This is the SLUUG Frequently Asked Questions list, with answers to some commonly asked questions.
[TODO: Is there an existing SLUUG FAQ somewhere?]
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Our stated purpose is to promote UNIX and Open Systems.
To be a voting member, you must have attended 2 meetings in the
previous calendar year. All SLUUG meetings count -- UNIX meetings, LUG meetings, SIGs, Steering Committee. Please sign the attendance sheets so we can track your status. (Not to mention that there are often attendance prizes.)
Nothing. All SLUUG meetings are free and open to the public.
There are several good ways you can contribute:
The St. Louis Linux Users Group and the St. Louis UNIX Users Group are
the same legal entity. The LUG was originally a SIG of SLUUG. Now that Linux is more popular/familiar than UNIX, we want to brand the Linux side as a LUG to gain the advantages of such name recognition.
Users Group. We are a group of users, so there is no apostrophe.
No. All SLUUG meetings are free and open to the public.
LUG meetings tend more toward Linux-oriented topics, whereas the UNIX
meetings tend to be more general topics.
That's not a question, but we have to agree. You could probably attend 20
local user group meetings a month, and still miss a couple. There are meetings addressing a variety of topics, formats/activities, and localities. Your best bet is to figure out which meeting formats, topics, people, and locations fit you best. Also, keep an eye out for presentation topics, and try to attend the ones that appeal to you.
A lot of us like to get together for dinner, drinks, and conversation
after the official meetings. These are not SLUUG events, but can be a lot of fun -- you can get to know people better and talk on all different kinds of topics.
Web sites, mailing lists, books sales, meetings, InstallFests,
monthly newsletter, archives, BBS.
Because most Linux questions are really UNIX questions. Or in other words,
so you can get the wisdom of the long-time UNIX readers. Otherwise, the long-time UNIX users might not read the Linux list and see the question.
Pretty much just follow the generally accepted rules of Netiquette.
There's a group called STLBSD, but they have
not held any meetings recently, and their website has been inactive as well. BSD topics and users are welcome at SLUUG meetings, even the "Linux" meetings. We consider the BSD variants to be part of the UNIX/Linux family.
That's a long story! SCO currently owns the original copyright (maybe).
The Open Group owns the trademark.
UNIX. This is according to the Open Group, the organization that
owns the UNIX trademark. However, UNIX is not an acronym -- it doesn't stand for anything. The name was originally a pun on MULTICS, a predecessor operating system.
That's a long story, and is better answered elsewhere on the Internet.
The GNU project was around before the Linux kernel, and Linux users adopted
most of the GNU system, which was close to complete, except for a kernel. So the GNU folks insist that the combination of the 2 (and other software) be called "GNU/Linux". That's generally held to be a //somewhat// reasonable request. Our group tries to adhere to that request in writing; but in speaking, it's generally easier to just say "Linux", with the implicit thought that we really mean the "GNU/Linux" operating system.
It's recommended to start out with a run-from-CD version of Linux
to try it out without having to worry about installing it, or making it co-exist with Windows. Knoppix is the most popular run-from-CD version of Linux. If you want to install Linux to your hard drive, start with a desktop-oriented version such as Xandros, Ubuntu, Linspire, Mandrake, etc. If you are building a server, it is recommended to use Debian or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Someone asked that on our DISCUSS list a few years back. Craig Buchek
answered with an extensive list of ideas. That list is currently located [[http://granneman.com/techinfo/linux/contributewithoutcoding.htm | here]].