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[tc-ieee-comp] Linux Day, Saturday, March 20th, 1999

Below is something from the local IEEE group, in case anyone is interested.  
Randy Maas

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>        *** This is the first notice for this event ***
>"Linux -- Tutorial and Lessons Learned Panel"
>Saturday, March 20, 1999, 8:30am until 3:00pm
>at the Doubletree Park Place (I-394 and 100), Minneapolis
>Featuring Eric Foster-Johnson,
>co-author of "Linux Configuration & Installation",
>MIS Press, Inc., 1997 (ISBN: 1558285660)
>To register:
>The cost of this meeting is:
>          $45 for Computer Society Members
>          $50 for non-members
>          $40 for full time undergraduate students (ID required)
>Pay at the door, cash and check is acceptable.
>Sorry, we are unable to process credit cards.
>First 25 registered attendees to pay in full at the registration desk
>will receive the "Linux Starter Pack" from Linux System Labs
>(7 CDs/3 Linux distributions)
>                    Lunch is included
>     ** Special diet meals are available upon request **
>About the Seminar:
>Linux has been taking the enterprise world and home computing by storm.
>Here's a little background information:
>In the spring of 1991 Linus Torvalds, then a student at the University
>of Helsinki, began searching for ways to get more out of the Minix OS, an
>educational UNIX-like kernel developed by professor Andrew Tanenbaum to
>run on PC's.  In October, 1991 Torvalds posted the source code for the
>new kernel on Usenet.
>Linux supports all of the popular Unix software, including the X Window
>System.  While it is most popular on the PC, the Linux kernel has been
>ported to Power Mac hardware, Sparc workstations, DEC machines, and
>other platforms.
>At its core, the Linux kernel is a kernel that offers a command line and
>will respond to the core UNIX commands. The real usefulness for the
>kernel comes from the additional software in the form of utilities and
>from the Free Software Foundation and GNU, and from the BSD developed
>networking and
>telecommunications programs.
>Today every Linux distribution comes with all the development software,
>Internet software (besides Netscape and the other proprietary software
>you may be familiar with in DOS/Windows), and system related software you'll
>need. While Linux does come with games, some office related software,
>they do leave a lot to be desired, as do 3-D graphics. As with any operating
>system, you can spend large amounts of money for commercial office
>Applixware, StarOffice and other commercial software with the features
>of MS Office tend to run cleaner and faster than their MS Windows
>Virtually every utility program available on standard mainframe
>implementations of Unix has been ported to Linux, with a number of
>improvements. Programmers and engineers now have the opportunity to have
>a low cost Unix workstation on their home PC.
>Incidentally, according to Linus Torvalds, 'Linux' should be pronounced
>with a short 'i' sound, like 'prInt', 'mInImal', etc. Linux should rhyme
>with Minix, another Unix clone. It should not be pronounced like
>American pronunciation of) the `Peanuts' cartoon character, Linus, but
>'LIH-nucks'. And the 'u' is sharp as in rule, not soft as in 'ducks'.
>The Program:
>8:30 - 9:00         Registration/Continental Breakfast
>9:00 - 10:00        Tutorial (Eric Foster-Johnson)
>10:00 - 10:15       Break/coffee & tea
>10:15 - 11:15       Tutorial (Eric Foster-Johnson)
>11:30 - 12:45       Sit-down lunch
>12:45 - 1:30        Lessons Learned (Nicholas Coult,
>                    -- UofMN Industrial Mathematics Researcher)
>1:30 - 2:15         Lessons Learned (Dale Henninger,
>                    -- President, pcOnline Internet Services)
>2:15 - 2:30         Break
>2:30 - 3:00         Panel: future directions for Linux
>About Eric Foster-Johnson:
>Eric is a full-time software developer.  Several years ago he teamed up
>with Kevin Reichard and wrote "X Window Applications Programming",
>published in 1989.  He has been writing books ever since, the latest
>"Cross-Platform Perl" and "UNIX Programming Tools".   He has
>collaborated on several books about Linux, including "Linux
>Configuration & Installation".
>For further information on this and other upcoming Twin Cities
>IEEE Events, see our webpage at
>Upcoming Meetings of the Twin Cities IEEE Computer Society
>March               Linux
>April               Robotics
>May         Law Enforcement Computing/Security
>June                Java/CORBA/OO -- RT Java
>July                Mobile/Wireless Computing
>August              Open Source
>September   Distinguished Visitor
>October             What's Wrong with Objects?
>November    Joint meeting Medical Engineering Chapter
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>Organization:           _____________________________
>email address:          _____________________________
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>_____   Computer Society Member
>_____   ACM Member
>_____   Non-Member
>_____   Full Time Undergraduate Student
>Special Meal Request: _______________________________
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>Thursday, March 18, 1998.
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