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BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER SESSIONS (BOFS)

Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. To schedule a BoF, simply write the BoF title as well as your name and affiliation on one of the BoF Boards located in the registration area.

BoF Schedule (Current as of 4:00 p.m., April 14, 2005)
For the most current schedule, please see the BoF Boards in the registration area.

Monday, April 11
ROOM # of Seats 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Salon 3 55        
Salon 4/5 110 Room Not Available
Salon G 35        
Salon H 35        
Salon J 35        
Salon K 35        


Tuesday, April 12
ROOM # of Seats 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Salon 3 55 Adapting the FlightGear Flight Simulator: Customizing Your Cockpit
John Wojnaroski, FlightGear Project, Developer
     
Salon 4/5 110 BoF for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Users
Joshua Jensen, Cisco Systems
Solaris 10: Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Dan Price, Sun Microsystems
 
Salon G 35 Raritan Vendor BoF: A Technical Discussion of Alternative Security      
Salon H 35 IPSEC - Tools
raccoon, setkey

woods@ucar.edu
     
Salon J 35        
Salon K 35        


Wednesday, April 13
Don't miss the USENIX Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Salon E.
ROOM # of Seats 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Salon 2 55 BSD BoF
Kirk McKusick
   
Salon 3 55 UNIX as a Day Job for Aspiring Entertainers in Hollywood
Hershel "Rabbs" Remer, a.k.a. the unixrabbi, Author of "JOTD The World's Greatest Computer Joke Book"
Super Users Group Meeting
Hershel "Rabbs" Remer, a.k.a. the unixrabbi, President of the UNIX Users Association of Southern California
 
Salon 4/5 110   Developing for Solaris and OpenSolaris
Liane Praza, Sun Microsystems
 
Salon G 35 Embedded Linux: Platforms, Hardware, Experiences Plan 9/Inferno BoF
Eric Van Hensbergen, IBM Research
LGBT & Friends BoF  
Salon H 35 Intel/AMD Enterprise Hardware for Linux/Solaris
Vinod Kutty, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Automating Network Configuration & Management
Brent Chapman, Great Circle Associates
Next Generation UNIX/LINUX Desktop
Zeev Fisher, Marvell Israel
 
Salon J 35 An Update on Standards
Nick Stoughton
     
Salon K 35        


Thursday, April 14
ROOM # of Seats 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Salon 3 55 SAGE Community Meeting Perl 6, Pugs, Parrot, PONIE, and Other Beasts Starting with "P" How to Become a Technical Author
Mark L. Taub and Catherine Nolan, Addison-Wesley Professional & Prentice Hall PTR
 
Salon 5 140 Room Not Available Google BoF Room Not Available
Salon E 300 Landmarks in a Rearview Mirror: The History of USENIX Room Not Available
Salon G 35 Getting a Job in Today's Technology Job Market: Learn to Think Like a Recruiter
Todd Cranston-Cuebas, Senior Technical Manager, Ticketmaster
LSP, SGE, Condor Comparison Job Scheduler Technology SAGE Nominating Committee: Information and Call for Candidates
Greg Rose and Mario Obejas, SAGE Leadership Committee Members
 
Salon H 35 CAcert BoF: PKI Informational Talk PGP Keysigning Party
Richard Johnson, UCAR
   
Salon J 35 Trends in Internet Attack Tool Technology
Jason Milletary, CERT/CC
Dragonfly Release, Current Work, Upcoming Work, Theory and Algorithms    
Salon K 35   Electronic Voting Systems and What We Can Do about Them
Arthur Keller
   

BoF Descriptions

BoF for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Users
Speaker: Joshua Jensen, IBM
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Salon 4/5

Join the informal meeting for those of us interested in, or currently using Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Come with questions, experiences, and needed solutions to share with fellow attendees.

Topics we may cover:

Solaris 10: Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Speaker: Dan Price, Sun Microsystems
Tuesday, April 12, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Salon 4/5

Solaris 10 is the most revolutionary OS release in Sun's history. Join members of the Solaris development team to find out why, and to discuss where we should be headed.

Automating Network Configuration & Management
Speaker: Brent Chapman, Great Circle Associates
Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Salon H

What's the state of the art for automated network configuration and management? What systems and tools are available, either freely or commercially? Where are these issues being considered and discussed?

Over the last 15 years or so, much of the research in the system administration field has focused on automation. It's now well accepted that a well-run operation doesn't manage 10,000 servers individually, but rather uses tools like cfengine to manage definitions of those servers and then create instances of those servers as needed. In the networking world, though, most of us seem to be still manually configuring (and reconfiguring) every device.

