The SLUUG Cronicle

March 2002

St. Louis UNIX Users Group

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Headline Story: Election Results

See the article below for full details.

Table of Contents

Calendar of Events

March 4 Monday SILUG - Carbondale 7:00pm - 9:00pm
March 5 Tuesday MOSLUG 7:00pm -11:00pm
March 7 Thursday SLACC 7:00pm - 9:00pm
March 7 Thursday SILUG - O'Fallon 7:00pm - 9:00pm
March 12 Tuesday LUCI - Newbie Night 7:00pm - 9:00pm
March 12 Tuesday CCSL - Dinner Meeting
  Topic: Management Investments
  RESERVATIONS: 314-995-4652
March 13 Wednesday SLUUG - General Meeting
  Topic: Intellectual Property
6:30pm - 9:00pm
March 14 Thursday St. Louis Java Users Group 6:30pm - 8:00pm
March 17 Sunday St. Patrick's Day
March 17 Sunday CWE-LUG 12:00pm- 4:00pm
March 18 Monday SLUUG - Steering Committee 6:15pm - 8:30pm
March 19 Tuesday STLWEBDEV
6:30pm - 9:00pm
March 19 Tuesday XML SIG 6:00pm - 7:00pm
March 21 Thursday St. Louis Linux Users Group
  Topic: Open Source Licensing
7:00pm - 9:00pm
March 26 Tuesday Hazelwood LUG 6:30pm - 9:00pm
March 26 Tuesday LUCI 7:00pm - 9:00pm
March 26 Tuesday Wireless SIG 6:30pm - 9:00pm
March 31 Sunday Easter
April 10 Wednesday SLUUG - General Meeting 6:30pm
April 15 Monday SLUUG - Steering Committee 6:15pm
April 13 Saturday Linux InstallFest 12:00pm- 5:00pm
April 18 Thursday St. Louis Linux Users Group NO MEETING!
April 23 Tuesday Hazelwood LUG 6:30pm

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, March 13, 2002

6:30 pm Tutorial Ethical Challenges by Christine Wanta
7:00 pm Announcements Standard Introductions & Procedures
7:05 pm Q & A An opportunity to ask technical questions
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 Intellectual Property Issues by Kevin Klug


New Ethical Challenges in Changing Work Environments
by Christine Wanta


Christine will talk about ethics, and how it relates to every one of us in our daily routines. She will specifically address how ethics relates to the IT industry.


Christine Wanta is an active member of SLUUG. She heads up our efforts at ITEC, organizing members to perform various duties -- staffing a booth to spread the word about UNIX, Linux, and SLUUG; giving presentations; selling books; and putting out PR. This year she has gotten Miquel de Icaza to come speak at the ITEC show as a keynote speaker.


Intellectual Property Issues
by Kevin L. Klug, P.E. Attorny at Law


A Techie-Turned-Lawyer talks about Intellectual Property Related to IT.

Kevin Klug will give an overview of intellectual property relating to technical patents, licensing, domain name registration, and trademarks. He will address these topics with specific areas in today's environment in mind.


Kevin Klug's law firm, Klug Law Office (, was founded in 1993. Mr. Klug is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri, the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and also before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.

Before entering law school, Mr. Klug was employed in R&D with Storz Instuments where he was using UNIX while working on ultrasonic intstrumentation. At Emerson Electric, he worked on embedded computing for airborne radar systems. He then became an Assistant Professor of Avionics at Parks College of Engineering at St. Louis University. Mr. Klug personally holds patents in the medical electronics field.

Mr. Klug specializes in the prosecution and litigation of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He is able to offer legal guidance in a midwest location for those persons or organizations which are seeking an attorney who is scientifically and technically strong.

Mr. Klug holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, an MS degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from Washington University, and his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University.

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 (

Next St. Louis Linux Users Group Meeting Is March 21

Presentation: Open Source Licensing
by Scott Granneman, Ed Howland, and Bob Wooldridge

It's been said one of the best decisions that Linus made when creating his operating system was the choice of the GNU GPL license. But how can the choice of a license play such an important role? The answer lies in the freedoms that the GPL license guarantees.

In this presentation, we will explain how the GPL license works, and why it is important. We will discuss other similar licenses, including the LGPL and the BSD-derived licenses. We will discuss the terms Open Source and Free Software, as well as the Open Source Definition and Debian Free Software Guidelines.

