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Possible future meetings, yet to be scheduled. Suggestions are arranged with those estimated freshest first.
Date Location Speaker
    Scott Chacon
Topic: GitHub

Obviously, this was someone's idea among the active volunteers, but we have no further details about who, when, and why.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Scott Chacon is Cofounder & CIO of GitHub, Inc., and also a Ruby developer. [RM note in 2017: I am deeming this still a timely suggestion. schacon at gmail dot com. He seems to live in Dublin, East Bay.]

Date Location Speaker
    Jordan Gray ("STARPAUSE")
Topic: DJing and Music Composition on Linux

Have you ever wanted to learn beat-mixing or electronic music composition? Want to get started with software that's completely free and community-based? Jordan will cover the basics of DJing and introduce you to the free / open-source MIXXX digital DJ software. Then, we'll move on to tracker-based music composition using LittleGPTracker, which Jordan will demonstrate both on laptop and the Game Park handheld. LittleGPTracker is free and designed especially for 8-bit (GameBoy-style) music.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

"STARPAUSE" (a.k.a. Jordan Gray) is a chiptune producer and founder of the Mp3Death netaudio label, which publishes music under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 2.0 license. [RM note in 2017: This talk was tentatively scheduled around 2010, but then never happened. Jordan Gray is very much still around, and can be reached at jordan at starpause dot com.]

Date Location Speaker
    Owen DeLong

Topic: Network topics

In Nov. 2009, Owen kindly posted offering to present on "Migrating IPv4-only Applications to IPv4/IPv6 dual stack, with working code examples", and adds that he can "also discuss a variety of IPv6 topics in a Q&A format", and that presentations and supporting materials can be found at http://owend.corp.he.net/ipv6/. [RM note in 2017: He gave a version of that talk in May 2010, but would be excellent for other networking talks.]


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: Currently, Owen DeLong is Senior Manager of Network Architecture at Akamai and a member of the ARIN Advisory Council — so a top expert on network and Internet technical issues. owen at delong dot com. He lives in San Jose.]

Date Location Speaker
    Josh Gay
Topic: Open Textbooks

In Nov. 2009, Andrew Fife mentioned that he'd written Josh Gay asking about interest in speaking to SVLUG.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: Joshua Gay is an FSF alumnus and speaker with several interesting and ongoing projects, including "Securing Change", a company offering security consulting to non-profits. From his Web site, e-mail JoshuaGay at gmail dot com, telephone 617-966-9792. He seems to be in Cambridge, MA, lately.]

Date Location Speaker
    Amanda McPherson
Topic: Linux Foundation

In Nov. 2009, Andrew Fife mentioned that he'd written Amanda McPherson asking about interest in speaking to SVLUG.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: McPherson is no longer at Linux Foundation, but perhaps would still want to talk about that or other things. Her LinkedIn page describes her as "currently an advisor, consultant, writer and college lecturer." That page says she's still in "San Francisco Bay Area", and she lectures at Saint Mary's College (Moraga). The public whois data for her domain says she lives in the Oakland Hills, and gives her contact information as amanda dot mcpherson at gmail dot com, tel. 510-338-0904.]

Date Location Speaker
    Grant Bowman or Mark Terranova
Topic: Ubuntu Linux

In Nov. 2009, Andrew Fife mentioned that he'd written Mark Terranova and Grant Bowman asking about interest in speaking to SVLUG. This might be redundant the Jan. 2010 talk Mark Terranova will be giving about Ubuntu Linux 9.10 "Karmic Koala", but wouldn't be if it occurred after some passage of time.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: There are always new things to say about successive Ubuntu Linux releases, and Grant's a good speaker on his own merits. According to the public whois data for his domains he lives in Lafayette, Contra Costa County (East Bay). grantbow at ubuntu dot com, tel. 925-376-2652. Mark Terranova is doctorfoss at gmail dot com. His Google Plus page says he's an Oakland A's fan, so maybe he's in the Bay Area, or maybe not.]

Date Location Speaker
    Todd Rychecky
VP Sales, Opengear, Inc. (or a related speaker)
Topic: Network UPS Tools (NUT) and Powerman

In March 2009, Todd Rychecky suggested someone from his firm as a speaker about (impliedly) either or both of these two open source projects, the first being broadly useful software for administering Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPSes) from Linux/*ix, and the other a PDU management package.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: Todd Rychecky appears to still be VP Sales Americas for Opengear, and is said to be in Littleton, Colorado. todd dot rychecky at opengear dot com .]

