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Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts

Promoting Linux and Open Source Software Freedom in Atlanta Since 1994
Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts (ALE) is a diverse group of friendly people who enjoy the freedoms and benefits of GNU Linux Computing and Free Liberating Open Source Software technologies. From novices to network administrators, from smart phones to data centers, we strive to empower every information technology user with freely distributable software and to improve every computing environment with the superior security, functionality and flexibility of Open Source Operating System solutions. -- more about ALE --

ALE Central Meeting Thurs 4-17-2013

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apologies for the late posting – Jim

SUMMARY — Ansible, Configuration Management Made Easy: A play in three acts
Ansible is a configuration management system similar to Puppet, Chef or CFEngine which radically simplifies deploying configurations to a multitude of systems.

Come learn how to install, configure, and use one of the simplest and easy to use (but still very powerful) Configuration Management tools.
This presentation is a real-world example done in a fun and entertaining format — The Three-Act Play.

“Goozbach” is Derek Carter; a husband, father, woodworking enthusiast, and active participant in the Open Source Community.
He is the part founder of two Linux users groups, and is a regular presenter at various conferences.
He also actively contributes to several Open Source projects, including some of his own.
Derek has worked as a senior Linux systems administrator for a Fortune 500 company.
He has also worked as a consultant to state agencies, and as a QA engineer for a SAN storage company.
As a Linux instructor, Derek has written course ware, proctored certification exams, and taught classes across the globe for such companies as Red Hat, IBM, Novell, HP, and Lockheed Martin, among others.
Derek currently resides in Athens, Georgia with his family and works as a full-time Linux consultant and instructor.
Find out more at his site[1] or his blog[2].

[1]: http://goozbach.com/
[2]: http://blog.friocorte.com/

Thomas Holmquist is a Systems Development Engineer at Georgia Tech. He enjoys planes, trains, automobiles and Linux. Writing Bios are one of his weakpoints.

As always, we will be at our Emory location at 7:30. See the Directions link for, um, directions.

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thursday, July 21st, 2011

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The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting
at 7:30pm on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 will be:

“An Introduction to Drupal CMS”
presented by David Tomaschik

— MP4 Pixeo of this presentation is now available for download
courtesy Steve Brown and Fabric.com at:
— and via Torrent with the torrent file at:
— and among other ALE presentations courtesy of Aaron at:
— with the presentation slides available courtesy David at:

– Drupal is a freely distributable open source Content Management
System used for building everything from basic websites to web
applications and social media sites. Drupal is scalable and can
be tailored to meet many needs, from small personal sites to
sites that get millions of hits a day. This presentation will cover
everything from choosing a hosting platform to building content
to utilizing the power of community contributed modules, with
specific topics including:
– Why is Drupal the right choice?
– Choosing a hosting platform
– Initial installation and configuration
– Building basic content
– Managing themes, blocks, and other features
– The power of “contrib” (community-contributed modules)
– An overview of custom development
– How to run multiple sites from one codebase

— David is a system administrator and Drupal developer at Kennesaw
State University. Additionally, he is currently pursuing a M.S. in
Information Security from Georgia Tech. When he’s not at the computer
(a rare event), he enjoys sci-fi books and movies and amateur

The meeting will be held at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at

…and if you missed our March meeting, be sure to
check out Davids excellent presentation on
“Protecting Privacy, Identity & Systems with GnuPG”
available at http://arxion.net/ale/

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

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Our Featured Presentation at the ALE Central meeting
for Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 7:30pm will be
“Defining the Third Tier in Personal Computing”

presented by avid computer technology historian
and collector, David Greelish

— The presentation will be exploring the question of
“What is the third tier in personal computing?”.
The first tier was the desktop computer. The second tier
was defined by the laptop, but what exactly is the third
tier? This personal computing category has been largely
indeterminate for over two decades and defining it
presents some interesting challenges. David will also be
discussing computer history in general, showcasing a few
significant desktop computers, a number of handheld
and palmtop / PDAs, with Q & A welcomed.

