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  • gareth@wiked.org
    We would like to announce that the ten dollar, exhibit-only pass to the So Cal Linux Expo on November 2nd is now online. For ten dollars, you ll get to tour
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 11, 2002
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      We would like to announce that the ten dollar, exhibit-only pass to
      the So Cal Linux Expo on November 2nd is now online.

      For ten dollars, you'll get to tour the Expo floor, where the vendors,
      LUGS, and .ORGs will be showing their wares, and demoing various Linux
      applications. In order to price the pass this low, it does NOT include
      breakfast, lunch or the seminars.

      The ten dollar passes are now available at http://www.socallinuxexpo.com


      Thanks
      Gareth J. Greenaway
      SCALE Booth/Vendor Chair
    • gareth@wiked.org
      Thinking about going to SCALE, the Southern CaliforniA Linux Expo, but haven t really decided yet? Here s a description of some, but not all of the talks
      Message 2 of 5 , Oct 18, 2002
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        Thinking about going to SCALE, the Southern CaliforniA Linux Expo, but
        haven't really decided yet?

        Here's a description of some, but not all of the talks schedule for
        next month's So Cal Linux Expo. There are still some tickets left.
        If you don't grab one now, you may miss some of these interesting
        talks!

        See http://www.socallinuxexpo.com to buy a ticket. If you're a member
        of a LUG, or a student, there are discount tickets available.

        =======================================================

        "Scripting the Web" - Rasmus Lerdorf

        Rasmus will be discussing PHP and its applications to web scripting.


        "What's new in the 2.5 kernel?" - Robert Love

        The Linux kernel 2.5 development series culminated nearly a year of
        rapid development with the feature freeze on 31 October. Numerous new
        features and enhancements were merged to further increase Linux's
        performance and robustness. This talk will discuss some of the more
        interesting and relevant new innovations in the kernel including, but
        not limited to, block I/O enhancements, new O(1) scheduler, kernel
        preemption, new reverse-mapping VM, and thread enhancements.

        Improvements to scalability, performance, and stability are numerous
        in the new kernel. How these new features work, what they sought to
        achieve, and what they actually improved, especially from the view of
        the desktop user, will be discussed. How will these new features
        effect desktop users? Servers? Embedded systems? When will the new
        kernel be released? And what on earth will be its version (2.6 or
        3.0)?


        "Graphics in Linux" - J. P. Lewis

        Linux has been widely adopted movie special effects production. J.P.
        will give some anecdotes of linux in movie special effects R&D,
        describe the unusual FX production culture, and show some recent
        state-of-the-art visual effects.

        "IBM and Linux" - Bill Hilf

        Bill will give an overview of Linux momentum in the marketplace, Total
        Cost of Ownership, and IBM's commitment to Linux. This latter section,
        "Linux@IBM" will discuss how IBM is investing and using Linux today,
        as well as the contributions and interaction IBM has made and
        continues with Linux and the Open Source community. Bill will also
        discuss how IBM's customers are deploying Linux today, including
        descriptions of customer references and solutions.

        "Tuning Unices For Security" - Darren Moffat

        An all powerful single user account is often too much power in one
        persons hands to perform the jobs they need to do. A form of RBAC has
        been available in versions of Solaris for over 10 years but only
        became main stream in Solaris 8. Many other systems (including most
        mainstream GNU/Linux distributions use sudo to achieve a similar goal
        of giving out only the privleges needed to admin users.

        Darren Moffat will give an overview of some of the areas of
        compatibility and divergence in some OS security features between
        Solaris and Linux (RedHat will be the baseline comparison). The main
        focus will be on RBAC (Role Based Access Control), PAM and Kerberos.us
        will be on RBAC (Role Based Access Control), PAM and Kerberos.

        Darren will also discuss some of the technical difficulties in
        manging open source based components in Solaris (this is NOT a GPL/BSD
        license rant but is about technical issues).

        "Linux in Universities" - Dan Kegel

        Businesses and universities are hiring people with Linux skills,
        deploying Linux on servers to save money, and even evaluating Linux on
        the desktop. Microsoft's pricing and security policies have made Linux
        an attractive alternative. Linux's open source nature makes it an
        excellent tool for teaching. Linux now comes with free alternatives to
        Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office which work well enough for the
        average user. University IT departments should start planning to
        support Linux on the desktop in recognition of its increased
        importance.


        "The driverfs" - Patrick Mochel

        Patrick is the primary designer and author of both the driverfs system
        and the new device model in the ongoing 2.5 kernel development
        series. He will elaborate more on the need of the new device driver
        model with emphasis on the accompanying driverfs implementation and
        its benefits.

        "Linux System Disaster Recovery Planning" - Tim Jones, The Tolis
        Group.

        Linux, unlike many other Unix environments, is actually very easy to
        recover after a system failure or other disaster - *IF* you have
        appropriate backups and boot media and a disaster recovery plan.

