When:  Thursday, March 16, 2000

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

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:40 PM  Ask the Wizard,
                                Questions, Answers and Current Events
             6:40 PM - 6:50 PM  Unigroup Business
             6:50 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  FreeBSD - A Freely Available BSD Unix Operating System

   Speaker:  Chris Masto, Director of Technology,
             NetMonger Communications/IN-TEL-TEC.


  Linux, Linux and more Linux... It seems that everyone is talking
  about that Unix-LIKE operating system these days.  But what about a
  freely available release of REAL Unix?  That's where FreeBSD, NetBSD
  and OpenBSD come into the picture.  This month's Unigroup meeting will
  present the *BSD flavors of Unix and in particular: FreeBSD.  Our
  speaker is Chris Masto from NetMonger Communications/IN-TEL-TEC.

  FreeBSD is an advanced BSD UNIX operating system, developed and
  maintained by a large team of individuals.  Currently gaining in
  popularity despite the mindshare dominance of GNU/Linux, FreeBSD (and
  its cousins NetBSD and OpenBSD) has gained a reputation for stability,
  performance, and cleanliness of code.  FreeBSD runs on the i386 and
  Alpha processor families, with PowerPC in the works.  It is developed
  by a large team of individuals, though its development model differs
  significantly from that of Linux.

  Web Resources:

  Freely Available *BSD Unix Variants:
    FreeBSD     http://www.freebsd.org
    NetBSD      http://www.netbsd.org
    OpenBSD     http://www.openbsd.org

  Commercially Supported BSD Unix:
    BSDi        http://www.bsdi.com

    The 4.4BSD Reference Manual Set from O'Reilly (Out of Print)

  Description of Talk: 

  In our speaker's words:

  I will briefly discuss the history of BSD Unix (hopefully not making
  too many errors), where FreeBSD fits in, how it differs from Linux
  (though I have a limited knowledge of modern Linux) and its
  traditional and emerging application domains.  I will dispell some
  myths and explain how I came to be a FreeBSD zealot.  I will
  demonstrate FreeBSD running on my Sony Vaio with fully functioning
  APM, USB, and PCCARD.  I will demonstrate the famous ports collection,
  and Linux emulation.  Time permitting, I can talk a bit about
  firewalls and NAT, and perhaps show off the CVS repository.

  Speaker Biography: 

  In our speaker's words:

  I'm the Director of Technology at NetMonger Communications/IN-TEL-TEC,
  a multi-headed company in the Internet service and software
  development industries.  On the ISP side, I manage about a dozen
  FreeBSD-based machines which run everything from e-mail and web sites
  to generating and printing bills, monitoring the machine room
  temperature, and even opening the cash drawer.  At IN-TEL-TEC, I'm the
  lead programmer on the next generation of our law enforcement
  intelligence management software.  My first exposure to the Internet
  was in 1993 during a summer program at Cornell.  In 1995, I did the
  technical set up of an Internet service provider with sixteen 14.4
  modems, a 56k line to the Internet, and a single Slackware Linux
  machine which ran the modems, mail, web, usenet, and all the shell
  accounts (SLIP and PPP were uncommon at the time, though the Linux box
  did those too).  I've been in the Internet business ever since, and in
  '97 a college friend and I teamed up to start an ISP on Long Island.
  I may be spotted drinking (cola) with NY.pm (http://ny.pm.org/),
  freeing daemons with BUNY (http://www.bsdunix.net/), and terrorizing
  innoccent bystanders with Lisp, Kibology, and Cheese with LXNY
  (http://www.lxny.org/).  My pathetic personal web site is at

  Company Biography:

  In our speaker's words:

  NetMonger Communications and IN-TEL-TEC started life as two separate
  companies which moved in to the same building at about the same time.
  Now we're one company where everyone has two jobs.  NetMonger is an
  Internet Service Provider I co-founded in 1997 with the mission of
  providing high-quality Internet service to the Long Island and New
  York metro area.  From the start, were we committed to open source,
  especially FreeBSD, and it paid off as we were able to extensively
  customize our systems to meet our needs.

  IN-TEL-TEC is a software development company specializing in
  intelligence management.  Its major product, IN-TEL-ALL, was
  originally developed in Microsoft FoxPro for DOS.  Due to a growing
  dissatisfaction with the performance and stability of proprietary
  operating systems and development tools, it is currently being
  rewritten from scratch as a browser-based application, using a
  foundation of open-source software including Apache, Perl,
  PostgreSQL, and of course FreeBSD.


  Complimentary Refreshments will be served.  This now includes salads
  and sandwiches (eg. turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna)!


     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.


  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
         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 with UniForum is currently
         on hold due to circumstances at UniForum.
         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!



   TechExpo is a free recruiting event for the technology community.  It is
   held many times throughout the year.  The next one will be on Thursday,
   March 16th, 2000 at the The Digital Sandbox, 55 Broad Street, Downtown NYC.
   Located next to the Bowling Green, Wall St. & White Hall St. subway
   stations (4, 5, N or R line).

   The event is open from 12pm to 6pm.  For more details, visit:



   Our thanks go to Sendmail, Inc.  and our
   speakers Blair Brown and Roger Klorese who gave a nice presentation on
   Sendmail 8.10.  Both the freely available Sendmail and some commercial
   features were discussed.  Sendmail also sponsored the food service at
   this meeting.  Sendmail also gave out T-Shirts to all who attended.

   The following companies also get a "Thank You" for our other giveaways:
     - Complimentary LinuxWord Expo Passes from Data Representations.
     - Linux CD-ROMS from Caldera and Red Hat.
     - Two Sendmail Books from O'Reilly and Associates (were raffeled off).



   We are updating and reworking our membership database.  If you will be
   attending our next meeting please look up the last time you paid for
   membership, paid the single meeting fee or simply the last time you
   attended a meeting and bring that information with you to the meeting.
   We need to make sure that we have the correct renewal dates on file
   for your yearly membership.  For the most part, any joint UniForum
   memberships should be expired by now as well.  UniForum had stopped
   collecting joint memberships a long time ago.

   For those who cannot attend our next meeting, we will be sending out
   a notice and preparing a web page on which your mailing address and
   Email addresses can be updated.



   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 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: 3/16/2000, 5/18/2000, 7/20/2000, 9/21/2000...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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