It was good to meet a number of you at the Winter meeting in Edinburgh.
Despite the gloomy weather we were warm and well looked after in the
conference centre at Heriot Watt. The O'Reilly bookstall was doing a
roaring trade and not just with people who were attending the
conference and most of the stock was sold.
The EurOpen Governing Board have now met to decide on the future shape
of the organisation and there is a full report from Mick Farmer elsewhere
in this newsletter.
As usual, my regular contributors met and in some cases submitted copy
well before the mid-February deadline. However, there are always items
which the Council wish to include in the newsletter and this particular
issue has been held to accommodate such items. Hopefully though, you
should receive this March issue not very far into the month.
The next issue will be in June 1998 and the copy deadline is 19 May
My thanks must go to our Review Editor, Daf Tregear, who has again
managed to persuade a lot of people to put finger to keyboard and provide
us with a wide selection of book reviews.
Report from the Chair
Your Council has decided to drastically reduce the cost of individual
membership of the UKUUG. This is because we want to attract more
individuals and small organisations into the group. Our members are our
life-blood and I think it's time that we injected new ideas and enthusiasm
into our organisation. Further details on the new subscription rates are
in Ivan Gleeson's column in this newsletter.
Æleen Frisch's tutorial on Monday, 6 April is proving very popular
and we currently have more bookings than we can fit into the room. We hope
to organise a repeat performance on the Tuesday for those not attending
the conference. Contact your secretariat if you're still interested in
Numbers for the conference on Tuesday, 7 April are looking good, so I
think we should have a good time at the zoo! So far, two or three table
top exhibitions have been organised, and we're looking for more are
Last minute tweaks are being made to our Linux Developers' Conference which takes
place in Manchester on 27 June. You'll find details in Alec Clews' column
in this newsletter.
Subtitled The Internet Summit, the eighth Annual Conference
of the Internet Society takes place this year in Geneva on 21-24 July. It
looks like being extremely popular with people such as Vint Cerf,
co-inventor of the TCP/IP networking protocols, being this year's plenary
speaker. If you want further details then visit their web site,
It's a question of balance...
You could be forgiven if you perceive that little thought is given to
financial control: especially given the nature and diversity of the
However, for the past three years the Board have striven to maintain a
balance of providing effective services whilst maintaining tight financial
I'm pleased to say we have now reached a position where our expenditure
is in line with our income. Again, I stress this is not as easy as it
would first appear, as our expectation is finely honed to want to pay less
but receive more and more and more....
Some time ago, in response to feedback expressed during events and past
AGM's, we promised to assess the possibility of reducing the cost of
individual membership. Consequently, we have recently completed a review
of all subscription rates and the Board approved the following (excluding
Student £20 (down £5)
Individual £40 (down £25)
Academic/Corporate £170 (up £5)
The criterion for this adjustment reflects the following needs: continue
to support Student members; reflect the change in requirements of
individual members (primarily with a Linux base!); and maintain the
service expectations of academics/corporates.
You may remember that the Chair and I had a small wager set against
inaugurating the system before the end of April. Sadly, being one day late
I duly paid up: I hope Moet was palatable! What's important (he says
wiping the tears away) is that we now have an up to date database together
with a modern administration system (I won't elaborate on the software
used but you know who...).
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Helen Gibbons at Owles
Hall for providing us with a high standard of service at a very attractive
price... we are very fortunate!
Please give me a ring (0171-601-3822) if you would like more details.
For the last four years I have been involved with UNIX and, as an IT Auditor with the Bank of England, tend to
concentrate on security. I am a member of both the Institute of Internal
Auditors (IIA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association
A rather brief and hasty column this month, everything seems to have
caught up with me at once! The big news is that the UKUUG are hoping to
run a Linux Conference in Manchester the last weekend in June, plan your
holidays around the event now! Details are still sketchy but:
Saturday will be a conference day devoted to technical presentations on
Linux, we already have Stephen Tweedie coming (subject to confirmation) -
through the kernel source tree to see some of the things he could talk
about (VM, file system etc.). Other speakers are being sought.
. If there is enough interest then Sunday will be a tutorial and workshop day, perhaps with an Installfest . This will depend on the number of people who will commit to coming, so let us know.
More details, including costs, will be posted on the UK Linux SIG as soon as possible (
It was nice to see people at the Winter Conference, despite managing to
lock myself out of my car, and I hope to meet many more at future events
including the Linux conference.
