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October 2004 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Thursday 10/7 ACS Room 123- Java Desktop System


Innovations in Sun's Java Desktop System

The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 7. Geoff Baysinger will talk about Sun's Java Desktop System and some of the innovations that make it easy for large organizations to centrally configure and manage their desktops.

Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) is an integrated set of desktop software and applications based on open-source software including GNOME, Star Office, Mozilla, and Evolution, an e-mail and calendaring package. Sun's goal in producing the Java Desktop System is to provide a fully-functional, comprehensive desktop system to run on existing x86-architecture systems.

Geoff's talk will give a short background on Java Desktop System, including Sun's philosophy, involvement in the GNOME community, JDS goals, and basic components. Geoff will talk about the innovations in JDS that take it beyond just an assembly of open-source software packages, and how Sun is feeding these innovations back into the GNOME sources. He'll discuss exactly how JDS administrators can use the the JDS Configuration Manager and management servers to customize and control desktop settings and configurations, making it easy to centrally administer large numbers of desktop systems across an organization.

Geoff will give a demonstration of the desktop system that's focused on the JDS Configuration Manager. As a bonus, He'll also give an overview of Sun's Control Station software, and talk about future prospects for the Java Desktop System.

About The Speaker

Geoff works at Sun doing internal technical marketing for the Java Desktop System. Prior to Sun, Geoff was a field engineer for Cobalt Networks, a company acquired by Sun several years ago. Before his involvement with Cobalt, Geoff was an administrator of all trades for in Alabama.

Geoff's non-Linux and PC interests include poker, brewing mead, motorcycles, cooking, traveling, and what seems like a new random hobby every month.

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.

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Where Have We Been?

You've probably noticed that our last meeting was back in March, and you may have wondered: "where have we been?" FRUUG has never tried to have a monthly meeting schedule, say the first Tuesday of every month, because we try our best to schedule meetings when we have interesting speakers on topics related to UNIX and other related technologies. The fact is, we ran out of meeting topics and willing speakers for a while. This happens from time to time, although this recent gap in our schedule may be due in part to the fact that many of the topics we once covered now overlap with other local Linux, Java, and Internet user groups.

We continue to try to find interesting speakers to talk about new technologies, and we can always use your help! If you'd like to talk about the leading-edge work that you're doing, if you have a topic that you'd like to see covered, or know of someone who does, please let us know! Talk to one of the executive committee members after the meeting, or contact all of us at fruug at

Our Last Meeting

At our last meeting, Scott Kipp talked about the various ways that digital content is likely to be sent, stored, distributed, and consumed in your home, and Ken Fuhrman of Interact TV demonstrated their Linux-based Telly digital video recorder

Announcements, presentation slides, and writeups for past meetings are available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.

Future Meetings

The next meeting we have lined up is:

  • November 11: Killing Spam with Greylisting. Barb Dijker will give us one of her periodic updates on the endless war against spam, and how she's successfully using greylisting to combat the problem at Netrack.

FRUUG Giveaways

FRUUG Library Merit Badge holders can sign up for give-away books by visiting the FRUUG Web site and clicking on the give-away item in the sidebar. FRUUG merit badge holders are eligible for our frequent book give-aways, and all you have to do for a lifetime membership is to review any book from the FRUUG library and send the review to gaede at

We have three books from Prentice Hall PTR to give away this month:

  • How Secure is Your Wireless Network,
  • Open Source Network Administration, and
  • The Practice of Network Security.

If you're a FRUUG Library Merit Badge holder and would like to have a copy of this book, please sign up at

As usual, we have a Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books to give away to a FRUUG member attending the meeting.

FRUUG Library Notes

Our last meeting being in March, we've accumulated a huge quantity of new books for our members to peruse and check out until the following meeting:

  • Advanced UNIX Programming, Second Edition, from Addison Wesley
  • C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • Check Point NG/AI, from Syngress
  • Defend IT-- Security by Example, from Addison Wesley
  • The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System, from Addison Wesley
  • Designing Software Product Lines with UML, from Addison Wesley
  • Exploiting Software, How To Break Code, from Addison Wesley
  • High-Tech Crimes Revealed, Cyberwar Stories from the Digital Front, from Addison Wesley
  • Install Anywhere Tutorial and Reference Guide, from Addison Wesley
  • Java Servlet and JSP Cookbook, from O'Reilly
  • Java Software Solutions, from Addison Wesley
  • Know your Enemy-- Learning About Security Threats, from Addison Wesley
  • Linux Programming by Example, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • Network Security Assessment, from O'Reilly
  • Open Source Licensing, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • Open Source Security Tools, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • Samba-3 By Example: Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment from Prentice Hall PTR
  • Secure Architectures with OpenBSD, from Addison Wesley
  • Succeeding with Open Source, from Addison Wesley
  • The Tao of Network Security Monitoring, from Addison Wesley
  • Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend, from Syngress
  • Wi-Foo, The Secrets of Wireless Hacking, from Addison Wesley

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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