Cndnsd Vrsn: 5:15PM Thursday 4/20 — Xen, Paravirtualization, & Solaris
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be a joint meeting with the Front Range
Open Solaris User Group
The meeting will be held at 5:15 P.M. on Thursday, April 20 at
the CU Engineering Center, room ECCR-150. We're trying out some
potential new permanent locations for FRUUG meetings, and this
one comes courtesy of Dirk Grunwald of the Computer Science department.
Why the new time? Metered parking on the north and south sides of the
Engineering Center becomes available to the public at 5:00. With
the late starting time, we'll begin the meeting promptly.
More details are in Meeting Location (below).
Xen is a hypervisor that supports an idealized hardware platform
onto which you can run your favorite operating systems, each
secure in their own virtual machine environment. With Xen,
you can run multiple operating systems on the same server, and
you can easily support each of your services in a different
virtual machine-- allowing for greater security and offering
the ability to move operating system instances from server
to server as workload demands change. (For a quick background
article on Xen, see Nathan Torkington's O'Reilly Network article at:
At our April FRUUG meeting, Stu Maybee will talk talk about what is
involved in preparing an operating system for execution in a paravirtualized
hypervisor environment such as that provided by Xen. Given that
Stu works at Sun Microsystems, and his favorite operating system is
the Solaris OS, he'll talk about supporting it on Xen on x86-architecture
Stuart Maybee has been working on operating system internals
for more than 25 years. The last decade has been as a member
of various Solaris kernel teams at Sun Microsystems. Stu
holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.
As you probably know by now, the CU Academic Computing center
seminar room that we used for more than a decade is no longer
available to us, so we've been checking out some potential
new meeting places, the CU Engineering Center being one of them.
We've changed the meeting time to accommodate traffic and
parking on campus, and hopefully it will allow more people
to attend. We'll also be announcing these meetings through
the CU Computer Science department, and we'll hopefully
gain some synergy with the university as a result.
Let us know what you think via the alias "exec"
at the domain fruug.org.
This meeting will be held the Engineering Center Class Room
wing, room 150, or ECCR-150. This wing is on the southwest
corner of the CU Engineering Center, located at the corner
of Colorado Boulevard and Regent Drive (see map below).
There is parking available on the north and the south sides
of the building. Last we checked it becomes free at 5:00, hence the
5:15 meeting start time. (Please double check the meters
before you park).
For more details on getting to the Engineering Center,
http://www.cs.colorado.edu/department/gettinghere/, and for
a detailed map of the building itself, visit:
FRUUG, originally the Boulder Users Group (BUG), was founded
almost 25 years ago because there was no group forum in which
local professionals trying to make sense of the then-unsupported
UNIX operating system could get help understanding and running
Now that Sun Microsystems has open-sourced substantial portions
of its Solaris Operating System, the Front Range OpenSolaris
Users Group has formed and has meets to help
its members understand the intricacies of compiling, installing,
and using OpenSolaris.
Both of our groups are interested in cutting-edge UNIX operating system
technologies, so when our interests overlap,
we'll be doing joint meetings
with FROSUG (you thought FRUUG was hard to pronounce!)
You'll find the OpenSolaris User Group on the Web at:
At our last meeting, Sam Falkner gave an overview of
DTrace, the dynamic tracing facility provided in
the Solaris 10 Operating System.
Announcements, presentation slides, and
writeups for past meetings are available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.
Until we find a permanent home, we'll only be bringing
our new FRUUG library titles to each meeting. There
are quite a few members with books currently checked
out; please feel free to return your FRUUG library
books at any meeting. New titles this meeting include:
- Apache Derby— Off to the Races, from IBM Press
- Asterisk, the Future of Telephony, from O'Reilly
- Computer Privacy Annoyances, from O'Reilly
- Core Application Development with PHP and MySQL, from Prentice Hall PTR
- DNS on Windows Server 2003
- Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom, from O'Reilly
- Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide, from O'Reilly
- Ending Spam, from No Starch Press
- Learning Perl, from O'Reilly
- Linux Debugging and Performance Tuning, from Prentice Hall PTR
- PC Pest Control, from O'Reilly
- Perl Best Practices, from O'Reilly
- Pint & Click OpenOffice.org, from Prentice Hall
- Self-Service Linux, Mastering the Art of Problem Determination,
from Prentice Hall PTR
- UML 2.0 in a Nutshell, from O'Reilly
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
on your book orders from
Addison Wesley/Prentice Hall,
O'Reilly & Associates,
refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.