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November 2005 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 6PM Thursday 11/17-- Solaris DTrace-- RSVP


An Overview of Solaris 10 DTrace

The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG) will be a joint meeting with the Front Range Open Solaris User Group (FROSUG). The meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 17 at Sun Microsystems' facility in Broomfield. Please note the different meeting location (below) and time, and please RSVP using the form below if you plan to attend.

DTrace is a new feature of Sun's Solaris 10 Operating System that allows developers and administrators to dynamically trace applications, libraries, and kernel activity. More powerful than commands like truss, DTrace gives visibility into overall application behavior, helping to isolate bugs, performance issues, all without the need to recompile software with any special compiler flags.

About The Speaker

Sam Faulkner of Sun Microsystems will explain exactly what DTrace is, and what it isn't. He will cover DTrace from the point of view of a kernel developer, programming language implementor, application developer, system administrator, and a casual user of OpenSolaris. Sam Faulkner has been working at Sun Microsystems since 1992. He has worked on backup software, CacheFS, UFS, back-end service tools, and NFS. Lately, he has devoted some of his spare time to writing a DTrace provider for NFSv4.

Meeting Location

After fifteen years meeting at the CU Academic Computing Center, that space is no longer available to us, and we're looking for a new permanent home in Boulder that has A/V equipment and hopefully room for our library cart. If you have any suggestions, please contact us!

This meeting will be held at the Sun Microsystems campus at 500 Eldorado Boulevard in Broomfield. Directions from Google Maps will direct you to exit US 36 at the Interlocken Loop/StorageTek Dr. exit and proceed south on Interlocken Loop until you turn left on Eldorado Boulevard. Follow signs to Conference Center #1 in Building #1.

Please Sign Up to Attend

Sun Security will issue visitor badges to everyone that wants to attend the meeting. In order to speed the process of getting your badge and entering the conference center, you can RSVP using the form below and a badge will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive. This option will be available up until three days before the meeting; if you are unable to RSVP you're still welcome— Sun will create a badge for you on the spot. (The online signup is now closed; please sign up when you arrive at Sun.)

Introducing the Front Range OpenSolaris User Group

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 the system.

Now that Sun Microsystems has open-sourced substantial portions of its Solaris Operating System, the Front Range OpenSolaris Users Group has formed and has held its first meeting 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:

Our Last Meeting

At our last meeting, Carl Oppedahl discussed employment and copyright law, and how they relate to current issues including Google's scanning of copyrighted library books and Microsoft's suing to prevent a former employee from working at Google.

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

Future Meetings

We promised that Cricket Liu would be in town in October to talk about DNS cache poisoning. Unfortunately, his trip was delayed, and we'll hope to see him in early 2006. We are also working on lining up a talk on current security issues, and one on the technology behind RFID.

We'd like to do more meetings with short presentations on interesting technologies that FRUUG members are working with. If you are working on something that you'd like to give a 20-minute presentation on, please contact one of the Executive Committee members at the meeting.

FRUUG Library Notes

As we're guests of Sun for this meeting, we won't be bringing new library books along with us. If you have a library book to return, please feel free to bring it with you to this meeting.

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 Addison Wesley/Prentice Hall, IBM Press, O'Reilly & Associates, New Riders, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf, SitePoint, and Syngress; 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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