— David Greelish is a long time computer history enthusiast
and collector. He started the Historical Computer Society in
1992, and began creating a newsletter about old computers
in 1993 called Historically Brewed. He now runs
classiccomputing.com where he blogs, produces
a video podcast, and is recording an excellent book into a
free audio book podcast – Stan Veit’s History of the Personal
Computer. David has also started creating a local user group
to meet and play with vintage machines, and is planning to
start the first annual Classic Computing Expo next year.

We will be meeting in our usual Gambrel Hall room 1C venue.
Meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found
HERE (or via the side bar link).

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thurs., Sept. 16th, 2010

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The highlight presentation at the ALE Central Meeting
for 7:30pm on Thursday, Sept. 16th, 2010 will be:

“The Joy of Sox:
a tour of command-line sound processing”

as presented by the very soxy and alluring Charles Shapiro

— This short talk will include some rather silly sox stunts, an
explanation of the sox command line with plenty of runnable examples,
and a show-off of my very own simple but effective batch-mode
vinyl/cassette album processor, done in bash(1), sox(1), and lame(1).

— Charles Shapiro is a fan of fencing, gadgetry, juggling, gizmos,
beer brewing, obscure weaponry, radio control (in all it’s connotations),
and most anything else the that lesser world might consider “geek”.
Consistent to these avocations he has been a professional programmer
for over 14 years, specializing in C and Unix with a couple years of
C++, Perl and a plethora of Python in the mix. He can type faster than
most people can talk, is a Linux Lunacy Cruise alumnae, a liberty
minded friend of the EFF, an officially sanctioned Richard Stallman
impersonator for the FSF, and a seriously committed GNU Linux
zealot since 1996.

We will be meeting at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thurs., Aug. 20th, 2009

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The feature presentation at the ALE Central Meeting
at 7:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 20th, 2009 will be:

“Open SUSE: The State of the Disavowed Distro”
with Chuck Payne, Atlanta regional OpenSUSE Ambassador

— Despite extensive concerns and criticisms from the Free Software
community regarding SUSE’s partnership deals with Novel and the
dangerous precedents of their concessions to the extortionist FUD
campaigns of MicroSoft, the OpenSUSE project has continued to be
an important contributing developer in the global GNU Linux and
Open Source arenas. SUSE’s recently appointed volunteer ambassador
for our region, Chuck Payne, will bring us up to date on the features
and strengths of current OpenSUSE 11.1 offering and talk about
enhancements scheduled for the pending 11.2 release.

— Chuck “PUP” Payne has been working with computers since
his parents gave him an Atari 130XE for his 16th birthday
[ed – (: presumably misunderstanding his actual requests for
a Commodore Amiga :) ]. He has since worked with personal
computer platforms ranging from Atari and Apple to Mac and
PC, and has explored various operating environments including
Linux, BeOS, Solaris, FreeBSD and others. He has been
working with GNU Linux since 1998, when he bought a book on
Slackware ’96. After Slackware he tried out Red Hat, then
moved to openSUSE with their 1998 5.3 release and he has
stayed with the SUSE choice since.

Computers also became central to Chuck’s career, and he has
worked as a System Administrator since 1998. He is currently
employed by Travel Channel Media as a Unix Systems Admin,
where day to day tasks include managing TCM’s DNS, 70+ Red
Hat Linux Servers, 20 Solaris Servers, and a handful of Mac
XServers. He also helps out with web development in the areas
of Apache and JBOSS administration.

In April 2009 Chuck’s application to be a regional volunteer
ambassador for OpenSUSE was accepted, facilitating his goals
of helping people discover the benefits of Free Software,
GNU/Linux and the OpenSUSE distributions. In his free time he
bolsters his geek cred by writing bash scripts or php code,
hacking hardware in his home gadget lab, and watching any
and all Zombie flicks that cross his path.

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We will be meeting at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found
via the side bar link.

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