CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

January 23, 2003 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Simplifying Linux on z/VM
Although the concept of "Linux on the Mainframe" provides an excellent business case and is making headway in the enterprise, it is tempered by different administrative challenges for the inexperienced or unwary. Some of these challenges of running Linux on z/VM include network configuration; integration with existing process frameworks; managing user accounts across instances; change management; optimizing DASD usage; and scheduling issues. In addition to discussing these inherent challenges in detail, the speaker will present some potential solutions to effectively manage and optimize Linux on z/VM.
The speaker will be Mr. Phil Smith III of Linuxcare, Inc.
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Open Source: The Business Case
We've all heard how Open Source programs are the answer to all our computing TCO woes. But, like home cancer remedies and "Make Money Fa$t" schemes, most folks find themselves somewhat skeptical of such too-good-to-be-true claims.

Yet we hear of success stories, and all of us can see that Open Source code - - particularly Linux - - is in the news, and garnering the attention of upper management.

So what is the real story? Is Open Source a panacea? When does it make sense -- always? never? sometimes? How can you possibly make intelligent, you-bet-your-job decisions about it?

The speaker will discuss the value of Open Source. While centered around a formal presentation, the goal is an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences which will enable a realistic appraisal of the pros and cons of using Open Source in the enterprise. Whether you have experiences to share or are considering sticking a toe into the Open Source pool, come, share, and learn!

The speaker will be Mr. Phil Smith III of Linuxcare, Inc.
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM z/VM Service and Installation
Have you ever wished for more automation of the installation and service tasks in VM? In this session the speaker will overview the installation and service process and review what is new and improved in these areas for z/VM Version 4.3.
The speaker will be Ms. Susan Baloga of The IBM Corporation.
3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:15 PM Free-for-All
Members will attempt to answer any reasonable VM or hardware related questions. If you are having a problem and want to find out if others are experiencing it, or you are installing new hardware or software and want to find out what types of problems others have experienced, here is the place to find out.
Members are encouraged to bring ideas for future presentations and speakers to this meeting.

Directions, Map, Lodging and Dining:

This meeting will be held at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire.

For Directions, Map, Lodging and Dining, click here.