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From: pe...@usenix.UUCP (Peter Salus)
Subject: USENIX Board meeting
Date: Wed, 18-Nov-87 12:27:55 EST
Posted: Wed Nov 18 12:27:55 1987
Date-Received: Sat, 21-Nov-87 10:32:35 EST
Keywords: USENIX, Board Meeting
Summary of the Board of Directors' Meeting
San Jose, CA; October 26-27, 1988
Present at the meeting were: Stephen C. Johnson, Rob Kolstad,
Marshall Kirk McKusick, Alan G. Nemeth (President), John
S. Quarterman, Deborah K. Scherrer, Waldo M. Wedel,
David A. Yost -- Directors; Rick Adams, UUNET;
Judith F. DesHarnais, Conference Coordinator; John L. Donnelly,
Tutorial and Exhibit Manager; Donnalyn Frey, Public Relations;
Lou Katz, FaceSaver; Sam Leffler, San Francisco Program
Chair; Susan Nycum, John McKenzie, & Daniel Appelman,
Baker & McKenzie; Peter H. Salus, Executive Director.
Adams reported that the UUNET activity was ahead of
expectations and had exceeded the capacity of the Tymnet
lines on occasion. There was a discussion of the Trailblazer
modems and whether the new technology and the use
of 800-numbers might make the use of Tymnet unattractive
from a cost standpoint. The Association must make two
decisions: organizational status of UUNET and status of
the Sequent machine (either a lease or a loan arrangement backed by
As the Association has one South African member and
that member has requested a UUNET connection, John McKenzie,
a lawyer expert in export controls, addressed the Board on
the status of the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Act and the Department
of Commerce regulations. It is clear that without
special permission from the Department of State, the
Association cannot send distribution tapes, manuals, conference
proceedings, or ;login: to a South African
member. It was decided that Appelman would supply
appropriate wording for a letter which Salus will send
to the Institutional Representative, terminating the
Common Carrier Status
After a discussion, the lawyers were requested to suggest
procedures for clarifying the common carrier status of UUNET.
Donnalyn Frey submitted a proposal for
public relations services for the Association
for the period up to and including the San
Francisco meeting. The Board was enthusiastic
about /etc/motd and some other services.
The question of vendor support for Donnelly and
another Editorial Roundtable was discussed. Frey
was told that Salus would communicate the Board's
decisions to her.
Meetings and Workshops
DesHarnais reported on the Phoenix Conference, the
Graphics Workshop, and the POSIX Workshop. All had
gone well. The C++ Workshop is already oversold,
a second hotel (across the street in Santa Fe) is
handling the overflow.
Though the general reaction to the Graphics workshop
was good, it was less enthusiastic than the
reaction to the previous ones. It was decided
to "skip a year" and have another one in 1989.
There will be a cooperative workshop (with IEEE) on Real
Time Computing in Washington in May. Melinda Shore of the
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has proposed a Supercomputer
and UNIX workshop, probably in Pittsburgh in the
Spring of 1988; Scherrer will coordinate this. Matt Bishop
of Dartmouth has proposed a UNIX Security workshop for
September 1988. Kolstad was asked about a second
Systems Administration workshop. Salus was requested to
communicate with Alix Vasilatos (Project Athena)
Kolstad spoke about the Dallas program. There
will be two half-day sessions about MIT's
Athena and CMU's Andrew projects. There are about 80
submitted abstracts. Scherrer is acting as liaison
where a keynote speaker is concerned.
Leffler reviewed the San Francisco program. The
reception will be held in the Exploratorium. The
Program Committee is to review full papers the
week after the Dallas conference.
The was a discussion of the need for a program chair for
Baltimore, summer 1989. The options for summer 1992 (New
Orleans and San Antonio) were discussed.
The Board decided that the Association should run on a
balanced budget for 1988. Because of the expenses
entailed by the office move,
the initial funding of UUNET, the acquisition
of the Sun 3, and the undertaking of several new projects
(like the FaceSaver), the Association has used some of
its cash reserves this year and run over its additional budget.
It was decided that the membership dues would have to be
increased. The new rates will be:
Educational Institution $125
Other Institutional $275
It was decided that in the future, Salus would notify the sponsor
of a project when expenditures reached 80% of budget; notify
the Board at 100% of budget; and cease paying for expenditures
at 120% of budget.
Salus reported that 25 copies had been sold and that there were
several unfulfilled orders, pending copies of the tapes.
Salus reported that 6,744 copies of the User's Manual Sets,
5,944 copies of the Programmer's Sets, and 3,596 copies
of the System Manager's Manual had been sold. The Association
had a first printing of 5000 of each set and a second printing of
5000 of the User's and the Programmer's sets.
The membership as of the end of October was 2,690.
1987 Software Distribution
Kolstad reported that 70M of software had been
received from Plus5 and that the Explorer Troup
had copied this onto 550 sets of 2-2400' tapes for distribution,
using Convex' machinery. The tapes will be mailed
to all institutional members shortly. The Board
voted a one-year Supporting membership to
the Convex Computer Corporation in thanks for their
There are 35M of further software which will most likely
comprise the 1988 software distribution.
An agreement has been signed with University of
California Press and it is expected that
the first issue of Computing Systems
will appear next February.
Yost circulated proof copies of several
pages of the Phoenix attendee list. He said
that typesetting was imminent.
Katz proposed FaceSaver service for Dallas
and San Francisco. He is to have a
demonstration project complete by January 15,
1988, at which time a final decision concerning Dallas
will be made.
Quarterman continues to be the Association's
representative to P1003. The POSIX workshop
appears to have been quite successful and important
to the standards community.
Peter H. Salus