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Oct 21, 2004 - 4 minute read - Comments

Post October Meeting

Some items came up during the meeting that were not fully addressed, including:

  • the upcoming LPI exams
  • a software tool that I forgot the name of
  • “PGP Trash Troll Delete”.

I have some info for all of the above

  1. The next set of LPI exams are scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 2004 at Altera in Kanata.

    • We are hoping for two seatings, 11:000 and 13:00
    • For those who use public transit, and are are not familiar with Kanata, the bus route 160 passes along March Road (near the building) on Saturdays octranspo schedule.

      It can be transferred to from the Terry Fox Park & Ride in Kanata Centrum. You will want to get off at the former Ceyba building (if anyone remembers what it is called now, this would be a good spot to post). This is across from MDS Nordion on March Rd. If you look across their parking lot, you will see the PMC Sierra Building. This is where Altera is located. If you miss the stop, you should be able to stop near Lockheed, and walk back. Don’t blame me, I didn’t design the bus routes.
    • I believe we can seat about 40 people, exact numbers will be posted later, so the space is limited.
    • I was considering holding a training day to review the info from the IBM website that has review material on the prior Saturday, but I don’t know if there will be any interest.
    • The exam announcement will be posted to OCLUG, OCUUG, but I missed the deadline for Monitor magazine.
    • Registration is done online at, but the page has not been updated yet to show the new dates.
    • The cost will be $60.00 per exam
    • The exams will be 101, 102, 201, and 202
  2. The software tool I forgot the name of is Cfengine
    The following is an excerpt from the Cfengine site:

    What is Cfengine?

    Cfengine, or the configuration engine is an autonomous agent and a middle to high level policy language for building expert systems which administrate and configure large computer networks.

    Cfengine uses the idea of classes and a primitive intelligence to define and automate the configuration and maintenance of system state, for small to huge configurations.

    Cfengine is designed to be a part of a computer immune system, and can be thought of as a gaming agent. It is ideal for cluster management and has been adopted for use all over the world in small and huge organizations alike.

    You can reach the site by visiting the Cfengine Home Page

  3. As for PGP trash troll delete, I got the following from comp.os.linux.misc archives after a quick search:

    I’m not sure what PGP trash trolls are, […]

    There is a net-abuser attacking alt.os.linux.slackware. He impersonated many of the regulars, and when they started PGP=signing their posts, he started flooding the newsgroup with posts that consist of the line”pgp trash troll delete” followed by a quoute of the PGP-signed post.

    His latest attack is to crosspost to alt.os.linux.slackware,, comp.os.linux.advocacy and comp.os.linux.misc so as to flood alt.os.linux.slackware with replies. In particular the kind folks at are correcting his many false statements, not realizing that the have been corrected again and again in alt.os.linux.slackware.

    You can help alt.os.linux.slackware by refusing to crosspost your PGP-related replies there.

    The above is just garbage.

    Willful and arrogant netiquette violators are being chastized for their behavior, and rather than put their PGPsigs in the headers and/or a legal sig, as so many people have done, they choose to launch a propagnanda campaign against this group of good Usenet citizens who are performing a valuable service.

    Let the PGP club folks get away with un-necessarily putting their PGPsigs in everyone’s face, and the next thing you know their will be ads for OTHER applications on every post.

    As you can see, it is probably just noise items on the mailing list. It definitely targeted the slackware newsgroup.