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CLUE North Presentations 2003

Meeting: December 2003
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: November 2003
Linux Hacking Society Meeting, Open Forum

This will be a "hacking society" style meeting in the sense noted on the Hacking Society website. Available for public usage will be a WAP and 16 port switch. Please bring your own power strip and (long) network cables as needed.

Meeting: October 2003
Ronald Kuetemeier talks about Ximian Evolution

Ronald will talk about, and demonstrate, using Evolution to publish and schedule meetings in a small business environment, using Outlook and an Evolution extension to send calendar notifications via Mail or SMS (future feature). The talk will include some limited technical overview. Ronald will also explain why he uses Evolution.

Ronald has been using Unix since AT&Tv5r2, and Linux since 92/93. He has written extensions to Samba, which are included in the main distribution and has worked on and off on kernel issues, mostly with Alan Cox. He has published a few documents about OSS and have contributed some distributed systems to OSS. He believes the next "big thing" is code generation on massive parallel systems which for the first time in Computer history is economically feasible, thanks to Linux.

Meeting: September 2003
The Beowulf Cluster at the University of Colorado at Denver with Jan Mandel and Russ Boice

This talk will give an overview of the cluster, namely

  • the hardware and software configuration
  • what the choices were and why we ordered what we did
  • what burned and why we did not make Top 500
  • what eventually worked and how long it took
  • what software projects we have
  • what we would do the next time

Jan Mandel got his PhD in Numerical Mathematics in 1983 from the Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia, and has been a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Denver since 1986. He has been the Director of the Center for Computational Mathematics since 2001.

Russ Boice Earned BSEET and MSSE degrees while working as an Electronics Specialist at Colorado State University - Pueblo. He enjoys figuring out how all kinds of things work and has been fortunate enough to be employed where he has had a chance to pursue this. He has followed the advancements in Computer technology from its inception.

Slides from the presentation are available here.

Meeting: August 2003
Securing and Hardening Your Linux Box with Crawford Rainwater

Securing and hardening that newly installed Linux box from by hand to using Bastille and/or SE Linux add ons.

This will be an interactive presentation, so feel free to bring a laptop as well to try things out.

WiFi access will be available, and potentially a multi-port hub/switch and some power strips.

Crawford Rainwater is the CEO of the ITEC Company and holds the Linux+, LCP, LPIC-1, and RHCT Linux certifications. He has been consulting in the information technology field for the past eight years, with Linux being his main focus for the past four. He holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

Meeting: July 2003
WiFi Hands-On

There is no planned major presentation. There will be some mini-presentations regarding wireless technology. There will be a wireless router and some wireless clients to play around with. Bring your laptops, etc. that you want to try wireless on. Bring your war stories. We will have fun hacking.

We will have on hand:

  • Lucent Tech Silver PCMCIA card — 802.11b
  • SMC 7004VWBR wireless router — 802.11b
  • Buffalo Tech WLI-USB-L11G USB wireless client — 802.11b
  • Apple Airport Extreme — 802.11g

Meeting: June 2003
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. Also see some of this work with a real time tour/demonstration at the Jefferson County Government Building.

Meeting: 15 May 2003
The Bandwidth Arbitrator with Art Reisman

Art Reisman, a software architect with Avaya, will give a primer on the Bandwidth Arbitrator. The Bandwidth Arbitrator is a bandwidth shaping tool developed on Linux.

Art will cover

  • The birth of the Bandwidth Arbitrator;
  • Why Linux was the platform of choice;
  • What happens to your bandwidth when people share a trunk;
  • What the Bandwidth Arbitrator does, why it is different/similar to other bandwidth limiting/shaping tools;
  • Examples of turn key scaling;
  • How the state of Washington is using it;
  • How he uses it at home with DSL; and
  • How it is used with dial-up connections.

Art Reisman is the Lead Architect for the Avaya Interactive Response product line, a Solaris based product that automates customer service. He was the Unix point person/developer/troubleshooter with Bell Labs for several product lines during the early to mid 1990's.

Art holds patents for automotive diagnostic tools, encryption, and web security. He has served as Technology Director for eworldtrack, a company that specializes in safety tracking devices for children....all the while running a neighborhood wi-fi network.

Meeting: 17 April 2003
MAIN Session Topic:   An OpenOffice Primer with Solveig Haugland

Solveig Haugland, Author of the "StarOffice Companion" and "OpenOffice.org Resource Kit," will give a presentation on OpenOffice.org. She will cover the differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice.org, a brief overview of the applications within OpenOffice.org, interaction with other document formats, as well as a demo and some power user tips and tricks.

Solveig Haugland has 12 years of experience as a technical writer and course developer for companies such as Great Plains Software, Sun, and BEA. She is now an independent technical author and instructor and maintains the site http://www.getopenoffice.org. Her office suite books include the "StarOffice Companion" for versions 5.2 and 6.0 and the "OpenOffice.org Resource Kit." She is currently writing an overview of J2EE technologies and architecture, packed with pithy insights and Buffy quotes, coming in June from Manning. She believes in Peace, Love, and Linux, though she does not actually know much about Linux at all.

Meeting: 27 February 2003
MAIN Session Topic:   Practical TCP/IP with Dave Anselmi

Using Linux means using TCP/IP networking. This talk will help you understand how TCP/IP works so you can configure and troubleshoot your Linux system more easily.

Dave Anselmi is the CLUE webmaster. He is a self-taught programmer, system and network administrator, and Linux enthusiast. He has been dabbling in Linux since 1995 and is finally starting to understand a little of it.

Meeting: 23 January 2003
MAIN Session Topic:   Hacking Society:   An Introduction & Show and Tell

This Thursday instead of having a set speaker for our meeting, CLUE- North will be hosting a Linux "Hacking Society" meeting. People are welcome to bring in projects he/she might be working on and encouraged to demonstrate or "show off" these projects to others. This is another first for CLUE-North, and we hope that it will be a nice success. Sean Reifschneider (Northern Colorado Hacking Society) and Ed Hill (Golden Hacking Society) plan on attending to help introduce everyone to this setting. Also, Hacking Society tees will be on sale via Sean Reifschneider.

The goal of the Hacking Society is to foster geek community-building through the shared experience of hacking. Of course, by "hacking", I mean the more historic meaning of working on interesting projects (Jargon File "hack" entry, sense 6). Not the "script kiddies trying to compromise boxes" meaning which has become what most people think of in relation to the term.

It's meant to be a sacred place full of positive hacking energy, if you will. Hacking by osmosis...

Hacking Society is primarily meant for you to come and work on your own projects, as opposed to soliciting others to solve your problems (which is usually more what goes on at an Install Fest or at the main NCLUG meetings).

More information on Hacking Society, including some ideas for projects to work on there, can be found at:     http://www.hackingsociety.org/

Available will be at least one switch/router for ethernet connections, as well as potentially a WiFi access point to Regis's DHCP network. Details will be provided at the day of the event.

Sean Reifschneider is a Member of Techhnical Staff for tummy.com, ltd., where he develops and supports Linux-based solutions for clients. Sean has been using Unix since the mid 80's and Linux since 1994, both professionally and personally.

Ed is a post-doctoral researcher with the Environmental Science and Engineering Division at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. His interests include:

  • theoretical and experimental aspects of subsurface flow and transport,
  • X-ray and gamma-ray attenuation techniques for experimental measurement of porous media fluid mechanics,
  • subsurface NAPL remediation,
  • computational methods for simulation and analysis of the above-mentioned processes, and
  • all manner of Linux, Unix, Free Software, and Open-Source computing.