Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 15, Number 11 - November 1999


November 18th CACTUS Meeting

October Meeting Report

by Darrel Long
Twenty-two people and seven officers attended. Started meeting by bashing article about  how Microsoft is better than Unix from Microsoft webpage.

Landon Bradshaw gave a presentation on PHP. Two of the reasons to choose PHP over Perl are: PHP scripts are inside the HTML page and PHP is an open source project. Supports some databases with no extraction layer. Uses XML tag system to denote script. Access to simple web page count. Handles cookies same as get and put script. PHP runs anywhere Apache runs.

December Program

John Ratliff of Sun Microsystems will discuss how to get from Garage.Com to IPO.Com. He may also be able to give us additional details about Sun's Open Source program.  So tell your friends--it should be a good one.

Membership Report

by Luis Basto
We'd like to thank Flametree Corporation for continuing its support as one of our sponsors.  Flametree Corporation specializes in operating systems development and networking solutions for business. Some of the services that Flametree offers include:

    * LAN, WAN, and Internet connectivity design
    * UNIX kernel and software development
    * Internet firewall design and implementation
    * Remote system monitoring and maintenance
      (including our "Managed Internet Gateway" product)
    * WWW server consulting and services
    * Custom operating system development

The contact person is David Maynard, who is also Flametree's President.  David has over 12 years of professional experience in system software development and computer networking. He can be reached at 670-4090, dpm [at] flametree <dot> com, or

We'd also like to thank Tom Davidson, Michael Shaw, Ray Schaffer,Conrad Schneiker, and Brett Larsen for renewing their membership.


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.  Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.


CACTUS Officers

Contact Information

CACTUS Sponsors

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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