February 2006 Meeting

Monthly meeting.

When you mention "running more than one operating system" on a computer, most
people will think "dual boot", and for a wide variety of tasks that is quite
appropriate. But how many of you have thought of running more than one system
at the same time? Sure, you're only "one person," so why should the computer
act like you were two people doing different things?

Well, you might not want to reboot your machine -- especially if you have a
long-running task going on such as "seti at home" (since rebooting will cause
the "work unit" to be lost.) You might be a developer, and you're working on
something intended to be "cross platform" -- if every "rebuild-and-test" cycle included "reboot the machine", you'd tire of it rather quickly. Or perhaps you have two programs, each of which runs under a different OS, but you need to
refer to the output of one program while working on the other.

If this describes you and you haven't heard of VMware, then you need to attend the February SGVLUG meeting. This month we'll have Phil Anthony, a Sr. Systems Engineer from VMware, here to talk about what VMware has to offer -- he plans
to talk about the entier line -- from the ESX server to the workstation to
their newest offering, the "free" VMware player. (this is "free as in beer",

Date: Thursday February 9, 2006 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

January 2006 Meeting

Monthly meeting.

Charles Finley of Transformix will be here to show off the Eclipse IDE by IBM. By popular vote, the presentation will be targeting the beginner, but there
will be plenty of opportunity to dig into deeper subjects.

Mr. Finley has extensive software development and consulting experience on the HP 3000, as well as on a variety of large-scale computers, minicomputers, and
personal computers. He has over 30 years of combined experience in the data
processing industry and has held both technical and management positions. He
has conducted over 70 computer-related seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a former faculty member of the Industrial Relations Center at the
California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in Pasadena. He studied
management at UCLA, received a Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) from the
Data Processing Management Association, and holds a B.A. in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Date: Thursday January 12, 2006 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

December 2005 Meeting

Monthly meeting.

CinePaint is an open source software application primarily used for motion
picture frame-by-frame retouching and dust-busting. Many films, such as Harry
Potter and Spider-Man, use CinePaint. It was used by Flash Film Works to add
flying arrows in The Last Samurai, work that helped them win a VES award for
Best Supporting Effects. CinePaint is the most popular open source application in motion picture production.

CinePaint project leader Robin Rowe will talk about the new Glasgow
architecture, what's implemented, and what remains to be done. CinePaint
Glasgow is scheduled for release on December 31, 2005. Glasgow runs on Linux,
Windows, and Mac OSX. Robin Rowe has led CinePaint since 2002. He's the
founder of LinuxMovies.org. He's a partner in motion picture technology
company MovieEditor.com.


Date: Thursday December 8, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

November 2005 Meeting

Monthly meeting.

Chris Smith of Yahoo! to present a slice of life-on-the-inside of the world's
largest [1] content provider.

Chris will demonstrate some of the cutting edge work being conducted at Yahoo! Research Labs, all of which is powered by UNIX and open source computing.

A member of Yahoo!'s Research Technology team, Chris has more than 10 years of experience developing enterprise software solutions for both Internet
start-ups and as a Senior Java Architect for Sun Microsystems.

Dustin Laurence will also give a short "Cool Tools" talk on monitor
adjustments at the start of the meeting.

[1]: if they're not, I'm sure Chris will correct us as appropriate.

Date: Thursday November 10, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

October 2005 Meeting

SGVLUG General Meeting

Topic: Elizabeth Fong from Three Rings will talk about Puzzle Pirates -- a
cross-platform multiplayer RPG

Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates (Y!PP) is a java-based persistant world RPG that has
been quietly gaining accolades for the past three years. Come join us for our
October meeting where intern/developer Elizabeth Fong will tell tall (and not
so tall) tales about life in the game industry and how it relates to Linux.

About the presenter: Elizabeth has been programming for nearly 10 years and
started with linux four years ago when she began hosting sites from her home
server. Starting this semester, she will be a freshman here at Caltech.

Date: Thursday October 13, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

September 2005 Meeting

Matt Ingenthron from Sun Microsystems will review Sun's involvement in the
various open source communities and talk a bit about the latest, greatest hunk of intellectual property Sun's released to the wild: OpenSolaris.

Matt will discuss OpenSolaris's goals, how licensing works (and why you
shouldn't be afraid of it) and how to get involved. This meeting will also
cover what OpenSolaris is (and isn't) and have a brief demo. Take a look at
http://www.opensolaris.org/os/about/ before attending to develop your own
questions about the project.

Matt is a Technical Specialist for Sun Microsystems and supports a variety of
customers across the Western US. Based in Los Angeles, Matt has worked with a
number of customers on Linux and Solaris adoption and migration from other
platforms. Matt is part of the Web Services practice of the Client Solutions
organization which specializes in use of Java Enterprise System software use
by customers on both platforms.

Date: Thursday September 8, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107