Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Thursday June 13th ACS Room 123- MacOS X
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 13.
With Apple Computer's MacOS X built on a Mach and FreeBSD
operating system foundation, a whole new realm of possibilities
opens up for those who wish to use UNIX and their favorite
"productivity" applications on the same box. Wally Wedel
of Sun Microsystems will talk about "everyday" use of MacOS X
from the UNIX perspective. In his work as a Sun Professional
Services consultant, he uses his MacOS X-based laptop during his
client engagements for Java programming and more.
Wally's presentation will review the Apple Macintosh OS X operating
system as an everyday productivity tool. Wally has been using
his Apple Titanium PowerBook as his primary desktop computer system
continuously since August 2001 when the first version of MacOS X was
introduced. Initially using it as a home system, Wally started
using it in his everyday work as the operating system matured,
bringing out closet Mac addicts at every new client site he visits.
Some of the questions that Wally will address in his talk include:
- What's good about the system?
- What needs improvement?
- How does it interoperate with other sysetms? Linux?
Solaris? Microsoft Windows?
The presentation will discuss the new user interface, the UNIX layer,
and the Mach core, followed by a review of a variety of useful applications.
Wally thinks that MacOS X is an excellent operating system that
just keeps on gettin better, and he will discuss what resources
are available for those wishing to migrate to MacOS X.
Wally Wedel is a Master Java Architect with Sun's Professional
Services organization in Broomfield. Wally has been a FRUUG
member since about 1982, and has served on the executive committee
for almost that long. Other career stops along the way to Sun
include University of Colorado, University of Texas, NBI, and
U S WEST Advanced Technologies.
Wally's first Mac was an SE and he has used them at work and at home since 1987.
This meeting 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 our last meeting, Peter O'Neil discussed the
Web100 and the
initiatives, which are aimed at utilizing up to 100 percent of
the available bandwidth on network for TCP/IP sessions.
Today, getting significant improvements in TCP/IP throughput
requires a detailed knowledge of TCP/IP and wizard-like skills
in tuning the protocol parameters. Peter's talk began by
taking us through some of the complications of this
tuning-- some of the work behind Web100-- and also some
alternative TCP/IP implementations aimed at improving throughput.
Acknowledging that it takes special skill for anyone to
attempt such an undertaking, the Net100 initiative hopes to
simplify the the process of optimizing throughput by providing
instrumentation into the TCP/IP stack from which automated
tools can observe protocol performance and make tuning decisions.
Their slides are avilable in the FRUUG meeting archive at
No meetings planned for July and August as of this time... stay tuned.
We once again have a
Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books
to give away to a FRUUG member that has earned a
FRUUG Library Merit Badge by
reviewing one of the books in our library.
We will take a drawing at our next meeting to
give this gift certificate away.
If you're unfamiliar with the new FRUUG Library
Merit Badge program, consult the
FRUUG Library Page on our Web site.
The following new books have arrived in the FRUUG library
since our last meeting:
- 802.11 Wireless Networks, from O'Reilly & Associates
- Java for the Web, with Servlets, JSP, and EJB, from New Riders
- Managing and Using MySQL, from O'Reilly & Associates
- Multitool Linux, Practical Uses for Open Source Software, from
- Programming PHP, from O'Reilly & Associates
- Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, from O'Reilly & Associates
You may check out books 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.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.