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Updated Announcements...
  (Note the new "Linux on Wall Street Show" in the Trade Show section!)



      When:  THURSDAY, April 29th, 2004

     Where:  IBM Building,
             12th Floor, Room 1218      <<<< FIELD TRIP LOCATION >>>>
             590 Madison Avenue (at 57th Street)
             Midtown, NYC

      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:  AIX / AIX 5L Overview and Futures

   Speaker:  Bill Sandve,
             Program Director, UNIX Product Management
             IBM eServer pSeries
             Austin, Texas


   Unigroup is finally getting back onto a regular meeting schedule!
   Our April 2004 meeting will be a Field Trip Meeting to IBM (see below).

   We also have two really great offers for new meeting facilities.  One
   is at the offices of the Downtown Alliance (and the person in-charge
   is a long time Unigroup member, which greatly simplifies meeting
   planning), and the other is at a local downtown city college (large
   facilities, student participation).  Unigroup would like to say THANKS
   to everyone who helped us with our search for new facilities.
   (More on this later.)

   We have 3 meetings lined up, in addition to our Field Trip to IBM...

   Next month's meeting, on Thursday, May 20, 2004, will be a meeting
   on Kerberos, with a followup meeting (perhaps June or July) on OpenAFS.
   Our speaker for both of these meetings will be Jeff Altman.  Unigroup
   members will remember that Jeff is a past Unigroup speaker (of Kermit95
   and Telnet Security Working Group fame).  Jeff is currently working on
   a series of projects:  Project JXTA (Peer to Peer Semantic Overlay
   Networks), MIT Kerberos (Core Developer), OpenAFS.ORG (Gatekeeper),
   OpenSSL (contributor).

   Our planned meeting on Zope (Web Development) is being rescheduled,
   and our speakers from Zope Corporation are standing by.

   Also, our long time friends and sponsors at HP/Compaq have re-iterated
   their ongoing offer for hosting a series of Unigroup Field Trip meetings
   throughout the year.  As many of you know, our last meeting at HP
   was a great hit, for both HP and Unigroup!  Many Unigroup members have
   been looking forward to our next meeting at HP (and we have already
   been talking to potential HP speakers).

   Unigroup is also setting up some sort of "Solaris 10 Launch Event" with
   Sun, perhaps a Field Trip meeting, but we don't know yet.  We have
   already made contact with Sun technical staff in NYC!

   Main Presentation Introduction:

   Background for IBM's AIX:

   AIX is IBM's commercial UNIX operating system, based originally on UNIX
   SVR3.2 source code, that was introduced in the mid-1980s with IBM's
   initial RISC-based systems known as the RT-PC. AIX Version 3, with
   substantial IBM enhancements, was launched in 1990 to support a full
   line of new systems known as the RISC System/6000.  In a collaboration
   with Intel, SCO, Sequent and others known as Project Monterey, IBM
   introduced a new version of AIX in the 2000 timeframe that was developed
   to support both IBM's RISC systems and systems based on Intel's 64-bit
   Itanium processor family.  The AIX release for Itanium-based systems did
   not progress beyond initial beta deliveries, however, since continued
   delays in production availability of Itanium systems eroded the
   enthusiasm and critical solution support of partners and ISVs, while
   industry focus shifted toward the substantial growth and momentum of
   Linux on 32-bit Intel systems.  AIXL, with an 'L' added to the formal
   product name to denote a priority for interoperability with Linux-based
   environments, was then refocused solely on systems based on IBM's 64-bit
   POWER processors, supporting what is known today as the IBM eServer
   pSeries product line.  Currently, AIX is the fastest growing UNIX
   operating system environment in the UNIX server market, supporting
   seven consecutive quarters of revenue and market share growth by
   IBM's pSeries systems worldwide.

   ** Unigroup would like to thank the following individuals, in
      addition to our speaker, for helping us set up this meeting:
        - Jim Gleason of the IBM Linux Cluster Group, and NYLUG. 
        - Dan Dantzic of the IBM Linux Center of Competence.

      Jim put us in touch with Dan, and Dan is our host at IBM for this
      meeting.  Dan is the Program Manager for the IBM Linux Center of
      Competence (our meeting location).



   * Keep an eye out on the deadline date and time, as it may change.

   Please RSVP if you know you are attending or if you think you may
   be attending.  This will help us arrange for a letter to security
   for all of Unigroup.  It will also help us to determine the correct
   amount of food and refreshments.

   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by:

   a) If at all possible, please use the Unigroup Registration Page:
      This will allow us to have some automation in the RSVP process.

   b) If you must Email us, send an EMail containing the FIRST and
      LAST NAMEs of the persons attending to the Unigroup RSVP
      The Email subject should start with "RSVP".
      You may optionally include your contact phone number (that
      day) or other current information.

      DO NOT simply reply to this Email, sending us back the entire
      announcement (we already have it); leaving the subject as it
      was, and NOT containing the phrase "RSVP" as requested.  In
      that case, your message just looks like failed mail and it
      makes it impossible to automate the RSVP process and get
      you registered for our event.

      ALSO: Do NOT give us an Email address which is over quota
      and cannot receive any new Email.  This causes us to receive
      bounces from your address when we send out the RSVP-ACKs.
      You must have a working and valid Email address in order
      to get on the Unigroup Meeting Attendee List which will
      grant you access to our meetings.  Be sure to proof-read
      your Email address before submitting the RSVP request.

