[web-team] Mail test flunked, Web about halfway there.

Heather star at betelgeuse.starshine.org
Sun Jul 1 23:46:44 PDT 2001

Well, this is curious -- I guess the aliases aren't setup on the new box
yet.  But the RCS chomper works ;)

 Heather Stern - star at starshine.org -*- Starshine Technical Services
        Sysadmin Support & Training -*- consulting at starshine.org 

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   > <META HTTP-EQUIV = "refresh" CONTENT="45;about.shtml">
   < <table border=0 cellpadding=15 align="left">
   > <table border=0 cellpadding=15 width="80%" align="center">
   < <b>If you're looking for where to get a copy of Linux...</b>
   > <b>This Page Has Had Its Name Changed.</b>
   < See
   < <a href="http://www.svlug.org/farm.shtml#sw-dist">"Major Linux Distributions"</a>
   < at SVLUG's Link Farm.
   > You will be redirected to
   > <a href="http://www.svlug.org/about.html">about.html</a> now.
   < <H1>What is SVLUG?</H1>
   > <H1>If You Got Here From a Site Which Is Not SVLUG.ORG:</H1>
   < <p>The Silicon Valley Linux User Group (SVLUG) is the oldest and one of the largest Linux user groups in the world.  It's a group of Linux hobbyists, professionals and enthusiasts in the vicinity of San Jose, California, which is also internationally known as Silicon Valley.  Our members share interests in Linux and free or low-cost implementations of Unix, as well as other <a href="http://www.opensource.org/">open source</a><sup><font size=-2>TM</font></sup> software.  The group was originally formed in 1988 as the PC-Unix Special Interest Group of the <a href="http://www.svlug.org/~svcs/">Silicon Valley Computer Society</a>.  SVLUG celebrated its 10th anniversary at the March 4, 1998 meeting, where Linus Torvalds addressed an audience of 500 people.&nbsp;
   > <p>...please advise them to update their bookmarks.  Thank you.
   < <P>SVLUG meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month,
   < and Installfests/workshops are held the 3rd Saturday of the month.
   < The meetings
   < are either technical presentations, product demonstrations, or general
   < question and answer meetings. The Saturday workshops are your chance to
   < bring in your computer and install the basic system or work on more advanced
   < features. All meetings are free and open to the public. Sign up for one of
   < our <A href="http://lists.svlug.org/">mail lists</A> to learn about local events
   < and discuss Linux with local enthusiasts.
   < <font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">
   < <H2> The People of SVLUG </H2>
   < </font>
   < <ul>
   < <li><a href="membership.shtml">SVLUG Membership</a>
   < (how you can become a member)
   < <li><a href="projects.shtml">SVLUG Projects</a>
   < <li><a href="officers.shtml">SVLUG Officers/leadership</a>
   < </ul>
   < <font face="Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">
   < <H2> History and origins of SVLUG </H2>
   < </font>
   < <dl>
   < <dt>
   < The Silicon Valley Linux User Group (SVLUG)
   < is a special interest group (SIG)
   < of the Silicon Valley Computer Society (SVCS).
   < <p>
   < <dt><b> 1988: The PC-Unix SIG is Born</b>
   < <dd>The first meeting of the SVCS Linux SIG was in March of 1988, long before Linux was invented.  At that time it was the SVCS PC Unix SIG, and we covered all Unix systems for PCs.  We met at the AT&T Training Center in Sunnyvale.  Our first presentation was a talk by Frank Shultz on Minix.
   < <P>Our first big meeting was in June of 1988 were we had a panel of 6 Unix companies comparing their systems.  At this point 80286 support was very important, but some companies were starting to require an 80386.  The most popular Unix was Xenix, but Microport was starting to take over.
   < <p>1989 seemed to be the year that AT&T convinced everyone to resell their generic System V Rel 3.2, and the fight was to see who could make it cheaper.  Everything would soon be COFF compatible, so every program would run on every Unix version.  We had a several companies in to show us their products, but the price winner was Esix from Everex.
   < <p>From 1989 through 1991 the group was popular because of the number of general Unix topics we had.  We had industry experts give us interesting technical presentations on X, C++, networking, and other topics.<p>
   < <dt><b> 1992: Linux Emerges</b>
   < <dd>Early in 1992 AT&T closed down their Training Center, and we lost our meeting location.  We moved to the Cupertino library.  The meetings became more informal with much fewer presentations.  It looked like it could be the end of the SIG, but a new trend had started, and it looked like we could soon have a free alternative to Unix SVR4.<p> The first step in this new direction was a presentation in March of 1991 by Bill Jolitz on his port of Berkeley Unix to the 80386.  This was not the free version of 386BSD; it was based on some proprietary code that had to be re-ported later.  Linus was working on Linux at the same time, but it was months before Bill and Linus found out about each other.  Linux started getting out in late 1991, and in March 1992, 386BSD was first distributed at an SVNet meeting (where most of us were also members).  In April 1992 we had the first of a few big meetings comparing Linux and 386BSD.  1992 was the most exciting year for the group, with members deciding which free system they were going to take.
   < <p> The fight for which system was best continued through 1993.  In December we had a combined meeting with SVNet where we had speakers comparing Linux, NetBSD and Coherent.  By then 386BSD itself was drifting away because of the lack of updates, and the 2 groups, NetBSD and FreeBSD, were fighting for control.  At the same time there were many happy users of Coherent that were willing to spend $99 for a system that had a number you could call for support.  1993 was also the year Linux on CD-ROM became popular.  Linux won over *BSD because of the "fear, uncertainty and doubt" about putting Net/2 on a CD-ROM and getting sued.  In 1993 we lost the Cupertino library and moved to the meeting room attached to the Carl's Jr restaurant at First and Trimble in North San Jose.
   < <p>In Februrary 1994 we had a meeting discussing the newly released NetBSD
   < <p>
   < <dt><b> 1995: Renamed The Linux SIG</b>
   < <dd>In 1995, we had mostly general question/answer meetings, with a few technical presentations by members of the group, and with people from the SoftCraft and Yggdrasil distributions.  We evolved into the Linux SIG.  About 30 people come to a typical meeting.  The Web site was set up in July 1995 and has all the current info on the group.<p>
   < <p>
   < <dt><b> 1997: Renamed Again - The Silicon Valley Linux User Group</b>
   < <dd>In 1997, we continued growing with the growth of Linux.  By the latter half of the year, every meeting packed the room with about 50 people.
   < <p>A group of Linux users at Cisco Systems, who were mostly also attendees of the SVCS Linux SIG, set up a mail list called "SVLUG".  They set up the first SVLUG "installfest" at a meeting room at Cisco.  There was some discussion about whether this should be the same group or independent from SVCS.  Eventually the decision was that they were the same group, and the "SVLUG" name was promptly used to rename the Linux SIG with a more current title.  This also led to the establishment of the svlug.org domain.  The new web site was on a small Linux server donated to SVLUG and hosted on the network at VA Research, many of whose employees were and are SVLUG members.  The SVLUG mail list was also moved from Cisco to SVLUG's new domain.
   < <p>Toward the end of 1997, there was an ironic twist of events as SVCS found itself in need of a new location to host its web site.  SVLUG was now in the position of rescuing its parent organization, and hosting it at the 

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