A Letter from the Program Chair

Walter Belgers

Dear reader,

We are very pleased to present you the program for SANE 2004, an international event on System Administration and Network Engineering, focused on Security, UNIX and IP networking. Going through the program, you will find renowned speakers for many interesting topics. SANE 2004 is the place where you will hear, discuss and put to use the latest research, well-thought-out approaches, tools and techniques for practical system administration and security.

We find ourselves in exciting times where fast internet is becoming available in many houses, e-commerce is still growing and exciting new technologies are being created. System administration has become a true challenge in this rapidly expanding network. Take a break from your daily work in keeping systems running and thwarting the latest worms, and charge your batteries at SANE 2004.

Monday through Wednesday provide your true opportunity for in-depth study. For three days, choose among five tracks of tutorials, covering topics like MySQL, Linux firewalls, Postfix, VoIP and many more, led by experienced and respected instructors like Marshall Kirk McKusick, Edwin Kremer, Jos Vos, Guido van Rooij, Arjan de Vet, Bram Moolenaar, Joost van Dijk and more. On Wednesday, the Free Software Bazaar will be held, open to the general public. Here's your chance to discuss the latest in Open Source and Free Software with fellow developers, and a great opportunity to hear Richard M. Stallman speak.

During the fourth and fifth day of SANE 2004 you will be able to choose from two tracks of interesting presentations: the refereed papers track or the invited talk sessions. Hear about network management, security, clustering, fighting spam, IP internals, (b)leading edge developments, the use of open source software, and so on. You will find a remarkable line-up of speakers, including Wietse Venema, Tom Limoncelli, Arjen Lentz, Rudi van Drunen, Brian Pawlowski, Peter Salus and many, many more. Throughout the congress there will be Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions in parallel to the standard tracks, where you can meet colleagues with similar interests and even the widely acclaimed guru's.

On Thursday and Friday you can also stroll along the exhibition area, where vendors will demonstrate their latest hardware and software products. In the same area, poster sessions will be held, enabling people to present their latest research.

Of course, there's also time to relax. Make sure you don't miss the social event (and conference dinner) on Thursday evening. The conference ends with a hilarious closing session on Friday.

Unlike the previous SANE conferences, SANE 2004 is hosted in the Amsterdam RAI Centre in the Dutch capital. There is excellent public transportation to and from Schiphol airport, as well as to the city centre, enabling you to divulge yourself in the Amsterdam nightlife.

Our special thanks go to the conference organisers ICONIQ, and the members of the program committee, who have invested so much time and effort in getting the program settled and conference organised. Of course, we also want to thank USENIX and NLnet Foundation for their support.

Please join us. We hope to see you in Amsterdam on September 27th through October 1st at SANE 2004!

For the SANE 2004 Program Committee,

Walter Belgers, program chair
Madison Gurkha, Eindhoven