  >>> AND: Do NOT give us an Email address which has anti-spam
      processing requiring our automated shell scripts to reply
      to your mail servers or visit a web page... THAT WILL _NOT_
      HAPPEN!  Be sure to add Unigroup to your "allow" lists!

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site:
   for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  Please
   check your Email for any last minute announcements prior to the
   meeting.  Note that only the Attendee First and Last Names will
   be provided to Security.


   Outline of the Main Presentation:

   AIX Session Abstract:

   This session will review the history and evolution of IBM's AIX
   operating system, discuss key AIX technologies and design features,
   provide a glimpse of what's coming in the future roadmap, and
   address IBM's strategic positioning of AIX and Linux together
   in the UNIX market.

   Web Resources:

   IBM AIX website:

   IBM pSeries Infocenter:

   IBM AIX 5L 5.2 Overview (White Paper):

   IBM AIX 5L Benefits for System Administrators:

   IBM Cross-reference of AIX 5L, Solaris, and Linux commands:

   IBM AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications Information:

   IBM AIX RedBooks:
       - AIX 5L Differences Guide Version 5.2 Edition, SG24-5765-02
       - AIX 5L Performance Tools Handbook, SG24-6039-01
       - AIX Reference for Sun Solaris Administrators, SG24-6584-00
       - AIX Version 5.2 Security Supplement
             (to AIX 5L Version 5.2 Security Guide, SC23-4860)
       - AIX 4.3 to 5L Migration Guide, SG24-6924-00
       - Developing and Porting C and C++ Applications on AIX, SG24-5764-01


   Speaker Biography:

   Bill Sandve is responsible for product management of UNIX software
   products for IBM's pSeries systems, including product strategy,
   requirements, and roadmap plans.  He holds an M.S. degree in
   Computer Science from Iowa State University, and joined IBM in
   1977.  Bill has managed hardware, software, strategy, and business
   development groups associated with AIX and IBM RISC-based systems
   since 1983, including recent roles such as Director of AIX Product
   Management from 1999-2002.  He has also been active in the UNIX
   industry as a presenter and panel participant worldwide, and is
   IBM's representative on The Open Group's Board of Directors.


   Company Biography:

   IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with
   80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.  Drawing on
   resources from across IBM and Business Partners, IBM offers a wide
   range of services, solutions and technologies that enable
   customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era
   of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit



   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.
   Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available
   through their User Group program.  We will be announcing the
   details at our next meeting!

   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. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!


   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.

    ==>  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


   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
   sandwiches such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
   vegetables as well as cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.
   There should also be pasta and mixed greens salads available.



   The IBM Building is at 590 Madison Avenue in Midtown NYC,
   which is the corner building at East 57th Street.

   Please visit the MTA site for mass transit directions:

   Enter the building using the main doors (behind the statue).
   Check in with the security guards.
   Take the elevators to the IBM Linux Center of Competence on
   the 12th floor.  Look for the Unigroup meeting in Room 1218.


   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:

   - Kerberos - Jeff Altman - May 2004
   - OpenAFS  - Jeff Altman - Planned
   - Zope / Web Page Development - Zope Corporation - Planned
   - Solaris 10 - Launch Event - Field Trip to Sun (tentative)
   - Unix/Linux/BSD and Wireless Communications/Security
   - IPsec
   - DNS
   - Unix 30th Birthday Celebration
   - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies
   - Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
   - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
   - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments
   - Meetings on a variety of Sun/Solaris/Java topics

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
   should contact the Unigroup board at



   Unigroup would like to thank our speakers from our November 2003 meeting:

   Main Presentation:
     Topic:    IPv6 - IP Version 6
     Speakers: Greg Rabil and Tim Rooney from Lucent Technologies

     Topic:    Promiscuous Monitoring with "ifchk"
     Speaker:  Josh Birnbaum from Noorg, Inc.



   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.

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

   Planned meeting dates are: 4/29/2004, 5/20/2004, 6/17/2004, ...
   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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   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!



   Linux on Wall Street Show & Conference

   The Linux on Wall Street Show will be at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC,
   (located at Madison Ave and 45th Street, next to Grand Central Station),

     Wed  Apr 28   8:30 AM -  3:30 PM

   For more information, or for complimentary online registration, visit:

   Unigroup members have been invited to the show, and the post-show event
   by the show management.  The evening cocktail reception will be at
   the IBM Linux Center of Competence.  (by now, you should all know
   where that is... you can scout out the Unigroup meeting room for
   Thursday evening while you are there :-)).

   You must register for each event individually (follow the links)!

   If you attend, please let people know that you heard about the event
   through Unigroup! 

   CeBit 2004

   The CeBit Show is coming to the Javits Center in NYC on these dates:

     Tue  May 25  10:00 AM -  5:00 PM
     Wed  May 26  10:00 AM -  5:00 PM
     Thu  May 27  10:00 AM -  3:00 PM

   For more information, or for complimentary online registration, visit:

   SIA Show - TMC2004 - Securities Industry Technology Management Conference

   The SIA Show is coming to the Hilton New York in NYC on these dates:

     Tue  Jun  8  12:00 PM -  6:00 PM
     Wed  Jun  9   9:00 AM -  6:00 PM
     Thu  Jun 10   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

   For more information, or for complimentary online registration, visit:

   *Please let us know about any local trade shows which may be of interest
    to our membership, and are not listed above.


I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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