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 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

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