Please note our meeting location: IBM Canada's offices in the TD Centre, at the corner of Portage and Main. We gather in the lobby on the main floor - please try to be there by about 7:15 PM. Steve Moffat will then take us up to the meeting room just before the meeting starts at 7:30. Don't be late, or you may not get in.
Parking is available either in the parkade behind the TD building, off Albert Street, or in the ground level lot just north of the TD building. Entrance to the lot is from Albert Street, behind the parkade. Either way, parking is a $1.25 flat rate for the evening. You purchase your ticket from a dispenser, so make sure you've got exact change - a loonie and a quarter, or 5 quarters.
After the break, Arne Grimstrup, of Pollard Banknote Limited, introduced us to SATAN! No, not the prince of darkness, nor even the prince of insufficient light, but the controversial web-based security scanner. Arne showed how to set up SATAN, and how to use it to check your own systems for possible security holes.
We also had a draw for door prizes again, and all paid-up members in attentance were elligible to win either S.u.S.E. Linux (we had a copy of version 5.0, as well as a copy of 4.1.4), the O'Reilly & Associates book Linux in a Nutshell (which was reviewed in the September issue of MUUG Lines), the September issue of Linux Journal, or a Java applet, awt, and util Class Reference card (also courtesy of SSC).
A write-up of this presentation appears in the November 1997 MUUG Lines.
Our meeting began, as usual, with a round-table discussion, which included a number of topics, the most lively of which was the Year 2000 problem. There was also a door-prize draw again this month, for a free copy of Star Office for Linux, courtesy of Caldera, as well as several free copies of Caldera's OpenLinux Lite and OpenDOS software on CD-ROM.
Next, Arne Grimstrup, of Pollard Banknote Limited, demonstrated the Dynatek CDM4000, a standalone CD-R burner, which can be used to duplicate CDs in addition to mastering CD-R discs from data written by a host computer. To demonstrate the use of this device, we burned several CD-R discs containing Red Hat 4.2/Intel, complete with all the latest update packages, as taken from MUUG Online's Red Hat 4.2 mirror.
A write-up of this presentation appears in the December 1997 MUUG Lines.
The meeting started, as usual, with a round-table discussion. Topics included the current status of Red Hat Linux distributions, free and commercial applications available for Linux, network configuration, and much more.
A press release announcing Red Hat 5.0 appears in the December 1997 MUUG Lines.
We also had 10 copies of the distribution, on CD-R, taken from the MUUG Online FTP mirror, for sale to MUUG members at a cost of $5/copy.
The formal part of the meeting adjourned early, so that we could have and informal holiday party, with snacks, refreshments, and of course some lively discussions.
A write-up of this presentation appears in the February 1998 MUUG Lines.
The meeting began, as usual, with a round-table discussion. At the end, there was a draw for some door prizes donated by IBM, which included caps, leather business card cases, and calendar posters.
A write-up of this presentation appears in the May 1998 MUUG Lines.
The meeting started with a the usual round-table discussion, which dealt mostly with security-related topics. Other topics covered included sources of good shareware and free utilities for PCs running DOS and Windows. For door prizes this month, we had a copy of Red Hat 5.0 (Commercial Edition, on CD), 5 Red Hat t-shirts (size XL), 10 Red Hat frisbees, and 10 Red Hat bumper stickers. More than enough for everyone present!
The Be O/S is a modern operating system, with a small kernel, expressly designed for multi-processor machines. It also boasts an object-oriented API for system calls & user interface. With protected memory, preemptive multi-tasking, heavy multi-threading, the designers refer to it as a "buzzword-enabled" operating system.
Although not derived from Unix, BeOS has adopted a number of Unix standards to facilitate programming (POSIX, OpenGL, TCP/IP, bash, gcc, etc.). In addition, BeOS has a number of features of interest to Unix users (64-bit journalling file system, C++ API, server-based system services, threaded interface & kernel, message-passing architecture).
The meeting began with the usual round-table discussion. At the end, there was a draw for a door prize - S.u.S.E. Linux 5.1.
The meeting began with the usual round-table discussion. After the break, we had two short (and rather impromptu) presentations. First off, Kevin McGregor, our newsletter editor, talked about the O'Reilly & Associates' Perl Resource Kit, which he had a chance to evaluate recently. (A review of this kit appears in the April 1998 MUUG Lines.)
Next, Professor Michael Doob, of the U of M's Math department, demonstrated the TeX User Group's new TeX Live 3 CD distribution, which includes binaries for several common UNIX systems (including Linux), and which can be run directly off the CD. Michael also mentioned the local CTAN FTP mirror that he maintains.
At the end of the meeting, there was a draw for door prizes, courtesy of O'Reilly & Associates: a copy of the complete Perl Resource Kit, and several t-shirts.
Michael also provided us with a page of links to the sites demonstrated in the talk.
The meeting began with the usual round-table discussion, which dealt with topics such as competing removable disk drive formats, available word processors and office suites for UNIX/Linux, among other things.
The meeting began with a short presentation on CA*net II, by Bill Reid, a networking consultant and former director of the University of Manitoba's Academic Computing and Networking department. Although the greatest benefits of this new network will be for academic institutions and companies doing research, there will be some spin-off benefits for users of commercial ISPs locally, such as the availability of reliable access to the MBone.
The meeting continued with the usual round-table discussion. Topics covered included VNC - Virtual Network Computing (a write-up of this product appeared in the March 1998 MUUG Lines), the temporary shutdown of Byte Magazine (more about this and other currently hot topics can be found at www.slashdot.org), subscription woes with the Linux Journal, and various Internet connectivity options, including Videon's WAVE, MTS's ADSL (which was the featured presentation at our October 1997 meeting), and 56 Kbps V.90 modems.
After the break, we had two short presentations. Arne Grimstrup, of Pollard Banknote Limited, presented Corel's WordPerfect 7 for UNIX, and demonstrated the installation and use of it under Linux. Evaluation copies are available for download, for use under various UNIX platforms, including Linux.
Gilbert Detillieux, of the University of Manitoba, then discussed some of the new features in Red Hat 5.1, such as the improved installation procedures and some of the new packages. Some of this discussion included a description of the various problems with the installation and some of the packages. Most of Gilbert's presentation consisted of a demonstration of one of the most interesting new features in 5.1, the Gnome GUI. The Gnome Help Browser was used to display the provided documentation, and various other Gnome system utilities were shown, ending off with some spiffy games.
Ten copies of Red Hat Linux/Intel 5.1 on CD-R, for sale to members for $5 per copy, were quickly scooped up. (This is a snapshot of the free portion of the distribution, taken from MUUG Online's FTP mirror.) Also, there was a door prize draw for two copies of S.u.S.E. Linux 5.2.