Date Location Speaker
    John Gage

Topic: New technology, and latest toys

In June 2008, Ed Cherlin speculated that he might be able to get John Gage to talk about "where technology is heading worldwide and also show us some of the latest toys." [RM note in 2017: Cherlin and his family moved to Indiana quite a few years ago.]


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

John Gage was formerly Chief Researcher at Sun, and now (June 2008) a principal at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers. [RM note in 2017: John Burdette Gage then left KPCB in 2010. He devotes time to a lot of interesting and socially productive things, and lives in Berkeley. He was employee #21 (some sources say #5) at Sun Microsystems, Inc., and originated the famous phrase "the network is the computer". He's in Berkeley and is @johnbgage on Twitter. We don't have an e-mail address for him, at this time.]

Date Location Speaker
    fyodor

Topic: nmap

In May 2008, Andrew Fife reported that fyodor's July 2008 nmap talk would need to be rescheduled. "fyodor" (a pseudonym for Gordon Lyon) is a very entertaining speaker (who has spoken at BayLISA), and an expert on network and system security.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

fyodor is author/maintainer of the famous nmap security-probing utility. [RM note in 2017. fyodor lives in Palo Alto. fyodor at nmap dot org .]

Date Location Speaker
    Someone from Hadoop

Topic: Hadoop

In March 2008, Aniruddh Mulay suggested a speaker from that project (http://hadoop.apache.org/), which is an open source (Java) implementation of Google's MapReduce (http://labs.google.com/papers/mapreduce.html) that Yahoo is backing and running on thousands of servers.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Nothing until we have a speaker.

Date Location Speaker
    Someone from Devicescape

Topic: Devicescape

In Feb. 2008, Aniruddah Mulay listed "someone from Devicescape" as a possibility. [RM note in 2017: Devicescape Software, Inc. is a VC-backed San Francisco company developing authentication / security / management software for WiFi networks.]


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Nothing until we have a speaker.

Date Location Speaker
    Bernard Li

Topic: PS3 Linux Cluster

In Feb. 2008, Aniruddh Mulay listed Bernard Li on "PS3 Linux Cluster" as a possibility.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: In 2007, he volunteered himself or a colleague from his then-startup in Fremont. Today, he appears to be working in high-performance computing at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Possible contact: bernard at vanhpc dot org]

Date Location Speaker
    Kyle Rankin

Topic: Introduction to Forensics, other topics

In Feb. 2008, Rick Moen reminded us that past SVLUG speaker Kyle Rankin can speak on a variety of subjects, and quoted this lecture description from NBLUG's February 2008 talk: "In this talk Kyle Rankin will provide an introduction to performing forensics analysis on Linux machines using the popular Sleuthkit tools with their easy-to-use Autopsy web-based front-end. The talk will cover initial installation and configuration of Sleuthkit and Autopsy, basic concepts and considerations for a forensics investigation, and at the end there will be a demo with a compromised Linux image."


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks, and has contributed to a number of other O'Reilly books. Kyle is also a columnist for Linux Journal, and has had articles featured in PC Magazine, TechTarget, and other publications. He most recently spoke to SVLUG in March 2009, on "Where'd my Files Go? - A Guide to the Modern Ubuntu Distribution". [RM note in 2017: kyle at nblug dot org . Probably still lives in Sonoma County. I have a standing offer to him to stay at my guest room in Menlo Park if he wants to speak again to SVLUG, and count him as a friend.]

Date Location Speaker
    Gerald Combs

Topic: Wireshark

In Jan. 2008, Mark Weisler listed Gerald Combs (Wireshark developer) as a strong possibility.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: Gerald Combs is Director of Open Source Projects at Riverbed Technology in Sacramento. He was the original developer of Wireshark, the award-winning network protocol analyzer, having started the project in 1998 (under the name Ethereal) while working at an ISP. Gerald Combs is @geraldcombs n Twitter. gerald dot combs at riverbed dot com .]

