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SLUUG Steering Committee Minutes - May 2006

NOTE: Minutes posted on the wiki are always unofficial. Schedules for upcoming presentations are always tentative. (Some more tentative than others!)


Saint Louis Bread Company,
10550 Old Olive Street Road,
Creve Coeur, MO 63141 (at Old Olive and Olive)

Date / Time

  • May 3, 2006
  • 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm


  • Lee Lammert
  • Carl Fitch
  • Craig Buchek
  • Gary Meyer
  • Stan Reichardt
  • Barry Morrison

Secretary Report

  • Need to print out previous months' minutes for signature and inclusion in Secretary folder.
  • Need to finish typing up minutes for March 3 board meeting and official annual meeting.

Treasurer Report

  • Currently working on pulling in 2004 data into QuickBooks.
  • We created some stationery. Carl got some samples from Rich Seibel.

Book Sales

  • No books sold.
  • No new books ordered this year.

Previous Meetings


March attendance figures:

12 - UNIX     - 17
20 - STL LUG  - 20 (22 head count)
25 - HZW LUG  - 7
26 - Security - 8
27 - STC LUG  - 9

Comments on Presentations

April 2006

SLUUG - April 12
  • Base: Simple Redirection by Stan Reichardt
    • Very good. Could have gone longer.
  • Main: Wireless Network Card Configurations (including ndiswrapper) by Carl Fitch
    • Very good. Covered a lot. Good show and tell.
STLLUG - April 20
  • Main: Ruby on Rails by Jeff Barczewski
    • Amazing. Gave a great feel for how it works.
HZW LUG - April 25
  • Newbie topics
    • Simple Redirection by Stan Reichardt
      • Better than the first time.
Security - April 26
  • WiFi HackFest by Clarence Johnson
    • Lot of fun.
STCLUG - April 27
  • Base: How To Use Linux by Fred Smith
    • Worked better the next time he gave it.
  • Main: WordPress by Jim Roe
    • Good.

Presentation Schedule

May 2006

SLUUG - May 10

  • Base: Sudo and not su by Stanford Baldwin
  • Main: Attacking Web Applications by Mark Murdock and Scott Winter of Lantern Secure Solutions (via Ted)

STLLUG - May 18

  • Main: GeeXboX / MythTV / HTPC by Mark Sims (Carl has reconfirmed date and location)

HZWLUG - May 23

  • Newbie topics

Security - May 24

  • Wireless Troubleshooting - Kismet & Other Diagnostic Tools

STCLUG - May 25

  • Further Explorations with Ruby on Rails by Ed Howland

June 2006

SLUUG - June 14

  • Base: Master Boot Records by Carl Fitch
  • Main: Secure Email by Dustin Anders and Paul Vinson of Slashmail (via Craig)

STLLUG - June 15

  • Main: SUSE 10 by Matt Skipton of Novell (via Lee)

STCLUG - June 22

  • TBD

HZWLUG - June 27

  • Newbie topics

Security - June 28

  • TBD

July 2006

SLUUG - July 12

  • Base: TBD
  • Main: Novell SuSE in the Enterprise Space (LVL Tentative)

STLLUG - July 20

  • Installing Linux from a Disk Image by Carl Fitch

HZWLUG - July 25

  • TBD

Security - July 26

  • TBD

STCLUG - July 27

  • TBD

August 2006

SLUUG - Aug 9

  • Base: TBD
  • Main: something by Scott Granneman (TENTATIVE, via Gary)

STLLUG - Aug 17

  • Main: InkScape - Mark Jarnowski (TENTATIVE, via Craig)

HZWLUG - Aug 22

  • TBD

Security - Aug 23

  • TBD

STCLUG - Aug 24

  • TBD

Potential Presentations

  • Zimbra Collaboration Suite (Exchange "replacement") - Matthew Porter volunteered (October?)
  • Perl Scripts to do DNA Genetic Research by Bryce Meyer from Wiltel/Level 3 (via Gary)
  • OpenVPN by Robert Citek
  • SELinux by Stan Reichardt
  • MythTV / Freevo / TiVo - (STLLUG?) - (via Sarah on the Perl list)
  • WiFi - Jerry @ OCI (via Gary)
  • CVS/Subversion - Sanjiv, JT, Ed Howland
  • Requests:
    • VPN (hands-on preferred, good for a Security meeting)
    • CVS/Subversion for Config Files
    • Oracle Application Express
    • How To Update Your System - apt, yum, yast, etc.
    • Music - Linux on iPod, iPod on Linux, Ogg, players, etc.

