December 2003

St. Louis UNIX Users Group

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December Open source Calendar
Dec 1MondayStLAdvLUG7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec 2TuesdayMOSLUG - Kirkwood MO7:00pm - 11:00pm
Dec 2TuesdayGateway JUG6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dec 3WednesdaySLUUG - Steering Committee6:30pm - 8:30pm
Dec 4ThursdaySLACC - Creve Coeur MO6:30pm - 9:00pm
Dec 4ThursdayBSD Users Group7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec 4ThursdaySILUG - O'Fallon IL7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec 7SundayPearl Harbor Day
Dec 8MondaySt. Louis C# SIG, One CityPlace6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dec 9TuesdayGateway Mac Users Group (GAMUG)7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dec 9TuesdayLUCI - Springfield IL7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec 10WednesdaySLUUG - General Meeting6:30pm - 8:30pm
Dec 11ThursdaySt. Louis Java Users Group6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dec 15MondaySILUG - Carbondale IL CHANGE!!7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec 16TuesdayHazelwood LUG (Holiday Schedule)6:30pm - 9:00pm
Dec 16TuesdaySt.Louis Security SIG-EPC6:30pm - 8:30pm
Dec 16TuesdaySTLWEBDEV6:30pm
Dec 17WednesdayLord of the Rings - Return of The King
Dec 17WednesdayBDPA - www.bdpa-stl.org3rd Wed
Dec 18ThursdaySt. Louis Linux Users Group (LUG)6:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec 21SundayCentral West End LUG1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dec 22MondaySt.Charles LUG (Holiday Schedule)6:30pm - 9:00pm
Dec 22MondayFirst Day of Winter
Dec 24WednesdayChristmas Eve
Dec 25ThursdayChristmas Day
Dec 31WednesdayNew Years Eve

Next General Meeting is Wednesday, Dec 10

6:30 pm Tutorial Compiling Applications from Source by Ed Howland
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 Rolling Your Own Radio: UNIX and OpenSource in St. Louis Community Radio by Ben Oberkfell


Compiling Applications from Source
by Ed Howland


Compiling from Source  Compiling from source
  1. Intro, Disclamer and What source code is
  2. Why compile from source?
  3. Getting sources
  4. Preparing to build
  5. Building
  6. Troubleshooting
  7. Installing
  8. Running our application
  9. Conclusion and resources


Rolling Your Own Radio: UNIX and OpenSource in St. Louis Community Radio
by Ben Oberkfell


KWUR, Webcasting and Broadcasting

You'll get to hear:


Bio for Ben Oberkfell

Ben has served as station engineer for KWUR since last May. When he is not wrestling with station gear, he is working his day job as an Oracle developer for the Genome Sequencing Center at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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.


Next St. Louis LUG Meeting Is Dec 18

How We Use Linux/BSDUNIX/OpenSource at Work
by Group Members


How Members Use OpenSource in Work

Several members of this LUG have found OpenSource applications to be preferred solutions. Members of this LUG are professionals and proficient amateurs in several industries and specializations. Plan to hear them explain how OpenSource applications have been viable, preferred, and even essential tools on their desktops and in their networks.

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 1st Wednesday of the 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. We now meet at:

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, when we will meet on Monday, December 22nd.
This is a SIG of SLUUG, intended for all Linux users in the Western and Northern parts of the greater metro area.

JJ's Restaruant
200 Ft. Zumwalt Square. (just north of I-70)
O'Fallon, MO

Security UG

Tentatively 4th Thursday of each month, with alternative dates and locations under discussion. During December, the group will meet on Monday, December 16.

2941 Harry S. Truman Blvd. (Cave Springs exit, Interstate 70)
St. Charles, 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 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

Extreme Programming (

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at CAIT (Center for Application for Information Technology). This is an active group that reserves the perrogative to change times and locations, so check the web site often. RSVP @ to assure adequate treats.

CAIT, Room 22
5 North Jackson Ave at Forsyth
Clayton, 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 (

Group meets generally on the second Thursday of the month. Consult website for current meeting information.

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 Auditorium
One SAVVIS Parkway (Highway 40 and 141)
St. Louis, 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.


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Elections In February 2004

by Stan Reichardt Elections In February 2004

The St. Louis Unix Users Group (SLUUG) is incorporated as a professional association in the state of Missouri.  SLUUG holds director elections at our February meetings.  There will also be an advisory vote for officers.  The officers are actually appointed by the board, but it is our tradition to hold this advisory election as well.  Candidates should be involved and committed to supporting our community.

Anyone having attended 2 meetings during the 2003 calendar year will be eligible to vote and hold office.  Qualifiying attendance includes our general monthly SLUUG meeting and meetings of the St. Louis LUG, Hazelwood LUG, St. Charles LUG, and of the SLUUG Steering Committee.  Attendance is verified from sign in sheets, so make sure you sign in during each SLUUG meeting or SLUUG Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting.

Elections are rapidly approaching.  You can talk to our current or former board members and officers, or the nomination committee about the administrative duties for the organization. If you are interested in seeking one of the director or officer positions please contact Gary Meyer, Rich Seibel or myself by sending

Further information and details will be in the February newsletter.

LinuxPC Project

by Robert Citek LinuxPC Project

Have you ever found yourself wanting to attend a Linux Users Group meeting but could not because you could not make it on that date or to that location?  Have you ever wanted to collaborate with a group of Linux users on a project, but because of time or geography restrictions you could not?  If such restrictions on time or geography are preventing you from collaborating with other Linux users, then you may want to explore the LinuxPC project -

The LinuxPC project is a collection of various OpenSource machines with the express purpose of learning about and experimenting with OpenSource.  In essence, the LinuxPC project is an on-line LUG.  You can install, configure, and remove software. You can play with networking, clustering, webservices, databases, etc.  But most importantly, you can do so with the help of others by using multiuser screen sessions, ntalk, and the wiki.


Current projects include:

If you are interested in collaborating on these projects or in starting a different project, please contact

Robert Citek at (remove the .NOSPAM) for an account.

For more information, please visit:


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

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 Derek Polston
  Treasurer Mike Kriz 
  Linux Users Group Chair Craig Buchek
  Board of Directors Ed Wehner
Craig Buchek
Stan Reichardt
Christine Wanta
  Presentations Terry Linhardt
  Corporate Sponsors Open
  O'Reilly Book Sales Carl Fitch
  Newsletter Editor John House
  PR Stan Reichardt
  Steering Committee Info Gary Meyer
  BBS Questions Gary Meyer
  Official Correspondence SLUUG Mailing Address PO Box 411302
St. Louis, MO 63141

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, send your info or complete article to The deadline for article submissions is the second last day of the month. Plain HTML format is preferred.

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