August 2005 Meeting

Orv Beach has been messing with computers for over 20 years. His first
experience with computer operating systems was with CP/M, in the early '80s.
His first Linux was Slackware, in 1996. Since then he's moved to Red Hat Linux and then Fedora Core. While not a programmer, he's actively involved in the
Linux community.

He's a principal member of the Simi-Conejo Linux Users Group, the Marketing
chair for the Linux Expo of Southern California, and is currently employed as
the Information System Director at Simi Valley Hospital.

Orv will demonstrate various command line commands and utilities that are
useful for administering a Linux system. He'll throw in a few basic bash
tricks as a bonus.

Date: Thursday August 11, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

July 2005 Meeting

"Ubuntu: Linux from Outer Space," Jana Lingo.

What does an Internet pioneer and tycoon do when he still has too much money
after paying the Russians to take him to the International Space Station? If
you're Mark Shuttleworth, you start a Linux Company.

Jana Lingo will discuss the past, present, and future of one of the hottest
current Linux distributions. Topics will include Ubuntus goals, philosophy,
history, and technology, as well as Jana
s personal experiences with Ubuntu
and its derivates.

Ms. Lingo has over 15 years of Information technology experience, both as a
programmer and as a manager. She is currently working as a contract programmer for Unisys Corporation / Los Angeles County, in El Monte.

Note: New website is

Date: Thursday July 14, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

June 2005 Meeting

"Linux and JPL's Mars Exploration Rover Project: Earth-based Planning,
Simulation, and Really Remote Scheduling," Scott Maxwell and Frank Hartman,

NASA/JPL's Mars Exploration Rover project is the first time a JPL flight
project has used Linux systems for critical mission operations. Scott Maxwell
and Frank Hartman, two of MER's rover drivers, also wrote the Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP), the Linux-based software used on Earth to
drive Spirit and Opportunity. Scott and Frank will discuss the software they
developed, as well as their experiences using Linux to drive two vehicles
across the Martian terrain, a hundred million miles from Earth.

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

May 2005 Meeting

Please join us Thur at the sgvlug meeting (7-9pm at Caltech - please see for directions)

Giz (active member of will present "A Whirlwind introduction to
PHP development basics and best practices."

Date: Thursday May 12, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

April 2005 Meeting

Adam Loughran from Novell/Suse will be presenting:

Novell Linux Roadmap

With the completition of Novell's acquisition of Ximian and SuSE Linux, Novell now stands as a major advocate of Linux and of Open Source inititives. This
month's San Gabriel Valley Linux Users Group meeting will host Adam Loughran,
Linux Corporate Strategist for Novell in So. California. Adam will be
discussing Novell's recent moves into the Linux market including:

Novell's acquisition of Ximian and where XD2, Red Carpet, Evolution and Mono
fit into the Novell family of products and solutions Novell's recent releases
of Novell's Open Enterprise Server and what it means to the Linux community

Novell's acquisition in SuSE Linux and what Novell is doing to accelerate the
adoption of Linux into the enterprise

A look at Novell Linux Desktop v9 and the latest news on Desktop Linux in the

Novell's strategy in open source and how Novell will contribute to the

A discussion of other Novell products that leverage the most universal
operating system on the market (Linux) including Identity Management, Resource Management and Web Services.

Novell will be providing a few give aways, so don't miss out on this
opportunity to learn what Novell is doing to accelerate the adoption of Linux
and exchange ideas with those in the community.

Bio: Adam Loughran, Linux Strategist Novell inc

Date: Thursday April 14, 2005 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

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