Date Location Speaker
    Robert Harker

Topic: Various sysadmin topics

In Jan. 2008, Heather Stern reminded us about inviting Robert, and Rick Moen commented further: Rob Harker is a fabulous speaker. I'd forgotten, until you mentioned him. My recollection, though, is that he lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills, above Sacramento, so I don't know how often he's in the Bay Area. Best guess on current contact info:
harker@harker.com
530-210-1101
http://www.harker.com/people/robert.html


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Robert Harker is a Senior Consultant with Harker Systems. His experience spans over 22 years starting at Sun Microsystems where he was responsible for installing the marketing trade show networks including the 2nd and 3rd Sun User's group meetings. Since then he has built and managed networks for software development, semiconductor, systems integrators and other companies.

Date Location Speaker
    Angela Byron
Topic: Drupal 7

Suggested in Jan. 2008 by Margaret Wendall, based in part on reading about her in Linux Journal. [RM note in 2017: It's now been a long time since Margaret's suggestion, but Drupal continues to be popular.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Angela Byron is a software developer best known for her work with Drupal, a free and open source content management system and content management framework. She has been named one of the most highly regarded contributors to the open source movement, and has worked to encourage people to become involved with open source, particularly women. She was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Linux Journal, in April 2011. [RM note in 2017: Public whois data for her Web site says webgeek at snarkles dot net, and gives a location of Rochester, MN. 902-445-7900]

Date Location Speaker
    Would need to find someone,
Unicon Systems, Inc.
Topic: Originally "The MKitTM Mobile Linux Development Kit", now maybe something else.

In May 2007, Elena Petrova of Unicon proposed that Unicon give a product demonstration of this product development toolkit for Linux handheld devices. [RM note in 2017: Near as I can tell, that product no longer exists, but the Menlo Park-based company is still around and has other offerings of probable interest.]


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Nothing until we have a speaker.

Date Location Speaker
    Cricket Liu

Topic: As a guess: DNS and BIND?

In June 2007, Julio C. Acosta of Infoblox mentioned Cricket Liu as a possible speaker. He (Cricket) works at Infoblox. [RM note in 2017: Cricket did soon thereafter speak to SVLUG in August, 2007 on "Securing Internet Name Servers", and is an absolutely world-class expert on DNS. No reason we wouldn't be extremely well advised to have him again if he's willing.]


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Cricket Liu is author of the classic reference DNS and BIND for O'Reilly and Associates. [RM note in 2017: His @cricketondns on Twitter, and works as Chief DNS Architect at Infoblox in Santa Clara, so I hope/expect that he's local.]

Date Location Speaker
    Marilyn Davis, Ph.D
UCSC-Extension Corporate Training
Topic: Why Python?

In 2006, Dr. Davis offered an introductory presentation on Python.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

In addition to teaching at UCSC-extension in Santa Clara, CA, Marilyn Davis specializes in Python training for corporate clients, either through UCSC Extension Corporate Training Department, where students earn University credit; or independently. She has taught Python at Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intuit, LLNL, NASA, Nokia, Oracle, Plantronics, Skype, VMware, and more. After teaching C for 14 years, Marilyn met Python and immediately recognized this new language as a big boon to software engineering. [RM note in 2017: The public whois data for her domain gives her tel. # as 510-495-1600. Per her Web site, e-mail is marilyn at pythontrainer dot com.]

Date Location Speaker
    Van Jacobson

Topic: Network Channels

In 2006, Van Jacobson was suggested as a speaker.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: The 2006 suggestion was based on his then-current work on network channels. Van Jacobson was van at packetdesign dot com at that time. Since 2013, Van has been an Adjunct Professor at UCLA working on Named data networking (NDN) and is working with the NDN Consortium under an NSF grant, to design future Internet architecture. My best guess is that he lives near UCLA, and my best tip for contacting him would be to ask via NDN Consortium.]

Date Location Speaker
    David Miller

Topic: A kernel topic

In Feb. 2006, Aniruddha Mulay suggested David Miller as a possible future speaker on SVLUG's Volunteers list, commenting "Now, David Miller is a Bay Area resident and he would be a great speaker, too." (Miller, one of Torvalds's top lieutenants, last spoke at SVLUG in 1998, at the time the Linux 2.2 kernel arrived: He drew a crowd of 200 people.)


