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SLUUG Steering Committee Minutes - December 2006

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


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(at Old Olive and Olive),
10550 Old Olive Street Road,
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Date and Time

  • December 6, 2006
  • 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm


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

Secretary Report

  • Secretary has been remiss in carrying out his duties the past month.
    • Missed last month's meeting due to illness.
    • Has not printed out recent minutes.
    • Has not reviewed or edited November minutes.
  • Secretary will have lots of free time in December to catch up.

Treasurer Report

  • Deposits: $150
    • $100.00 membership - Craig Buchek
    • $10.00 Mike Knight - membership account
    • $40.00 Book Sales
  • Bank Balance $1085.39 (11/30/06)
  • To Deposit: Jim Liengang/S3/$200
  • Pending AP - Wash U still refuses to send a final bill, despite two written notifications of the 10/31 termination date.
    • Looking for assistance from Gary.

Book Sales Report

  • Books were sold but unable to record. Carl loaded wrong drawers, transactions could not be finalized.
  • Carl says he thinks that there were 5 books sold in November.
  • All in-stock books will be sold at half price (or less) going forward.
    • Microsoft titles will be $5.

Membership Report

Nominations Report

  • Nominations needed for February elections
  • Stan R. and Gary M. are on the nominating committee.
  • No updates.

Comments on Presentations

November 2006

SLUUG - Nov 8

  • Base: Cronolog - Effortless Log Rotation by Carl Fitch
    • Pretty good. Improved significantly over the St. Charles version of the presentation.
  • Main: Introduction to Logical Volume Manager (LVM) by Jeff Muse
    • Stan R. worked with Jeff M. on building presentation slides.
    • This tutorial was on a heavy duty topic with 45+ slides.
    • Excellent. Took a bit of time for some folks to "get it", but hopefully most did.

STLLUG - Nov 16

  • Main: Demonstration of Logical Volume Manager (LVM) by Jeff Muse
  • This was a follow-up (part 2) of the SLUUG presentation.
  • Excellent. Covered more difficult LVM concepts, but again, we think most of the audience "got it".

STCLUG - Nov 20

  • Regular date would have fallen on Thanksgiving Day Holiday.
  • TOPIC: Konqueror - the Swiss Army Knife by Carl Fitch
    • Informative. Convinced several GNOME users to try it.


  • Group voted to change name to St. Louis OpenSolaris Users Group (STLOSUG)
  • Will remain as a SLUUG Special Interest Group.
  • TOPIC: Introductory Information
    • What is Solaris? (Solaris 10, Open Solaris, Solaris Express, Nevada)
    • How to get started with Solaris
    • Online resources
  • Carl Fitch collected attendance sheet.

HZWLUG - Nov 28

  • Announced December meeting date change.
  • TOPIC: Konqueror - the Swiss Army Knife by Carl Fitch
    • Great once again. Also covered KIO slaves and SSH.


  • Regular date Nov 22 was one day prior to Thanksgiving Day.
  • UMSL provided pizza.
  • Topic was hands on using SSH.
  • UMSL-Micro Labs closed in December. Consensus was that there will not be a meeting in December.

Presentation Schedule

December 2006

SLUUG - Dec 13

  • Base: Using Impress - Building Presentation Slides by Stan Reichardt
  • Main: Postfix Configuration by Carl Fitch (based on SLUUG new server Postfix config)
  • Carl has book sales cash box; needs to hand it off whenever he's not there.
  • Need to do nominations for February elections.


  • Main: Basics of ZFS File System by Jeff Muse
    • Will include coverage of snapshots (in case you didn't get enough at the last LUG meeting).

HZWLUG - Dec 19

  • Holiday schedule date.
  • The 26 Dec date given last month was wrong, meeting room is reserved for 19 Dec.- Stan R.
  • Topic TBD.
  • Need to do nominations for February elections.

STLLUG - Dec 21

  • Need to determine Holiday schedule date.
  • Base: TBD – open to any volunteers
  • Main: TBD – will probably run some videos from Democracy.
  • Need to do nominations for February elections.


  • UMSL-Micro Labs closed in December. Consensus was that there will not be a meeting in December.
  • No meeting this month.

STCLUG - Dec 28

  • TOPIC: Postfix Configuration by Carl Fitch
  • Carl has confirmed 28th is good for December.
  • Need to do nominations for February elections.

January 2007

SLUUG - Jan 10

  • Base: TBD.
  • MAIN: Certified Ethical Hacking by Mark Russell of Premier Knowledge (via Lee L.)
  • Need to do additional nominations

SOLARIS - Jan 16

  • Hands-on: Installing virtual machines, and using new Solaris process management tools (TENTATIVE)

STLLUG - Jan 18

  • Base: TBD.
  • Main: TBD.
  • Need do final nominations for STL Linux chair.

HZWLUG - Jan 23




STCLUG - Jan 25


February 2007

HZWLUG - Feb 13

  • This early date necessary due to StLC Library Branch scheduling conflicts
  • Election balloting (vote early!)

