[linux-elitists] Thursday 19 May 2005 UNIGROUP: Maria Winslow, author of The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source, on Getting Your Manager to Approve Open Source

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  Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 06:46:05 -0400 (EDT)
  From: Unigroup_of_NY <unilist@unigroup.org>
  Subject: UNIGROUP 19-MAY-2005 (Thu): Getting Your Manager to Approve Open Source

  Unigroup's May 2005 meeting is THIS Thursday...



        When:  THURSDAY, May 19th, 2005    (3rd Thursday)

       Where:  Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
               Downtown Center
               104 Washington Street
               South West Corner of Wall Street Area
               Downtown, New York City
               ** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

        Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
               6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                  Answers and Current Events
               6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
               7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

       Topic:  Getting Your Manager to Approve Open Source

    Speaker:   Maria Winslow,
               Author of "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source",
               Contributing Editor, LinuxWorld Magazine.


     The media keeps publishing articles about the pros and cons of
     Open Source in the enterprise.  Those of us who have been using
     Open Source for many years, certainly do know and understand its
     many benefits.  Nevertheless, it can still remain a challenge to
     convince others to allow its use in the enterprise.  Unigroup's
     May 2005 meeting on "Getting Your Manager to Approve the use of
     Open Source" will attempt to directly address this challenge.
     In her professional work, Maria Winslow, has been directly
     addressing the use of Open Source in the Commercial Enterprise
     in recent years, and she will share her insights with us at
     this month's Unigroup meeting.



     To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
     Registration Page:

     This will allow us to automate the registration process.
     (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
     Please avoid emailed RSVPs, if at all possible.

     Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
     for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
     registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
     minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
     any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!

     Please try to RSVP as soon as possible.

     Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
           us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
           seating, etc.).



     Getting Your Manager to Approve Open Source

     The grass roots efforts of system administrators have brought
     Linux and other open source software into the enterprise,
     frequently under the radar.  But to take the next step in open
     source advocacy at work, you need to speak the language of
     management and convince them from their point of view.  We will
     discuss the right and wrong ways to present your case, why your
     audience makes all the difference (technical manager versus
     non-technical business owner), how to really hook them with proof
     of cost savings, and two secret weapons in your quest to promote
     open source.


     Web Resources:

       Maria's Book: "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source"

       Maria @ LinuxWorld Magazine: Practical Open Source


     Speaker Biography:

     As an open source business analyst, Maria Winslow assists clients
     in understanding the technical and budgetary impact open source
     software will have on their computing environments.  Her recent
     book, "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source", guides IT
     directors and system administrators through the process of finding
     practical uses for open source that will integrate seamlessly into
     existing infrastructures, as well as understanding the costs
     and savings.  Maria is a frequent speaker on the budgetary impact
     of open source, and is a contributing editor at LinuxWorld



     O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
     books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

     Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
     enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
     continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

     Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
     provided by their User Group programs.

     Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
     our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
     (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

     ** We also received a pile of Sun Solaris 10 DVDs from our
        friends at the NYC Sun Office.
        First dibs will go to attendees of our Solaris 10
        meeting who did not receive one directly from Sun.  We
        gave out a pile of these DVDs at last month's meeting.

     ** Maria will also be bringing a copy of her book to raffle off.


     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
         Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


     Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
     "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
     vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
     pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.



       Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
       Downtown Center
       104 Washington Street
       Wall Street Area
       Downtown, New York City

     This building is located on the West side of the street, the
     second building north of Rector Street.  Cross Streets:
     Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

     Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
     North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
     East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street.  Walking West
     on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
     Washington Streets.

     There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
     Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
     and extending North for a number of blocks.

     Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
     Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


     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:

     - NO SPAM!  (know any speakers?)
     - Asterix / VoIP
     - Field Trip to CA - Invited
     - Field Trip to HP - Invited
     - Field Trip to Novell - SuSE Linux
     - Are there too many Linux Distributions?
     - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
     - IPsec
     - Samba
     - DNS
     - Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
     - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
     - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
     - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
     - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
     - PKI
     - GNU Development Environments
     - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies

     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.



     March 2005: Solaris 10 Field Trip to Sun Microsystems (updated)

     Once again, Sun put on a massive show for us!  Our "Thanks!" go to Sun,
     Ambreesh Khanna, and a series of guest speakers from Sun Engineering,
     who presented various Solaris 10 and Sun Hardware topics.

     Our thanks go to our presenters:
       Ambreesh Khanna , Chief Technologist / Solaris, NYC Office
       Glenn Brunette  , Distinguished Engineer
       Robert Cibrario , x86 Solaris Architect
       Praveen Debur   , NYC Office
       Andrew Tucker   , Distinguished Engineer
       Wendy Brookstein, Field Marketing Specialist, NYC Office.

     Ambreesh and Wendy have helped us put together each of our Solaris
     meetings, from the room & food through the speakers & giveaways.

     Attendees received various Solaris 10 and Sun Product White Papers,
     as well as Sun Studio 10 IDE (C,C++,Fortran) and Sun Java Studio
     Enterprise 7 Evaluation Software.  Also, the Solaris 10 Operating
     System Software was delivered to many of those who signed up to
     receive it (unfortunately not everyone).  The local Sun office
     has also provided us with an additional box of Solaris 10 DVDs for
     anyone who did not receive them thus far.

     Thanks again to all our friends at Sun Microsystems!

     April 2005: The OpenAFS Distributed Filesystem

     Our thanks go to Jeff Altman of Secure Endpoints Inc. for
     his presentation on The OpenAFS Distributed Filesystem.
     This was Jeff's third technical presentation to Unigroup.

     Jeff spoke about the OpenAFS (Open Andrew File System) Project,
     its Unix/Linux/Windows ports, OpenAFS authentication and security
     and its relationship with Kerberos, and past/present/future
     OpenAFS implementations.

     Jeff has put his Unigroup presentations (OpenAFS and Kerberos)
     online for us on his web site:



     a) SIA Technology Management Conference

        Location: The Hilton New York

        For information visit:

          Tue, June 21 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm
          Wed, June 22  9:00 am -  6:00 pm
          Thu, June 23  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

        For FREE Online Exhibit Hall Registration Please Visit:

      Please let us know about other free admission computer-related
      shows and events, scheduled around New York City.



     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/was also the Greater NYC Regional Area
     Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

     Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
     THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
     Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
     ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.
     Recently, we have been holding meetings on a more monthly basis.

     Planned meeting dates are: 5/19/2005, 7/21/2005, 9/15/2005, 11/17/2005...
     Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
     as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
     software vendors.

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     If you have recently attended a meeting and you are not receiving
     Email announcements, please send us an Email and we will make
     corrections to our lists.

     Please Email the Board with any suggestions, especially potential
     meeting topics and speakers.  Unigroup welcomes contributions and
     content suggestions for our newsletter.  Unigroup is a volunteer
     organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
     can help!


  I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

  -Rob Weiner
   Unigroup Executive Director
   unilist (at) unigroup.org

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