Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 13, Number 10 - October 1997


October 16th CACTUS Meeting

Program Synopsis

Remote invocation technologies such as RPC and CORBA have been around for a few years now, but their widespread adoption has been hobbled partly by the deployment problem: installing and maintaining many distributed application components was a big hurdle. The arrival of executable WWW content, especially in the form of Java "applet" programs, has provided an excellent complementary technology to remote invocation. It is now possible to develop applications with user client software automatically deployed via the WWW, and distributed interactions conveyed via remote invocation. Our presentation will discuss how ARL and others are using these technologies today in real applications. Details should include how to set up Java applet clients for WWW deployment, comparison of remote invocation technologies CORBA and Java RMI, the structure of "three-tier" applications, security issues, and so on.

CACTUS Meeting Location: Applied Research Labs

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Applied Research Labs (ARL) in the JJ Jake Pickle Research Campus (JJ PRC). We'll meet in the main auditorium located directly behind the guard's desk and main lobby.

Please do not show up earlier than 6:20 pm on the specified day. Enter through the main entrance at 10000 Burnet Road for ARL:UT. Tell the guard that you are here for the CACTUS meeting. You will be required to sign a log book, but not required to wear a badge. The guards will direct you to the auditorium entrance. Limited parking in the front of the building is available, but more extensive parking is available in the large parking lot just north of the ARL building. After 6:30 pm, all entrances to JJ PRC, except for the Burnet Road entrance, are closed and locked. You can still enter the parking lot in front of the ARL building. No parking tags are necessary after 6:00 pm. See map for further details.

Online maps are available at:

As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived. So let's clean up all pizza and soda items before we leave. Thanks and hope to see all of you there.

Location for the Monthly CACTUS Meeting
Applied Research Laboratory

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September Meeting Report

Over forty five people attended the September meeting. After announcements, and some distribution of late arriving O'Reilly books, Jack McKinney presented a tutorial about inetd, servives, and configuration.

Chuck Zyetz from Auspex then introduced Phread Chichowski, who told us all about the latest NFS offerings. They now support Windows NT fileystems. Same hardware--just a software addon. The kernel is still Solaris! [1.0]

Thanks to Jack, Chuck and Phread.


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