Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 20, Number 11 - November 2004

Next Meeting

Thursday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.


The CACTUS Newsletter is a monthly publication, distributed to our members and other interested people. Visit the CACTUS Newsletter on the web at There you will find archives of back issues, as well as instructions on how to subscribe to the email distribution.

November Meeting Program

The next CACTUS meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm for pizza and informal discussion), in the auditorium of UT Applied Research Laboratories. (See end of newsletter for directions to the facility).

Letter From the President

by Lindsay Haisley

Eric Raymond in Austin, once again!

Noted author, speaker and Open Source activist Eric Raymond is coming back to Austin again this month. Eric's visit this time is sponsored jointly by CACTUS and the UT Austin School of Information, for whom he will be the John P. Schneider Honorary Colloquia Series speaker. The presentation will be called "After the Revolution -- Coping with Open Source Success".

Eric's talk will be on Monday, Nov. 29th from 7 to 9 PM in the the AVAYA Auditorium (ACE 2.302) in the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building. The ACE building is on the southeast corner of 24th and Speedway. Since this is an evening program, parking (which one always has to consider when going to the UT campus) shouldn't be a great problem. Eric generally likes to go out and eat and visit with friends after a talk, and we can expect that this visit will be no exception.

Many thanks to John Quarterman who helped put all the pieces together for Eric's visit, and to Don Turnbull with the UT School of Information who did the nitty-gritty work of scheduling and room reservation for us.

You really need to put this one on your calendars, especially if you've never heard Eric speak before. If you have, then I don't need to remind you to do so. Eric speaks without the help of slides or props of any sort, and holds his audiences in thrall by the force of his wit and incisive understanding of the the open source software movement.

Eric is the author of the book "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", the title essay in which was instrumental in the decision in the late 90s by Netscape to release code for their browser into the public domain as open source software. This decision eventually resulted in the development and release of the excellent Mozilla browser, and more recently it's offspring Firefox, which is taking the Internet world by storm. In 1998, Eric released to the world a pair of Microsoft internal documents defining Open Source software in general, and Linux in particular, as signifigant threats to Microsoft's future revenue, and exploring ways to counter the threats. These have become known as the "Halloween Documents" live on in infamy. Eric's other accomplishments and publications are too numerous to mention, however you can find out more about Eric at


CACTUS Membership

We would like to thank Mike Cheselka for renewing his membership.

To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($30/yr for regular membership and $100/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 System News

by Lindsay Haisley


Randy Zagar is making steady progress on setting up our Newisys box which will be deployed at Inflow when it's ready for prime-time. I understand that the box will be called Randy has given us this update on his work on the box:

Randy says he sees no reason the box shouldn't be up and running by Thanksgiving.

In other news, I've been noting, as admin for the jobs [at] lists <dot> cactus <dot> org mailing list, that we're getting a substantial number of posts from recruiters and others looking to hire Unix talent. CACTUS maintains this list is a community resource, open to members and non-members alike, so if you're looking for work in Unix or a related software field, you may want to sign up on the list. You can do this by visiting and signing up to receive list traffic.

CACTUS Officers

President: Lindsay Haisley (fmouse at
Treasurer: Johnny Long (longjy at
Programs: Randy Zagar (jrzagar at
Membership: Luis Basto (basto at
Publicity: Thomas Bodine (tbodine at
Newsletter: Ray Solanik (solanik at
Scribe: Ron Roberts (ronro at
at Large:
Mark Scarborough (mscar at
M.H. Khan (mhk at

CACTUS Sponsors

Significant Contributing Sponsors

Applied Research Laboratories/University of Texas at Austin
(Gil Kloepfer, Computer Science Division (CSD), 835-3771, gil [at] arlut <dot> utexas <dot> edu)
(Chad Kissinger, president, 322-9200, info [at] onr <dot> com)
Broadband Internet access, web design and colocation
CoreNAP, L.P.
(Kenneth Smith, (512) 685-0010), kenneth [at] corenap <dot> com)
Provides server colocation and high-speed Internet access to businesses in the Austin & central Texas area, Inc.
(David Maynard,, dpm [at] outserv <dot> net)
e-Business Operations Service Provider.

CACTUS Sponsors
((800) 977-3475), registrar [at] bestregistrar <dot> com)
A top-level domain name registrar, CORE member.
Dresser - Wayne
(Steve Cox, (512) 338-8444), steve <dot> cox [at] dresser <dot> com)
Provides instrumentation and services to the oil and energy
IBM Corporation
(George Kraft IV, (512)838-2688, gk4 [at] austin <dot> ibm <dot> com)
Journyx, Inc.
(John Madollozzo, (512)833-3274, john [at] journyx <dot> com)
Web-based products to track time, expenses, and attendance, for project management and billing.
Prog Corp.
(David Mallis, 451-7191, prog [at] cactus <dot> org)
Publisher of instructional materials for classroom and independent study.
Rocksteady Networks Incorporated Rocksteady Networks
Eric White, 512-427-1319 ewhite [at] rocksteady <dot> com
Ray Solanik
Ray Solanik, Technical Consultant solanik [at] cactus <dot> org
Starflight Corp.,
Jon Roland, jon <dot> roland [at] the-spa
Computer consulting, management solutions, documentation, and technical writing.
VoIPing, LLC
(Lenny Tropiano, 512-698-VOIP (8647) or Brian Sinclair 512-698-8031, info [at] voiping <dot> com)
IT Consulting and Services, converged networks, Unix, and Voice over IP.

Veraci Inc.
Michael Shrivathsan

Friends of CACTUS

Applied Formal Methods, Inc.
(Susan Gerhart, 794-9732, gerhart [at] cactus <dot> org)
Auspex Systems
(Paul Levine, plevine [at] auspex <dot> com
Fastest reliable network fileservers.
Austin Code Works
(Scott Guthery, 258-0785, info [at] acw <dot> com)
(Chip Rosenthal)
(Maurine Mecer, 502-0190 [FAX 502-0287])
Professional recruiting.
Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP)
(Ron Boerger, 432-8000)
Provider of scalable, high availability systems.
EDP Contract Services
(Mark Grabenhorst, 346-1040) Professional recruiting.
Hewlett Packard
(Bill Sumrall, 338-7221)
Hounix (maybe bad link )
(Marilyn Harper)
Houston's Unix Users Group.
Network Appliance Corporation
(Frank Mozina, fmozina [at] netapp <dot> com)
O'Keefe Search
Professional recuiting.
Sailaway System Design
(Chris J Johnson, 447-5243)
(Kathy O'Brien, obrien [at] asc <dot> slb <dot> com)
Technical services and products in over 100 countries.
Silicon Graphics
(Don Williams, 346-9342)
Solid Systems
(Pete Farrell, 442-2222)
Sterling Infomation Group
(Darrell Hanshaw, 344-1005)
Sun Microsystems
(Rick Taylor)
Supplier of Unix client-server computing solutions.
Texas Internet Consulting
(Smoot Carl-Mitchell, 451-6176, smoot [at] tic <dot> com)
TCP/IP networking, Unix, and open systems standards.
A Sun Authorized Training Center and a Hardware Reseller.
Unison Software
(Shelley St. John, 478-0611)
Supplier of networked systems management solutions.
UT Computer Science Department
(Patti Spencer)
UT Computation Center
(Mike Cerda, 471-3241, cerda [at] uts <dot> cc <dot> utexas <dot> edu)

Directions to Meeting Location

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Applied Research Labs (ARL) in the JJ 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.

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