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Open Source SW Giveaway & Linus Torvalds at USENIX Annual Conference

May 02, 1999, 21:54 (0 Talkback[s])

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1999 USENIX Annual Technical Conference
June 6-11, 1999
Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California

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New *BSD and Debian Linux Releases Given Away
USENIX is providing grants to the OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and Debian Linux development projects, to support each of them in issuing new releases. The releases-OpenBSD 2.5, FreeBSD 3.2, NetBSD 1.4 and Debian 2.2-will be distributed through usual channels, and, as a bonus, will be given to USENIX Annual Conference technical session attendees.

Linus Torvalds Leading a BOF; Richard Stallman Can't Attend
The FREENIX track is devoted to high-level technical discussion of open source software. Peer-refereed papers, expert talks, and evening sessions will be led by leading OSS developers including Linus Torvalds, Kirk McKusick, Theodore Ts'o, Theo de Raadt, and Robert J. Chassell for Free Software Foundation/GNU. (Richard Stallman had planned to lead a BoF but will be in Turkey on FSF business.)

Other Highlights

  • The Keynote by John Ousterhout, creator of Tcl/TK, speaking on a
  • fundamental shift in software development to applications created by
  • extending existing applications, protocols, frameworks, and devices.
  • Refereed papers on topics of especially high interest: management of resource systems, file systems, virtual memory systems, storage systems, security, web server performance and O/S performance.
  • Invited talks concentrate on the extremely practical: UNIX/Open System & Y2K, IP Multicast, E-mail Bombs, IPv6,IP Telephony.
  • 24 tutorials are being offered over three days, with Eric Allman, TomChristiansen, Peter Galvin, Evi Nemeth, and Marcus Ranum among theinstructors.
  • And, as always, lots of discussion in the halls and over beers. This year, there?s a Reception in the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium.

USENIX, founded twenty-five years ago, is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. Its members are the computer technologists responsible for many of the innovations in computing we enjoy today. To find out more, visit our web site: