Access to UNIX User Groups

jsq at jsq at
Fri Jan 20 16:05:15 AEST 1989

This is the latest in a series of similar comp.std.unix articles,
intended to give summary information about UNIX User groups;
to be accurate, but not exhaustive.  It's cross-posted to and comp.unix.questions because there might be
interest there.

There are three related articles, posted at the same time as this one,
and with subjects
	Calendar of UNIX-related Events
	Access to UNIX-Related Publications
	Access to UNIX-Related Standards
The latter is posted only to comp.std.unix.

Corrections and additions to this article are solicited.  I keep track
of the conferences, groups, and publications that I attend, am a member
of, or subscribe to.  All others (the majority of the listings) I derive
either from listings elsewhere, or from contributions by readers.
In particular, the meeting schedules and descriptions of most of the
groups are provided by their members.  If a group doesn't have a
meeting schedule listed, it's because nobody has sent me one.  This is
a low-budget operation:  I publish what I have on hand when the time
comes (approximately monthly).

Changes since last posting: Hungarian address. Exact JUS dates for 1989.
AMIX events.  ICX89.  New OSF address.

Access information is given in this article for the following:
user groups:	USENIX, /usr/group, UNIX Expo, /usr/group/cdn,
		EUUG, AFUU, UKUUG, /usr/group/uk, GUUG, i2u,
		DECUS UNIX SIG, Sun User Group (SUG),
		Apollo DOMAIN Users' Society (ADUS),
		AT&T and Sun V.4 Software Developer Conferences,
		Open Software Foundation (OSF).

Telephone numbers are given in international format, i.e., +n at
the beginning for the country code, e.g., +44 is England, +81 Japan,
+82 Korea, +61 Australia, +64 New Zealand, and +1 is U.S.A. or Canada.

UNIX is a Registered Trademark of AT&T.

USENIX is ``The Professional and Technical UNIX(R) Association.''

		USENIX Association
		P.O. Box 2299
		Berkeley, CA 94710
		office at

USENIX sponsors two USENIX Conferences a year, featuring technical papers,
as well as tutorials, and with vendor exhibits at the summer conferences:

1989 Jan 30-Feb 3	USENIX	Town & Country Inn, San Diego, CA
1989 Jun 12-16	USENIX	Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD
1990 Jan 22-26	USENIX	Washington, DC
1990 Jun 11-15	USENIX	Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA
1991 Jan 21-25	USENIX	Dallas, TX
1991 Jun 10-14	USENIX	Opryland, Nashville, TN
1992 Jan 20-24	USENIX	Hilton Square, San Francisco, CA
1992 Jun 8-12	USENIX	Marriott, San Antonio, TX
1993 Jan	USENIX	somewhere in northeast of North America

They also sponsor workshops, such as

1989 Apr 3-4	Software Management Workshop	Hilton, New Orleans, LA
1989 Oct 5-6	Dist. Systems Workshop	Marriott Marina, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1989 Oct	Large Systems Installation Workshop, Colorado Springs, CO
1989 Nov/Dec	Graphics Workshop V

Proceedings for all conferences and workshops are available at
the door and by mail later.  Some of the older ones have been
out of print, but reprints are being planned.

USENIX publishes ``;login:  The USENIX Association Newsletter''
bimonthly.  It is sent free of charge to all their members and
includes technical papers.  There is a USENET newsgroup,, for discussion of USENIX-related matters.

In 1988, USENIX started publishing a new refereed quarterly
technical journal, ``Computing Systems:  The Journal of the USENIX
Association,'' in cooperation with University of California Press.

They also publish an edition of the 4.3BSD manuals and distribute the
2.10BSD software distribution.  They coordinate a software exchange for
appropriately licensed members.  They occasionally sponsor experiments,
such as methods of improving the USENET and UUCP networks (e.g., UUNET),
that are of interest and use to the membership.

There is a USENIX Institutional Representative on the IEEE P1003
Portable Operating System Interface for Computer Environments Committee.
That representative also moderates the USENET newsgroup comp.std.unix,
which is for discussion of UNIX-related standards, especially P1003.
There is also a USENIX Standards Watchdog Committee following several
standards bodies.  For more details, see the posting in comp.std.unix,
``Access to UNIX-Related Standards.''

