Unigroup's July '98 Meeting Announcement

The Must-Have List of Freely Available Software

Panel Discussion with Audience Participation
Moderator: Robert Weiner, Programming Plus.

Thursday, July 16, 1998

The Chase Manhattan Bank (formerly Chemical Bank)
55 Water Street, South Tower
13th Floor Conference Room C

6:00 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:20 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:35 - 6:45 PM Unigroup Business
6:45 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


Many of us have found software which we consider indispensable, the fun part is that much of it is freely available on Usenet and the Internet. This software can be: as simple as a paginator (eg. less), as useful as a mail reader (eg. mutt), as technical as a compiler (eg. gnu gcc) or as complicated as a network fax server (eg. hylafax). Combinations of such software have been built into extensive operating environments (eg. Linux). Organizations such as the Free Software Foundation (www.fsf.org) have been formed to promote the development and use of this software (GNU Project).

But, just where do you look to find all of this stuff?

Description of Talk:

Typically, one of the best ways to find out about the most useful software tools has been through word of mouth from friends, associates, and of course, user group meetings.

The goal of this month's Unigroup meeting is to discuss the Freely Available Software which we find the most useful, and that falls into the category of must-have. We intend to present short descriptions about our favorite utilities, as well as information concerning: What they do; How they are used; and Where they may be obtained.

We ask that everyone attending this meeting bring with them a list of their favorite Unix software, and for each, note down the URLs from where they were obtained (ftp site, web page, Usenet news, etc). If you've read about something and didn't get a chance to try it out yet, bring that information with you as well.

Here is a list of a few packages we've come up with thus far:

  (FreeBSD)     gcc           libtiff       par           tk
  (Linux)       gcpio         listproc      perl          top
  (OpenBSD)     gcut          lynx          pgp           tripwire
  ImageMagick   gdiff         majordomo     pine          trn
  amanda        ggrep         mawk          plan          unzip+zip
  apache        ghostview     metamail      procmail      xanim
  bind          gmake         most          qpopper       xmgr
  bison         groff         mpack         rcs           xloadimage
  bzip          gs            mpage         samba         xmcd
  emacs         gtar          mpeg_play     sendmail      xpaint
  expect        gzip          mutt          smail         xpdf
  flex          hylafax       nas           tcl           xv
  freewais-sf   kermit        ncurses       tcpd          xxgdb
  fwtk          less          nenscript     tcpdump       zlib
  gawk          libjpeg       ispell

Speaker Biography:

The initial panel will be made up from Unigroup members. If you know and use Freely Available Software for Unix, we would encourage you to participate and join our panel. Feel free to Email the board if you want to arrange anything special before the meeting (uniboard@unigroup.org).

Company Biography:

Unix Users!

Complimentary Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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