2002.06.04 Meeting Notes
- Microsoft VP Jim Alchin told a Federal court that sharing information
with competitors could damage national security and even threaten the U.S.
- 2600 DeCSS-linking case appeal denied.
- OpenBSD has not only disabled-by-default, but has recently REMOVED
all legacy security-free protocols (e.g., the "r-tools", like rsh,
- Fingerprint identification proven insecure thanks to $10 worth of
equipment, including gummy bear candies.
- Doom 3 is coming to Linux!
- Sun is selling 2 new low-end servers. But they're x86's running Linux!
- April 2002 Netcraft survey shows ~64% of active sites run Apache.
Only about 27% run Microsoft IIS.
- April 2002 was the first month that more servers ran PHP than Microsoft
- ClosedBSD announced. A BSD specializing in firewalls and NAT,
which boots off of a single floppy (similar to the Linux-based LEAF project).
- Bdale Garbee is the new Debian project leader.
- Strange "rm" bug can cause deletion of the wrong directory structure
if you happen to move a directory (one you're deleting) at JUST the
- VA Software made more money this quarter than expected.
(They only lost $2.6million)
- A DMCA party was held in Washington, D.C. Attendees included
Jack Valenti (MPAA), Hilary Rosen (RIAA), Marybeth Peters
(Bush admin.), and reps. from Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe.
- Sun Microsystems is offering unlimited copies of StarOffice for
free to China's ministry of education.
- Microsoft appeal against "Lindows" name fails.
- IBM moves out of the hard drive market. Employees and patents being
moved to Hitachi.
- The SEC settled the Microsoft "cookiejar" financial case for simply
a "promise" from MS not to break the rules.
- A leaked memo was discovered showing a Microsoft plan to copyright
the entire ".net" top-level domain to make way for their ".NET" service!
(It didn't happen, of course.)
- Henry House announced the opening of his own farmer's market - the
first entirely organic (and soon to be Linux point-of-sale based) one
in the area. (Saturdays, 4-7pm, May through November. 429 F Street #10)
- Demo - There's currently no demo scheduled for this month,
but Henry will look into a suitable date (the 15th is graduation).
If you can help out, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Installfests - Our next Installfest will be on June 16th.
- LERT - No LERT news.
- Library - Verbus M. Counts donated "Gimp for Linux Bible,"
and "XML for e-business and e-commerce."
O'Reilly donated "Linux in a Nutshell," "LPI Linux Certification in
a Nutshell," "Linux Device Drivers," "How to Build a Beowulf,"
"The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf" and "Learning Red Hat Linux."
Carl Yates donated "MacOSX: The Complete Reference" and
"MacOSX Solutions Guidebook."
- California 4-H Presentation - Nothing new.
- Class with DCN - There are currently no classes scheduled.
We're waiting to hear back from Richard Lowenberg at DCN.
- Games - Eric Engelhard won an O'Reilly shirt for guessing that
ASP is now less used than PHP. Paul Miller won a CDRW drive for guessing
that Apache has 64% marketshare. Joel Baumert won a VMWare hat for
knowing that Sun's new servers are x86-based and run Linux.
- Raffle - Ian McKinnon, Edward, Verbus Counts, Doug Barbieri,
Mike Simons, Jeff Rousch, Michael and Cordell Newmiller each won copies of
our speaker's book, "C# in a Nutshell."
Eric Engelhard, Edit O'Neill, Geoff Herteg, Tim and Ryan Castellucci
picked O'Reilly playing card packs.
Richard Crawford picked an O'Reilly t-shirt.
- LUGODer of the Quarter - Long overdue, Joel Baumert was
awarded LUGODer of the quarter. We thank him for getting us our
current (and excellent) meeting place at Z-World! His gift was a
copy of No Starch Press' "Programming Linux Games."
- Financial Report - $7x.xx in voluntary dues were
- Ted Neward of DevelopMentor, and author of O'Reilly's
C# in a Nutshell, talked about Microsoft's .NET, and discussed
COM/DCOM, CORBA, SOAP, Web Services, Java, C# and much more!
- Mark Kim
- Ken Heron
- Stephen Helms
- Pete Salzman
- Rhonda Bailey
- Bill Kendrick
- Melissa Hardenbrook
- Ryan Castellucci
- David Teter
- Rod Roark
- Joel Baumert
- Sarah Baumert
- Kevin Murakoshi
- Eric Engelhard
- Jeff Newmiller
- Cordell Newmiller
- Doug Barbieri
- Richard Crawford
- Ed O'Neill
- Ankur Shah
- Dave Griffith
- Ted Neward
- Brian Lavender
- Foo Lim
- Verbus Counts
- Mark Webster
- Eugene Dunlap
- Nancy Bross
- Geoff Herteg
- Dave Thompson
- Dave Nelson
- Paul Miller
- Henry House
- Jim McKennon
- Mike Simons
- ... and 4 others
Photos of this meeting.