The SLUUG Cronicle

July 2003

St. Louis UNIX Users Group

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Calendar of Events

Jul  1 Tue Gateway JUG 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jul  1 Tue MOSLUG 7:00pm-11:00pm
Jul 2 Wed SLUUG - Steering Committee 6:30pm-8:30pm
Jul  3 Thu SLACC 6:30pm-9:00pm
Jul  3 Thu STLBSD 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul  3 Thu SILUG - Fairview Heights IL 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul  3 Thu SILBSD - Fairview Heights IL 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul 4 Fri Independence Day -
Jul 7 Mon StlAdvLUG 7:00pm-11:00pm
Jul 8 Tue CCSL Dinner Meeting ($ - RSVP) 5:30pm-
Jul 8 Tue GAMUG 7:00pm-
Jul 8 Tue LUCI - Newbie Night 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul 9 Wed SLUUG 6:30pm-9:00pm
  Basics: To Be Determined
  TOPIC: To Be Determined
Jul 10 Thu St. Louis Java Users Group 6:30pm-8:00pm
Jul 14 Mon Bastille Day -
Jul 15 Tue STLWEBDEV (NOTE: NEW Location) 6:30pm-9:00pm
Jul 17 Thu St. Louis LUG 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul 20 Sun CWE-LUG 1:00pm-5:00pm
Jul 21 Mon SILUG - Carbondale 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul 22 Tue Hazelwood LUG 6:30pm-9:00pm
Jul 22 Tue LUCI 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jul 24 Thu St. Charles LUG 6:30pm-9:00pm

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, July 9

6:30 pm Basics To Be Determined by Someone Special
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
7:30 pm Presentation To Be Determined by Someone Special


To Be Determined
by Someone Special


This is usually a demonstration or tutorial for beginners. We have unconfirmed possibilities. Announcement will be made on our website.



To Be Determined
by Someone Special


This is usually a more advanced technical topic. We have unconfirmed possibilities. Announcement will be made on our website.



Ideas, questions and suggestions are welcome; please contact Terry Linhardt (

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 (

July Special:

Books with a red sticker
(discontinued titles and older editions)
- 70% off
Books on special - 30% off
All other books - 25% off

Next St. Louis LUG Meeting Is July 17

Hard Drives
by Craig Buchek

Long Title: Everything You (N)Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Drives


Hard disk drives have been the primary storage mechanism for most of the history of computing. While the concept is simple, the detailed workings of a modern hard drive are quite complex. Like many things in computer technology, the complexity is organized into many layers to simplify understanding of each function.

In this presentation, Craig will discuss each of these layers to help you understand how a hard drive works:

Although most of the presentation will focus on widely-applicable concepts, some emphasis will be put on how the concepts apply to GNU/Linux and BSD systems.


Craig Buchek is an active SLUUG member, and has served in several capacities: LUG Chair, editor, and board member. Craig is a consultant with Kendall Placement Group (KPG) []. His current contract is at a major beer company, supporting network security devices. He gets to use Solaris and Linux at work, but wishes he could do more programming.

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. For the year 2003, we are meeting at:

Graybar Electric Co, Inc.
11885 Lackland Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63146

Directions: Take I-270 to Page east. Take first exit (Concourse). Turn right at stop light (Lackland). Turn right at stop light into Graybar parking lot. Enter building at main entrance and sign in with security guard. Proceed down 1 level to lake level and cafateria training room.


SLUUG - St. Louis UNIX Users Group (
Steering Committee

Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm 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. This month we will meet at:

Malone's Grill and Bar
11660 Administration Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146

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.


St. Charles LUG (

We expect that meetings will usually be held at 6:30pm to 9:00pm on the 4th Thursday of each month, except during December, which will probably not have a meeting.
This is a SIG of SLUUG, intended for all Linux users in the Western and Northern parts of the greater metro area.

513 South Main St. (just north of I-70)
O'Fallon, MO

Hazelwood LUG (

Generally meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. 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 the third Sunday of the month from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Meetings are now held at the ACLU building.

4557 Laclede (just east of Euclid)
St Louis, MO 63108

Advanced LUG (

Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. This group is intended to be a venue for advanced topics as well as a time to work on Open Source projects as a group. Free and open to the public.

WDT Solutions
9450 Manchester, Suite 204
Rock Hill, MO

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 (

Just started holding official meetings, but no regular schedule yet. Also look for guys with little red daemons on their shirts at SLUUG and LUG meetings.

St. Louis Java Users Group (

Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Attendance is free, and you do not need to sign up -- just show up.

CityPlace One Auditorium
One City Place
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Gateway JUG (Java Users Group) (

Meets 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Maryville Technologies
540 Maryville Centre Dr., Suite 300
St. Louis, 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).

Savvis Communications (across from Maryville Centre)
1 Savvis Parkway (near I-64 and 141)
Chesterfield, MO 63017

GAMUG - Gateway Area Macintosh Users Group (

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. GAMUG has a number of active SIGs, so be sure to check out their web site. Of special interest is the Mac OS X SIG (which meets in Fenton). Membership is $30 a year for individuals.