UNIX as a Day Job for Aspiring Entertainers in Hollywood
Speaker: Hershel "Rabbs" Remer, a.k.a. the unixrabbi, Author of "JOTD The World's Greatest Computer Joke Book"
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Salon 3

After a full day of serious technical lectures, join a professional comedian/UNIX admin/rabbi in what promises to be a fun-filled, hour-long discussion, and the best part is that there is no 2-drink minimum! Rabbs appeared in the highlight of the 2003 premiere of "Banzai" on Fox TV and has performed at the hottest comedy clubs in Hollywood. He is a cast member of the "Ding Dong Show," a popular show whose performances at the World Famous Comedy Store are filmed for an upcoming movie. The unixrabbi's adult humor joke book is unique in that it makes fun of the world of IT through the eyes of a UNIX admin.

Developing for Solaris and OpenSolaris
Speaker: Liane Praza, Sun Microsystems
Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Salon 4/5

Sun's Solaris includes a rich ecosystem of tools, features, and functionality designed to help the software developer. Join a group of Solaris kernel developers to explore what's available today and discuss how OpenSolaris will enhance the landscape.

Super User Group Meeting
Speaker: Hershel "Rabbs" Remer, a.k.a. the unixrabbi, President of the UNIX Users Association of Southern California
Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Salon 3

USENIX is providing a rare opportunity and treat for all user groups in the area—regardless of software affiliation—to congregate under one roof. From LUGs, to BUGs, to DRUGs, if you're into one of those, this event is for you. If you are a member of a Perl group, a wireless group, a Java group, an IEEE chapter, or any other computer club, you and your organization are cordially invited to attend and introduce yourselves to the Super Group. This promises to be a great place to meet and network with others in the industry.

SAGE Nominating Committee: Information and Call for Candidates
Speakers: Greg Rose and Mario Obejas, SAGE Leadership Committee Members
Thursday, April 14, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Salon G

SAGE needs to have an elected Board as part of its transition to an independent organization. The SAGE Interim board has formed a Leadership Committee, chaired by Greg Rose, along with Esther Filderman, Adam Moskowitz, and Mario Obejas. The first job of this committee is to coordinate the first election. In this BoF, you can hear more about what is needed to be on the SAGE Board of Directors, discuss any issues with the election process, and maybe even get involved! This is not intended to be an update about SAGE itself; please come to the SAGE Community Meeting earlier in the evening.

Landmarks in a Rearview Mirror: The History of USENIX
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Salon E

It's USENIX's 30th Anniversary. Join long-time USENIX members Mike O'Brien, Peter Salus, Greg Rose, Lauren Weinstein, and others as they reminisce over the past 30 years of computing milestones.

Getting a Job in Today's Technology Job Market: Learn to Think Like a Recruiter
Speaker: Todd Cranston-Cuebas, Senior Technical Manager, Ticketmaster
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Salon G

If you're actively looking for a new opportunity, considering looking, or just want to know what to do in the future, come to this BoF hosted by Todd Cranston-Cuebas, Senior Technical Recuiter for Ticketmaster. Todd has been building technical teams for Ticketmaster for the past 5 years and has extensive experience in recruiting as both an in-house recruiter and as an outside "agency" recruiter. Todd will show you how to plan your job-hunt networking strategy and explain the best methods of leaving internet breadcrumbs so savvy recruiters can find you!

Trends in Internet Attack Tool Technology
Speaker: Jason Milletary, CERT/CC
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Salon J

The CERT/CC actively studies the capabilities of tools designed for and used to attack computer networks. An brief overview of attack tool trends that CERT/CC has seen over the past year will be presented, followed by a discussion of what threats other organizations have encountered and the effectiveness of current mitigation tools.

PGP Keysigning Party
Speaker: Richard Johnson, UCAR
Thursday, April 14, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Salon H

Upload your public keys in advance of the BoF at
http://www.biglumber.com/x/web?ev=90171 AKA http://xrl.us/fpky.

How to Become a Technical Author
Speakers: Mark L. Taub and Catherine Nolan, Addison-Wesley Professional & Prentice Hall PTR
Thursday, April 14, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Salon 3

Come to this BoF hosted by Mark L. Taub and Catherine Nolan of Addison-Wesley Professional & Prentice Hall PTR Publishers. AW & PH PTR is the industry's leading publisher of open source, UNIX, Linux, networking, and security books. It publishes these books within many popular series, including the Bruce Perens Open Source Series, the Professional Computing Series, IBM Press, Hewlett-Packard Press, and many others. Taub and Nolan will be speaking about the state of technical book publishing, what the risks and rewards are, and about what you can do to get involved.

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