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CLUE DTC Presentations 2003

Meeting Month: December 2003

MAIN Session Topic: Special Screening of the movie Revolution OS

REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open Source movement.

On June 1, 2001, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."

Microsoft fears GNU/Linux, and rightly so. GNU/Linux and the Open Source & Free Software movements arguably represent the greatest threat to Microsoft's way of life. Shot in cinemascope on 35mm film in Silicon Valley, REVOLUTION OS tracks down the key movers and shakers behind Linux, and finds out how and why Linux became such a potent threat.

REVOLUTION OS features interviews with Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Bruce Perens, Eric Raymond, Brian Behlendorf, Michael Tiemann, Larry Augustin, Frank Hecker, and Rob Malda. To view the trailer or the first eight minutes go to the ifilm website for REVOLUTION OS.

Revolution O.S. is director J.T.S. Moore's first feature length documentary. Moore previously has worked as a screenwriter for Walt Disney Studios. He earned his B.A. in history from Stanford University and his M.A. in film production from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema/Television. Moore's previous film, the Civil War action-drama SHOOTING CREEK, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and later was licensed by Starz-Encore. Moore was born and raised in Atlanta and currently resides in Los Angeles.

To purchase a copy of the movie, and other schwag, please visit the links at the REVOLUTION OS Store. It's also available at Softpro Books.

Meeting Month: November 2003

MAIN Session Topic: Installing Slashcode with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier

Zonker will discuss laying the groundwork for Slash, and the installation and customization of Slashcode on Debian GNU/Linux systems. Zonker runs his personal website (dissociatedpress.org) on Slash 2.2.6.

Zonker is the co-author of Linux Routing, published by New Riders, and writes regularly for Linux Magazine, UnixReview.com, ComputorEdge and other publications.

KISS Session Topic: Managing Groups and File Permissions with Rick Burton

Meeting Month: October 2003

MAIN Session Topic: The Future of GNU/Linux and Free Software with Bruce Perens

Noted Open Source advocate and contributor Bruce Perens will talk about some of the issues confronting us (Linux Users) — software patents, trusted systems, competitive and technical issues, SCO (if you haven't already heard too much), etc.

Bruce Perens is a leader in the Free Software and Open Source community. He is creator of the Open Source Definition, the manefesto of the Open Source movement in Software. He's founder or co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, The Linux Standard Base, Software in the Public Interest, and No-Code International. Perens released his first Free Software program, Electric Fence, in 1987. He is creator of Busybox, which has spawned its own development community and is part of most commercial devices using embedded Linux.

Perens is series editor of the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series line of books with Prentice Hall PTR publishers. The books sell well in retail stores, even though their texts are released under an Open Source license. Perens is Senior Research Scientist for Open Source with George Washington University's Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. Through his own research organization, Perens has a $50,000/year grant to work 1/4 time on the patent policy issues of standards organizations. He is an elected director of Software in the Public Interest, Inc.

Perens previously spent two years with HP as Senior Global Strategist for Linux and Open Source, and was president of Linux Capital Group, a venture fund that specialized in Linux.

Perens spent 20 years in the computer graphic animation industry, 12 of them at Pixar Animation Studios. He has a credit on the films A Bug's Life and Toy Story II.

Meeting Month: September 2003

MAIN Session Topic: "Stupid GIMP Tricks" with Jed Baer

Jed will demonstrate various strange and/or interesting things you can do with The GIMP. The Gimp is The Gnu Image Manipulation Program — a raster image manipulation program, styled after Photoshop™.

In addition to being the CLUE webmaster, Jed is a veteran Linux user.

KISS Session Topic: Introduction to The GIMP with Jeff Cann

Jeff will present the basics of working with The GIMP — The GNU Image Manipulation Tool.

Meeting Month: August 2003

MAIN Session Topic: Starting an Open Source Project with Art Reisman

Art will discuss his experiences with starting an open source project -- Bandwidth Arbitrator: how this project evolved, why he chose Linux and the GPL, risks involved and opportunities for revenue.

Art has been doing Unix things since 1991, from custom Kernel Mods and drivers for ATT Bell Labs communication equipment, to his present obsession with using Linux systems as a bandwidth control solution. Art has a computer Science Degree from the University California at Riverside and did graduate computer science work at the Florida Institute of Technology.

KISS Session Topic: Matt Porter discusses the SCO claims of copyright infringement.

Unlike the rest of us, Matt does not have to start an email with IANAL, because he is a lawyer. Matt has previously discussed the GPL at CLUE.