Parkway Central High School
369 N. Woods Mill Rd. (Hwy. 141, between Olive and Ladue)
Chesterfield, MO 63017

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 for members, $25 for non-members. Call 314-995-4652 (by the previous Friday) or email for reservations. 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 1st Thursday of the month. It runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

O'Fallon City Library
120 Civic Plaza
O'Fallon, IL 62269

SILUG - Southern Illinois LUG (
Carbondale meeting

The SILUG Carbondale meeting is the 3rd Monday of the month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The location can vary due to scheduling issues, so be sure to double-check their web site.

Morris Library, Room 325
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

CORCC - County Older Residents Computer Club (

Meets (almost) every Friday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Provides free classes for seniors 55 or older. For info, contact Tom Kimber ( or Arthur Hollman (

Prairie Commons Library
915 Utz Lane (between Howdershell and Dunn)
Hazelwood, 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.

Steering Committee Schedule Change

The St. Louis Unix Users Group Steering Committee has moved to meeting on the first Wednesday of each month. The previous schedule for Committee meetings being held the week after the general meeting was just too difficult to schedule. By keeping it as simply the first Wednesday we hope to make it easier to find a new permanent location.

The next four Steering Committee meetings will be on 2 July, 6 August, 3 September and 1 October.

The 2 July meeting will be held 6:30 PM at Malone's Grill and Bar, 11660 Administration Drive, St Louis, MO 63146-3534.

New BSD Group Starting Up

A new Southern Illinois *BSD User Group is starting up. The First meeting will be held on Thursday, July 3rd from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For the foreseeable future it will meet at the St. Louis Bread Company in Fairview Heights on 159 (in the strip mall in front of Office Depot and Ultimate Electronics).

Effort to organize this BSD group is spearheaded by Johnathan Drews. Johnathan is an accomplished programmer and a quiet technical contributor to various efforts in the Open Source community. The major thing that really sets Johnathan into a frenzy is how bad Microsoft applications are. It is almost like poking a rattlesnake with a stick. Not a safe thing to do.

See for current information.

Volunteer Help Wanted

Our position of Editor is open for a good volunteer.

The tasks involve gathering and editing articles, event schedules and any newsworthy items for publication in our monthly newsletter.

The social process starts with reminding others that you don't manufature articles, the news, upcoming events or volumes of mindless sentences.

The editing process starts with creating the newsletter in HTML form and converting it into a simple text format for bulk email distribution. Neither process is very complicated.

Contact us by

Just A Poor Farm Boy

Our featured sponsor this month is Computers and Things.

Those of you that have met Fred Smith know about his thriving business, Computers and Things, based in Old Monroe, Missouri. It is along the growing corridor between St. Louis and Hannibal. This is an atypical Information Technology provider for small and mid-sized businesses.

The amazing thing about Fred Smith is that he is a man of vision. He is actively selling Linux along side the standard proprietary offerings that one might expect in such a business. He gets excited talking to his customers and he gets his customers excited about the stability, security and flexibility that Linux servers can provide at lower costs. He often tells his customers "I am just a poor farm boy, and so dumb, that I don't know how to do it any other way, so if you want me to do it, it has to be this way." Fortunately for his customers, Fred isn't really dumb and he always does what is best for his customers.

Fred Smith has been an outstanding direct and indirect contributor to our community. His support of the last two Linux Install Fests and ongoing participation at the St. Charles Linux Users Group is greatly appreciated. He hosts a weekly Linux LPI self study group each Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in his well equipped Internet connected training room. To the participants this is known as the Ole Mo LUG (OLMOLUG).

See for more information. Computers and Things, 115 First Street, Old Monroe, MO 63369.


For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Frank Lipski (


If you think we've seen the last of an arrogrant, monopolistic,
vindictive Microsoft, I have a 630-foot stainless steel arch on
the St. Louis riverfront you might be interested in leasing.
--Gene  Schneider, Ballwin, MO
--eWEEK, Reader Mail item, page 71, November 18, 2002 

Where I work is undergoing a lot of software upgrades;
unfortunately not with a sophistocated Operating System.
-- Mike Stepphan

Have you tried booting the machine with EMACS as the O/S?
-- Carl Fitch

IMHO, Anti-virus software is just Pig Lipstick.
-- Mike King

What emerged was a cast of characters, known by their e-mail screen
names, who had played parts in a grand opera set in the dramatic 
early days of the digital revolution. 
-- pg 3, Breaking Windows by David Bank

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 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 Christine Wanta
  Vice-President Ed Wehner
  Secretary Buck Pyland 
  Treasurer Mike Kriz 
  Linux Users Group Chair Frank Lipski
  Board of Directors Ed Wehner
Craig Buchek
Robert Citek
Stan Reichardt
Christine Wanta
  Presentations Terry Linhardt
  Corporate Sponsors Christine Wanta
  O'Reilly Book Sales Sue Hurst
  Newsletter Editor Open position
  Librarian Open position
  PR Stan Reichardt
  Steering Committee Info Gary Meyer
  BBS Questions Gary Meyer
  Official Correspondence SLUUG Mailing Address PO Box 411302
St. Louis, MO 63141

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