//we The SLUUG CRONicle - January 2004


January 2004

St. Louis UNIX Users Group

HTML version: http://www.sluug.org/cronicle/

Table of Contents

January Open Source Calendar
Jan 01ThursdayNew Years Day
Jan 05MondayStLAdvLUG6:30pm-9:00pm
Jan 06TuesdayMOSLUG-Kirkwood7:00pm-11:00pm
Jan 06TuesdayGateway JUG6:30pm-8:00pm
Jan 07WednesdaySLUUG Steering CommitteePOSTPONED
Jan 08ThursdaySLACC-Creve Coeur7:00pm-9:00pm
Jan 08ThursdaySt. Louis JUG6:30pm-:800pm
Jan 12MondayC# SIG - One CityPlace6:00pm-8:00pm
Jan 13TuesdayLUCI-Springfield IL7:00pm-9:00pm
Jan 13TuesdayCCSL Dinner Mtg5:30pm
Jan 13TuesdayGateway Mac Users5:30pm
Jan 14WednesdaySLUUG General Meeting6:30pm-8:30pm
Jan 15ThursdaySt. Louis LUG6:30pm-9:00pm
Jan 18SundayCWE LUG1:00pm-5:00pm
Jan 19MondayMartin Luther King Day
Jan 20TuesdaySTLWEBDEV6:30pm-8:00pm
Jan 21WednesdaySLUUG Steering Committee6:15pm-8:30pm
Jan 21WednesdayBDPA www.bdpa-stl.org6:30pm
Jan 22ThursdaySt. Charles LUG6:30pm-9:00pm
Jan 27TuesdayHazelwood LUG6:30pm-9:00pm
Jan 27TuesdayLUCI Springfield7:00pm-9:00pm
Jan 29ThursdaySecurity SIG6:30pm
Feb 01SundaySuper Bowl
Feb 02MondayStLAdvLUG6:30pm-9:00pm

Next General Meeting is Wednesday, Jan 14

6:30 pm Tutorial Using the OSI Model to Compare Routing and Switching by John House
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 Running UNIX Applications on Microsoft Operating Systems by Microsoft Presentation Team


Using the OSI Model to Compare Routing and Switching
by John House


OSI Model and major Differnces between Switching and Routing

Most of us use routers at our places of work or in our homes. Switching is a significant technology in work sites and will become more significant in open source.

John House will use the OSI model to explain how data is abstracted and organized for use by successively higher level programs in a network stack. He will then use the OSI model to explain differences between switching and routing. From these distinctions, the presentation will explain how switching complements or replaces routing both in WANs and on LANs.

Several evolutions within OpenSource, for examples, clustering & load balancing and security will offer opportunities to employ switches. This presentation is meant to be a foundation for learning to understand switching and its benefits.


John House John's experiments have recently introduced him to FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Java and HTML. He can be found at several SIG meetings each month.


Running UNIX Applications on Microsoft Operating Systems
by Microsoft Presentation Team


Microsoft Presentation: Services for UNIX

Disclaimer: This information was not provided by Microsoft. We have not been able to obtain information about topic from the presenters. However I have decided to offer you a *rough sketch* of what Microsoft will show us. Keep in mind that we cannot directly represent Microsoft's technical or business goals.

SFU is designed to allow native UNIX programs to run on a machine which has a product such as Windows 2000 or Windows XP as its native operating system. From a marketing standpoint, this appears to allow companies with programs which run in a UNIX environment to "migrate" to a Windows server environment without the need to maintain multiple platforms.


Microsoft Presenter Representatives from Microsoft will present on features that allow native UNIX programs to run on Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines.

Ideas, questions and suggestions are welcome; please contact Terry Linhardt (presentations@sluug.org).

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 Jan 15

High Performance Computing
by Malcolm Tobias


Malcolm Tobias of Washington University will make a presentation entitled High Performance Computing.

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

Meeting Locations

SLUUG - St. Louis UNIX Users Group (http://www.sluug.org)
General Meeting

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Free and open to the public.

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.

Map:   http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?address=11885+Lackland&zipcode=63146

SLUUG - St. Louis UNIX Users Group Steering Committee (http://www.sluug.org)

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

Map:   http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?addr=11660+Administration&csz=63146

St. Louis Linux Users Group (STLLUG) (http://www.stllinux.org)

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.

Map:   http://www.stllinux.org/directions/

St. Charles LUG (http://www.sluug.org/~stclug)

We expect that meetings will usually be held at 6:30pm to 9:00pm on the 4th Thursday of each month.
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.

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

Hazelwood LUG (http://www.sluug.org/~hzlug)

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 (http://www.cwelug.org)

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 (http://stladvlug.org/)

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.

St. Louis Bread Co.
1909 Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63144

Extreme Programming (http://xpstl.org/)

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 @ xpstl@agilestl.com to assure adequate treats.

