Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 15, Number 6 - June 1999


June 17th CACTUS Meeting

May Meeting Report

by Darrel Long
Eight regular members and  six officers attended the May meeting. Ron Roberts gave a presentation on his trip to the  SANS Conference. Ron briefly discussed between connecting to the internet using In-Line security and IDS security. Some other topics discussed were: security aspects of Oracle on a nine terabyte database and network security tools. Three of the several security systems setup for people to try to break into were broken into (but none acquired root privileges). One of the methods used was a team of six people in a simultaneous attack.  Here are some URL's of security related sites:

Thanks to Ron for a very informative presentation.

Note from Editiod:

Thanks to James Van Artsdalen and our very At-Large Lindsay Haisley, CACTUS now owns the domain.  This has been a thorn in our side for several years now.  When the InterNic first started charging for domain names, Jim Knutsen thought it was a scam or a joke and ignored it.  No one individual took charge, so it lapsed.  Thanks again to Lindsay!

In other late breaking news, Eric Raymond, author of the Catheedral and Bazaar will be in Austin for the Open Source Developers Conference.  Several folks in the Central Texas Linux User's Group (CTLUG) are arranging for Eric to meet with nerds outside of the conference.  Tentative plan is to meet at Dessert Books at 7 PM on Thursday, July 1st.



To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($25/yr for regular membership and $96/yr for corporate sponsorship):
PO BOX 9786
AUSTIN, TX 78766-9786

You can also pay in person at the general meetings. The date on the upper right hand of the newsletter mailing label indicates when your membership expires. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.


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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.

Map to the Monthly CACTUS Meeting

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