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I knew I'd forgotten *something*...



Manchester BSD User Group - March Meeting
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I'm late, I'm late for a very important date...

Apologies for not sending out the 1-week reminder, however life has been well, *interesting*.

No worries though, because I actually remembered in the nick of time that this very Tuesday (i.e. the day you're probably reading this mail) is the first Tuesday of the month and therefore the monthly BSD User Group meeting.

Primarily a social meeting, the Manchester BSD UG is a regular get together of Unix geeks who drink, chat, argue, procrastinate, and ponder.

We normally congregate in a room of the Briton's Protection, Great Bridgewater Street at about 7:30pm. People normally drift off before 10pm, but a few stragglers stay out late.

For those of you yearning for my usual dose of poetry, I'm afraid this month you'll have to go without ("Huzzah!" I hear you cheer), however you many wish to contemplate the following:

http://iconoplex.wordpress.com/2007/02/28/law-to-appoint-poet- laureate-written-in-rhyme/

Reminder - UKUUG Spring Conference
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Sam Smith has asked me to remind everybody about the conference we should all be trundling along to in a couple of weeks at the conference centre on the corner of what was the UMIST campus.

UKUUG's annual Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) conference will be held in Manchester from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st March 2007.

This conference is a must-attend event for system and network administrators. As well as the technical talks, the conference provides a friendly environment for members to meet, learn, and enjoy lively debate on a host of subjects.

With the major conference theme being virtualisation we include major talks from:

* Xensource by Ian Pratt and others
* Solaris Logical Domains & Zones by Sun
* Transitive Technologies
* Google
* An afternoon of Uses and Experiences of virtualisation & how it solved contributors' problems

And talks on :

* Perl 6 by Jonathon Worthington
* System Configuration by Paul Anderson
* Svk by it's author Chia-Liang Kao
* Secure Filesystems with AFS
* FreeBSD by Poul Henning-Kamp & Robert Watson

The core of the conference being a full afternoon session on virtualisation, focusing on experiences and direct benefits including talks by users & developers of virtualisation tools.

The conference dinner, sponsored by Google will take place on the Tuesday evening at Old Trafford. It's possible to grab a ticket for the conf dinner even if you can't make the conference itself.

More details: http://www.ukuug.org/events/spring2007/
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