Unigroup's January 2008 Meeting Announcement

Experiences with the CentOS and Fedora Linux/GNU Operating Systems

Robert Weiner,
President, Programming Plus
Executive Director, Unigroup of New York, Inc.

Thursday, 17-JAN-2008      (** 3rd Thursday **)

Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
104 Washington Street      (Between Rector and Carlisle Streets)
South West Corner of Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City
** Please RSVP (but its not required) **

6:15 - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


Unigroup's January 2008 meeting will be an informal discussion about experiences (ie. war stories) with the freely available CentOS and Fedora Linux/GNU Operating Systems. Various issues seen during the past year of CentOS (spanning versions 4.4 / 4.5 / 4.6, including kernel panics and failed upgrades from 4.x to 5.x), and Fedora 7 / 8 (including kernel panics and failed upgrades from 7 to 8 with workarounds) will be discussed.

** Unigroup Board of Director Elections: Unigroup will be holding our annual elections for our Board of Directors at this meeting. If you are interested in running/volunteering for the Unigroup Board, please contact us immediately!


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	Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
	104 Washington Street
	Wall Street Area
	Downtown, New York City

This building is located on the West side of the street. Cross Streets: Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown, North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel, North of the Resturant, East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street. Walking West on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then Washington Streets.

There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel and extending North for a number of blocks.

Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


This presentation will discuss various aspects of using CentOS over the past year, spanning versions 4.3 through 4.6 (but concentrating on issues with 4.4-4.5), and using Fedora 7 and 8.

Some topics to be discussed:

Web Resources




Robert Weiner, is the President of Programming Plus, and the Executive Director of Unigroup of New York, Inc. Robert has been a user, developer, and system administrator working with Unix for over 25 years, and Linux for around 15 years, as well as a variety of other operating systems including: Xenix, BSD, VMS and DOS/Windows (going back to CP/M).

Robert holds Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees (both in Electrical Engineering) from The Cooper Union in NYC, and is a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer. Robert founded Programming Plus, a Computer-Related Hardware and Software Consulting Business, over 22 years ago, and specializes in Administration, Development, Engineering, Integration and Support for Systems, Databases, Networks, Internet and Computer Security.

Robert has been a member of Unigroup since 1985, a member of the Unigroup Board of Directors since 1991, and has been Unigroup's Executive Director since 1992.

Robert was also a Founding Chapter Member and Board Member (for 10 years) of the NYC Metro Chapter of the ICCA - Independent Computer Consultants Association. Robert is also a member of a variety of other professional associations and user groups including: Encompass, IASA, IEEE, IEEE Consultants Networks, IEEE Computer Society, NSPE, NYSSPE, and various other local/regional user groups.


Programming Plus provides Independent Consulting and Professional Engineering Services in the fields of Computer Software and Hardware. Specialties span a variety of operating systems (Unix, Linux, BSD, VMS, Windows, DOS), computer languages, and databases.

For more information, please visit the Programming Plus Web Site: http://www.progplus.com


O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway (ie. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!

** Thanks to our friends at Sun Microsystems, Unigroup also has Solaris 10 DVDs to raffle off.


         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       * Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with ID):            $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.


Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

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

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