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. [NOTE: There is no meeting scheduled for April.] 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 is now 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 (

Generally meets on Sundays -- no set schedule yet -- check the web site. Meetings are usually at the Saint Louis Public Library - Schlafly branch, but the March meeting will be at the Culpepper's restaurant a half block north.
Culpepper's Restaurant
300 N Euclid Ave (Euclid and Maryland)
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.


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SLUUG Election Results

The winners of the 2002 SLUUG elections are as follows:

  Board members:  Robert Citek   (3-year seat)
                  Stan Reichardt (1-year seat)

  President:      Ed Wehner

  Vice-president: Scott Granneman

  Secretary:      Buck Pyland

  Treasurer:      Mike Kriz

  LUG Chair:      Craig Buchek

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who ran.
It's the volunteers who make this organization work.

Linux InstallFest - April 13, 2002

Event Date: Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 12 noon to 5 PM
Event Location: Advanced Technology Center
                118 N. 2nd Street
                St. Charles, MO  63301
Admission: Free

The St. Louis Linux Users Group announces their 4th Linux 
InstallFest.  At this event, experienced Linux users will assist those 
who wish to install and learn about Linux. Anyone who wants to know more
about Linux is welcome to attend. Over 40 people attended the previous
InstallFest (October 2001).

In most cases, all you will need to bring is the computer itself.  
We will provide the Super VGA monitors, PS/2 keyboards, 
and PS/2 mice.  If you have older or non-standard hardware, you should 
bring it along. If you're not sure, bring everything to be safe.  Free 
copies of popular Linux distributions will be provided on CD.  If you 
have a specific distribution that you want to install, you can bring 
it along as well.  Be sure to back up your system before you bring it 
in, as the installation process may overwrite existing data.

The InstallFest is sponsored by the Economic Development Center of 
St. Charles County. The EDC will be providing space for the installations,
food and beverages. They have a high-speed Internet connection that you
will be able to connect to if you have an Ethernet card.

Several members of the St. Louis Linux Users Group and other local groups
will be present to assist with installations and configuration.

For more information on the Linux InstallFest, please contact 
Fred Smith (

Preparing for ITEC

Well its that time of the year again, ITEC 2002 planning is well 
under way.

Show days: May 22, 23
Location:  America's Center, downtown

There is more details posted daily on

A few highlights this year are:

--Miguel de Icaza, SLUUG sponsored keynote, Thursday, May 23, 1:30pm
--Two day, two rooms of seminars 
--In booth demos of various open systems
--Book sales during the show
--Association collaborations

Your help is sorely needed. 

Whether its a few hours in the booth, helping with the move in or out,
taking on the tasks of Team Leader for a specific area (we still need team
leaders for areas such as Staffing, Publicity Coordinator, Corporate
Partnership, Print to mention a few.) 

With your help, we can accomplish even more this year than last (those who
were around last year know that ITEC should have been called the
SLUUG/SLLUG Open Source Show!)

For more information on how you can help out, please contact Christine
Wanta,, or drop a note to the Team Leaders distribution

For ongoing information about what is being planned and what is needed,
join the itec mailing list, as well.

This should be another great year for our organizations!

Christine Wanta
Project Coordinator


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


We hope we get the bronze too so we have the entire collection.
 -- David Pelletier, Canadian skater, on receiving a gold medal 
    after first receiving a silver.

Q: What's the difference between ignorance and indifference?
A: I don't know, and I don't care.

Focusing only on preventing a repetition of the unlawful actions 
Microsoft took in 1995-98 is like negotiating an end to World War II 
by letting the Germans keep Paris as long as they promise to rebuild 
the Maginot Line.
 -- Software and Information Industry Association comment on MS-DOJ settlement.

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the 
notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the 
public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged 
with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the 
face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This 
strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither 
individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask 
that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.
 -- Robert Heinlein, Life-Line

A fool and his money are soon venture capital.
 -- Shoten on Slashdot

ACRONYM - Alphabetic Collection for Reducing Or Numbing Your Memory

Ubi dubium ibi libertas: Where there is doubt, there is freedom.

Dating -- that awkward interval between the moment two people realize they 
might take their clothes off for each other and the moment that they 
actually do it.
 -- ESR,

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 Scott Granneman
  Secretary Buck Pyland 
  Treasurer Mike Kriz 
  Linux Users Group Chair Craig Buchek
Home: 314-426-5780
Cell: 314-374-5780
  Board of Directors Rich Seibel
Ed Wehner
Craig Buchek
Robert Citek
Stan Reichardt
  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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