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February 2009 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

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FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase

As far as we know, the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG) has been the longest-running UNIX user group in the world. Born in 1981 as the Boulder Users Group (BUG), the group's original purpose was to be a resource for those of us with UNIX source licenses and no source of support for fixing bugs, a need to personally network in order to get our systems talking via UUCP, and of course the unspoken benefit of being able to check out each others' places of employment.

During the 1990s, the group evolved into more of an emerging technologies user group, covering topics including the Internet, Java programming language, Linux, BSD, email, spam, and security. Many of these topics spawned new user groups of their own, many of which are listed on our "other groups" page. And just about any topic appropriate for our group has an Addison-Wesley or O'Reilly book dedicated to the topic.

Since the beginning of this century, our meeting pace has slackened, partly due to a lack of fantastic and exciting new technologies that we had seen through the 1990s, but also due to a slowing in interest and volunteer help. Steve Gaede helped to revive FRUUG after one slow period in 1984, and has served as the chief coordinator ever since. In the past few years, Steve has been focusing more on his own business and family, and his time has been tight for setting up meetings, writing up announcements, notes on previous meetings, and the other attention the group needs.

For now, until such time as a new crop of volunteers wishes to pitch in or take over the group, we're going to officially enter a quiet phase. The Web site will continue to be up, and Steve may yet get around to posting the years of meeting announcements that were sent out in U.S. Mail prior to the existence of the Web site. We'll keep your email address on file should the group start up at some point, but for now the email signup/change form has been turned off.

We've had several joint meetings recently with the Front Range OpenSolaris User Group (FROSUG), and we suggest that you check them out at Also check out the Boulder Linux User Group (

Thanks to everyone who helped make FRUUG a success for so long:

  • "Hack and Patch" (Dick Hackathorn and Rick Patch) for starting BUG
  • The many speakers who gave talks that were informative, sometimes inspiring, and often a lot of fun as well
  • Steve Gaede, for leading the group for so long
  • The "executive committee" lunch-bunch who found and vetted the speakers, and searched out new technologies needing to be presented
  • Our publishers who have always been willing to lend a hand with new books
  • And last but not least, the FRUUG members who made FRUUG a helpful and stimulating community of software folks along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies for the last 27 years.

FRUUG Library Notes

Remember that your FRUUG membership still entitles you to up to 35 percent discounts on your book orders from Addison Wesley/Prentice Hall, IBM Press, O'Reilly Media, New Riders, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf, Sams Publishing, SitePoint, and Syngress; refer to the FRUUG Web site library page for details.

Last Modified: Sunday, 15-Feb-2009 15:12:18 MST

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February 15, 2009

February 2008: FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase
After 27 years running, we're suspending operations.

Future Meetings:
None planned

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