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Join us in San Francisco on February 20-21, for the second conference that uniquely brings together implementors, publishers, support organizations, and users of freely redistributable software.
Tutorials will be held from 8:30am to noon on both Thursday and Friday; tutorial students will get free lunch on each day (12-1:30pm).
The Thursday tutorials are
gawk (Arnold Robbins) Guile (Jim Blandy) Introduction to Java (Jeffrey Hsu) Introduction to Linux (Phil Hughes)
The Friday tutorials are
Advanced Emacs (Richard Stallman) qmail (Russell Nelson) Distribution Channels (Don Rosenberg) DejaGNU (Rob Savoye)
Guile is an interpreter for a clean, simple programming language, packaged as a library to be linked with applications to make them extensible. Guile provides a neutral base to which the application can add its own data types, primitive operations, and control structures. Guile supports multiple scripting languages by compiling them to Scheme, its native language.
Jim Blandy has been fascinated by Scheme and Lisp implementation techniques since 1986, and currently maintains Guile for the Free Software Foundation. He also works on Teak, a graphical filesystem browser which uses Guile. He would like to see Guile out-Perl Perl.
This tutorial will begin with a brief review of the awk language. Participants should already be familiar with programming, regular expressions and Unix basics, such as pipes and I/O redirection. It will cover a history of awk language development (V7 awk, New awk, POSIX awk); discuss freely available awk implementations; and move on to extensions in GNU awk, and some of the others, not in POSIX standard awk. There will be copious code examples.
Arnold Robbins is a professional programmer and technical author. he is the maintainer of GNU awk, and the author of the book "Effective AWK Programming," which comes with gawk, or can be bought separately.
This Java programming tutorial will cover the Java language features, basic applet programming, and, time permitting, some of the many Java APIs. It is intended for programmers with some familiarity of object-oriented concepts. Demos and code of working applets will be shown.
The part on the core language will include details on the Java class system, syntactic constructs, the Java interface language feature, packages, and the threads facilities. The applet portion will be much more introductory and will focus on basic rendering and GUI object creation.
Jeffrey Hsu is the Internet Consulting Engineer at Cygnus. He is currently working on a compiler for Java bytecodes and Java source to native machine language.
A look under the hood. What makes up a Linux system, what you need, how to install it, and what to do when something goes wrong.
Phil Hughes is the publisher of Linux Journal, the monthly magazine of the Linux community.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to upgrade from sendmail to qmail. Email is mission-critical these days, so we'll show you how to make the change safely. And everyone is doing interesting things with email these days, so we'll show you how to make set up an infobot; a fax gateway; mailing lists (with list and bounce managers); and POP3 server.
Russell Nelson has a long and checkered history in the free software movement. He's given away Freemacs, and the formerly-Clarkson, now Crynwr Packet Driver Collection. The Packet Driver Collection is the only free software ever to be a finalist in PC Magazine's Technical Excellence awards. Russell has made a living out of free software for the last five years.
This tutorial will provide an overview of the dynamics of the commercial software market, and describe how to use the various means of distribution, from direct sales (mail, Web, etc.) through niche marketing and on to the big distributors. It will supply a description of the commercial software market for those considering entering it.
Don Rosenberg is the Principal of Stromian Technologies.
Emacs is both an editor and a programming environment. In this tutorial, the creator of the most popular of all Unix editors will move beyond the everyday. This tutorial will explain advanced Emacs facilities for editing text and programs and manipulating files -- features including programming language major modes, tags tables, enriched mode, and shell buffers -- all without Emacs Lisp programming.
Richard M. Stallman is the President of the Free Software Foundation and the creator of Emacs. He is also the principal author of Bison, GDB, and GCC.
DejaGnu is a framework for creating test suites for native or embedded software applications. It includes a collection of useful procedures for writing test suites, as well as a program to run the test cases. Test suites are written in Tcl using the Expect extensions. This discussion covers how to use DejaGnu, as well as testing methodologies, and how to setup a testing infrastructure.
Rob Savoye is the author of DejaGnu, and a longtime telecommuter for Cygnus from his house *way* up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He also spends considerable time making the GNU tools work better for embedded systems, and he is also the author of libgloss, a collection of BSPs for GCC. When not hacking, he spends his time dealing with rural life at 8500ft, skiing, climbing, and Rainbow Gatherings.
TT1 TT2 TT3 TT4 8:00-10:00am Guile gawk Intro. to Java Intro. to Linux 10:00-10:15am Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break 10:15-12:00am Guile gawk Intro. to Java Intro. to Linux 12:00-1:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-5:00pm Device Drivers (Nelson & Thorpe) Distributed Applications (Maranda) Scheme to Java (Bothner) Guile (Blandy) Bounded pointers (G. McGary) Business Model (Kingdon)
If you wish to schedule a Birds of a Feather Sessions on any free software topic, please contact registration before the Reception.
FT1 FT2 FT3 FT4 8:00-10:00am qmail Distribution Advanced Emacs DejaGNU Channels 10:00-10:15am Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break 10:15-12:00am qmail Distribution Advanced Emacs DejaGNU Channels 12:00-1:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-5:00pm NetSim++ (Maranda) Free Software as a Business Threads for FreeBSD (Birrell) Model for Privacy Distribution (J. Gilmore) FTP Search (Egge) Panel: Commercial Aspects Id-Utils (McGary) of Free Software (R. Morin, chair)
This panel of experts will discuss the Commercial Aspects of Free Software.
Bob Bruce Walnut Creek CDROM (freeware publisher) L. Peter Deutsch Aladdin (freeware author) David Fickes ADVice (markets and publishes freeware) John Gilmore Cygnus, EFF, SWAN, etc. Brett Halle Apple Computer (MkLinux Project) Rich Morin Prime Time Freeware (freeware publisher) Adam Richter Yggdrasil (freeware publisher and support) Michael Tiemann Cygnus (freeware publisher and support)
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