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

[RM note in 2017: David S. (Stephen) Miller is the primary maintainer of networking and the SPARC implementation for the Linux kernel, and involved with diverse other software projects including gcc. In a typical Linux release (such as v. 3.2), his code commits have outnumbered those of all other contributors. Links such as his Google Plus page suggest he's in Seattle. davem at kernel dot org seems a safe bet.]

Date Location Speaker
    Bryan O'Sullivan
Topic: Mercurial - the distributed SCM written in Python

In Sept. 2006, Aniruddha Mulay suggested Bryan O'Sullivan, topic "Mercurial - the distributed SCM written in Python", bos @ serpentine dot com. May 2008 update: Bryan suggested to Volunteers that September 2008 or so would work for him. [RM note in 2017: Near as I can tell, we never bothered to arrange this talk, even after the speaker suggested a date. O'Reilly Media says he's in San Francisco.]

Date Location Speaker
    Would need to find someone,
Open Vote Foundation and BlackBoxVoting.org (tentative)
Topic: Electronic Voting

[RM note in 2017: Looks like this talk was tentatively scheduled around 2005, then descheduled.] Based on the Australian System, where source code is freely published for public review, the Open Vote Project's initial goals are to make a touchscreen voting system fully compatible with California election law, including a voter-verifiable receipt and easy access for the disabled. Once accomplished, the project will then expand into a global standard for secure, reliable, and full featured voting machine software, including features such as multi-lingual ballots, vote-anywhere technology, and onsite voter registration.


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

The Open Vote Foundation is an organization dedicated to the development and implementation of open, secure standards for electronic voting machines. Based in California, the foundation's chief focus is the development of the Open Vote Project, is an open source effort to develop free software for Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines.
[RM note in 2017: Don't really know who these guys are, or if they ever, y'know, did anything. This was probably another circa-2006 suggestion from Ed Cherlin, who was long on ideology and short on delivery (and has now moved 2000 miles away). Founder of OVF is/was someone named Scott Ritchie, who spoke on this topic to LUGOD in 2005. OTOH, BlackBoxVoting is still (2017) very active as a reporting outlet, but not in Linux and software. But I'm leaving this entry here because we might just look up Scott Ritchie and say "Hey, still have a technical Linux talk?" The public whois contact for BlackBoxVoting is Bev Harris, bev at blackboxvoting dot org, who is said to be in Renton, WA. That might be the best way to re-find him. In 2004, he was a 19-year-old at UC Davis. OVF's open-vote.org domain expired and is now held by domain speculators.]

Date Location Speaker
    Jesse Monroy originally, now probably someone else
Topic: e-books

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jesse Monroy was founding president of Silicon Valley BSD User Group, and owned book reseller Book and Libros in the late 2000s. However, around 2010 he moved to Lubbock, TX and is rarely in the Bay Area. [RM note in 2017: jesse650 at gmail dot com . Retaining this item because it's a good topic and lots of speakers could do it if so inspired. Or maybe Jesse might even be in town, some time.]
Date Location Speaker
    Would need to find someone
Topic: ZFS on standard hardware (Nexenta, FreeBSD, and maybe OpenIndiana?)

[RM note in 2017: We have no data on file about who suggested this, when, or other detials, but it remains generally topical, albeit Nexenta is now a relatively minor member of the ex-Solaris community, whose umbrella software-project name is now "Illumos". But yes, ZFS remains a big deal.]


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

 

Date Location Speaker
    Would need to find someone
Topic: DRBD (Distributed Replicated Block Device). [RM note in 2017: Obviously, this was someone's idea among the active volunteers, but we have no further details about who, when, and why. Seems like a big-data distributed filesystem.]

 


MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Nothing until we have a speaker.




In a pinch, it's often useful to look at the most recent six months of speakers at ACCU, BALUG, BayLISA, BayPIGgies BayLISA's Monitoring SIG, CocoaHeads, EBLUG, LUGOD, NBLUG, PenLUG, SF Perl UG SF PostgreSQL UG, Sonoma County Sysadmins, and Stanford U. LUG.

There are also some ongoing institutions we can call on, from time to time, such as the EFF people in San Francisco, Computer History Museum (Mountain View), and the guys who put on CodeCon each year in San Francisco.

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