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SLUUG Steering Committee Minutes - February 2007

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,
(at Old Olive and Olive),
10550 Old Olive Street Road,
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Date and Time

  • February 7, 2007
  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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

Secretary Report

  • Secretary is catching up with things.
    • Should have print-outs of things by next month.
  • Will probably not be able to make it to the official annual meeting on February 14.
    • Stan will take the minutes, or find someone to do it.

Treasurer Report

From Description Amt
Mike Knight $10.00
Stan Reichardt $10.00
Mike kriz $50.00
Book SalesTotal60
S3Sponsorship 250
Bank balance as of 12/31/07 $ 1,074.75
Pending Deposits 0
Pending AP 0*

* Still have not received final bill from Wash U yet.

Book Sales Report

We recieved three memberships in January and one booksales.

Mike Knight $10.00
Stan Reichardt $10.00
Mike Kriz $50.00
Don Ellis $8.95
CC fees <$5.74>
Total $73.21

Membership Report

  • Attendance for January 2007
    • 3 Jan STEERC - 4
    • 10 Jan SLUUG - 26
    • 16 Jan SOLARIS - 3
    • 18 Jan STLLUG - 15
    • 23 Jan HZWLUG - 9
    • 24 Jan SECURE - 10
    • 25 Jan STCLUG - 12

Mailing List Report

  • Current Structure
    • Majordomo packages is used for bulk mailings
    • Two main mailing lists are ANNOUNCE and DISCUSS
      • ANNOUNCE is intended for low volume
        • Monthly Newsletter
        • Events For This Week
        • Quick Announcements and Corrections
      • DISCUSS is for general participation
      • Two other lists are STEERCOM and SYSADMIN - for making soap
      • Other miscellaneous lists - USERS for announcements to BBS users
  • Mailing list messages are archived
    • Except ANNOUNCE and USERS
  • Some current mailing list subscriber numbers (approximate):
    • STEERCOM - 31
  • Current Activities
    • No Editor means no newsletter
    • Weekly mailing of "Events For This Week" continues by Stan Reichardt
    • Effort to automate EFTW process not finished
    • Refinement of process has cut production time in half compared to 6 months ago
    • A draft of upcoming monthly calendar is posted to STEERCOM mailing list
    • No List Administrator means no handling of user questions or subscription problems
  • Anticipating monthly calendar on revised SLUUG website

Nominations Report

  • Nominations needed for February elections.
  • Stan R. and Gary M. are on the nominating committee.
  • If no updates, names placed on ballot will be arbitrary.
  • Stan nominated Gary for President.
  • Board seats up for election:
    • Clarence Johnson
    • Barry Morrison

Presentation Review and Comments

January 2007

SLUUG - Jan 10

  • Base: Coping with Spam Using Filters - Carl Fitch
    • Good. Covered the client side of things.
  • Main: Certified Ethical Hacking by Mark Russell of Premier Knowledge
    • Good. A bit light on details.
    • First 45 minutes were too long – sales pitch about the training class.

SOLARIS - Jan 16

  • Main: Basics of ZFS File System by Jeff Muse
    • Was originally scheduled for December.
    • Attendance low due to ice storm, severe weather, and power outages.
    • Very good.
    • Included coverage of snapshots (in case you didn't get enough at the last LUG meeting).
    • Planning to reprise the presentation at a Wednesday night SLUUG meeting.

STLLUG - Jan 18

  • Main: Floppy Disks by Stan Reichardt
    • Last minute topic, nobody else volunteered.
    • Updated a presentation that was given about 2 years ago at HZWLUG meeting.
    • More interesting than expected.
  • Discussed next month having volunteers do 10 minutes of Tips, Tricks at the keyboard.

HZWLUG - Jan 23

  • TOPIC: Floppy Disks by Stan Reichardt
    • Got about half way thru slides. Lots of questions and discussion.
    • Plenty of interest, questions, and tangents.


  • TOPIC: Security Certifications by Stan Reichardt
    • Good stuff.
  • Discussed February conflicts.
    • Decided to cancel February meeting.

STCLUG - Jan 25

  • TOPIC: Filtering Spam with Postfix by Carl Fitch.
    • Good. Covered the server side.

