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June 2002 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Thursday June 13th ACS Room 123- MacOS X


Using MacOS X Every Day

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.

About the Speaker

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.

Meeting Location

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.

See <> for map

Our Last Meeting

At our last meeting, Peter O'Neil discussed the Web100 and the Net100 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

Future Meetings

No meetings planned for July and August as of this time... stay tuned.

FRUUG Giveaways

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.

FRUUG Library Notes

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 Addison Wesley.
  • 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.

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February 15, 2009

February 2008: FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase
After 27 years running, we're suspending operations.

Future Meetings:
None planned

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