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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 21 June 2007 UNIGROUP: Nathan Eckenrode on Ubuntu GN

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 21 June 2007 UNIGROUP: Nathan Eckenrode on Ubuntu GNU/Linux
Date: 19 Jun 2007 18:17:02 -0400

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 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 21-JUN-2007 (Thu): Ubuntu Linux

 ** Unigroup's June 2007 meeting on Ubuntu Linux is NEXT Thursday...
    (Our Solaris Field Trip to Sun Micro is tentatively in July).



       When:  THURSDAY, June 21st, 2007    (3rd Thursday)

      Where:  Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
              Downtown Center
              104 Washington Street
              South West Corner of Wall Street Area
              Downtown, New York City
              ** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

       Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
              6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                 Answers and Current Events
              6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
              7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

      Topic:  UBUNTU Linux

    Speaker:  Nathan Eckenrode,
              New York Ubuntu Local Community (LoCo) Team


    It looks like Unigroup's next Solaris Field Trip to Sun Microsystems
    will be happening in July, based on Sun's schedule.  We are currently
    trying to lock this meeting down (the last date I heard from Sun was
    in the 3rd week of July).

    This leaves June available, and so we are pleased to have an Ubuntu
    NY LoCo Team member available to present a talk about Ubuntu Linux.
    Various Unigroupers have said nice things about Ubuntu, and vendors
    such as Dell have also shown an interest in this Desktop Linux.
    Interest in this particular Linux Distribution seems to be increasing,
    across all fronts.  Come to our June 2007 meeting to learn the latest
    about Ubuntu.



    To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
    Registration Page:

    This will allow us to automate the registration process.
    (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
    Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

    Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
    for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
    registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
    minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
    any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
    If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from our
    mailing list.

    Please try to RSVP as soon as possible.

    Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
          us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.).



    Nathan Eckenrode on Ubuntu Linux...

    About Ubuntu:

    Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that
    is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers.  It contains all the
    applications you need: a web browser, presentation, document and
    spreadsheet software, instant messaging, and much more.

    The Ubuntu Promise:

    - Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases
      and security updates.
    - Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and
      hundreds of companies around the world.
    - Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility
      infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
    - Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage
      you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.

    Meeting Outline:

    - What is Ubuntu Linux?
    - Ubuntu Latest Version: 7.04 Desktop and Server Editions.
    - What does Ubuntu look like?
    - What products does it include?
    - What sorts of special effects does it run?
    - What sort of support can a new User receive?
    - What about the Dell deal?
    - What is in the works for Gutsy Gibbon?
    - What sorts of issues when a new User switches to Ubuntu Linux?
    - Can Ubuntu Linux work in my Environment?
    - About the New York Ubuntu Community.
    - What is the New York City Ubucon?

    Web Resources:

    Ubuntu Linux          


    Speaker Biography:

    Nathan has been a Ubuntu Linux User for two years.  During that
    period he has been privileged to offer his anecdotal experiences
    for ICT Seminars and Conferences in the metropolitan area (the UN,
    Farmingdale College to mention a couple of venues).  He serves as
    a community ambassador to the developer base and provides
    responses within the community forums.

    Nathan has aided in the organization and preparation for Ubucon
    New York 2007.

    Nathan is a college student at University of Phoenix, studying
    Information Technology.  He has convinced several classmates (who
    he has never met face to face) to purchase computers from a vendor
    which offers Ubuntu Linux pre-installed.  He convinced his mother
    (who is a piano teacher and "not super technologically inclined")
    to purchase a similar computer, and he convinced his father (who
    works in a database mine for a large three letter technology
    corporation) to download and install Ubuntu for part time use in
    his home lab.

    For further information about Nathan, see:


    Company Biography:

    Nathan is representing New York Ubuntu Local Community (LoCo) Team.

    For further information about the NY LoCo Team, see:



    O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
    books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

    Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
    enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
    continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

    Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
    provided by their User Group programs.

    Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
    our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
    (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

    ** LoCo may also be able to provide us with some Ubuntu CDs!!


    Fee Schedule:
        Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
        Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
        Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
        Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
        Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


    Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
    "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
    vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
    pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.



      Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
      Downtown Center
      104 Washington Street
      Wall Street Area
      Downtown, New York City

    This building is located on the West side of the street, the
    second building north of Rector Street.  Cross Streets:
    Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

    Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
    North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
    East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street.  Walking West
    on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
    Washington Streets.

    There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
    Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
    and extending North for a number of blocks.

    Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
    Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


    Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
    Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



    We have a series of meetings in the works:

    - Planning: Solaris Field Trip to Sun Microsystems - Tentatively July 2007
    - Planning: IPsec and IPv6 and VPNs  (possibly 3 meetings) - September?
    - Planning: Unix/Linux/BSD Distribution Round Table Discussion
    - Planning: Asterix / Bayonne / OpenPBX-CallWeaver / VoIP
    - NO SPAM!
    - Crypto / PKI / GPG-PGP
    - The latest on *BSD (NetBSD/FreeBSD/OpenBSD)
    - Patching and Updating Unix/Linux/BSD (rpm. yum, yast, etc.)
    - Building Custom Kernels Unix/Linux/BSD
    - Are there too many Linux Distributions?
    - Unix/Linux/BSD Clusters and Clustered Databases
    - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
    - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
    - LAMP Part 2 - PHP
    - Field Trip to HP - Invited
    - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
    - Samba
    - DNS
    - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
    - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
    - GNU Development Environments
    - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies

    ** Unigroup Needs Speakers!!
    Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
    interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix/Linux/BSD related
    technology topics should please contact the Unigroup Board.



    ** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
       in an upcoming announcement.



    Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
    the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup
    is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
    organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
    throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
    User Community.  Unigroup is/was also the Greater NYC Regional Area
    Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

    Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
    THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
    Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
    ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

    Planned regular meeting dates are:
      6/21/2007, 7/__/2007 at SunMicro, 9/20/2007, 11/15/2007...
    Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
    as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
    software vendors.

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    can help!


 I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

 -Rob Weiner
  Unigroup Executive Director
  unilist (-a_t-)

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