Tutorials Announcement, Conference Schedule, Hotel Information, and Registration Form

Second Conference on Freely Redistributable Software

Conference Canceled

We're sad to say that the Second Conference on Freely Redistributable Software will not take place in San Francisco, CA, USA, on February 20-21, 1997 as we had planned. The problem was simple: not enough people had registered as of the date we had to commit to large fixed expenses.

If you had planned to come to the Conference, but hadn't registered, please send email to <conf97@gnu.ai.mit.edu> and tell us what parts of the Conference you had planned to attend. (This will help us in planning for future conferences.)

We have left the old conference announcement here, for your reference.

Second Conference on Freely Redistributable Software

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San Francisco, CA, USA

February 20-21, 1997

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.

We have renegotiated with the hotel, and have been able to substantially lower the registration fees and hotel room rates for this conference.
If you are on a GNU mirror site, possibly more up-to-date information might be found at http://www.gnu.ai.mit.edu/conferences/97san-fran/announcement.html.

Table of Contents

Tutorials descriptions

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)

Tutorial Descriptions

Thursday, February 20

Using Guile, Jim Blandy

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.

Programming in AWK, Arnold Robbins

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.

Programming Java, Jeffrey Hsu

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.

Introduction to Linux, Phil Hughes

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.

Friday, 21 February

qmail, Russell Nelson

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.

Distribution Channels: Ways to Enter the Commercial Market, Don Rosenberg

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.

Advanced editing with Emacs, Richard M. Stallman

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.

Software Testing with DejaGnu, Rob Savoye

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.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 20

8:00am-1:30pm Registration

Thursday Tutorials

                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

Thursday Presentations

There will be multiple presentation tracks.


    Device Drivers (Nelson & Thorpe)    Distributed Applications (Maranda)
    Scheme to Java (Bothner)            Guile (Blandy)
    Bounded pointers (G. McGary)        Business Model (Kingdon)


A reception will be occur at 6:30pm, and will feature a keynote speech by noted SF (Science Fiction) author and futurist Vernor Vinge.


8:30pm Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs)

If you wish to schedule a Birds of a Feather Sessions on any free software topic, please contact registration before the Reception.

Friday, February 21

8:00am-1:30pm Registration

Friday Tutorials

                FT1           FT2             FT3             FT4

 8:00-10:00am   qmail         Distribution    Advanced Emacs  DejaGNU
10:00-10:15am   Coffee Break  Coffee Break    Coffee Break    Coffee Break
10:15-12:00am   qmail         Distribution    Advanced Emacs  DejaGNU
12:00-1:30pm    Lunch         Lunch           Lunch           Lunch

Friday Presentations

There will be multiple presentation tracks. We have also invited a panel of experts to discuss the Commercial Aspects of Free Software.


    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)

Special Panel on the Commercial Aspects of Free Software

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)

Contact Information

For more information, contact <conf97@gnu.ai.mit.edu>.

For less information, call +1.408.542.9644, FAX to +1.408.542.9699, or web to http://www.gnu.ai.mit.edu/conferences/97san-fran/announcement.html.

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the San Francisco Hilton and Towers Hotel in downtown San Francisco.

Rooms are currently being held at special conference rates. All reservations must be made directly with the hotel by calling +1-800-445-8667 or +1-415-771-1400. To qualify for the conference rate, please identify yourself as an FSC'97 attendee. If you need special facilities or services, please notify the hotel at the time of reservation. A guarantee by check or credit card is required for any arrival after 6pm. Cancellations on a guaranteed reservation must occur more than 48 hours prior to specified arrival time to ensure a refund.

The special room rates are:

Single $150

Double $150

Alternatively, you could sleep in the street for a $15 loitering fee.

Conference Registration Information and Form

Sadly, we're too lame to provide full electronic registration capabilities via the web. So the following information is provided online to help you decide what parts of the conference are of most interest to you. If you print this part out, fill it out and send it to us (along with proper payment), you'll be pre-registered! Either Fax this form to +1.408.542.9699, or return it to this address:
Cygnus Solutions
FSC Registrations
1325 Chesapeake Terrace
Sunnyvale, CA  94089

Voice:  +1.408.542.9644
Fax:    +1.408.542.9699


Full Conference           $495  (tutorials, lunches, presentations, reception)
Students (with studentid) $200
Reception & Keynote only  $100
Tutorials Only (with lunch)
   -- One morning         $175
   -- Two mornings        $295
Presentations Only        $300
Optional donation to FSF  $___

Total:                  ______




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I wish to register for:
(A Thursday Tutorial ____________________________ )
(A Friday Tutorial ____________________________ )
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If you registered for the tutorials, please select a lunch menu below:

Thursday    Chicken  Beef  Vegetarian  Turkey  Ham&Cheese
  Friday    Chicken  Beef  Vegetarian  Turkey  Ham&Cheese

This form must be postmarked by February 10, 1997 for pre-registration pricing.


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