The Cndnsd Vrsn: 4:00pm Tuesday March 24 ACS Rm 123 - What's Happening at SUN Microsystems?
Everybody is wondering what is going on with the opening of Sun's
new Broomfield facility. Even though the facility is not slated
to open until late summer, Sun has already been staffing up in a
variety of areas that are far beyond the service and support
organizations most often mentioned in the media. At this month's
FRUUG meeting, we'll hear what's going on from three different groups
that are already operating in Broomfield, and we'll also have
a look at some of the architectural drawings and plans for their
facility. The talks are as follows:
Filesystems at Sun - As storage capacity continues to grow, the need to configure
your storage and use it reliably has grown as well.
Traditional UNIX crashes due to media failure (i.e. "freeing
free inode") now cost large sites millions of dollars in down
time. Andy Rudoff will describe Sun's approach to storage and
Andy Rudoff is the manager of Sun's Filesystems group in
Broomfield, CO. He has over 15 years UNIX kernel internals
experience (about 5 of those years at Sun).
Alternative Workplace Technology - Alternative Workplace Technology (AWT) is the "work from
anywhere" group within Sun. We maintain traditional remote
access to Sun's information resources with modem pools, ISDN,
and other high speed connectivity. In addition, we support
Sun's new Virtual Private Networking project, Sun.Net, which
allows access to mail, calendar, internal web sites and other
applications from any computer, at any time, anywhere in the
world for the price of a local phone call.
Mark Monroe is the Program Manager for Sun.Net. Although new to
the AWT group, he has been an active user and researcher of
remote access technology for all of his 4 years at Sun.
Electronic Training Environments - The Sun Educational Services - Product Engineering group
develops tools and applications required for web-based and
intranet- and internet-based training environments. Most work
is Java-based and we are using the advantages inherent in the
Java Programming Model. Our target customers are generally
large organizations with significant training needs. As is
typical today, their computing environments are multi-platform
Scott Teel is the Chief Technology Officer for SunEd and the
senior engineering manager for the Product Engineering
organization. He has worked for a number of years on
computer-based training applications, including the last two
Dave Linder is a frustrated meteorologist who found his way to
Sun in 1989 after years of working with antiquated computer
equipment in the Federal government (can anyone say "8-year
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group will be in room 123 of the
CU Academic Computing Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder.
Marine St intersects Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
At the second February meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group
Storage Solutions Specialists, Inc., (SSSI) presented their ADSM family of software products which integrate unattended network backup and archive with storage management and powerful disaster recovery.
See the previous meetings page on the Fruug web site for more detail.
Our next couple of months are pretty well nailed down:
On April 16, Bob Gray will be talking about Source Code UNIX, why
and how you'd use it, and what the advantages are over using
the commercially-available object-code only releases. With this
talk, we're sure that you'll come up with a dozen new uses for that
old PC you have tucked in your closet.
In May, we're planning a session on legal issues. We think that
FRUUG members would be most interested in the kinds of issues that
come up as employees of high-tech companies, namely copyright and
intellectual property issues. If you have any specific suggestions
or questions you'd like addressed, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In June Kevlin Henney, who did our January talk on Designing Distributed Object Systems with CORBA will be in town again and has offered to talk on Java Patterns. Date to be determined.
Contact the FRUUG Executive Committee at
fruug at fruug.org
if you have other interesting topic ideas or are interested in presenting a fruug talk.
We have about two more feet of books to add to our crowded bookshelves
this month! The new arrivals include:
With the addition of these new titles, we're planning to retire
several of our older titles by giving them away to our members,
so plan on a give-away at the next meeting.
From Addison-Wesley, we have: The Design Patterns Smalltalk Companion, OSPF-- the anatomy of an Internet routing protocol, Web Security, and Hands-On Linux, including a CD-ROM.
- From Caldera, OpenLinux Version 1.2
- From O'Reilly and Associates: The Perl resource kit, which includes a CD-ROM and just about every book that O'Reilly has produced on Perl, and TCP/IP Network Administration, Volume 2.
- And from the USENIX Association: Seventh USENIX Security Symposium Proceedings from San Antonio, January 26-29, 1997.
You may check books out using your business card as your library card; you
must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting
following the one in which they are checked out. If you don't
return your library books by the next meeting, you might find
yourself on our overdue book list.
We count on you returning books on time so that other members
may have the chance to use them as well.
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