Weekly Announcements

  • Stan is looking to somehow automate the announcements.


  • Lee working to send out invoices to previous sponsors. ($200)
  • Clarence and Stan will start working to gather information about previous sponsors.
    • Starting with information from the web site.

Website Librarian

  • Presentation topics as far back as 1998 have been listed.
    • Stan indicated that accuracy is not high, but will search additional notes.
    • Stan and Ted will continue listing prior years' data as time permits.
  • Stan working with Ted to get presentations put up.
    • Ted has gotten some of the older presentations gathered.
    • Ted's major emphasis will be to focus on getting the material from presenters.

System Administration

  • Mike Knight pointed out a configuration problem with our new servers.

PROJECT: New servers

  • Configured SLUUG.ORG web site on new server.
    • Copied over all the data.
    • Configured a redirect back to old systems for user pages for short-term.
      • Will redirect to, which can remain in place after the full migration.
      • This will allow us to move the web site without having to move the users.
    • Need to determine how to do the mailing list sign-up pages.
    • Need to determine how to proceed with non-SLUUG sites we host.
  • Next step is to test the new site, before we point our production DNS there.
    • Make sure everything is there and working.
    • Make sure we copy over any updates from the old web site.
    • Make sure the redirect to user pages is working.
    • Make sure the SIG sites/pages work.
    • Get the mailing list sign-up pages to work.
  • Craig is working on email infrastructure.
    • He made some progress, but is not quite finished.
    • Got some input on how to proceed from the others.
  • We need some versa-rails to mount the servers.
    • Lee measured the depth of the rails - 28.5 inches front to back.
    • Need to be mounted on a Compaq 4U server.
  • Craig has a 1U UltraSparc with Solaris 10 to donate and install at Primary.
  • We could use a rackmount switch.
    • Carl has a 12-port rackmount hub he will donate.

Old Business

  • Missouri Exempt status - (Carl Fitch and Lee Lammert, with help from Fred Smith's wife)
    • Carl has the forms. Working to finish filling them out. Will hand them off to Lee.
    • Gary will take forms to Rich McClennan to get help answering some of the questions.
  • See about O'Reilly bringing someone in to speak to our group(s).
    • Carl will follow up.
  • Stan proposed we clean house, and send any excess inventory to WITS.
  • Craig needs to work to write up new membership info.
    • See last month's minutes for full details.
  • Gary sent email to reduce dial-up lines to 4.
  • Lee found a dial-up service at Primary Networks for $120/year.
    • This could be a fall-back if we can no longer provide that service.
    • We need to re-assess cost of phone lines at the end of this year.

New Business

  • None

Blue Sky

  • Stan will look into removing many of our email aliases.
    • Most of them only collect spam.
    • Craig suggested that we may need to set procmail to delete spam of a certain rating.

Follow-up and Action Items

  • Carl - Get abstract/bio from Mark Sims.
  • Carl - Complete tax-exempt status paperwork.
  • Carl - Follow up with O'Reilly about bringing someone in to speak to our group(s).
  • Craig - Write up info on membership levels for web site and hand-outs.
  • Craig - Get abstract/bio from Dustin Anders and Paul Vinson.
    • Tell them to spend at least half the time on client-side (PGP).
  • Craig - Print out meeting minutes for inclusion in secretary folder.
  • Craig - Continue working on new servers.
    • Recruit testers in preparation to move site.
    • Complete email configuration.
  • Lee - Get abstract/bio from Matt Skipton of Novell.
  • Lee - Finish QB transfer & financials.
  • Barry - Look into Webmin and Majordomo/Mailmain for new servers.
    • Need to be able to preserve the archives.
  • Ted - Get abstract/bio from Mark Murdock and Scott Winter.
  • Gary - Talk to people about presentations (see above).
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