From: caro...@usenix.ORG (Carolyn Carr)
Subject: USENIX Association Launches Special Technical & Local Technical Groups
Keywords: USENIX Association
Date: 18 Jun 92 19:18:59 GMT
Organization: Usenix Association Office, Berkeley
June 10, 1992
(For Immediate Release)
USENIX Association Launches Special Technical & Local Technical Groups
"USENIX is excited to have this new venue for our members to
participate in ever-more focussed activities under the Association's
umbrella," said outgoing President Marshall Kirk McKusick on Wednesday
as he announced a new policy for creation of Special Technical Groups
STGs will provide a mechanism for all interested members of the
Association to pursue technical and professional interests within a
narrow focus while remaining within the larger framework of the
The first STG to be chartered is SAGE (see attached announcement).
This group will be concerned with systems administration issues.
At the same time the Association created a framework for the chartering
of Local Technical Groups. LTGs will provide a mechanism for
Association members to conduct activities on a local level and be
formally recognized by USENIX. This will encourage frequent, collegial
Further information on the process of establishing STGs and LTGs
will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Association's newsletter,
The USENIX Association is a not-for-profit membership organization of
those individuals and institutions with an interest in UNIX and
UNIX-like systems, and by extension, C++, X windows, and other
programming tools. It is dedicated to fostering and communicating
the development and communication of research and technological
information and ideas pertaining to advanced computing systems.
June 9, 1992
(For Immediate Release)
The USENIX Association today launched SAGE, the Systems Administrators'
Guild, as the first USENIX Special Technical Group. SAGE is devoted
to the advancement of Systems Administration as a profession. USENIX
and SAGE will work jointly to publish technical information and sponsor
conferences, workshops, tutorials, and local groups in the Systems
An interim board was appointed, including Elizabeth Zwicky (from
SRI International) President, John F. Detke (from Octel) Treasurer,
Tina Darmohray (from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories)
Secretary, and Bryan McDonald (from SRI International) Publications
Coordinator. Elections will be held in late summer to elect a new
board, which will take office at the LISA (Large Installation Systems
Administration) conference in October.
Stephen C. Johnson, incoming USENIX President, said, "Our aim in
launching SAGE is to encourage the recognition of Systems
Administration as an increasingly important technical and
professional specialty. Because Unix systems typically have extensive
network support, Unix Systems Administrators are being called upon
to develop and administer corporate networks that include PCs,
Macintoshes, and worldwide networking. The critical nature of these
tasks, and their technical complexity, makes it appropriate for USENIX
to encourage the development, interchange, and publication of tools
and techniques for Systems Administration."
Elizabeth Zwicky, interim SAGE President, said, "USENIX has
historically supported the systems administration community
through the annual LISA conference. We are looking forward to
working closely with USENIX to expand that support, providing
more avenues for the professional and technical growth of the field."
USENIX is a professional and technical organization devoted to
interchange of information about Unix, C++, and related topics.
For more information about USENIX, SAGE, or the LISA conference,