Presentation Schedule

February 2007

SLUUG - Feb 14

  • WARNING: Valentines Day - Might reduce attendance
  • Back-to-back meetings this month with SLUUG - STLLUG
  • HZWLUG meeting will NOT be on 13 Feb as previously anticipated
  • EVERYONE: Was to line up 2 presentations for Lightning Talks
  • TOPIC: Lightning Talks are usually done in February at SLUUG
    • Point man: Stan and/or Gary.
  • Official annual SLUUG business meeting
  • Election balloting

STLLUG - Feb 15

  • Back-to-back meetings this month with SLUUG - STLLUG
  • Election balloting
  • TOPIC: Ten-minute tips (each person sits at the keyboard)

SOLARIS - Feb 20

  • Election balloting
  • Hands-on: Installing virtual machines, and using new Solaris process management tools (Jeff Muse? - TENTATIVE)

STCLUG - Feb 22

  • Election balloting

HZWLUG - Feb 27

  • HZWLUG meeting will NOT be on 13 Feb as previously anticipated
  • NOTE!!!: Temporary change of location to Bridgeton Trails Branch Library.
  • This necessary due to StLC Library Branch scheduling conflicts.
  • Election balloting (Last chance to vote at a meeting!)


  • Clarence Johnson can't be there and too difficult to try to get building access.
  • Ateendees agreed to forego having February meeting.

March 2007

SLUUG - Mar 14

  • Base: TBD.
  • Main: Matthew Porter - Zimbra as an Exchange Replacement

STLLUG - Mar 15

  • TOPIC: Survey of GUI Email Clients (Buchek - TENTATIVE)

SOLARIS - Mar 20


STCLUG - Mar 22


HZWLUG - Mar 27

  • Temporary change of location to Bridgeton Trails Branch Library.
  • This necessary due to StLC Library Branch scheduling conflicts


  • TOPIC: Extraordinary SSH Use by Carl Fitch

April 2007

SLUUG - Apr 11

  • Base: TBD.
  • Main: TBD.

SOLARIS - Apr 17


STLLUG - Apr 19


HZWLUG - Apr 24

  • Back at the regular Prairie Commons Branch Library location.



STCLUG - Apr 26


Lightning Talks

  • Everyone was to line up 2 presentations for Lightning Talks.
  • Contact Stan and/or Gary to sign up.

Potential Presentations

  • Carl Fitch sent a list of potential topics to DISCUSS to generate interest.
  • Craig created a wiki page on his site to work on presentations.
    • Emailed DISCUSS w/ the URL.
    • Invited people to contribute.
    • There was a small amount of interest.


  • Effort should be directed to find new sponsors.
  • No effort means no new sponsors.

Dial-up Line Removal

  • Has WU cancelled lines?
    • No!
  • Gary to follow up on cancellation of WU phone lines.

System Administration

  • Dark keeps crashing
    • Still having crashes due to hardware failures, averaging every other day now.
    • Need to quickly move to new systems or replace dark's hardware.
      • Gary predicts failure rate is increasing and will be more than once a day by end of month February.
      • System may be DEAD in/before APRIL!
      • This project needs emergency priority!
    • Gary will ask Allen @ Wash U if heat may be a problem!
      • Mike Knight does not belive that heat is the problem.
    • Gary asked Mike Knight if he knows of any temp sensor.
      • Mike is not aware of any heat sensor.
  • Barry was supposed to talk to John Hodge about assisting with installing more AIX disk space.
    • Not yet able to talk to John Hodge, hopefully next week or so.
  • Michelob
    • Volume of mail stabilized once graymilter was activated.
    • Michelob depends on NFS filesystem from Dark!!!
  • Bud, Budlight - see Server Migration Project below.

Server Migration Project

  • Craig has been working on testing email.
    • Craig to compare notes with Carl on Postfix configuration.
  • Craig has been working on installing and configuring latest Drupal.
  • Need to work on getting clients to configure to use IMAP.
  • Jeff Muse got Mailman working and tested.
    • Craig found a Drupal module for Mailman.
    • Will be quick and simple to migrate mailing lists once we move the MX record.

Website Library

  • Stan R. and Ted P.
  • No presentation uploads yet - waiting for migration
  • No migration means no progress this month.

Other Old Business

  • none

New Business

  • none

Blue Sky

  • none

Follow-up and Action Items

  • Craig - print out previous minutes.
  • Craig - finish up work on email server.
  • Craig - get people to test using IMAP to connect to Bud from their email clients.
  • Craig - get with Chris Byrd to work on Drupal and other stuff.
  • Carl and Craig - get together on Feb 13 or 14 during the day to work on new servers.
  • Gary - follow up on Wash U phone lines.
  • Gary - get more Lightning Talk people lined up.
  • Stan - prepare for voting.
  • Lee - provide power, food, and drink for workers.
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