have your vote count once. An outer envelope will have your name so that the judges know there is only one vote from you and you are an eligible voter. The ballots will then be removed and counted as Australiananonymous ballots.

Ballots can be cast at:

The counting will take place at the February Steering Committee meeting. Speech making by the candidates is will happen at the Wednesday general meeting.

Campaign Statements

The candidates for the SLUUG elections were encouraged to write up a short statement about their intentions. The following candidates responded in time for publication. Candidates will also be given an opportunity at the meetings to make a statement.

Tony Zafiropoulos - running for President

I am running for SLUUG President, and will not run for the board.

The reason for that is that as the Prez, I will ask the board some
monetary and other choices - decisions to help promote Open Source.

And I wanted to make this process as tough on me as possible. I.e. the
proposal must be good for the community, good for the members, and most of
all have an effect in the mother of all computer-battle.  I.e. closed
versus open systems. (With me on the board it would require 2 other board
members - whereas w/o me on the board it requires 3 board members.)

Our charter (SLUUG) is to promote open systems, and for the last 3 or
so years I have helped in some way or another to do that...  I have always
believed that this group can do _MUCH_ more than it has.  Rather than
going into the negatives as to why it has not...

I prefer to focus on the future.

This is my chance to improve the community with several initiatives.

My focus will be on developing a simple and useful message that corporate
America can understand.

I.e. Use open source to control your business, whereas today the software
companies control your business.  (It still needs work.)

And I want to 'spread the gospel' in an efficient manner within the
resources allotted as possible.

Secondary focus is to help the members develop their skills, both
technical and personal, so that they can improve their lives.

Includes finding good presentations and developing other events, such as
installfests, recruitfests, communicationfest, and any other fest that
needs to be created so that the 'geeks' will have better communication
skills (since this is a necessary part of the technical life these days).

Personal: I own a company (dba CTitek, Intellitech Inc.) which has 1
employee, I have 2 kids and a wife. Have a BS degree from Wash U in
Systems Science and Engineering (have to disclose that to all the
SIUE, UMSL, Rolla, and others out there :).

My first computer job was as a Computer Support Engineer at Hilco, 
HP-UX 9.x 715. Soon thereafter I started my company and tried to 
develop a Computer Telephone System (within the Windows environment). 
After that failed I migrated to a Consulting company, our office mail
and firewall system was running Red Hat 5.2. After investigating Linux
we started selling Linux solutions more and more. today we offer many 
Linux and other open source solutions to our customers. My desktops
are a Win98 and a SuSE 7.1 box, I also have a notebook running RH7.1.
Also have a firewall, email, and a web server that I run within my 
fractional T-1 to the net.

In 2001 I was the secretary of SLUUG, and even if I did not create large
copious notes, I did attend every steercom meeting, and most of the LUG
and SLUUG meetings as well.

Buck Pyland - running for Secretary

Hello, everyone. I'm Buck Pyland, and I'm running for the position of
SLUUG Secretary. I've been a member for about 2-3 years. I enjoy very
much coming to the meetings and learning new things along the way. I
basically want to contribute to the group, and help out as much as I
can. So I decided, with the encouragement of other members, to run for

I work as a Systems Analyst and Oracle DBA for Maverick Tube
Corporation in Chesterfield. I administer two HP-UX servers running
Oracle databases and J.D. Edwards OneWorld ERP software.

At home, I run FreeBSD and OpenBSD. However, I pretty much cut my
teeth, so to speak, on Linux. Some friends of mine and I started the
St. Louis BSD Users Group as well as our website,, as a means for people who use and like BSD to
discuss things.

This group has done a lot of good things for open source. I want to
see SLUUG continue to do good things, and I would very much enjoy
serving this group and its members as Secretary.

Scott Granneman - running for Vice President and Board

My name is Scott Granneman, and I'm running for Vice President of SLUUG
and a seat on the board.

After graduating from Washington University, I became an English teacher
at Crossroads School, an independent school near the Central West End. I
taught English to 9th & 12th graders, and I loved it. At the same time,
I grew more and more fascinated with technology. In 1995, I discovered
the Internet, and my life really hasn't been the same. I became the
first technology coordinator at Crossroads, and, with help from friends,
I set up the school's first mail and Web server, running Linux. That was
my first exposure to Linux, and it made complete sense to me --
powerful, affordable, and eminently functional, Linux was exactly what
we needed, and we were not disappointed. 