Matthew Porter is an attorney based in Golden, Colorado, specializing in litigation and technology-related matters. He has a background in computer science, and received his J.D. degree from New York University. He has used Linux enthusiastically since 1998.

Meeting Month: July 2003

MAIN Session Topic: fwbuilder with Dave Hahn and Roy Johnston

System security is as important as system stability for internet connected machines. However, the world of routing and iptables can be confusing even for an experienced system administrator. fwbuilder is the answer. fwbuilder is a GTK application that allows the user to create rule sets for Linux machines, BSD machines and Cisco PIX firewalls, all from the same, easy to use application. The Roy & Dave show will demonstrate what you need to know to get going with fwbuilder to secure anything from your personal machine to a corporate LAN. The talk will include not only fwbuilder specific information but, general firewalling and security principles as well.

Dave and Roy are the technical gurus of TechAngle, offering products and services to the Linux community, and Premier Sponsors of CLUE. Their past presentations have been as entertaining as they have been informative.

KISS Session Topic: MyDNS with Dave and Roy from TechAngle

Meeting Month: June 2003

MAIN Session Topic: Linux Routing with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier

Zonker will discuss the basics of Linux routing, setting up a home router/gateway, and give some tips for those just getting started.

Zonker is the co-author of Linux Routing, published by New Riders, and writes regularly for Linux Magazine, UnixReview.com, ComputorEdge and other publications.

KISS Session Topic: Database comparison with Scott Marlow

Scott talks about the differences among PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Interbase, and cases where one may be preferred over the others.

Meeting Month: May 2003

MAIN Session Topic: DNS with Cricket Liu

Cricket will speak on some combination of threats to DNS, securing BIND, and upgrading to BIND 9.

Cricket Liu is the co-author of all of O'Reilly & Associates Nutshell Handbooks on the Domain Name System, DNS and BIND, DNS on Windows NT, and DNS on Windows 2000, and was the principal author of Managing Internet Information Services. He has extensive experience consulting, managing, and training on the Domain Name System. He recently finished the fourth edition of DNS and BIND, to cover BIND versions 8.2.3 and 9.1.0.

Presentation Slides [409K PDF].

KISS Session Topic: Ronald Kuetemeier talks about Ximian Evolution

Presentation Slides [177K PDF].

Meeting Month: April 2003

Please join us at CLUE's new DTC location -- the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast at I-225 & Parker Rd.

MAIN Session Topic: OpenOffice.org with Solveig Haugland

OpenOffice.org is a multi-platform, international office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites and works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.

Solveig will discuss some of the differences between OpenOffice and Star Office and demonstrate a few tips and tricks for using this sophisticated and flexible open source product.

Solveig Haugland is coauthor of the Sun Star Office Companion books and the soon to be published OpenOffice.org Resource Kit.

KISS Session Topic: Z shell (zsh) with Kevin Fenzi

Meeting Month: March 2003

Intel's Jeremy Lu

This session, designed for the Linux community, will present an overview of Intel's server processor technology, roadmap, end-user benefits, and platform solution for 2003. The discussion includes the Intel® Xeon™ processor family and the Intel® Itanium® processor family. This presentation will provide a snapshot of current open source (Linux™) technologies development on Intel platforms, and capabilities.

IBM's David Schroeder

This presentation will introduce you to the IBM xSeries server product family. xSeries is IBM's Intel server product and is part of the eServer brand from IBM. The discussions will include IBM's award winning technology blueprint, also known as X-Architecture, an introduction to the servers that make up the product portfolio, a look at systems management including IBM Director 4.1 and IBM's commitment to Linux.

Q & A session

Mark Murphy from the IBM Linux Team will be joining Jeremy and Dave for a period of questions and answers.

Meeting Month: February 2003

MAIN Session Topic: Jefferson County Linux Desktop Rollout with Otis Lamar

Learn more about Jeffco's decision to make Linux a choice on the desktop and what effect their Novell environment has had on that project.

KISS Session Topic: Linux in Western Australia - a consulting firm's experience with Arron Arntzen

Why clients started to ask for Linux, how it snowballed to installing servers at nearly 2,000 client sites, and how Windows XP forced a client into Mandrake Linux 8.1 Desktops.

Meeting Month: January 2003

MAIN Session Topic: The State of the PostgreSQL Union with Scott Marlowe

Get the news on PostgreSQL. Where it came from, where it is now (v7.3) and where it is going. If you haven't joined the PostgreSQL revolution yet, it is time to realize the error of your ways.

KISS Session Topic: Configuring Kmail with Jeff Cann

Learn how to configure and use advanced features of KMail, the KDE mail client, to manange your email account(s).

Prior Years' Presentations

Presentations from prior years