[talk] NYC*BUG Upcoming

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Sun Aug 23 21:04:09 EDT 2015

We have a good line-up for NYC...

Aug 24: Classical Code Reading Group on true(1) and false(1)
Sept 16: Ike Levy on OPNsense
Oct 7: TBA
Nov 19: Stephen R Bourne

And note upcoming BSDCons

vBSDCon September 11-13 http://vbsdcon.com/
EuroBSDCon October 3-4 https://2015.eurobsdcon.org/
BSDCon Brasil: October 9-10 http://2015.bsdcon.br/


Some new BSD hackers are in town, and they import an event they have
held in Scandinavia.  We were excited to hear about the meeting content
and form, and are happy to get the word out to the NYC*BUG lists:

The search for truth: the `true` and `false` programs

August 24, 7:00 PM
thoughtbot, 1384 Broadway 20th Floor, New York, NY (map)

This meetup will concentrate on simple and common commands: true and
false. We will start with the OpenBSD true program and compare it to
FreeBSD's, Solaris', GNU bash's, and GNU's. They all have different
complexity, and some even have different features, which should provide
for an interesting discussion.

See the Meetup page for more details:



September 16: OPNsense: On the Shoulders of Giants, Isaac (.ike) Levy
18:45, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St


OPNsense is a BSD-licensed, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD-based
firewall and routing platform.

This presentation is a hands-on preview of OPNsense, and should appeal
to a wide range of people looking for BSD based router and firewall

Speaker Bio

Isaac (.ike) Levy is a crusty UNIX Hacker.

ike, a long-time pfSense user, has moved on to become a contributor to
the OPNSense project. Ike has been focused on i18n work, and Japanese
translations, and for his sins, has been hacking on AWS AMI builds:


In 2006, ike gave an overview on pfSense and it`s mother project
m0n0wall, which were new and exciting router platforms back then,

"throw your Linksys/SoHo/WiFi router in the garbage where it belongs"

In 2010, ike gave an overview of life with pfSense in Datacenter/Large

"you might wanna` put your Sonicwall/Juniper/Cisco routers up on Ebay."

A long-time community contributor to the *BSD's, ike is obsessed with
high-availability and redundant networked servers systems, mostly
because he likes to sleep at night. Standing on the shoulders of giants,
his background includes partnering to run a Virtual Server ISP before
anyone called it a cloud, as well as having a long history building
internet-facing infrastructure with UNIX systems.

.ike has been a part of NYC*BUG since it was first launched in January
2004. He was a long-time member of the Lower East Side Mac Unix User
Group, and is still in denial that this group no longer exists. He has
spoken frequently on a number of UNIX and internet security topics at
various venues, particularly on the topic of FreeBSD's jail(8).


* October 7: TBA


* November 19: Special Meeting, Stephen R. Bourne
18:45, TBA
Notice: special meeting, not regular date


    my history and background
    how and why we had to re write the shell
    why I wrote my own memory management
    key language design decisions
    where those ideas came from
    what was hard to get right
    system changes we made to accommodate sh
    what the rules were in UNIX group
    what would I do differently today

Speaker Bio

Steve Bourne is computer scientist who is internationally known for his
work on the UNIX operating system. While at Bell Laboratories, Steve
designed the UNIX Command Language known as the "Bourne Shell". It is
the standard command line interface to UNIX and is widely used today in
scripting in the UNIX programming environment.

Steve has a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from King's College London,
England. He has a Diploma (or Master's degree) in Computer Science and a
Ph.D. in mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge. While at the
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory he worked on an ALGOL 68
compiler and CAMAL an early algebra system.

After Cambridge, Steve spent nine years at Bell Labs with the Seventh
Edition Unix team. As well as the Bourne shell, he wrote the adb
debugger and published /The UNIX System/, the second book on the UNIX
system, intended for a general readership. This book is recognized as a
text for the effective use of UNIX.

After Bell Labs, he spent 20 years in senior engineering management
positions. At Cisco Systems, he was director of engineering for
enterprise network management; at Sun Microsystems, he managed the
Solaris 2.0 program; at Digital Equipment Corporation, he developed
DEC's first RISC-based workstation; and at Silicon Graphics, he was
Director of Software Engineering responsible for the introduction of the
IRIS, the company's first graphics workstation.

>From 2000 to 2002 he was President of the Association for Computing
Machinery. For his work on computing he was made a Fellow of the ACM in
2005. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

At present Steve is chief technology officer at Rally Venture Partners,
a Menlo Park-based venture capital group in California. He is also the
chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for /ACM Queue/, a magazine he
started when he was President of the ACM.

More information about the talk mailing list