I left Crossroads in 1996 to go full time into technology, although
education has always been, and continues to be, important to me. I
founded a company called WebHeads, and then I co-founded Habanero
Computing Solutions in 1996. I left Habanero after a year to work with
Alan November, an internationally-known educational technologist, as a
presenter, ghostwriter, and Webmaster. After working with Alan, I joined
SSE as that company's "Internet Specialist". While working for SSE, I
was assigned to develop Sverdrup Corp's. intranet. As a result of that,
I met the two men who have been my business partners over the last
several years. Together we founded Atisma, a company created to develop
and market a Web-based student information system. We were the victims
of the slowing investment market in technology, and had to shut down
Atisma in early 2001. From the ashes of that company, we formed Bryan
Consulting, where I continue to work as a technology consultant and
developer of content management system-based Web sites for small- and
medium-sized businesses, non-profits, and schools. I also teach courses
in Web Design and Linux at Washington University and at St. Louis
Community College at Florissant Valley.

During this whole odyssey, I have been a strong proponent for Linux,
open source, and open standards. From the time I first gained exposure
to Linux in 1995, I have been impressed with the way Linux works as well
as with the ideas driving the development of the operating system and
related software. Events in the last several years have only deepened my
appreciation for open source software. It seems to me that it is the
right answer for more and more businesses, organizations, and
individuals. I do a lot of public speaking to groups of widely disparate
natures, but I see near universal interest in Linux and open source
growing. Once people hear about what Microsoft and other companies
interested in controlling, not empowering, users have in store for them,
they get worried, angry, and resolved -- resolved to do something

This to me directly reflects on what I hope to accomplish as an officer
of SLUUG. SLUUG is composed of great people that come together to enjoy
each other's company and learn about a shared passion -- open systems
and UNIX. This is absolutely vital -- a community of people sharing a
common interest is a beautiful thing, and must be encouraged. However,
we also need to do a lot more to "get the word out", to educate the
people and organizations that need to be educated that there ARE
alternatives, and that these alternatives are often exactly what will
best serve their needs and will best safeguard their interests as users.
As an officer, I will work my hardest to nurture the further development
of SLUUG as an organization and as an educational body. SLUUG is a great
organization already, but it can be much more. It's my intent, if
elected, to encourage the camaraderie between members that we already
have, but also to help evangelize open systems to as wide an audience as
possible. I want the organization to grow, I want more and more people
to find out what we're doing and what we stand for, and I want those
people to be excited! We can do it, and I'm ready to lead the charge.

Thanks for reading, thanks for your vote, and if you've got any
questions, please don't hesitate to email me at

Robert Citek - running for Board

The main reasons I joined SLUUG were 1) to learn more about 
Unix/Linux, 2) to share what I know about Unix/Linux to others, 
and 3) to have fun.

Over the past couple of years, I am glad to say that I have done 
all three. Now I would like to ensure that others have the same, 
positive experience that I have had.  That's why I am running for
a seat on the Board of Directors.

Mike Kriz - running for Treasurer

Vote for Kriz and against No-one.

If No-one wins, the bills won't get paid.
If No-one wins, the checking account won't be balanced.
If No-one wins, there won't be treasurer reports at the steercom meeting.
If No-one wins, nobody will know which bank the accounts are at.
If No-one wins, who will keep track of the dial up account payments ?

Kriz for Treasurer - 2 1/2 years and still going !

Stan Reichardt - running for Board

I was born a long time ago.  I have a life outside of the group with
my wife, a son, and a dog.  I don't like cats.  My personal PC dual
boots Windoze and Red Hat Linux.

I started collecting evaluations of our presentations and other short
surveys.  This evolved into actively taking attendance at each meeting.
I was the newsletter editor for 2 years until I got Craig to do it.
I acted as primary point of contact (self proclaimed Beach-Master)
during the Spring 2000 Linux Install-fest.

Presently, I sometimes help with keeping the SLUUG web pages up to date,
emphasize collecting attendance, and making fliers of upcoming meetings.

I am the self proclaimed "Dictator For Life" of the Hazelwood Linux
Users Group (LUG), a SLUUG Special Interest Group focused on new
Linux users.  I regularly attend MOSLUG, SLACC, SLUUG, STL LUG and
SLUUG Steering Committee meetings.

I am sorely lax on updating the SLUUG user manual, finishing planned
tutorials and contributing to the monthly newsletter.

As a Board member I would like to:

Preserve a healthy Steering Committee environment of participation by
consensus (members don't have to hold any position or elected office
to influence what gets done).

Continue to foster a local community rich in small user groups that can
provide different activities and meeting formats.

Encourage new members to get involved with more than one group, giving
different attention to different activities.

Promote enjoyable meetings with other UNIX professionals.

I believe that since people are our only real resource we must look for
ways to give better structure to our projects, plans, and policies.