        By defining system backups appropriately, ensuring that you have a
        full listing of the necessary hardware (in case you have to replace
        the entire system), having a manual operation plan while the recovery
        is occurring, and keeping boot media and system backups offsite,
        everyone - from the smallest business to the largest corporation can
        easily turn a system disaster into a non-event.

        Tim will examine various recovery scenarios and show how to build a
        sample disaster recovery plan centered around a Linux environment.
      • gareth@wiked.org
        Thinking about going to SCALE, the Southern CaliforniA Linux Expo, but haven t really decided yet? Here s a description of some, but not all of the talks
        Message 3 of 5 , Oct 18, 2002
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          Thinking about going to SCALE, the Southern CaliforniA Linux Expo, but
          haven't really decided yet?

          Here's a description of some, but not all of the talks schedule for
          next month's So Cal Linux Expo. There are still some tickets left.
          If you don't grab one now, you may miss some of these interesting
          talks!

          See http://www.socallinuxexpo.com to buy a ticket. If you're a member
          of a LUG, or a student, there are discount tickets available.

          =======================================================

          "Scripting the Web" - Rasmus Lerdorf

          Rasmus will be discussing PHP and its applications to web scripting.


          "What's new in the 2.5 kernel?" - Robert Love

          The Linux kernel 2.5 development series culminated nearly a year of
          rapid development with the feature freeze on 31 October. Numerous new
          features and enhancements were merged to further increase Linux's
          performance and robustness. This talk will discuss some of the more
          interesting and relevant new innovations in the kernel including, but
          not limited to, block I/O enhancements, new O(1) scheduler, kernel
          preemption, new reverse-mapping VM, and thread enhancements.

          Improvements to scalability, performance, and stability are numerous
          in the new kernel. How these new features work, what they sought to
          achieve, and what they actually improved, especially from the view of
          the desktop user, will be discussed. How will these new features
          effect desktop users? Servers? Embedded systems? When will the new
          kernel be released? And what on earth will be its version (2.6 or
          3.0)?


          "Graphics in Linux" - J. P. Lewis

          Linux has been widely adopted movie special effects production. J.P.
          will give some anecdotes of linux in movie special effects R&D,
          describe the unusual FX production culture, and show some recent
          state-of-the-art visual effects.

          "IBM and Linux" - Bill Hilf

          Bill will give an overview of Linux momentum in the marketplace, Total
          Cost of Ownership, and IBM's commitment to Linux. This latter section,
          "Linux@IBM" will discuss how IBM is investing and using Linux today,
          as well as the contributions and interaction IBM has made and
          continues with Linux and the Open Source community. Bill will also
          discuss how IBM's customers are deploying Linux today, including
          descriptions of customer references and solutions.

          "Tuning Unices For Security" - Darren Moffat

          An all powerful single user account is often too much power in one
          persons hands to perform the jobs they need to do. A form of RBAC has
          been available in versions of Solaris for over 10 years but only
          became main stream in Solaris 8. Many other systems (including most
          mainstream GNU/Linux distributions use sudo to achieve a similar goal
          of giving out only the privleges needed to admin users.

          Darren Moffat will give an overview of some of the areas of
          compatibility and divergence in some OS security features between
          Solaris and Linux (RedHat will be the baseline comparison). The main
          focus will be on RBAC (Role Based Access Control), PAM and Kerberos.us
          will be on RBAC (Role Based Access Control), PAM and Kerberos.

          Darren will also discuss some of the technical difficulties in
          manging open source based components in Solaris (this is NOT a GPL/BSD
          license rant but is about technical issues).

          "Linux in Universities" - Dan Kegel

          Businesses and universities are hiring people with Linux skills,
          deploying Linux on servers to save money, and even evaluating Linux on
          the desktop. Microsoft's pricing and security policies have made Linux
          an attractive alternative. Linux's open source nature makes it an
          excellent tool for teaching. Linux now comes with free alternatives to
          Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office which work well enough for the
          average user. University IT departments should start planning to
          support Linux on the desktop in recognition of its increased
          importance.


          "The driverfs" - Patrick Mochel

          Patrick is the primary designer and author of both the driverfs system
          and the new device model in the ongoing 2.5 kernel development
          series. He will elaborate more on the need of the new device driver
          model with emphasis on the accompanying driverfs implementation and
          its benefits.

          "Linux System Disaster Recovery Planning" - Tim Jones, The Tolis
          Group.

          Linux, unlike many other Unix environments, is actually very easy to
          recover after a system failure or other disaster - *IF* you have
          appropriate backups and boot media and a disaster recovery plan.

          By defining system backups appropriately, ensuring that you have a
          full listing of the necessary hardware (in case you have to replace
          the entire system), having a manual operation plan while the recovery
          is occurring, and keeping boot media and system backups offsite,
          everyone - from the smallest business to the largest corporation can
          easily turn a system disaster into a non-event.

          Tim will examine various recovery scenarios and show how to build a
          sample disaster recovery plan centered around a Linux environment.
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