Unigroup's July 2001 Meeting Announcement

NetBSD: A Freely Available and Highly Portable Unix OS

Perry Metzger,
Wasabi Systems, Inc.

Thursday, July 19, 2001

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


Our topic for our July 2001 meeting is NetBSD and we are very lucky to be able to have Perry Metzger present this topic to us. Perry is a repeat Unigroup speaker, he gave us a presentation on IPv6 back in 1996, before most people had ever heard about that technology.

Some of our members will remember the great talk we had on FreeBSD last year. NetBSD, like FreeBSD and OpenBSD, is another variant of Freely Available and Open Source Unix, based on the 4.4BSD Lite release from UC Berkeley. Based on real BSD Unix, and Unix's 30 year history, these *BSD releases provide a good Open Source alternative to Linux.

One of NetBSD's greatest features is that it has been ported to at least 44 different architectures, and binary releases are available for at least 21 of them. Some supported platforms are: alpha, amiga hpcmips, i386, luna68k, mac68k, macppc, mmeye, mvme68k, news68k, newsmips, next68k, pc532, pmax, prep, sgimips, sparc, sparc64, sun3, vax and x68k. Bootable CDROM installations for many of these platforms are freely downloadable off the net and are also available in pre-packaged distributions. NetBSD is even available for the MIPS based Windows CE PDA machines!

NetBSD version 1.5.1 was just recently released on July 11, 2001. It is available for download from the main NetBSD site and its various mirror sites around the world.

You can visit the web sites in the list below for detailed information about the various Open Source *BSD Projects.

Web Resources:

  1. NetBSD http://www.netbsd.org
  2. FreeBSD http://www.freebsd.org
  3. OpenBSD http://www.openbsd.org
  4. Small BSD Home Page http://www.picobsd.org

Description of Talk:

This will be a general presentation about NetBSD, its various features and functionality.

We also hope to be able to provide meeting attendees with NetBSD CD-ROM distributions, but at this time we are not sure how many we will be able to acquire for the meeting.

Please check back for a more detailed outline of this talk and an update regarding potential giveaways at this meeting. We will post this information as it arrives.

Speaker Biography:

(from http://www.wasabisystems.com/about_us/our_team.html)

Perry Metzger founded Wasabi Systems after five years as President and CEO of Piermont Information Systems, a New York based Internet and security consulting company. With Piermont, Mr. Metzger specialized in designing, developing, and deploying networking and security applications for the financial community, involving the implementation of all aspects of network infrastructure and security, including firewall systems, global electronic mail systems, World Wide Web infrastructure, cryptographic network security systems, and automated systems administration systems.

A member of the Internet and security communities since the mid-1980s, Mr. Metzger is highly active in the work of the Internet's standardization body, the Internet engineering Task Force, or IETF, where he was instrumental in the design and standardization of several major internet security protocols, including the IPSec IP security protocol, for which he served as co-author of the initial standards documents known as RFCs. Additionally, from 1996 to 1997, Mr. Metzger served as an IANA representative on the IAHC, a predecessor of ICANN, the organization that controls the domain name system and internet address assignment.

Mr. Metzger has been an active NetBSD developer since 1994, and served as release manager for NetBSD 1.3 and 1.4. As a key member of the NetBSD Project, Mr. Metzger has written large pieces of NetBSD itself.

Company Biography:

(taken in part from http://www.wasabisystems.com/about_us/company_profile.html)

Wasabi Systems is a company founded by key members of the NetBSD Project (including members of NetBSD Core) and a team of experienced consultants and business service professionals to provide commercial-grade NetBSD development solutions for a wide range of high-end user needs. Wasabi's team of developers are among the world's foremost NetBSD developers, including several members of NetBSD Core and release engineers for the NetBSD Project. Wasabi Systems provides CD-ROM distributions, corporate support, service contracts and full-scale customization for NetBSD.

Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

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

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