Unigroup's November 2000 Meeting Announcement

Linux Overview: Today and Tomorrow

Pat Villani,
Compaq Unix Software Engineer

Thursday, November 16, 2000

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

6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:40 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:40 - 6:50 PM Unigroup Business
6:50 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


This month's presentation will discuss the differences and similarities between the Freely Available Linux Operating System and standard Unix Operating System distributions. Particular emphasis will be on Compaq's Linux and Tru64 Unix efforts and upcoming Linux enhancements.

Web Resources:
 1. Compaq Linux                http://www.compaq.com/linux
 2. Compaq True 64 Unix         http://www.tru64unix.compaq.com
 3. Compaq Home Page            http://www.compaq.com
 4. Linux Documentation Project http://www.linuxdoc.org
 5. Linux HeadQuarters          http://www.linuxhq.com
 6. Linux Links                 http://www.linuxlinks.com
 7. Linux Online                http://www.linux.org
 8. Linux Resource Exchange     http://www.linuxrx.com
 9. FreeDOS Project             http://www.freedos.org
10. DOSEMU Project              http://www.dosemu.org

Description of Talk:

Pat's talk will focus on current capabilities of Linux, customer deployments today, and the expectations for Linux, especially relative to the UNIX platform. Pat will compare Linux and UNIX functionality on several dimensions, including high availability, reliability, and system management, and the enhancements expected in the upcoming release of Linux kernel 2.4. Pat will also outline activities at Compaq directed at Linux and Tru64 UNIX commonality and interoperability. The talk will include short summary of the Linux marketplace, and efforts across Compaq in support of Linux development, including the recent port of Linux to the iPAQ hand-held and the deployment of the world's most powerful Linux clusters, built with 1600 AlphaServers.

Our speaker will be supported by members of the Sales and Technical staff from the Compaq NYC Office.

Giveaways at the talk:

Compaq will be sponsoring the food service at this meeting!

Speaker Biography:

Pat Villani is a software engineer at Compaq Computer Corporation, working with Tru64 UNIX system management tools. He joined Digital in 1995 and contributed to project areas such as the kernel license manager, installation cloning and various areas of installation for Tru64 UNIX. He is currently responsible for the new POSIX compliant installation tools.

Pat began his involvement in open source software through correspondence with Richard Stallman, regarding an article published by Richard in Doctor Dobb's Journal describing GNU. Pat contributed some early code to the Free Software Foundation and went on to write the kernel for FreeDOS, an MS-DOS open source clone. Pat's contributions to Linux include his efforts in dosemu and RPM. Pat compiled and supports a small Linux distribution called Linux for Windows 9X.

Previous to joining Compaq, Pat worked at Stratus Computer, Inc. working on their Continuum fault-tolerant product line. Pat is also an author of several books and articles on the computer industry. Pat holds a BSEE from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and an MSEE from Polytechnic Institute of New York.

Company Biography:

Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is the market leader for Linux servers, supplying over 25% of the Linux market today. Compaq's support for Linux includes close alliances with the major Linux distributions, contributions to open source projects, and a portfolio of solutions, technology, and services that incorporate support for Linux. Information on Compaq's Linux portfolio is available at http://www.compaq.com/linux.

Compaq is the largest supplier of computing systems in the world. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable products, and consumer PCs.

Compaq products and services are sold in more than 200 countries directly to businesses, through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners, and directly to businesses and consumers through Compaq's e-commerce Web site at http://www.compaq.com. Compaq markets its products and services primarily to customers from the business, home, government, and education sectors. Customer support and information about Compaq and its products and services are available at http://www.compaq.com.

Complimentary Refreshments and Food will be served.
This now includes salads and sandwiches (eg. turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna)!

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

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