St. Louis Webby Awards

Your opportunity to see the St. Louis version of the Webby Awards, which 
honors the best Web sites, is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 19. For the third 
year in a row, the St. Louis Web Developers Organization will be honoring 
the best of the best in the following categories:

Best Corporate Site
Best Non-Profit Site
Best Personal Site
Best Web Content
Most Usable Site
Most Visually-Appealing Site
Best Wireless Site
Best Web-Based Application
Best St. Louis-Oriented Site

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the St. Louis Science Center - May Special 
Exhibit Hall for a wide variety of refreshments and for networking before 
the ceremony starts at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend the ceremony or 
reception.  The "Webmaster of Ceremonies" will be Jeff Barczewski, an 
employee of Teralogix and a board member of the St. Louis Web Developers 

A variety of prizes, cash awards and trophies will be given to those chosen 
in the first, second and third places of each category. Prizes have been 
generously donated by the International Webmasters Association for cash 
awards, OCI Inc, O'Reilly, William Byrne & Associates, Inc., Ajilon , 
Business News Update, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Envision, and 
LiveWire, among others. A team of 30 judges evaluated the entries. There 
were more than 100 sites entered into the competition for this year's 

The Failure of Copyright

[Editor's note: While we do not condone piracy or breaking the law, I think that this person's point of view is worth thinking about.]

So it looks like BeOS is going to be lost forever -- the modern day 
equivalent of being bulldozed into a pit, burned, and buried under 

Think of this as another example of the failure of modern-day 
copyright law. The purpose of copyright law is to place fine examples
of the arts into the public domain -- if instead of computer software,
BeOS consisted of a series of patents, then 20 years from now we would
all have complete, free, access to BeOS, because the patents would have: 

(1) been disclosed when the monopoly was granted 
(2) expired 

However, in the case of copyrighted computer object code, in exchange 
for granting a government monopoly of 95 years, the public gets nothing. 
Zilch. Nada. Copyright law hasn't just "tilted" to the side of 
copyright holders, it has no other master. The public interest is 
completely removed from consideration. Modern copyright law is NOTHING 
more then corporate welfare. It no longer benefits the public, and like
all laws that work directly against the public interest, no longer 
deserves respect. Want to get rid of ancient, outdated, overreaching 
copyright law? Disobey it. Sit in the front of the bus -- in the seat
labeled "for corporations only."

Take this as a warning. No matter how "cool" a piece of software is, if 
it is proprietary software, it is absolutely worthless. It can disappear
at any moment, and it contributes nothing to the progress of computer 
science. Nothing. Sure, you can pretend that you're part of the future 
by playing with a "cool" proprietary OS, but you're just wasting your 
time and energy on someone else's game. ... and in the end you have no 
one but yourself for getting f*cked over and spit out. 

 -- Anonymous Coward,


For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Dave Mills (


Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work 
 --Linus Torvalds

KDE and GNOME live in harmony, except on Slashdot.
 -- Jamin Gray

It's like Outlook without the viruses.
 -- Scott Granneman, on the Evolution mail program

Anyone remember last November when Microsoft's Jim Allchin, group vice
president, said in a published interview that all buffer overflows were
eliminated in Windows XP? Or that the new operating system installed in
a minimalist way, with features turned off by default? Not only did the 
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) vulnerability that was found last month
exploit an unneeded feature that was enabled by default, but it also 
was a buffer overflow.
 -- Bruce Schneier,

Communism has one great flaw: it seeks to redistribute existing scarce
goods without creating incentive to eliminate the scarcity.
 -- renehollan on Slashdot

I think he was truly surprised at how little I cared about how big a 
market the Mac had.
 -- Linus Torvalds, on Steve Jobs

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
 -- Isaac Asimov 

I think that the anti-Microsoft sentiment is simply due to their having 
been so successful selling a lot of crap.
 -- Steve "Woz" Wozniak

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially 
profitable to dispense it.
 -- Dick Cavett, in "Playboy", 1971

Perhaps Linux shouldn't be regarded as an operating system at all, 
but more as a sophisticated multi-player game with a large number 
of enthusiastic players. You can lose yourself in Linux for hours, 
tweaking here, updating there. It's great fun if you like that sort 
of thing.

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 314-997-1104 extension 351, or contact any officer of the group.


SLUUG administration is volunteer based. We're always 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 Christine Wanta (


  President Ed Wehner
  Vice-President Dave Mills
  Secretary Tony Zafiropoulos 
  Treasurer Mike Kriz 
  Linux Users Group Chair Craig Buchek
Home: 314-426-5780
Cell: 314-374-5780
  Board of Directors Gary Meyer
Rich Seibel
Ed Wehner
Dave Mills
Craig Buchek
  Presentations Christine Wanta
  Corporate Sponsors Dave Mills
  O'Reilly Book Sales Susan Hurst
Home: 314-822-9314
Cell: 314-486-3261
  Newsletter Editor Craig Buchek
Home: 314-426-5780
Cell: 314-374-5780
  Contributing Editor Stan Reichardt
Home: 314-298-1183
  Steering Committee Info Gary Meyer
Home: 314-781-8644
  BBS Questions Gary Meyer
  Official Correspondence SLUUG Mailing Address PO Box 411302
St. Louis, MO 63141

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