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The Supersized Atlanta Linux Install Fest and Social Forum Support Spectacular

Filed at 12:25 pm June 7, 2007 under by Ruscetta

Announcing the
Supersized Atlanta Linux Install Fest
and Social Forum Support Spectacular

Saturday, June 16th, 10:00am to 6:00pm
at Taylor Letter Service,
385 Northyards Blvd. NW, Atlanta

An Open Source Software project from members of
the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts and the USSF Information
and Communications Technology group in support of
the the U.S. Social Forum event being hosted in Atlanta
from June 27th through July 1st!

Please join us for some free treats and beverages and
help install GNU/Linux on over 60 reclaimed computers!
Bring your own systems for installation and tech support!
Help to raise computer literacy on a global scale!

The global community supporting Freedom Friendly Linux
and Open Source Software will have an active presence at this
year’s global community conference for promoting Freedom
Friendly ideals of social justice, democracy and civil liberty.
In keeping with the principles of the Social forum, the vision
of the USSF Information and Communication Technology
team (ICT) is a free and open source powered infrastructure
to provide Internet access and communications support for
media, administrative and public information functions
throughout the U.S. Social Forum event.

The USSF ICT team is currently on task to prep, install and
deploy from 60 to 90 reclaimed PIII computers for use as
Linux workstations at the forum’s main Civic Center venue,
so they are hosting, in association with members of the
Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts and other Georgia Open Source
software groups, The Supersized Linux Install Fest and Social
Forum Support Spectacular.

While the support project is the primary focus of the event,
this will still be a regular Linux Install Fest as well, so everyone
is invited to bring their own systems for installation, trouble
shooting, or just to show off.

Everyone will also be welcome to present their systems for
a fast network install of the USSF’s slightly customized (32bit)
version of the latest Ubuntu distro. [ For network installs we
are requesting minimum system requirements of a PIII 750mhz
processor, 256meg memory, working (bootable) CD rom drive,
10gig hard drive, 10/100 nic and VGA Graphics support of
1024×768 screen resolutions ].

Many monitors, keyboards and mice will be available for
everyone’s use. Some free food and free beverages will be on
hand in keeping with the free software and free thinking of all
the participants in the Supersized Linux Install Fest and
Social Forum Support Spectacular!

ALSO PLEASE NOTE that donations or loans of 10/100 network
distribution hardware and cabling for use at the forum will be
very greatly appreciated!

Taylor Letter Service, 385 Northyards Blvd. NW, Atlanta is
located near the Georgia Tech Campus and Coca-Cola
headquarters, just off of North Avenue near it’s intersection
with Northside Drive. Northyards Blvd. is a cul-de-sac and
Taylor Letter Service is at the last driveway on the road.

For any additional information needs, please contact:
Aaron Ruscetta

ALE Central Mtg. for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Filed at 12:08 pm under by Ruscetta

We have a special visiting guest speaker
from New York offering our ALE Central
presentation for Thursday, June 14th:

Virtual On Demand Hardware

Presented by Jamie McClelland,
ICT organizer for the USSF

There was a time when a computer was a computer and
a hard drive was a hard drive. With new technologies like
Logical Volume Manager (LVM) and Xen, that time seems
to be passing rapidly. LVM provides us with new ways to
combine physical hard drives into pools that can be easily
and dynamically allocated, re-sized, and re-allocated. Xen
allows us to run multiple instances of linux on a single server,
migrate instances from one server to another, and easily
re-allocate memory and drive space between instances.
In short – these are dramatically powerful tools for separating
what you are doing from the physical constraints of the
machines you are doing it on.

During this presentation, we will take a step-by-step tour
demonstrating how to turn one server with one hard drive
into one server with multiple virtual instances all with multiple
virtual hard drives. The demo will be carried out on a Debian
Etch system featuring lvm2, xen and xen-tools.

Jamie is a co-director of May First/People link, a unionized,
membership-based Internet hosting organization. In addition
to the expected duties of system administration, support, and
programming projects, he’s actively involved in organizing
technologists around the US Social Forum (being hosted in
Atlanta June 27 through July 1). In one capacity or
another, Jamie has spent the last eight years providing
technology support to nonprofits and activists organizations.
Prior to technology work, Jamie has worked in a variety of
organizations and movements, including Libraries for the
Future, Act Up!, and ACORN.

Meeting time is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School are at the
Central Meeting link on the side bar.