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From: (Martin Michlmayr)
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.announce
Subject: UNIX and Linux on TV
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 19:52:26 GMT
Organization: Linux International
Approved: (Lars Wirzenius)
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Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive Director
Linux International

The PCTV production company ( which produces Computer
Chronicles, USER GROUP and @HOME is producing four half-hour shows on UNIX
and Linux.  These shows are:

  o History of UNIX
  o Contemporary UNIX
  o Linux
  o UNIX Futures

The first show has Peter Salus of the Free Software Foundation speaking
on the development of UNIX, and how its strength is derived through
its history.  Dr. Margo Seltzer talks about the architecture of UNIX, how
networking was built in, how it was one of the first operating systems to
separate the command language from the kernel, and other architectural
concepts.  Jon Hall, Executive Director of Linux International,
illustrates pipes, filters, shells and prototyping, followed by David
Loundsbury of the Open Group talking about standards, multiple source
code trees and open competition.

The second show (taping on the 23rd of September and first airing on
November 4th) will have Jonathan Eunice of Illuminata, Inc., an industry
analyst, discussing where the UNIX market and technology is today and where
he sees it going in the future.  There will also be four or five UNIX
customers from Digital Equipment Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Silicon
Graphics and Sun Microsystems talking about their applications, and why
they picked UNIX over other operating systems.

The third show (taping in early December and first airing in January) will
be about Linux, and will say what Linux is, why there are different
distributions, and what market each one addresses.

The fourth show is still being worked.  We hope to have it taped at
event in Anaheim, California in January.  The format would be a few minutes
talking to the USENIX organizers, a few minutes talking to Linus (yes, he
_will_ be there) and then the rest of the time talking to the people who
generated the _best_ talks of USENIX/USELINUX.  We would want them to say:

  o who they are
  o who they work for
  o what they did
  o why it benefits UNIX in specific
  o why it benefits Computer Science in general

We hope to get four or five speakers to join in on this.  However this
format and agenda is not firm at this point, and may change.  In any case,
it will be first airing in late February.

These shows will be aired as part of the USER GROUP show, which is carried
on ME/U (15 million households in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and England),
Jones Computer Network (a 24-hour cable network dedicated entirely to the
subject of computers) and the NBC Super Channel (69 million homes in 44
countries) and CNBC Europe (7.2 million homes), as well as by Satellite.
USIA WorldNet will begin carrying the Users Group show.  It is going to be
broadcasted to 280 countries and translated into 17 languages.

Please check your local cable or satellite company for viewing times of
USER GROUP, but the first show is airing under this schedule:

Unix I aired on JCN and MEU the week of September 9, 1996 at:

Mon. 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Wed.  9:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thr. 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Fri.  9:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sun.  9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

It also will air on JCN and MEU the week of September 16, 1996 at:

Mon.  9:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Wed. 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thr.  9:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Sat.  9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The show will also repeat on September 30, 1996 at the first time schedule
and October 21, at the second time schedule.

The show will also air on the NBC Superchannel on September 14, 1996 and
September 21, 1996.

Linux International

Linux International was established to promote the development and use
of Linux.  The people at Linux International know how good Linux is and
want it to become an accepted competitor to products from even the largest
computer companies.  Among other things, it serves as a bridge between the
dedicated and skilled community of developers, and the general world of
commerce and industry.

Linux International is a non-profit organization run by volunteers, many
of whom are high-profile Linux developers or activists.

For more information, please visit Linux International's World Wide Web
site at or contact

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Martin Michlmayr

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