A posting on C.O.L.A spoke of a meeting of the Glasgow LUG before
Christmas, but I have been unable to get further information if you
know anything please let me know. Let me also have any information for the
UK Linux page at
I have obtained a copy of Applixware to review, unfortunately not in
enough time to make this deadline, but I hope to have something to say in
the next issue. The installation of Red Hat 5 that came with it was very
smooth and easy, perhaps the easiest Linux distribution I've used yet
however X does not work on my Thinkpad video card which seems to use
system RAM rather than on-board memory watch this space. Thanks to
for the software.
Alec Clews is a Principal Consultant for SQL Software Ltd
a supplier of configuration management tools. In his spare time he is
learning Smalltalk as part of his MSc course with the Open University and
keeps muttering that the OU should be using Linux as their delivery
platform rather than the other thing.
There is an exciting new Linux distribution available in the U.K. S.u.S.E. of Furth in Germany have been selling their own version of Linux for several years both as a dual German/English distribution concentrating on the German and US markets.
Recentley S.u.S.E have decided to start promoting their distribution to
the UK market also with keen pricing for a quality product that includes a
387 page book (an original work, not just a printing of Linux
Documentation Project volumes) called Installation Configuration &
The title is actually very modest for the book is a mine of information
about configuring and optimising a system and running network services
like Samba and Apache.
Talking about Apache, the system documentation (if you choose to install
it) is all available from the local web server, including search
capabilities. With such a richly developed site right under your
nose S.u.S.E. Linux makes an ideal way to build web-servers both for
Intranets and the Internet itself.
If you want to find out more about S.u.S.E. Linux and the ApplxWare
4.3.7 Office Suite for Linux that runs on top of it to provide end-user
WP, Spreadsheet, presentation graphics, HTML editing and e-mail (all at a
very keen price!), then send me some e-mail or see what is cooking
at the web-site.
It's also possible to purchase the Suite from me see contact
details at the back of the newsletter.
Martin Houston is a UNIX Systems programmer and system
administrator for 15 years and organser of the UKUUG Linux SIG since 1994.
The Group will meet on Saturday 21 March, 1998 at 1400hrs at the
Manchester Computing Building, Oxford Road, Manchester. The speaker will
be Tim Shuttleworth (Manchester Computing, Networking and Operations) and
the topic is FreeBSD.
FreeBSD is now being used on a number of machines at Manchester
Computing to provide major services. Tim is one of the FreeBSD devotees at
Manchester Computing, and also an experienced Linux user, therefore well
placed to give the rest of us something to think seriously about.
I understand that a number of CD-ROMS bearing FreeBSD may be available
for interested people to take away after the event.
As usual, while the starting time is well determined, the finishing time
is deliberately left blank. Feel welcome to participate in the
unstructured closing activities.
The last issue of the Newsletter appeared way back in December 1997 and
since then the User Group has been very busy.
The Winter Conference in Edinburgh went very well and was deemed a
success by the Council and attendees. The Conference Dinner (which was
also our 21st birthday Party) was especially enjoyed with some people
staying in the bar until the wee hours!
Andrew Macpherson was chief photographer, using his new digital camera
and if you visit our Web site you can actually see pictures
of all the attendees ...
Immediately after the Christmas and New Year break we started work on
the new membership database. This is now up and running and should
streamline our operations.
Your Council agreed the new subscription rates at their meeting in
February and the subscription invoices have now been sent out.
Thank you to those who have already made their payments. If you have any
queries regarding your membership, or if we have any details that are
wrong, please advise us as soon as possible and we can update the
The LISA '98 event is now in place and the bookings have started to come
in. This event looks set to be very popular. We have used the Zoological
Society before and were quite pleased with their facilities. The
restaurant where we will have lunch is actually in the Zoo grounds and
delegates will have the opportunity to look around if they wish.
The next event will be the LINUX Conference day on Saturday, 27 June at
UMIST Manchester Conference Centre. Full details will be sent out shortly.
Thanks to Daf Tregear, our book review co-ordinator, I am pleased to say
that during the last couple of months I have been very busy with your book
orders. This is obviusly a very popular service with members.
We should like to welcome Simon Earthrowl to the UKUUG Council. Simon
was co-opted at the February meeting. He will then be elected as a full
Council member at the AGM in June.
Writing of the AGM reminds me we are losing our Chairman Mick
Farmer and Andrew Macpherson at the next AGM. Both have had considerable
input to the Group over the past six years or so and we will definitely
miss their commitment to UKUUG. Is there anyone who would be interested in
coming on to the Council now as a co-opted member? Please contact the
Secretariat for more details.
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