Linux Grows Up?
A Look at Linux's Past, Review of its Present,
and Some Speculations on its Future
Nalco Chemical Company
Tuesday, January 26, 7:00-9:00 pm
College of DuPage Room SRC-1024
Linux has come along way in the ten years since its humble beginnings
as a hobby for a Finnish student, Linus Torvalds. In the past six
months, stories in the trade press have picked up significantly,
as major players such as Oracle, IBM, Netscape, and Intel have
announced their support of, and investment in, Linux as an alternative
to Windows NT. This talk will examine the reasons behind this
phenomenon, and will cover topics from the profound to the mundane,
- Brief history of Linux
- Features and capabilities
- Linux distributions
- GNU, Open Source and XFree86
- KDE and GNOME
- Commercial applications and support
- Tux the penguin
- Speculations on the future
Current events in the world of Linux, spanning many of the topics
listed above, will be discussed in depth.
Bill Latura is a Senior Engineer with the Applied Services group
at Nalco Chemical Company in Naperville, where most of his time is
spent designing and implementing process automation systems,
including computerized controls and MMI's. He is also the system
administrator for a Linux box currently being used as a file and
internal web server, running Samba and Apache. Bill has been working
with PC's in one form or another since the early 1980's, starting
with his first, an Atari 800. Currently his home network includes
four machines, running a combination of Linux and Windows NT.
Bill's first exposure to Linux was in the pre-kernel 1.0 days of
winter 93-94. He's been a fan of Red Hat since the Mothers Day
release of summer 95, though he has also worked with Slackware,
Yggdrasil and Caldera distributions. His web site, The Linux
Applications and Utilities Page, has been mentioned in a number of
computer trade publications, and his collection of Linux Journal's
goes back to Issue 2.
Bill has been the treasurer for UniForum Chicago for the past three
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from 7:00 pm to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at the College of DuPage.
The address of the meeting facility is:
College of DuPage
Building SRC, Rm 1024
22nd and Lambert
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt 56).
Butterfield West to Lambert Rd. Lambert Rd North to first
right after College Road. Park in lots 7 or 8 and
walk to SRC building. Room 1024 is on the first floor of the
SRC building, near the entrance.
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