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SLUUG Steering Committee Minutes - March 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

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


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

Election Results

  • The ballots were opened and counted.
  • There were 24 valid ballots.
  • Results:
    • Barry Morrison and Craig Buchek were elected for 3-year terms on the Board.
    • The incumbents were re-elected for the following positions:
      • Vice President: Stan Reichardt
      • Secretary: Craig Buchek
      • Treasurer: Lee Lammert
      • St. Louis LUG Chair: Craig Buchek
    • Gary Meyer got the most votes for President, but respectfully declined.
      • Carl Fitch got 2nd most votes, and accepted the Board's appointment.
    • There was a tie in the vote for St. Charles LUG Chair: Carl Fitch and Fred Smith.
      • We will ask Fred Smith if he will accept the position; otherwise Carl will fill it.
    • Other votes were recorded for:
      • Board: Clarence Johnson, Gary McKee
      • Secretary: Rich Seibel
      • Presentation Manager: Jim Roe, Stanford Baldwin, Barry Morrison, Gary Meyer, Gary McKee
      • Public Relations: Gary Meyer, Jay Truesdale, Mike Duncan
      • St. Louis LUG Chair: Phil Bunch
      • St. Charles LUG Chair: Jim Roe, Stan Reichardt

Secretary Report

  • Secretary is catching up with things.
    • Should have print-outs of things by next month.

Treasurer Report

From Description Amt
Fred Grovier $35.00
Terry Koyn $35.00
Bank balance as of 1/31/07 $ 1,336.10
Pending Deposits 0
Pending AP 0*

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

Book Sales Report

  • We had 13 booksales and one membership renewal.
Guide to Oracle 8i
Java with Oracle
Java with SOAP
Programing with GNU Software
Using Samba
Programing with Curses
CSS Pocket
Learning the UNIX OS
Oracle Performance Tuning
Developing Bioinformatics
Java Extreme Programing
Beginning Perl
Gary Meyer - membership
Total income: $66.00

Membership Report

  • Attendance for Feburary 2007:
    • Feb 7 - Steercom: 5
    • Feb 14 - SLUUG: 12
    • Feb 15 - STLLUG: 12
    • Feb 20 - Solaris: 4
    • Feb 22 - STCLUG: 10
    • Feb 27 - HZWLUG: 7
    • Feb 28 - Security: NO MEETING
  • Attendance numbers were down this month.
    • Partly due to Valentine's Day.
    • May be due to Lightning Talks not being a big draw.

Presentation Review and Comments

February 2007

SLUUG - Feb 14

  • Lightning Talks
    • Most were good.
    • Jeff Muse's talk on wget was really good.
    • Ed Howland's talk on DST changes was good and very thorough.

STLLUG - Feb 15

  • Ten-minute Tips (each person sits at the keyboard)
    • Good. Wide diversity of topics and lengths.

SOLARIS - Feb 20

  • Hands-on: Installing virtual machines, and using new Solaris process management tools
    • Very hands-on due to low attendance; learned a lot as a consequence.

STCLUG - Feb 22

  • TOPIC: Java Development for Cell Phones by Carl Fitch
    • A lot of interaction and discussion.

HZWLUG - Feb 27

  • Went through CD of PDFs that Stan had developed and handed out.
    • Included lots of Linux magazines and training.



Presentation Schedule

March 2007

SLUUG - Mar 14

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

STLLUG - Mar 15

  • TOPIC: Survey of GUI Email Clients (Craig Buchek)

SOLARIS - Mar 20


STCLUG - Mar 22

  • TOPIC: Karaoke at the Keyboard/Mouse aka Night at the Keyboard

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


Small Business Expo

  • St. Louis Business Expo by St. Louis Small Business Monthly
    • March 20, 11:00-6:00
    • St. Charles Convention Center
  • We have a booth with two tables and electricity.
    • Lee is in charge of setting up and getting volunteers to man the booth.
  • Wifi was too expensive.
    • Can we find someone with a wireless cell card to use instead?
  • Carl will talk to EPC to get some computers to demo.
  • Steering Committee approved $200 for booth cost and expenses.


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

Dial-up Line Removal

  • Has WU cancelled lines?
    • Yes!
  • Billing is still in dispute.
    • Lee will be working with Wash U to correct the problem.

System Administration

  • Dark keeps crashing
    • Has slowed down.
      • This supports the overheating theory.
    • 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!
  • 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

  • Stan updated most pages on the STLLUG site.
    • Removed dead links.
    • Rewrote membership page.
    • Removed link to sign-up page that was not working.
  • Carl fixed (hopefully) the sign-up CGI page to reduce spam.
  • 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.
  • Craig and Carl were to get together to work on things, but weather and Craig moving got in the way.

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

  • North County Journal is looking for story ideas.
    • Gary Meyer suggested they come to a meeting of ours to write a story.
    • It was suggested that the Hazelwood LUG would be a good venue.
      • Newbie topics would be good for the reporter.
      • We should get word out to encourage high attendance that meeting.

Blue Sky

  • We need to discuss low attendance figures sometime soon.

Board Meeting

  • A Board meeting was held.
  • Carl Fitch was accepted as President.
  • Other "clearly winning" positions were accepted.

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 to work on new servers.
  • Gary - get Sun 1U boxes from Craig, and install them at Primary.
  • Lee - provide power, food, and drink for those working on servers.
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