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April 1998 Newsletter of the

Front Range Unix Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4:00pm Thursday April 16 ACS Rm 123 - Bob Gray


This Month's Meeting: Thursday April 16 4pm: Bob Gray - Source Code UNIX

We've come full circle with source code UNIX; now -- like 20 years ago -- you can have the full featured operating system, complete with source code for all of it. But today, you don't have to time-share the system -- you can have source code UNIX on your *own* inexpensive computer.

During this talk, we will explore the benefits of running source code UNIX on a commodity PC computer. These include tailoring the system to custom hardware, learning about Operating Systems, having all of the publicly available application source code at your fingertips and building inexpensive servers or firewalls from old PCs. We'll mention some of the source code systems: FreeBSD, BSDI, OpenBSD, Linux and NetBSD. Finally, we'll discuss choosing PC hardware.

Bob Gray is a consultant in the digital video industry. Designing architectures for performance has been his focus since he built an image processing system on PDP-11 UNIX in the late 1970s. He has a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado.

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.

See <> for map

Our Last Meeting

At the first March meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group Richard Stallman, of FSF and GNU fame, entertained us.

See the previous meetings page on the Fruug web site for more detail.

Upcoming Meetings

Our next couple of meetings are as follows:

  • 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

  • On June 17 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.

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

New titles from Addison Wesley this month include:
  • The Java Tutorial, Second Edition (including CD ROM),
  • The Java Class Libraries, Second Edition Volumen 1,
  • Windows NT & UNIX: Administration, Coexistence, Integration, & Migration
  • Accelerating AIX: Performance Tuning for Programmers and System Administrators.

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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