Unigroup's January 2018 Meeting Announcements


SUSE Linux Update including Meltdown/Spectre

Anthony Tortola, Sales Engineer,
Gaby Beitler, Sales Engineer,
SUSE Linux NYC Team,

Thursday, 11-JAN-2018      (** SPECIAL 2nd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: To-Be-Determined-On-Site    (*** New Building: TBD ***)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Unigroup is planning our January 2018 meeting next week on Thursday, January 11, 2018, -1 week earlier than our normal meeting week. Note: The meeting room number will be determined by Thursday.

Unigroup's January 2018 meeting will be an update on SUSE Linux, covering various technical topics for current and future SUSE Linux Releases. We are also planning a future meeting with SUSE covering Linux on ARM+Power Architectures.

Have you seen the recent security announcements regarding Meltdown+Spectre?... they are all over the technical mailing lists this week... Unigroup has asked SUSE to give us an update on how SUSE and the Linux Kernel will be addressing the various issues that have been identified. (See below for Meltdown/Specre URLs.)

Happy New Year! And that means its time for Elections... Unigroup Elections: Unigroup holds Board of Director Elections every January. If you are a Unigroup Member and would like to run for the Unigroup Board, please contact us on or before our January meeting. Board members are expected to regularly attend Unigroup General and Board Meetings, and basically help the rest of the board run Unigroup. If you would like to help out Unigroup, but not join the board officially, please let us know. Unigroup needs your help! Unigroup is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, and has been serving the Greater NYC Metro Unix/Linux/BSD Users Community for over 30 years!


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

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     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
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     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
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     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
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Topic: SUSE Linux Update including Meltdown/Spectre

Related Topics/Keywords:

SUSE, Linux, Operating Systems, Patching/Service Packs, Computer Security, CPU Architecture, Kernel Memory References, Meltdown, Spectre, Vulnerability Mitigation.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

SUSE Linux Topics To-be-announced.

SUSE will be presenting on various topics, from security to new releases, to containers.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:

   Security Vulnerability Meltdown+Spectre:







     The FreeBSD Security mailing list has active threads on this topic:
     NetBSD Kernel Mailing List discussion and work-in-progress:

   SUSE SLES 12 SP3:

   SUSE SLE 15:

   SUSE Container as a Service

   SUSE Linux

   OpenSUSE Linux


Anthony Tortola - Technical Sales Specialist - SUSE

Anthony Tortola is a data center expert and certified Linux engineer. He has worked in many capacities from technical sales, solutions architect, consulting services, and engineering in the last few decades. He has extensive experience working in data centers across different market segments: Education, Finance, Entertainment and Retail Banking. His background as a support engineer means he knows the meaning of "customer-first" and being a tireless advocate to help customers accomplish their goals no matter how hard the task. Some of the technologies Anthony enjoys working with are: SUSE OpenStack Cloud Computing, Virtualization, SUSE Linux, Systems Management, Disaster Recovery, SAP, High Availability and Enterprise Storage (Ceph).

Gaby Beitler - Sales Engineer - SUSE

Gaby Beitler is an IT industry veteran with a broad knowledge of infrastructure. Gaby began his career as a UNIX consultant and architect. He designed high performance cluster environments, as well as SMT based systems, for healthcare and financial industries. Gaby spent the second half of his career in pre-sales roles with Sun Microsystems, VMware, SUSE, and Hadoop partners. He enjoys focusing his technical skills to solve the many business challenges that companies face. Gaby earned his B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Communications from Chestnut Hill College and earned his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of Business.


SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud infrastructure solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed today and tomorrow.

For further information please visit: http://www.suse.com


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

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

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

Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.


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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 beverages.

** However, due to a continuing situation at our caterer, we are planning to have: pizza (cheese+veggy), soda, water, cookies, and brownies at this meeting.

SUSE will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting, Thanks SUSE!

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