/usr/group is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion
of products and services based on the UNIX operating system.

		4655 Old Ironsides Drive, Suite 200
		Santa Clara, California 95054
		tel: +1-408-986-8840
		fax: +1-408-986-1645

The annual UniForum Conference and Trade Show is sponsored by /usr/group
and features vendor exhibits, as well as tutorials and technical sessions.

1989 Feb 28-Mar 2	UniForum	Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
1990 Jan 23-26	UniForum	Washington Hilton, Washington, DC
1991 Jan 22-25	UniForum	Infomart, Dallas, TX
1992 Jan 21-24	UniForum	Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
1993 Mar 2-4	UniForum	Washington, D.C.

Proceedings for all conferences are available at the shows and later
by mail.

/usr/group publishes ``CommUNIXations,'' a member magazine that
features articles by industry leaders and observers, technical issues,
standards coverage, and new product announcements.

/usr/group also publishes the ``UNIX Products Directory,'' which lists
products and services developed specifically for the UNIX operating system.
``/usr/digest'' is also published by /usr/group.  This newsletter covers
product announcements and industry projections, and is sent biweekly
to General members of /usr/group and to non-member subscribers.

/usr/group has long been deeply involved in UNIX standardization,
having sponsored the ``/usr/group 1984 Standard,'' providing an Institutional
Representative to the IEEE P1003 Portable Operating System for Computer
Environments Committee, and sponsoring the /usr/group Technical Committee
on areas that P1003 has not yet addressed.  They have recently produced
an executive summary, ``Your Guide to POSIX,'' and a technical overview
``POSIX Explored,'' and funded production of a draft of a ``Rationale and
Notes'' appendix for IEEE 1003.1.

UNIX EXPO is an annual very large vendor exhibit in New York City
with tutorials and technical presentations.  It is held at the
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with lodging arrangements with
the Sheraton Centre Hotel, both in Manhattan.

1989 Nov 1-3	UNIX EXPO	Javits Conv. C, New York, NY

		National Expositions Co., Inc.
		15 West 39th Street
		New York, NY 10018
		fax: +1-212-819-0755

		Reservations Department
		Sheraton Centre Hotel
		811 Seventh Avenue
		New York, NY 10019
		Fax: +1-212-262-4410
		Telex: 421130

/usr/group/cdn is the Canadian branch of /usr/group, and holds an
annual spring conference and trade show modeled after UniForum,
usually at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.  They also hold
a UNIX in Government show in the winter in Ottawa.

Exhibitors and attendees can contact:
		Fawn Lubman
		Communications 2000
		4195 Dundas St. #201
		Etobicoke, Ontario M8X 1Y4

		241 Gamma St.
		Etobicoke, Ontario M8W 4G7

1989 Jan 10-11	U in Gov. C&T	/usr/group/cdn, Ottawa, ON
1989 May	U 8x/etc C&T	/usr/group/cdn, Toronto, ON

EUUG is the European UNIX systems Users Group, which is currently
celebrating its tenth anniversary.  EUUG is closely coordinated with
national groups in Europe, and with the European UNIX network, EUnet.

		EUUG secretariat
		Owles Hall
		Herts SG9 9PL
		+44 763 73039
		fax: +44 763 73255
		euug at

They have a quarterly newsletter, EUUGN, and hold two conferences a year:

1989 Apr 3-7	EUUG	Palais des Congres, Brussels, Belgium
		Chair:	Prof Marc Nyssen
		<marc at minf.vub.uucp>
		fax: +32-2-477-4424
		Medical Informaticas Dept.
		Vrije Universiteit Brussel
		Laarbeeklaan 103
		B-1090 Jette

1989 Sep 18-22	EUUG	WU Wien, Vienna, Austria
		Chair:	eva Kuehn
1990 Apr 23-27	EUUG	Munich, Germany (tentative)
1990 Autumn	EUUG	south of France
1991 Spring	EUUG	Tromso?, Norway (tentative)
1992 Spring	EUUG	Jersey, U.K. (tentative)
1992 Autumn	EUUG	Amsterdam, Netherlands (tentative)

AFUU is the Association Franc\*,aise des Utilisateurs d'UNIX,
or French UNIX Users' Group.  They are holding a small convention
in November and a large one in the spring with tutorials and a
vendor exhibit.

