Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Thursday 10/16 ACS Room 123- Samba 3.0
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 16.
John Terpstra, co-founder of the Samba team, will talk about
and how it can help open systems interoperate with
Microsoft Windows Active Directory-based directory services.
Samba is one of the oldest most mature, and reliable
open-source software components around. For years it has
enabled open systems including UNIX and Linux act as file
servers in Microsoft Windows environments, and also to
access files on Windows servers. Accessing servers
between these two environments requires interoperable
naming services, which Samba has supported up through
Microsoft Windows NT 4. As more organizations migrate
to Windows 2000 Server software, they are under
pressure to deploy Microsoft Active Directory-based
directory services on their networks, an area where
the Samba 3.0 release provides new interoperability features.
John will give an overview of the Samba 3.0 release, its
features, including its virtual file system, how to set
it up, and where to find more information on the release.
John's soon-to-be-published book, the Official Samba How To
and Reference Guide will surely be a big help.
(You can pre-order John's book at
John will discuss the issues of open-source interoperability,
and how to protect the open-source software movement in the face of
proprietary APIs and closed systems based on Digital Rights
Management (DRM) concepts.
Finally, John will talk about how to integrate Samba
into a mixed UNIX/Linux/Windows ennvironment that uses
Active Directory, including buzzwords such as WinBIND,
PADL, Kerberos, and LDAP tools. He'll show us how to bolt these systems
together, and will assess exactly what we get and what we don't get
once we're done. John will finish with a demonstration of
software from Vintela Inc.,
and which closes some of the gaps
between what you get from Samba 3.0 and the authentication
services that Vintela provides.
John Terpstra is a well-known contributor and visionary in the
open-source community with a very active commercial focus.
He is co-founder of the Samba Team, and a member of the Open Source Software
Institute Advisory Board. He is active with the Linux Standards Base,
the Free Standards Group, has served as a steering committee member of
the Li18nux (now Openl18N), and currently serves on the SPEC/SNIA
(Storage Network Industry Association) Standards Group.
John is currently an independent consultant. He has served as
vice president of technology at Caldera (now SCO),
worked with Aquasoft PTY Ltd, PrimaStasys, Inc., was vice president of
development at TurboLinux, and is currently
a consultant to Vintela, Inc.
This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing
Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects
Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
At our September 2003 meeting, Bruce Haddon discussed the ins
and outs of Unicode, the mother-of-all character set encodings.
We all know about character sets that run left-to-right, and
some that run right-to-left, and top-to-bottom, but how about
those such as Arabic, whose characters are in script and require
sequences of characters to line up as if the pen doesn't leave
the paper? Or how about sequences of left-to-right characters
(like numerals) that are embedded in right-to-left text?
Unicode covers it all, and it turns out that Unicode sits
at a very interesting intersection of computer science,
linguistics, sociology, and archaeology. For example, if you
were going to store text in ancient Egyptian hierolgyphs
on a computer, how would you do it? Unicode, of course.
Bruce's talk touched on this, and many of the subtleties
of encoding all known languages in a single, common
character set description.
Announcements, presentation slides, and
writeups for past meetings are be available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive?
Our November meeting is tentatively titled: "Life after Make--
Building Software with SCons."
FRUUG Library Merit Badge
holders can sign up for give-away books by visiting the
FRUUG Web site and clicking on the give-away item in the sidebar.
FRUUG merit badge holders are eligible for our frequent
book give-aways, and all you have to do for a lifetime
membership is to review any book from the FRUUG library
and send the review to gaede at fruug.org.
This month we have two books to give away,
Addison Wesley's new book, The Art of UNIX Programming, and
Prentice Hall PTR's Open Source Network Administration.
If you're a FRUUG Library Merit Badge holder and would like
one of the books, please sign up at
Finally, we once again have a
Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books
to give away to a FRUUG member
at the meeting.
New books for the FRUUG library that have arrived
over the summer include:
The Art of UNIX Programming,
from Addison Wesley
J2EE Security for Servlets, EJBs, and Web Services,
from Prentice Hall PTR
Next Generation Application Integration, from Simple Information to
from Addison Wesley
Open Source Network Integration,
from Prentice Hall PTR
Addison Wesley is running a special promotion until October
15 where you can get 40% off select books when purchased
at Barnes & Noble. Visit
www.awprofessional.com/link.asp?link=BNsale for details.
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.
The New Riders discount program has changed; pick up a
discount coupon with our secret password at the meeting.