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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 --

(Last?) ALE-Central Meeting May 21, 2015

Filed at 2:40 pm under by jkinney

It’s been a long time getting to this point but the attendance at meetings is down to 2 people. That’s not enough to justify a speaker doing the effort for a presentation. Jim Kinney has offered to provide life support for 6 months by way of being the speaker with a variety of topics for the 6 months of meetings beginning June 18. The caveat is there needs to be 30 people that commit to attending meetings so there’s at least 15-20 that show up.

This meeting on May 21 will be a planning meeting for topics. So get your ideas sorted and bring them!

May 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the ALE-Central location.

ALE-CENTRAL MTG. — 7:30pm Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Filed at 1:12 pm under by Ruscetta

7:30pm Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Emory Campus PAIS Bldg., Rm 561

A DIALOG: ALE in a Changing Internet Landscape

As we all know, the world of technology is changing in both good
and not so good ways. These changes are clearly being felt at ALE.

How can ALE continue to be relevant in a walled garden world of
Facebook and Hangouts and Meetups? Should the walled garden
be viewed as a new conquest?

Linux no longer has to struggle for recognition or relevance. ALE
has been part of the pointy end of the stick that has forced the
changes where Linux is now seen as not just a means to a cost
effective end but an essential element in all phases of electronic life.

Except for the desktop.

Apple is increasingly viewed as a viable desktop for schools and
personal use. They are making the push into business desktop uses
as well. Is this a good thing for the continued freedoms, and
responsibilities, that Linux systems offer?

Join in the discussion of ALE future and Linux changes. Please
bring a laptop, tablet or pen and paper. The meeting focus is not
just what can be done, but more importantly _who_ is going to
be doing it. The room seats 30. It needs to be standing room only
for this one.

ALE Central Meeting Nov 20, 2014 7:30pm

Filed at 3:20 pm under by jkinney

First Steps with Two Factor Authentication

Your password is not, and will never again be, good enough. Whether you are using services from Google or other providers, increasingly, you are being asked to provide another level to authentication, which is good for all of us. But, as a home user or beginning Systems Administrator, how do you get started with some of these technologies yourself?

This presentation will cover a few soft token tools (Duo Security, Google Authenticator), as well as the recent iterations of Yubikeys.

Brian MacLeod is a Systems Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, supporting research on high performance computing resources with the Partnership for Advanced Computing Environment (PACE) team.

ALE-Central Meeting, Thurs., Oct 16, 7:30pm

Filed at 4:47 pm under by JD P

TOPIC – Systemd: Love it, hate it, it’s here!
When: 7:30p Oct 16, 2014
Where: Ask JimK – directions on left are not correct. Suggest looking through email archives.
UPDATE: See link on left for directions to ALE Central Meetings.

A general discussion of systemd with no real focus other than to dispel myths and introduce the system to those who have had it forced upon them. Q&A will be taken, of course, if there is time.

There’s not a lot to say: for most people, it’s completely under the hood. For the rest, we’ll talk a bit about all that can be done with it:
> udev
> systemd journal
> D-Bus, KD-Bus, PolicyKit
> Multi-seat
> Easy service prototyping and development
> Virtual machines as system services
> And more!

BIO – Michael B. Trausch is an independent consultant and developer performing all manner of IT services using free software, including network systems administration and programming (in many different and often disliked languages). He works from home (when everything is going well…) and devotes much of his time to parenting his kids Ben and Amelia. He is an advocate for free software, public education, and freedom in general, accepting the responsibilities that
come with it. He is also obsessed with typography and Unicode, and
drinks way too much coffee.

ALE-CENTRAL MTG. — 7:30pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Filed at 5:59 pm under by Ruscetta

The featured presentation at ur ALE Central meeting for
7:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 20th, 2014 will now, thanks
to snow and ice days, be the new debut for:

A Hands-on Introduction to the Linux Command Line

presented by Jim Kinney



Anyone can use Linux systems with a mouse, but the real elegance and power
is at the command line. This presentation is designed to ease the transition from
mouse monkey marvel to command line commando with a HANDS-ON, follow the
examples session that will mix a bit of fun with the fundamentals; all you’ll need
to play along is your laptop. We will be providing copies of the Fedora 20 / i386
live DVD to offer a consistent environment, so advance testing of your system
with a recent Fedora Live DVD is recommended. Alternative Linux OS distros will
work as well, but some parts of the class may be rather different, especially for
Debian derivatives. No networking will be required and the venue has power plugs
at the seats so charged up batteries can be optional.

Special Venue Details:

We have arranged to host this meeting in the E208 lecture hall of the
Mathematics And Science Center building on the Emory campus,
400 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, 30322. A PDF of directions with detailed
maps can is available for viewing and download here:


Jim Kinney was introduced to Linux in 1993. It became a major distraction in his
pursuit of a Masters degree of Physics at GSU in 1997. However, it helped with his
first job at the Emory department of Physics in 1997 where he put students in front
of Linux machines and built a loosely coupled cluster of those student machines at
the same time NASA was building the first Beowulf clusters. After Emory, Jim ran
headlong to the darkside of Linux systems and IT support, design and administration.
Jim founded and ran a consulting firm for 10 years and has worked at places such
as Cox Communications, IBM, GaTech Research Institute and Google. Currently, Jim
is back at Emory running HPC systems for research needs. In his spare time Jim is a
perpetual student of metalworking, beer production and taste testing, martial arts
and general physical world hacking. At one point, Jim actually tried to make a policy
difference in education and ran for DeKalb County school board. He lives with wife
(MS Geology), son (GT engineer wannabe), 5 cats and an old black lab who won’t
chase the cats.

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