		11 Rue Carnot
		94270 Le Kremlin Bicetre
		Telex: 263 887 F

1989 Feb 28-Mar 3	U Convention	AFUU, Paris, France
UKUUG is the United Kingdom Unix systems Users' Group.

		Bill Barrett
		Owles Hall
		Herts. SG9 9PL
		United Kingdom
		+44 763 73039

1988 Dec 19-20	UKUUG	London

/usr/group/UK is the U.K. affiliate of /usr/group, and holds an annual
COMUNIX Conference in June in conjunction with the European UNIX User Show,
which is an achibition organised by EMAP INternation Exhibitions.

		Tracy MacIntyre
		Exhibition Manager
		EMAP International Exhibitions Ltd.
		Abbot's Court
		34 Farringdon Lane
		London EC1R 3AU
		United Kingdom

1989 Jun 7-9	COMUNIX	/usr/group/UK, Alexandra Palace, London
1989 Jun 7-9	Eur. U User Show	EMAP Int. Exh., Alexandra Palace, London

The German UNIX Systems User Group (GUUG) has an annual convention in the fall.

		Dieter Laengle
		AIC Software
		Mozartstrasse 3
		D-8000, Muenchen 2
		Federal Republic of Germany
		+49 89 5380503
		laengle at aicmuc.uucp

The Italian UNIX Systems User Group (i2u) holds an annual summer
Italian UNIX Convention, with tutorials and a vendor exhibition.

		Carlo Mortarino
		i2u Secretariat
		Via Monza, 347
		20126 Milano
		i2u at i2unix.uucp

1989 Jun	Italian U C	i2u, Italy
The following information about European groups courtesy EUUG:

		Austria (UUGA)
		Friedrich Kofler
		c/o Austro Olivetti
		Rennwe 9
		A-1030 Vienna
		+43 222 7345010
		kofler at oliol.uucp

		Belgium (BUUG)
		Marc Nyssen
		Department of Medical Informatics
		Laarbeeklaan 103
		B-1090 Brussels
		+32 2 4784890 Ext. 1424
		buug at vub.uucp

		Denmark (DKUUG)
		Mogens Buhelt
		Kabbeleejvej 27B
		DK-2700 Bronshoj
		+45 2 865533
		dkuug at

		Finland (FUUG)
		Johan Helsingius
		Oy Penetron Ab
		Box 21
		02171 Espoo
		+358 0 427632 or 673280
		julf at

		Dr El\o'o^'d Knuth
		Computer and Automation Institute
		Hungarian Academy of Sciences
		P.O. Box 63
		H-1502 Budapest 112
		+36 1 665 435


		Iceland (ICEUUG)
		Marius Olafsson
		University Computer Center
		Hjardarhaga 4
		+354 1 25088
		iceuug at

		Ireland (IUUG)
		John Carolan
		Glockenspiel Ltd.
		19 Belvedere Place
		+353 1364515
		john at puschi.uucp

		Netherlands (NLUUG)
		Patricia H. Otter
		c/o Xirion bv.
		World Trade Centre
		Strawinskylaan 1135
		1077 XX Amsterdam
		The Netherlands
		+31 206649411
		patricia at xirion.uucp

		Norway (NUUG)
		Jan Brandt Jensen
		c/o Unisoft A.S.
		Enebakkvn 154
		N-O680 Oslo 6
		+47 2 688970

		Sweden (EUUG-S)
		Hans Johansson
		NCR Svenska AB
		Box 1206
		S-164 28 Kista
		euug at

AUUG is the Australian UNIX systems Users Group.

