When:  Thursday, July 16, 1998

     Where:  The Chase Manhattan Bank (formerly Chemical Bank)
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Room C

      Time:  6:00 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:20 PM - 6:35 PM  Ask the Wizard,
                                Questions, Answers and Current Events
             6:35 PM - 6:45 PM  Unigroup Business
             6:45 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  The Must-Have List of Freely Available Software Tools

   Speaker:  Panel Discussion with Audience Participation



  Many of us have found software which we consider indispensable, the fun
  part is that much of it is freely available on Usenet and the Internet.
  This software can be: as simple as a paginator (eg. less), as useful
  as a mail reader (eg. mutt), as technical as a compiler (eg. gnu gcc) or
  as complicated as a network fax server (eg. hylafax).  Combinations
  of such software have been built into extensive operating environments
  (eg. Linux).  Organizations such as the Free Software Foundation
  (www.fsf.org) have been formed to promote the development and use of
  this software (GNU Project).

  But, just where do you look to find all of this stuff?


  Description of Talk:

  Typically, one of the best ways to find out about the most useful
  software tools has been through word of mouth from friends,
  associates, and of course, user group meetings.

  The goal of this month's Unigroup meeting is to discuss the Freely
  Available Software which we find the most useful, and that falls into the
  category of must-have.  We intend to present short descriptions about
  our favorite utilities, as well as information concerning: What they
  do; How they are used; and Where they may be obtained.

  We ask that everyone attending this meeting bring with them a list
  of their favorite Unix software, and for each, note down the URLs from
  where they were obtained (ftp site, web page, Usenet news, etc).
  If you've read about something and didn't get a chance to try it out
  yet, bring that information with you as well.

  Here is a list of a few packages we've come up with thus far:

  (FreeBSD)     gcc           libtiff       par           tk
  (Linux)       gcpio         listproc      perl          top
  (OpenBSD)     gcut          lynx          pgp           tripwire
  ImageMagick   gdiff         majordomo     pine          trn
  amanda        ggrep         mawk          plan          unzip+zip
  apache        ghostview     metamail      procmail      xanim
  bind          gmake         most          qpopper       xmgr
  bison         groff         mpack         rcs           xloadimage
  bzip          gs            mpage         samba         xmcd
  emacs         gtar          mpeg_play     sendmail      xpaint
  expect        gzip          mutt          smail         xpdf
  flex          hylafax       nas           tcl           xv
  freewais-sf   kermit        ncurses       tcpd          xxgdb
  fwtk          less          nenscript     tcpdump       zlib
  gawk          libjpeg       ispell


  Speaker Biography:

  The initial panel will be made up from Unigroup members.  If you know and
  use Freely Available Software for Unix, we would encourage you to
  participate and join our panel.  Feel free to Email the board if you want
  to arrange anything special before the meeting (uniboard@unigroup.org).


  Company Biography:

  Unix Users!


  Complimentary Refreshments will be served.


     55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street (after 6:30-7pm) and there is a lot
          right in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:
     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the "North Tower"
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street.  Go past the guard's desk (mentioning
     you are heading for Unigroup) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria.  After
     the cafeteria, you see another "lobby" area.  Walk past the cash
     machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.
     Conference Room C will be on your left.

     If you come very early, we may not have the signs in place yet, but
     hopefully these directions will get you to the meeting room.
     If you arrive before Unigroup Board Members, please be patient and
     wait for us to arrive.  The building cafeteria is open to the public.


  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
    ==>  UniForum/Unigroup Joint Yearly Membership       $140.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.
       * Employees of Chase (with ID) can attend general meetings at no charge.

    ==>  Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
         of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
         Our Joint Membership Program gives you FULL membership
         in both organizations for a discounted price.
         UniForum membership is currently $95.00 per year.
         For information about UniForum visit http://www.uniforum.org.
         UniForum membership benefits include various discount programs as
         well as a subscription to the "Open Systems Product Directory,"
         an important resource for Unix Users.  The Directory contains
         information on Unix related hardware, software and services.


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


2. UNIGROUP at IT/Forum (Unix Expo) in NYC

  Unigroup is planning to have a booth at the upcoming IT/Forum Trade Show
  (http://www.itforum.com) and we need volunteers to help us staff the booth.
  Our goal is to promote the User Group, increase membership and to gain
  exposure in the Unix Community.

  How many people remember Unigroup's contribution to the original Unix Expo
  show?  Unigroup was the original sponsor of Unix Expo when the show first
  came to New York City all those many years ago.

  If you can help out, even for an hour or two, please send an Email to the
  Unigroup Board at uniboard@unigroup.org.  The IT/Forum show is being held
  on September 14-18th at the Javits Center in NYC.



  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
  not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded.  Unigroup holds regular
  and special event meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating
  to Unix and the Unix User Community.   Unigroup is also the Greater NYC
  Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

  Thanks to Chase, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for the Third
  THURSDAY of Odd Months at The Chase Manhattan Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
  Planned meeting dates are: 7/16/98, 9/17/98, 11/19/98...
  Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC.

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


I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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