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12TH SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE (LISA '98) - Dec 6-11, 1998 - Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
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Conference Services and Activities
Schedule a BoF! Talk to an expert! Present a new work! Don't miss these special activities, designed to maximize your time at LISA.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings
Do you have a topic that you'd like to discuss with others? The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions are very informal, attendee-organized gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs may be scheduled during the conference at the registration desk or in advance by contacting the USENIX Conference Office by phone at 1.949.588.8649 or by sending email to BoFs are open to all attendees.

Works-in-Progress Reports (WIPs)

Friday, December 11, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not yet ready to be published? The USENIX audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. Short, pithy, and fun, Works-in-Progress Reports (WIPs) introduce interesting new or ongoing work. We are particularly interested in presentation of student work. Prospective speakers should send a short one or two paragraph report, to A schedule of presentations will be posted at the conference and the speakers will be notified in advance. Works-in-Progress Reports are five-minute presentations; the time limit will be strictly enforced.

The Guru is IN

Have a question that's been bothering you? Try asking a USENIX guru! Experts from the USENIX community will be available to spark controversy and answer questions. These are informal discussions among participants, one more way at the conference to transmit information. Please send email to Lee Damon at if you would like to volunteer your expertise.

Joint Session: SAGE Community Meeting & Candidates Forum

Find out how to get involved in SAGE, and hear from the SAGE Executive Committee on their recent and upcoming activities. The committee will be on hand to answer your questions, and to solicit your ideas and feedback on how to better serve SAGE members. You will also hear from the candidates running in the upcoming SAGE election. Everybody is welcome.

Social Activities

Conference Orientation
Sunday, December 6, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Exhibition Reception
Wednesday, December 9, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 10, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Terminal Room

The Terminal Room will have Internet access compliments of Verio Inc via PCs running a free version of UNIX, and laptop drops. Additionally you can dial in to the network from your Marriott hotel room, and dial out using your favorite credit card.

The Terminal Room will be available Monday - Thursday from 7:00 am - 2:00 am and Friday from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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Attendee Message Service

Email will be available Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11. Email to conference attendees should be addressed:

Telephone messages during the conference may be left by telephoning the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel at 617.236.5800 and asking for the USENIX Message Center Desk. The Message Center will be open beginning on Sunday, December 6, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, and continuing during conference hours until Friday, December 11, at 3:30 pm.

Conference Publications and CD-ROMs

One copy of the conference proceedings and one copy of the Invited Talks booklet may be picked up at the conference by all technical program registrants. The Conference CD-ROM is provided to each Tutorial Program attendee. The CD-ROM includes tutorial notes, proceedings and Invited Talks. Additional copies of the proceedings or CD-ROMs may also be purchased by tutorial and technical session attendees on-site. After the conference, proceedings and CD-ROMs may be purchased from the USENIX Association Executive Office, telephone 1.510.528.8649 or send email to

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