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

MOSLUG - MO Open Source LUG (http://www.moslug.org/)

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 (http://www.stlbsd.org)

Group is planning a new meeting schedule. Consult website for current meeting information.

St. Louis Java Users Group (http://www.ociweb.com/javasig/)

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) (http://www.gatewayjug.org/)

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 (http://www.stlwebdev.org)

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 (http://www.gamug.org)

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 (http://www.ccsl.org)
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 meeting@ccsl.org 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 (http://www.silug.org)
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 (http://www.silug.org)
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 (http://www.luci.org)

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 (http://www.a-zuc.com/corcc/)

Meets (almost) every Friday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Provides free classes for seniors 55 or older. For info, contact Tom Kimber (t.kimber@worldnet.att.net) or Arthur Hollman (ajhollman@juno.com).

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 (editor@sluug.org) 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.

Elections In February 2004

by Stan Reichardt Elections Still 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 of Directors, but it is our tradition to hold this advisory election as well.

Anyone having attended two (2) meetings during the 2003 calendar year will be eligible to vote and hold office. Qualifying 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 attendance sheets from meetings held starting January 2003 and ending December 2003.

A list of qualified voter names will be posted Not Later Than 15 January on the SLUUG web site. A sample ballot in Adobe PDF form will also made available for review as candidates are added. Write in votes will be allowed.

Candidates should be involved and committed to supporting our community by participating in the Steering Committee and other volunteer activities.

Voters will mark their ballots and place them inside business size envelopes. Voter identifying information will be placed on the outside of the envelope for validation against the list of eligible voters. The list is keyed to allow verification against the actual attendance sheets. Ballots will be removed and separated from the envelopes for counting. Since voters put no identifying information on the ballots their ballots remain secret.

Voting will be done at the Steering Committee, SLUUG general, and Special Interest Group meetings held during the month of February. Ballots will be counted and then announced at the March Steering Committee meeting.

February 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 have any questions or are interested in seeking one of the director or officer positions please contact Gary Meyer, Rich Seibel or myself by sending mailto:nominations@mail.sluug.org.

Further information and details will be in the February newsletter.

CRONicle Publication Schedule and Layout

by John House CRONicle Format

To make a more readable and informative CRONicle, I am proposing some changes. You will have an opportunity to comment throughout the month of January by email. You can also talk to me personally at the upcoming SLUUG meeting.


CRONicle will publish on the evening of the Monday preceeding the Steercom meeting. In most cases this would be the first Monday of a month. However, the schedule might be altered for emergencies and newsworthy events.


The calendar will list known meeting dates, a descriptive heading, and a link to the site. The calendar will not list dates or normal events for SIGs more than an hour's drive from the nearest St. Louis City or St. Louis County border. However, special events will be listed if one of these SIGs requests or if a member of the CRONicle team thinks the event is newsworthy.

I strongly recommend that SIGs have a web page CRONicle can link to, as this web page will be the source for meeting locations, presentation information, officers, and in-depth information about the SIG.

Roster of Open Source SIGs

Not every SIG meets regularly, and some SIGs are so distant that their events may not be of general interest. A descriptive link to these SIGs will be included in the Cronicle.


I intend to solicit more articles, and most of the articles should be of a technical nature. The natural source of information should be the SIG with some expertise in a technical topics, past presenters, and people who have completed some work on a topic. We need a group of people who are willing to contribute regularly.

The CRONicle I am proposing would become more of an exchange of ideas. We do not need driving directions to most of our SIGs or long summaries of their activities. That is what their web sites are for. However, we do need timely technical information. We also need to let people who have this information know we are here and we are listening.

An Article that was so good it bears repeating

by Robert Citek The Second Read is Better <>Editor's Note: I think the ideas in Robert's article are so good that any LUG reconsidering its meeting schedule or format might want to reread it and ask its members if these ideas could apply to their efforts. -- John House

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 - http://linuxpc.homelinux.org

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 rwcitek@alum.calberkeley.edu.NOSPAM (remove the .NOSPAM) for an account.

For more information, please visit:


For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact (sponsorship@sluug.org).


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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 (volunteer@sluug.org).


  President president@sluug.org Christine Wanta
  Vice-President vice-president@sluug.org Ed Wehner
  Secretary secretary@sluug.org Derek Polston
  Treasurer treasurer@sluug.org Mike Kriz 
  Linux Users Group Chair linux@sluug.org Craig Buchek
  Board of Directors board@sluug.org Ed Wehner
Craig Buchek
Stan Reichardt
Christine Wanta
  Presentations presentations@sluug.org Terry Linhardt
  Corporate Sponsors sponsorship@sluug.org Open
  O'Reilly Book Sales booksales@sluug.org Carl Fitch
  Newsletter Editor editor@sluug.org John House
  PR reporter@sluug.org Stan Reichardt
  Steering Committee Info info@sluug.org Gary Meyer
  BBS Questions bbs@sluug.org 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 editor@sluug.org. The deadline for article submissions is the second last day of the month. Plain HTML format is preferred.

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