March 2005 Meeting

"Linux is the dominant OS for motion picture industry desktops and servers.
Most of the blockbuster films in theaters today were produced using Linux. How did this happen? Why are all the large studios using Linux as their preferred
platform for creating feature animation and visual effects?"

Robin Rowe is the founder of, launched in 2002 for the
advancement of Linux motion picture technology. He's the project leader for
CinePaint, free open source software used to create visual effects in THE LAST SAMURAI and other feature films. He's a former Linux Journal columnist.

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

February 2005 Meeting

Mark Echeverri, who has years of experience in traditional software and
systems engineering, says: "For the past couple of months, I've been working
with Plone. It's an impressive system, and not exactly something you pick up
in a Saturday. Previously, I had never done any Web-related development; Plone is a Zope tool that allows you to juggle Web portals like bowling
pins...provided you know how to take advantage of it. Quite powerful."

About Zope and Plone:

"Zope is an open source application server for building content management
systems, intranets, portals, and custom applications....Zope is written in
Python, a highly-productive, object-oriented scripting language."

For more information, see

"Plone is an out-of-the-box ready content management system that is built on
the powerful and free Zope Application server. It requires minimal effort to
set up, is deeply flexible, and provides you with a system for managing web
content that is ideal for project groups, communities and intranets."

For more information, see

Date: Thursday February 10, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 117 Downs Laboratory

September 2003 Meeting

At this month's meeting of the SGVLUG, Tim Frichtel will tell how his company
uses Postfix and Spamassassin to manage spam and provide reliable email for
600 Lotus Notes users. Using low-cost Linux servers, this configuration stops
thousands of junk messages every day without downtime.

Date: Thursday September 11, 2003 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 101 Guggenheim Lab, Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall