When:  Thursday, March 21, 2002

     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:  LTSP - Linux Terminal Server Project (including EtherBoot)

   Speaker:  Andrew Williams,
             VarTech Solutions; and LTSP 



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   for all of Unigroup.  It will also help us to determine the correct
   amount of food and refreshments.

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   Description of Talk:

   The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) and EtherBoot will be
   discussed and demoed at this meeting.  In a nutshell, LTSP provides
   thin-client Linux diskless workstations.  These workstations could
   be built to have no local floppy, CD-ROM or hard drive, similar to
   an X-terminal.  Given a network card with boot ROM, all software
   components of the Linux operating system would be downloaded from
   a boot server and then NFS and X are used to provide access to files
   and terminal sessions on one or more host computers.   

   LTSP version 3.0 has been recently released and it supports the
   following Linux distributions: RedHat, Mandrake, SuSE, Debian,
   Caldera and Conectiva.  See the LTSP home page for further
   information.  The Linux Diskless Nodes How-To (see link below)
   describes a variety of uses for diskless workstations.
   EtherBoot is a software package for creating boot ROM images for
   various network cards.  The Boot ROM on an Ethernet Adaptor Card
   (usually purchased from the manufacturer, or freely available via
   EtherBoot) allows a computer to boot over the network, in a
   similar manner as it would boot off of a floppy, CD-ROM or hard disk.

   Web Resources:

   1. LTSP Project                 http://www.ltsp.org
   2. EtherBoot Project            http://www.etherboot.org
   3. Rom-O-Matic                  http://www.rom-o-matic.net
   4. Linux Diskless Nodes How-To


   O'Reilly has provided us with various giveaways (books, t-shirts, etc).

   Speaker Biography: 

   Andrew Williams has been using Linux for about 8 years, and has been a
   member of LTSP since December 2000. He is a project tester, and takes
   takes care of the Local Audio Package and WebCam packages.  Andy said
   the WebCam project was the first to provide a thin client live WebCam.
   Andy was part of the LTSP team exhibiting at the last Linux Expo in NYC,
   and he had set up the live WebCam from the LTSP booth.
   Andy is also involved with the E-Stations Project in NJ, which is
   being put together by the NJ Dept of Transportation, NJ Transit, NJIT,
   Mayors office and Crest Community Development Network.

   Company Biography: 

   VarTech Solutions is a small computer consulting company located in
   Newark, NJ.  VarTech offers the following services: network services,
   build and repair, system sales.  VarTech also runs a CyberCafe type
   environment, based on LTSP, which is available to the public and is
   used for teaching inner-city youth the Linux Operating System.


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


     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.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.
     ** Note the parking situation is TOTALLY UNKNOWN.
        We believe that the parking lot inside Chase will be OFF LIMITS.

  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 series of meetings in the works:

   - Zope  (Web Page Development)
   - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
   - Unix 30th Birthday Celebration
   - IPsec and IPv6
   - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - Emacs
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments
   - Meetings on a variety of Sun/Solaris/Java topics

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
   should contact the Unigroup board at uniboard@unigroup.org.



   We need to "catch up" on some of our Thank You notes, so here goes:

   a) For our November 2001 meeting:

      Our thanks go to James Licata who gave us a great presentation
      on Intrusion Detection and its importance as part of a
      Best-Practices Approach to Security.
   b) For our January 2002 meeting:

      Our thanks go to Netscreen Technologies who gave us a presentation
      on the principles associated with Stateful Inspection Firewalls.
      Netscreen also sponsored the food service for our meeting.

   c) For our February 2002 meeting:

      Last month, we had a "field trip" meeting to Enterasys Networks
      in midtown.  Enterasys catered the meeting and provided various
      tasty sandwiches, salads, fresh fruits and cookies.  Andrew
      Raver and Dang Nguyen gave us a very professional and technical
      presentation on Wireless Technologies and Standards.  As a bonus,
      we were able to speak (via speaker phone) with one of Enterasys'
      representatives to the Wireless Standards Committees.

   d) O'Reilly has provided us with a couple of boxes of giveaways.
      We have already started raffling them off.  The first batch of
      books to be given out were their Wireless books (given out at
      our wireless meeting, of course).  We also gave out O'Reilly book
      catalogs as well as User Group Discount Coupons for use when
      purchasing from the O'Reilly web page.



   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: 3/21/2002, 5/16/2002, 7/18/2002, ...
   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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