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March 30, 2005

2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Offers a One-Stop Shop for Successfully Tackling Today's Technology Challenges

Sessions include Sun Microsystems on NFSv4, Apple Computer on Mac OS X Tiger, and the U.S. Military Academy on Enhancing Network Security Through Cyber Exercises

Anaheim, California — The fast-paced world of technology stops at the 2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, April 10-15, in Anaheim, Calif., with sessions on topics ranging from enhancing network security through competitive cyber exercises by the U.S. Military Academy to a highly anticipated talk by Sun Microsystems on NFSv4 and a keynote by George Dyson, historian and author of Darwin Among the Machines.

USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, celebrating 30 years as the leading community for those working on the cutting edge of the computing world, brings together experts from security, open source, system administration, networking, and coding to lead five days of training including 30 tutorials alongside a three-day conference program.

"Today's multi-discipline world requires IT professionals to have a broad set of skills and knowledge across a range of technical areas," said Vivek Pai, Princeton University, General Session Program Chair. "USENIX '05 offers a cost-effective, one-stop shop for the latest in IT training, breakthroughs, and systems research."

Highly respected experts lead training sessions on topics including the Linux Kernel, System and Network Monitoring, LDAP, Solaris 10 Security Features, VoIP, and Network Security Assessments.

Thought-provoking and informative Invited Talks include "Mac OS X Tiger: What's New for UNIX Users" by Dave Zarzycki, Apple Computer; "Possible Futures for Software" by Vernor Vinge, Hugo award-winning sci-fi author; and "Linux and JPL's Mars Exploration Rover Project: Earth-based Planning, Simulation, and Really Remote Scheduling" by Scott Maxwell and Frank Hartman, NASA JPL.

The latest developments in cutting-edge research are presented in the General and FREENIX/Open Source Refereed Papers tracks. The Guru Is In sessions feature experts prepared to respond to technical questions on topics including: clustering, databases, Samba, VoIP, security, startups, and more. Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions offer additional opportunities to network with peers.

USENIX Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Founded in 1975, USENIX's mission focuses on fostering technical excellence and innovation, USENIX has provided its members with the opportunity to witness innumerable industry "firsts," including:

  • ONYX, the first attempt at genuine UNIX hardware, was announced at the 1979 USENIX Conference.
  • Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) unveiled the creation of its UNIX product at the 1982 USENIX Technical Conference.
  • Eric Allman presented the first paper on Sendmail, "Mail Systems and Addressing in 4.2BSD" at the 1983 USENIX Conference.
  • Athena, the first light on Kerberos and the X Window system, was presented at the 1988 USENIX Winter Technical Conference.
  • Tom Christiansen made his first Perl presentation at the 1989 USENIX Summer Technical Conference in Baltimore.
  • John Ousterhout presented Tcl at the 1990 USENIX Winter Technical Conference.
  • The first talk on Oak, which later became Java, was given as a Work-in-Progress report at the 1995 USENIX Winter Technical Conference.
  • The FREENIX Track debuted at the 1998 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, where Miguel De Icaza presented "The GNOME Desktop Environment."

About the USENIX Association
USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. For 30 years, it has been the leading community for engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. USENIX conferences are the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of technical advances in all aspects of computing systems. For more information about the USENIX Association, visit

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