Unigroup's July 2013 Meeting Announcements


Building a High-Performance Low-Power White-Box Server Running CentOS 6.4 Linux

Robert Weiner,
Programming Plus,
Executive Director of Unigroup of NY, Inc..

THURSDAY, 18-JUL-2013      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 506_CS   (5th Floor, Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Unigroup is going to keep the Linux theme for our July 2013 meeting, but we are switching topics from SuSE Linux to CentOS Linux. This meeting will discuss both the Hardware and Operating System aspects of building and configuring a High Performance yet Low-Power White-Box Server.


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

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   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
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   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   Or take the new connection to the uptown '6'!

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   There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
     Astor Place (8th Street).


Topic: Building a High-Performance Low-Power White-Box Server Running CentOS 6.4 Linux

Introduction & Description of Talk:

This presentation will discuss the various aspects of Building a High Performance yet Low Power White-Box Linux System.

Considerations for both Hardware and Operating System selection and configuration will be discussed.

Outline of the Talk:

References & Web Resources:

   - CentOS Linux Project

   - RedHat Linux - RHEL Documentation


Robert Weiner is the founder and President of Programming Plus, a business which provides Computer-Related Hardware and Software Consulting & Engineering Services (for Unix, Linux, BSD, OpenVMS, Windows and DOS). Robert is an Electrical Engineer (with BE and ME degrees from The Cooper Union in NYC), a NYS Licensed Professional Engineer, Software Developer, Systems Administrator, Systems Integrator, and System Builder, who has been working with Unix for over 30 years, Linux for over 20 years, and WinDOS systems going back to DOS and CP/M.

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


Programming Plus provides Independent Consulting and Professional Engineering Services in the fields of Computer Software & Hardware. Specialties include: Computer Consulting, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Hardware/Software System Design and Development, and Systems Administration, Integration and Support. For further information, please visit our web site: http://www.progplus.com.


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

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

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

Also, SuSE has also provided us with SuSE Linux SLES and SLED Install Media.


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

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

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