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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 12 February 2009 UNIGROUP: George Neville-Neil of Fr

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 12 February 2009 UNIGROUP: George Neville-Neil of FreeBSD on The FreeBSD Networking Stack
Date: 9 Feb 2009 08:36:06 -0500

  what="official UNIGROUP announcement"
  rsvp="requested, see below"
  entrance-fee="for non-members yes, see below"
  location="Cooper Union on the Island of the Manahattoes, see below"
  edits="some paragraphs removed so notice fits in mailboxen">

 Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 02:56:46 -0500 (EST)
 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 12-FEB-2009 (*2nd* Thu): FreeBSD Networking Stack

 Unigroup's February FreeBSD meeting is next week, on the 2nd Thursday,
 Note: This is one week earlier than usual.



       When:  THURSDAY, February 12th, 2009    (** SPECIAL 2nd Thursday **)

      Where:  The Cooper Union  <>
              School of Engineering
              51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
              East Village, Manhattan
              New York City
              Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)
              ** Please RSVP **

       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:  The FreeBSD Networking Stack

   Speakers:  George Neville-Neil,
              The FreeBSD Project Team <>



    Unigroup has finally rescheduled our long awaited FreeBSD
    Networking Stack meeting, and we are pleased to have George
    Neville-Neil of the FreeBSD Core Team presenting at our February
    2009 meeting.  We had to move off our normal 3rd Thursday meeting
    schedule to match our speaker's availability.  George was the
    presenter at Unigroup's FreeBSD 7 Launch meeting back in March
    2008, where we had learned of his involvement working on the
    FreeBSD networking stack and its support for 10GB Ethernet.
    In recent news... FreeBSD 7.1 was released in January 2009.

    Our Field Trip to Novell on The SuSE Real-Time Linux Kernel
    is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday in March... 19-MAR-2009.

    Our May 2009 meeting is still in the planning stage.



    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 RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
    prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
    RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

    Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
          will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
          properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
          If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
          still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
          we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
          you are "not on the list".



    Topic: The FreeBSD Networking Stack


    This talk will be an introductory tutorial to network device
    drivers in FreeBSD.  We plan to cover the Intel Gigabit Ethernet
    interface (aka the igb), as well as to talk in general about how
    drivers are hooked into the system, and how the standard kernel
    APIs are used to work with them.

    More details to be announced soon.

    Web Resources:

    FreeBSD 7.1 Links:


    Speaker Biography:

    George Neville-Neil is a member of the FreeBSD project, its core,
    release engineering and security teams as well as co-author with Kirk
    McKusick of "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating
    System".  He is also a member of the ACM Queue editorial board and the
    columnist Kode Vicious.  His research interests include operating
    systems, real-time and embedded programming, and networking.  He is
    also an avid cyclist and traveler who had made a home in Tokyo,
    Japan in recent years.


    Company Biography:

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including
    Pentium and Athlon), amd64 compatible (including Opteron, Athlon, and
    EM64T), UltraSPARC, IA-64, PC-98 and ARM architectures.  It is
    derived from BSD, the version of UNIX developed at the University of
    California, Berkeley.  It is developed and maintained by a large team
    of individuals.  Additional platforms are in various stages of
    development.  For information about FreeBSD, visit:



    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.

    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

    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)!

    As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
    start of the meeting.

    ** We also have a limited supply of Solaris-Related CD/DVDs
       from our friends at Sun Microsystems.


    Fee Schedule:

    Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
    and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
    there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
    their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
    meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

        Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
        Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
        Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
        Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00

      * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.

      ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
        currently enrolled in classes (rather than working
        full-time), and as such, your Student ID should show
        a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
        containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
        current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
        to university facilities just does not feel right.
        If your ID contains no date, please bring
        additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

    NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
          NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.



    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, brownies, bottled water and
    assorted SOFT beverages.

    ** Note: We will be using our normal caterer for this meeting.



       The Cooper Union  <>
       School of Engineering
       51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
       East Village, Manhattan
       New York City
       Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)

    Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between
      3rd & 4th Avenues.

    Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
    Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
      directions to The Driscoll Room (1st Floor)...  From the
      main entrance, keep going straight beyond the guard till the
      end of the hall, make a left, pass the elevators (on your
      left), keep going, and Room 136E will be on your right.

    Nearest mass transit stations are:
      '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union).
      'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East.
      '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
      'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

    Free street parking becomes available at 6pm.

    There are also parking lots on Broadway at Astor Place.


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


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    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/Linux/BSD User Community.

    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 meeting location.

    Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
      2/12/2009, 3/19/2009 (Field Trip), 5/21/2009, 7/16/2009, 9/17/2009...
    Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
    facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

    = For Unigroup Information, Events and Meeting Announcements be sure to =
    = visit our World Wide Web Home Page:                                   =
    =                                         =

    For further information or to get on the Unigroup Electronic Mail Mailing
    List send an EMail message to:
         unilist (-a_t-)

    To contact the Board of Directors of Unigroup, send an EMail message to:
         uniboard (-a_t-)

    If you have recently attended a meeting and you are not receiving
    Email announcements, please send us an Email and we will make
    corrections to our lists.

    Please Email the Board with any suggestions, especially potential
    meeting topics and speakers.  Unigroup welcomes contributions and
    content suggestions for our newsletter.  Unigroup is a volunteer
    organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
    can help!


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

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