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November 1996 Newsletter of the

Front Range Unix Users Group

The Cndnsd Vrsn: 4pm Tuesday November 19 ACS Rm 123 - JAVA Network Computer


This Month's Meeting: JAVA Network Computer

At the November 19th meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group Bill Meine will give a talk on the future of desktop devices enabled by Java. The meeting will be at 4:00 MST.

The Java programming system provides a quality object-oriented programming environment that allows applications to be written once and run anywhere. Applications (and application components) can compete on quality and functionality in a market which includes every platform. The wide adoption of Java allows for a new kind of desktop device called a Network Computer or NC. The NC is a very capable desktop computer exposing a Java Virtual Machine to host Java applications. While similar to a browser running on a personal computer, the NC has no software installed, gets what it needs from servers on the network, and may be replaced at will with no software reload or configuration. The cost of maintenance and administration of this kind of device can be ten times lower than that of PCs. The first of these desktop devices have recently come available from several manufacturers and one will be shown.

Bill Meine is a Systems Engineer at Sun Microsystems where he primarily consults on large system deployments for Sun customers.

Meeting Location

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.


Our Last Meeting

At our last meeting four speakers discussed their personal experience with getting a Cheap/Free UNIX running a on low cost PC platform. See the previous meetings page on the Fruug web site for more detail on past meetings.

Upcoming Meetings

We are planning the following future meetings:
  • On December 12 we are planning on having Joe VanAndel give a talk on "A UNIX Bigot's Reaction to Windows NT".

  • For January we are working on putting together a meeting addressing DNS, Bind and Internet name space issues.

  • For February we are planning to have Geoff Thompson present a talk on The Java AWT and Event Model.

  • We are looking for someone to do a presentation on the Be-Box.

Contact the FRUUG Executive Committee at fruug at if you have other interesting topic ideas or are interested in presenting a fruug talk.

FRUUG Library Notes

We have two new books for the FRUUG library this month:

  • Addison Wesley has provided us with a copy of Doug Lea's Concurrent Programming in Java: Design Principles and Patterns

  • O'Reilly has sent us the hot-off-the-press Programming Pearl 5, Second Edition.

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.

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