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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 merging with GA-400 Linux meetups

Filed at 1:58 pm under by jkinney

Things are moving along on this. I (Jim Kinney) became the official organizer of the GA-400 site about a week ago. The folks at Meetup.com have been very helpful in the transition.

Some stuff that’s needed is a new banner. The old ALE banner is looking dated. Maybe it’s time to generate a new one – 960x160px. Got an offer to help from Jason (THANKS!!) so between the two of us we may have some to look in a a short time.

JD has been a huge help in wrangling/hijacking helping make this merger happen :-)  Ever few days now I get a phone call or email from a new person looking at ALE because of the GA 400 group pointing them our way.

As soon as we figure out how, we will setup some sub groups to accommodate the growing distance between meeting – central, top-end, NW and now Southside. YAY!

Return of ALE Northeast Meetings Postponed

Filed at 1:19 am under by Administrator

Due to schedule demands on the moderator and some red tape delays in securing a meeting room the August 7th, 2008 ALE Northeast meeting has been canceled.

Our apologies for any inconvenience, but we do expect to resume the regular First Thursday schedule of ALE Northeast meetings beginning with September 4th, 2008.

ALE NorthEast Mtg. for Thurs., May 1, 2008

Filed at 8:20 pm under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation for the ALE Northeast Meeting
of May 1, 2008, 7:30pm (* in the new room # noted below)
will be:

An introduction to TLS, OpenSSL,
and X.509 Certificates

presented by Stephen Cristol

— What do you do when an install-script-generated,
self-signed X.509 certificate expires? The X.509 certificate
will be an organizing theme to talk about an assortment of
topics ranging from the history of secure socket layer to
privacy enhanced mail (PEM) file formats. By the end of
the talk, you should know how to replace an expired
certificate. You should also have a better understanding
of how secure connections work.

— Stephen is an Editor of the open access journal Molecular
Vision (molvis.org). He began his Linux journey in 2000
with Red Hat 6.1. The journey continues today with CentOS
4.6 and 5.1.

(mayday, mayday, mayday)
Classroom C-1130 (C Building)
Georgia Gwinnett College
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Parking and C Building Virtual Map are HERE

You are welcome to park in any UNMARKED (Student) parking
spaces on campus. Parking in the spaces marked visitor may or
may not yield a ticket.

We will be meeting in C-1130 this month, and I am currently
working out the details for later months’ meetings. Hopefully
we can be assigned a regular room that fits us well.

Unlike the previous meeting space, you CAN bring food and
drink to this classroom!


for Thursday, April 3, 2008

Filed at 3:19 pm under by Ruscetta

The ALE North East meeting presentation
for Thursday, April 3rd will be
“Instant Supercomputer: Just add Linux!”
presented by
Vernard Martin

As the popularity of computing clusters increase, so do the number of
clusters running Linux. Vernard will relate his experience with how
Linux fits in these environments.

Vernard Martin is a founding member of ALE and a Senior Problem
Wrangler for the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
where he runs their high performance computational environment. He has
been using Linux longer than any sane human being would care to admit.
He lives right outside Atlanta, GA with with his cat Lieutenant and of
course, his own baby cluster.

The ALE North East meetings are held at 7:30pm on the First Thursday
of each month and are hosted at Georgia Gwinnett College, Building C,
room C-1260. Map links and directions to Georgia Gwinnett College location
are posted at the side bar link.


Thursday, March 6th, 7:30pm

Filed at 5:00 am under by Ruscetta

The ALE North East Meeting has found a new home at
Georgia Gwinnett College in the Building C Auditorium
and will resume a regular schedule of meetings on the
First Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.

Map links and directions to Georgia Gwinnett College
location are posted at the side bar link.

The new volunteer meeting moderator for the N.E. group is
Brian MacLeod, and he will be also providing the main presentation
for the N.E. meeting on Thursday, March 6th entitled:

“Kickstart Your Linux Boxes”

Kickstart is an installation method created by Red Hat for the purpose
of quick deployment of Linux computers. It is available for most Red
Hat based distributions (CentOS, Fedora, etc). I will go into some of
the advantages and disadvantages of this method, and what gains we
have made at Georgia Gwinnett College by using it.

Brian MacLeod is a Linux System Administrator and developing VOIP geek
at Georgia Gwinnett College. He has worked for several University
System of Georgia institutions that have called Lawrenceville home,
and has previously presented at ALE meetings on Kickstart, SYSLINUX,
and DHCP Failover.

The meeting may also include further discussion about the direction of
ALE-NE (jumping off from the Feb. ALE Central meeting), including,
as always, volunteers for presentations, as well as discussion about what
people would like to see in the future.

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