SLUUG - Feb 14

  • WARNING: Valentines Day - Might cause low attendance
  • Back-to-back meeting this month with STLLUG
  • Official annual SLUUG business meeting
  • Election balloting
  • Lightning Talks are usually done in February at SLUUG

STLLUG - Feb 15

  • Back-to-back meeting this month with SLUUG
  • Election balloting
  • TOPIC: TBD. (Probably Lightning Talks)

SOLARIS - Feb 20

  • Election balloting

STCLUG - Feb 22

  • Election balloting


  • Election balloting

Potential Presentations

  • InkScape by Mark Jarnowski (via Craig) (was STLLUG TENTATIVE)
  • Everything you (N)Ever Wanted to Know About HDTV by Craig Buchek (will work on this to have as a stand-by)
  • Hands-on: IP Filter (ipf) (Solaris group)
  • Contact Mark Russell about presenting at Security group. (via Tim/Ted ?)
  • XGL by Matt Skipton of Novell (via Lee)
  • Perl Scripts to do DNA Genetic Research by Bryce Meyer from Wiltel/Level 3 (via Gary)
  • OpenVPN by Robert Citek (via Stan R.)
  • WiFi - Jerry @ OCI (via Gary)
  • CVS/Subversion - Sanjiv, Ed Howland (via ???)
  • Tech Futures - Railroad guy (via Rich Seibel)
  • 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.
    • Using Secure Email Clients
    • TrueCrypt - file-level encryption for Windows/Linux
    • Using One-Time Passwords
    • MythTV / Freevo / TiVo - (STLLUG?) - (via Sarah on the Perl list, or others)
    • Video cards in Linux (Heuris)
    • IBM vs. Sun vs. HP on UNIX


  • Stan R. purged a number of old sponsor icons from SLUUG website.
  • Stan R. created temporary sponsor icon for S3 and added it into rotating image script.
  • Stan R. ran into problem with rotating image script.
    • Depends on URL ending in .com, and UMSL's URL ends in .edu
    • Stan left it as-is, so UMSL's link does not work from the front page.
  • We've gotten several emails from head-hunters.
    • Consensus was that if they're out of town, ignore them.
    • For local companies, request that they sign up as a sponsor.
    • For specific local jobs, we will forward the emails to DISCUSS.
      • Primary criteria will be usefulness to our members.

Website Library

  • Stan R. working with Ted P. to get presentations put up.
  • Ted has gotten some of the older presentations gathered
  • Resources page listing past presentations is up to date.
  • No presentation uploads yet - waiting for migration
  • No progress this month.

System Administration

  • Dark
    • Still having intermittent hardware failures
  • Michelob
  • Defunct WU Dialup hardware
    • Gary will remove it in a few months.
  • Barry will talk to John Hodge about assisting with installing more disk space.
  • Volume of mail is overwhelming Dark.
    • Postgrey has been enabled, which will hopefully reduce volume.

New Servers Project

  • Met at Old Monroe on November 18.
    • Some progress made:
      • Migrated web sites for all SIGs.
        • Only main site (and user pages) remain on old servers.
        • Updated DNS to point at new URLs.
          • Added several aliases for each.
      • Mailing list archives moved off of old server into Mailman on new server.
        • Except for SYSADMIN, which has a different password.
        • Will need to move December arcives over.
      • Drupal installed, but configuration not completed.
      • Mailman installed and tested, but not in production.
      • Postfix installed, configured, and tested, but not in production.
      • DNS configured to be authoratative for our zones, but not in production.
        • NS records do not point at them.
        • Carl suggests putting Bud, Budlight, and Dark as primary NS and EveryDNS as secondaries.
  • Decisions to make:
    • How to migrate email, while allowing users to access email via existing methods.
    • How to migrate mailing lists to Mailman on new server.
  • To complete:
    • Migrate SLUUG main web site.
      • Which can remain on Dark/Michelob, and be migrated to Budlight later.
    • Migrate Chris Byrd's Drupal install over for Security site.
    • Make Bud an admin-only box.
    • Make Budlight a user-accessible box.
    • Need offline (sensitive?) working documentation matrix of machines (for recovery)
      • hostnames and IP numbers
      • functional purpose
      • hardware
      • resources
      • holders of root, sudo
  • Carl wants to implement LDAP on servers eventually.

Other Old Business

Dial-up Lines

  • We were to have Wash U drop the remaining line on October 30.
    • Was request made? Lee sent them a physical letter on 10/20 and 11/20.
    • Still active on 12/04.
    • Was letter lost or misdirected? Send again and call?
    • Gary will follow up.
  • Do we need to yank some equipment?


  • We discussed membership dues in relation to shell accounts.
    • Agreed that there should be 3 levels of voluntary membership dues.
      • $100
      • $70
      • $35
    • Agreed that shell accounts are available in 1 of 2 conditions:
      • User pays voluntary membership dues, OR user attended 2 meetings in the previous calendar year, and pays $10.
      • Craig B. was to write up new membership info on membership levels for web site and hand-outs.
    • Stan R. sent SLUUG membership flier OOo document to Craig B. for updating

New Business

  • Always more to do.

Blue Sky

  • Do we want to consider absentee ballots?
    • We can put up a PDF of the ballot on the web site.
    • Members can mail the ballots to our PO box.
    • Would help increase member participation.
    • Consensus was that this would be fine, as long as it does not violate by-laws.
    • Don't feel the need to advertise this, but it's OK to do that if someone wants to.

Follow-up and Action Items

  • CRAIG: Catch up on minutes.
  • CRAIG: Get updated S3 logo?
  • CRAIG: Get confirmation of LUG presentations from folks.
  • CRAIG: Write up membership stuff.
  • GARY: Follow up on Wash U phone lines.
  • EVERYONE: Get 2 presentations for Lightning Talks in February.
  • BARRY: Talk to John Hodge about assisting with installing more disk space on AIX boxes.
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