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Date: 07/18/2001 11:46:43


      When:  Thursday, July 19, 2001

     Where:  The Chase Manhattan Bank
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Room C

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:40 PM  Ask the Wizard,
                                Questions, Answers and Current Events
             6:40 PM - 6:50 PM  Unigroup Business
             6:50 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  NetBSD: A Freely Available and Highly Portable Unix OS

   Speaker:  Perry Metzger founder Wasabi of Systems, and formerly President 
			 and CEO of Piermont Information Systems.

Meeting Introduction:

    Some of our members will remember the great talk we had on FreeBSD last
    year. NetBSD, like FreeBSD and OpenBSD, is another variant of Freely
    Available and Open Source Unix, based on the 4.4BSD Lite release from UC

    One of NetBSD's greatest features is that it has been ported to at least 44
    different architectures and binary releases are available for at least 21 of
    them. Some supported platforms are: alpha, amiga hpcmips, i386, luna68k,
    mac68k, macppc, mmeye, mvme68k, news68k, newsmips, next68k, pc532, pmax,
    prep, sgimips, sparc, sparc64, sun3, vax and x68k. Bootable CDROM
    installations for many of these platforms are freely downloadable off the
    net and are also available in pre-packaged distributions. NetBSD is even
    available for the MIPS based Windows CE PDA machines!

    NetBSD version 1.5.1 was just released this week on July 11, 2001.

    Visit for information about The NetBSD Project.

  Description of Talk:

    This will be a general presentation about NetBSD, its features and

  Speaker Biography:


    Perry Metzger founded Wasabi Systems after five years as President and CEO
    of Piermont Information Systems, a New York based Internet and security
    consulting company. With Piermont, Mr. Metzger specialized in designing,
    developing, and deploying networking and security applications for the
    financial community, involving the implementation of all aspects of network
    infrastructure and security, including firewall systems, global electronic
    mail systems, World Wide Web infrastructure, cryptographic network security
    systems, and automated systems administration systems.

    A member of the Internet and security communities since the mid-1980s, Mr.
    Metzger is highly active in the work of the Internet's standardization body,
    the Internet engineering Task Force, or IETF, where he was instrumental in
    the design and standardization of several major Internet security protocols,
    including the IPSec IP security protocol, for which he served as co-author
    of the initial standards documents known as RFCs. Additionally, from 1996 to
    1997, Mr. Metzger served as an IANA representative on the IAHC, a
	predecessor of ICANN, the organization that controls the domain name system
    and internet address assignment.

    Mr. Metzger has been an active NetBSD developer since 1994, and served as
    release manager for NetBSD 1.3 and 1.4. As a key member of the NetBSD
    Project, Mr. Metzger has written large pieces of NetBSD itself.

  Company Biography:

    (taken in part from

    Wasabi Systems is a company founded by key members of the NetBSD Project
    (including members of NetBSD Core) and a team of experienced consultants and
    business service professionals to provide commercial-grade NetBSD
    development solutions for a wide range of high-end user needs.  Wasabi's 
	team of developers are among the world's foremost NetBSD developers,
	including several members of NetBSD Core and release engineers for the 
	NetBSD Project.  Wasabi Systems provides CD-ROM distributions, 
	corporate support, service contracts and full-scale customization 
	for NetBSD.



     55 Water Street is between Water Street &amp; Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green &amp; Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street (after 6:30-7pm) and there is a lot
          right in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:

     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the &quot;North Tower&quot;
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street... ie. Use the right-most side doors
     rather than walking straight ahead at the Old Slip entrance.
     Go past the guard's desk (mentioning you are heading for Unigroup,
     sometimes there is a sign-in) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria. After
     the cafeteria, you see another &quot;lobby&quot; area.  Walk past the cash
     machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.
     Conference Room C will be on your left.

     If you come very early, we may not have the signs in place yet, but
     hopefully these directions will get you to the meeting room.
     If you arrive before Unigroup Board Members, please be patient and
     wait for us to arrive.


  Fee Schedule:
         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       * Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.
       * Employees of Chase (with ID) can attend general meetings at no charge.

         Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
         of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
         Our Joint Membership Program with UniForum is currently
         on hold due to circumstances at UniForum.
         For information about UniForum visit


  Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
  Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   We have a series of meetings in the works.
   - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - Unix Office Tools:  Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - Emacs
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments
   - Meetings on a variety of Sun/Solaris/Java topics

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
   should contact the Unigroup board at


    Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.
    This now includes salads and sandwiches (eg. turkey, roast beef, chicken,
    tuna, grilled eggplant, pasta salad, Caesar salad)!

    Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

3.  Prior Meeting

   - Unigroup Board of Director Elections
   - Discussion/War Stories concerning the Northpoint DSL Collapse
   - Part 2 of a series of meetings on Linux Clustering

  The March 2001 Unigroup meeting was on Linux Beowulf Clustering.  The
  May 2001 Unigroup meeting will be a followup meeting which will detail
  another aspect of Linux Clustering Technology: Fault Tolerant High
  Available Clusters.  Our speaker, Nick Carr of Mission Critical Linux,
  will discuss aspects of High Availability and how this type of
  clustering may be used on Beowulf Clusters to build a robust and fault
  tolerant clustering environment.  Mission Critical Linux's Convolo
  Cluster software is a high-availability cluster product for Linux which
  is based on the Open Source Kimberlite clustering technology.


   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving the
   Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup is a
   not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer organization.
   Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings throughout the year on
   technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix User Community.  Unigroup
   is also the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an
   International Unix Users Group.

   Thanks to Chase, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months at The Chase Manhattan Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
   Chase has been a long time sponsor of Unigroup, allowing us the use of a
   meeting room and presentation equipment.

   Planned meeting dates are: 5/17/01, 7/19/01, 9/20/01, 11/15/01...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
   as well as &quot;field trips&quot; to the facilities of local hardware and
   software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director