When:  Thursday, November 16, 2000

     Where:  The Chase Manhattan Bank
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Room C

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

     Topic:  Linux Overview: Today and Tomorrow

   Speaker:  Pat Villani,
             Compaq Unix Software Engineer

  Meeting Introduction:

  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

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

  Giveaways at the talk:
  - Linux license plates and mouse pads
  - Linux CDs (SuSE 7.0 Evaluation CDs)
  - Alpha Linux power tools
  - Jumpstart CD for Alpha Linux (an installation utility)

  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

  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.
  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


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


     55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street (after 6:30-7pm) and there is a lot
          right in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:
     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the "North Tower"
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street... ie. Use the right-most side doors
     rather than walking straight ahead at the Old Slip entrance.
     Go past the guard's desk (mentioning you are heading for Unigroup,
     sometimes there is a sign-in) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria.  After
     the cafeteria, you see another "lobby" area.  Walk past the cash
     machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.
     Conference Room C will be on your left.

     If you come very early, we may not have the signs in place yet, but
     hopefully these directions will get you to the meeting room.
     If you arrive before Unigroup Board Members, please be patient and
     wait for us to arrive.


  Fee Schedule:
         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       * Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.
       * Employees of Chase (with ID) can attend general meetings at no charge.

    ==>  Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
         of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
         Our Joint Membership Program with UniForum is currently
         on hold due to circumstances at UniForum.
         For information about UniForum visit http://www.uniforum.org.


  Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
  Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   We have a couple of meetings in the works.
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD
   - Linux Beowolf Clusters
   - Unix Office Tools:  Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - Emacs
   - PKI

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.



   Our thanks go to David Sugar, GNU maintainer for the Bayonne Project
   for introducing us to one of the GNU Unix Telephony projects: The
   Bayonne IVR Server .  The goals for this project
   are very high.  The design and features of Bayonne have functionality
   to build anything from a simple answering machine to call centers and
   central offices.


   The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will be held in NYC on
   January 30 - February 2, 2001 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
   For more information or for online registration visit the show's web site:


   We are updating and reworking our membership database.  If you will be
   attending our next meeting please look up the last time you paid for
   membership, paid the single meeting fee or simply the last time you
   attended a meeting and bring that information with you to the meeting.
   We need to make sure that we have the correct renewal dates on file
   for your yearly membership.  For the most part, any joint UniForum
   memberships should be expired by now as well.  UniForum had stopped
   collecting joint memberships a long time ago.

   For those who cannot attend our next meeting, we will be sending out
   a notice and preparing a web page on which your mailing address and
   Email addresses can be updated.



   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving the
   Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup is a
   not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer organization.
   Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings throughout the year on
   technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix User Community.   Unigroup
   is also the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an
   International Unix Users Group.

   Thanks to Chase, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months at The Chase Manhattan Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
   Chase has been a long time sponsor of Unigroup, allowing us the use of a
   meeting room and presentation equipment.

   Planned meeting dates are: 11/16/2000, 1/18/01, 3/15/01, 5/17/01...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
   as well as "field trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
   software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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