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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 --

June Meeting ALE Central – Fedora 22!

Filed at 7:39 am under by jkinney

ALE Central will have it’s next meeting June 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the usual ALE Central Location.

We will talk about, and play with, the newly released Fedora 22. The separation of Fedora into server and workstations is very complete. The addition of the atomic release is up for discussion as well. There will be some freshly installed VM’s and maybe a new to install VM to walk through the process.


The speaker will be Jim Kinney who has a long history of being a totally over-the-top Linux Enthusiasts. He also works at Emory and gets to play with Linux systems for a living. Occasionally he melts metal and creates sawdust. He can often be found with an ale nearby.

(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 Meeting “Linux MD RAID” 7:30 Feb 19, 2015

Filed at 1:49 pm under by jkinney

Linux MD RAID has been helping both enterprises and hobbyists keep their systems running through thick and thin for many years. In the past few years, hardware evolution and marketplace changes have created some traps for the unwary. This presentation will review the feature history
of Linux RAID, explain the most common traps, and show common configurations with their pros and cons. An “alternate” install of Ubuntu server will be used for demonstrations.
Phil Turmel has been an electronics and computing enthusiast since his father had him help solder together a Heathkit H8 back in 1979. As an Electrical Engineer and small businessman, Phil has been using Linux for both work and home tasks for over a decade. A regular contributor to the linux-raid mailing list, Phil has both experienced and helped others.
with common Linux RAID problems.

The meeting will be at ALE-Central at 7:30 pm. See here for directions.

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.

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