		Tim Roper
		timr at

		P.O. Box 366
		N.S.W.	2033
		auug at

Phone contact can occasionally be made at +61 3 344 5225

AUUG holds one major national Conference and Exhibition per year during
August or September, and regional, technical meetings in February or
March.  The next one will be

1989 Aug 8-11	AUUG	Hilton Hotel, Sydney

There will be tutorials on 8 August, and technical sessions the other
two days.  The vendor exhibition will be open from the afternoon of
8 August through the morning of 11 August.

They publish a newsletter (AUUGN) at a frequency defined to be every 2 months.

The New Zealand UNIX Systems User Group, Inc. (NZUSUGI) has an annual meeting
and publishes a newsletter, ``NUZ.''

		New Zealand UNIX Systems User Group
		P.O. Box 585
		New Zealand

The Japan UNIX Society has three meetings a year, and a newsletter.
The JUS UNIX Symposium is held twice annually, once in the winter and
once in the summer.  It has technical presentations, tutorials,
and a vendor exhibit.  The JUS UNIX Fair is held once a year, and
has a vendor exhibit, tutorials, and seminars.

		Japan UNIX Society (JUS)
		#505 Towa-Hanzomon Corp. Bldg.
		2-12 Hayabusa-cho
		Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102
		bod%jus.junet at

		UNIX Fair '88 Association
		1-1-1 Hirakawa-chu,
		Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102

1988 Dec 7-8	JUS UNIX FAIR '88	Tokyo, Japan
1989 Jul 10-12	13th JUS UNIX S	Tokyo
1989 Nov 9-10	14th JUS UNIX S	Osaka
1989 Dec 5-6	UNIX Fair '89	JUS, Tokyo

The Korean UNIX User Group (KUUG) has a software distribution service
and a newsletter.  They hold an annual Korean UNIX Symposium in the winter.

		Korean UNIX User Group
		P.O. Box 8
		Daedug Science Town
		Dae Jeon CIty
		Chungnam 301-350
		Republic of Korea

		Kee Wook Rim
		rim at
		+82-42-822-4455 x4646
		fax: +82-42-823-1033

1988 Dec 10	Korean U S	KUUG, Korea

The Singapore UNIX Association (Sinix) holds an annual Southeast Asian
Regional Computer Conference.

		James Clark
		c/o Computer Systems Advisers, Ltd.
		203 Henderson Industrial Park
		Wing B #1207-1214
		Singapore 0315
		fax: 65-278-1783

The China UNIX User Group (CUUG) is the Chinese /usr/group affiliate.

		Xu Kongshi
		China UNIX User Group
		P.O. Box 8718
		Beijing, 100080
		People's Republic of China
AMIX - the Israeli UNIX user group, is a S.I.G. of the Israeli Processing
Association (IPA).  AMIX has a yearly conference and other activities:

1989 January 25	One day tutorial on "UNIX Interfaces",
	given by Dr. M. Bach and Dr. J. Issacson, at Kfar Hamacabia, Israel.

1989 January 26	One day workshop on "Graphical User Interfaces",
	talks on DEC XUI, HP NewWave, Apollo OpenDialogue, Sun/ATT OpenLook,
	and SCO Xenix Multiview), also at Kfar Hamacabia, Israel.

1989 May 14-16	4th AMIX conference.  Theme - "UNIX in Israel - Research,
	Development and Implementation".  A balanced mixture of
	technical sessions and tutorials is planned.
	Also at Kfar Hamacabia, Israel.

		AMIX, c/o IPA
		P.O. Box 919
		Israel, 52109
		Tel: +972-3-715770
		Tel: +972-3-715772
		amix at bimacs.bitnet
		amix at

ICX89 is the First International Conference on Advanced Computing,
and is being organised by the IEEE Student Branch and the Department
of Electronics of the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (USM).
``This first conference will be devoted to the UNIX operating
system and related topics.  This subject was chosen to establish
the universal character of this event, as UNIX is now considered.''
There will be a plenary, technical sessions, tutorials, and vendor
and book exhibitions.  Official languages will be English and Spanish,
with simultaneous translation.

Submissions of tecnical papers or abstracts should be by three
paper copies or by electronic mail by 15 January 1989.  Preliminary
notification of acceptance will be by February 15th, 1989.
Final versions of the papers should be written according  to
the IEEE transaction format, and are are due by April 14th, 1989.
Final official notification will be sent by May 15th, 1989.

1989 Jun 19-23	ICX89	IEEE, USM, Valparaiso, Chile


		Prof. Leopoldo Silva B.
		Department of Electronics
		lsb at

Other correspondence:

		Organizing Committee
		icx89 at
		+56-32-66-0176 AX 359
                Telex: 330622 UTFSM CX
                Fax: 056 32 660176 147

		Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria
		P.O. Box 110-V

There are similar groups in other parts of the world.  If such a group
wishes to be included in later versions of this access list, they
should please send me information.

There is a partial list of national organizations in the November/December
1987 CommUNIXations.

DECUS, the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society,
has a UNIX SIG (Special Interest Group) that participates
in its general meetings, which are held twice a year.

		DECUS U.S. Chapter
		219 Boston Post Road, BP02
		Marlboro, Massachusetts  01752-1850

The next DECUS Symposia are:

1989 May 8-12	DECUS S	Atlanta, Georgia
1989 Nov 6-10	DECUS S	Anaheim, California
1990 May 7-11	DECUS S	New Orleans, Louisiana

See also the USENET newsgroup

The Sun User Group (SUG) is an international organization that promotes
communication among Sun users, OEMs, third party vendors, and Sun
Microsystems, Inc.  SUG sponsors conferences, collects and distributes
software, produces the README newsletter and T-shirts, sponsors local
user groups, and communicates members' problems to Sun employees and

	Sun Microsystems User Group, Inc.
	2550 Garcia Avenue
	Mountain View, CA  94043
	+1 415 960 1300
	users at

Their next annual conference is:

1989 Dec	SUG	?

ADUS is the Apollo DOMAIN Users' Society:

	Apollo DOMAIN Users' Society
	c/o Andrea Woloski, ADUS Coordinator
	Apollo Computer Inc.
	330 Billerica Rd.
	Chelmsford, MA 01824
	+1-617-256-6600, x4448

AT&T and Sun Microsystems have held a series of
Software Developer Conferences on System V Release 4.0,
related to the Sun/AT&T Applications Binary Interface (ABI).

1988 Sep 14-16	V.4 Soft. Dev.	Hanover, NJ
1988 Sep 27-29 	V.4 Soft. Dev.	Los Angeles, CA
1988 Oct 12-14 	V.4 Soft. Dev.	Tokyo, Japan
1988 Oct 26-28 	V.4 Soft. Dev.	London, England
1988 Nov 9-11	V.4 Soft. Dev.	Boston, MA
1988 Nov 29-Dec 1	V.4 Soft. Dev.	Chicago, IL
1988 Dec 6-8	V.4 Soft. Dev.	San Francisco, CA
1988 Dec 13-15	V.4 Soft. Dev.	Washington D.C.

For more information:
	Melinda L. Marrs
	melinda at Sun.COM
	Conference Coordinator
	Sun Microsystems, Inc. 
	Garcia St.
	Mountain View, CA

The Open Software Foundation (OSF) is a vendor group formed 17 May 1988
by Apollo, Bull, DEC, HP, IBM, Nixdorff, and Siemens, and later joined
by Philips.  Excerpts from a press release of that date:

The Open Software Foundation (OSF) will develop a software environment,
including application interfaces, advanced system extensions, and a new
operating system, using X/Open(tm) and POSIX* specifications as the
starting point. ...  OSF membership is available to computer hardware
and software suppliers, educational institutions, and government
agencies around the world.  ...  The foundation has a management
organization, staff, and a funding comittment in excess of $90 million
to begin immediate operations.  Its initial development will be based
on technologies offered by the members and its own research, to be
carried out worldwide.

A research institute is being created to fund research for the
advancement of applications portability, interoperability standards,
and other advanced technologies for future foundation use.  An
academic advisory panel will provide guidance and input to the
institute.  The Institute's research will be conducted worldwide.

For more information, contact:

	Larry Lytle or Gary McCormack
	Open Software Foundation
	11 Cambridge Center
	Cambridge, MA 02139

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