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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 --
For information about upcoming weekly and monthly meetings, please check the ALE Meetup Group Calendar. We do not, and never will, require anyone to sign up with Meetup (or any other service) to attend any of our meetings; we only use it as an additional platform to connect with others in the local Atlanta area who are also interested in Linux.

The Spring 2008 Ubuntu Linux Install Fest

Filed at 2:02 pm May 13, 2008 under by Ruscetta

When the virus of MS Windows has become the disease,
Ubuntu Linux is your painless and permanent cure!

Discover the Healthy Freedom of
Open Source & Linux Technology!

Let us introduce you to all the Familiar, User Friendly
and System Compatible solutions for enhancing your
Personal Computer experience at:

The Spring 2008 Ubuntu Linux

Install Fest & Forum

A public invitation to Free Software, Free Technical Help
and Free Information from the generous, patient, friendly
and informed Open Source technology professionals of
Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts and Ubuntu-Georgia

Saturday, May 17, 9:00am to 5:00pm
at Emory Law School Gambrell Hall, Room 5e

[ Directions to Gambrell Hall ]

ALE Install Festivals are a great way to RESTORE, REVIVE OR RECYCLE
OLDER PC’s and keep them out of the landfill. EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR

We help provide all the peripheral parts like monitors, mice and keyboards so
that all you have to bring is your laptop or computer CPU case and we’ll help
you discover how seamlessly Ubuntu Linux will work for you and your system!
And note that experimenting with Ubuntu is entirely USER SAFE. By default,
the Ubuntu exploration and installation processes will KEEP ALL YOUR
(though you can also choose to entirely remove all M$ viruses from
your system as an additional bonus of choosing to switch to Linux).


Like most everything Linux, the ALE Linux & Ubuntu Install Festivals are
totally FREE and OPEN to anyone and everyone interested in learning
how using their computers and exploring the internet can be cheaper,
simpler, easier, safer and a whole lot more fun.

Other features of the Spring 2008 Install Fest will include:
— Hands on demo systems where you can experiment with all that Linux offers
and find out just how simple and familiar free computing choices are.
— Assistance with safely booting your AMD/Intel PC or Mac with an Ubuntu Live
Install CD so you can freely explore and test the free Linux Desktop environment
and any of the many dozens of useful free programs that are included, all without
making any changes to your existing system whatsoever.
— Knowledgeable, patient help with installing Linux onto your system hard drive
when you decide that Free Computer Freedom is a really great deal!
— Free Copies of the Ubuntu Hardy Heron (v8.04 LTS) Live Install CD will be
available to everyone attending. Note that free Ubuntu Live CD’s can also be
ordered, requested or downloaded for burning anytime atUbuntu.com/getUbuntu
— Demonstrations of the free Ubuntu Desktop and other major Open Source
software like Open Office packages will be offered at the Install Fest.
— Light refreshments will be available throughout the day and lunch will be
available for a modest contribution.
— A plethora of Linux & Ubuntu experts at the ready to assist with any questions
about anything involving Open Source, Linux and Ubuntu.

An event schedule and related information can be found HERE.

To learn more about Ubuntu GNU Linux and the Hardy Heron 8.04
release specifically, please visit Ubuntu.com

For any additional information needs, please contact:
Aaron Ruscetta, 404.315.0406 // aruscetta@gmail.com

ALE CENTRAL for Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Filed at 12:23 pm under by Ruscetta

Our Thursday, May 15th, 7:30pm ALE Central meeting
will be focused on the state of Linux and OSS tools for
music & audio production with a program entitled:

Sound Computing Practices for Linux:
Inside Ubuntu Studio and XO Wave

with presenters
Bjorn Roche and Aaron Ruscetta

— While Linux has formed a strong presence in almost every realm
of computing, digital media production is a specialty application
arena where Open Source software has only recently begun to offer
competitive options for professionals. Historically, the proprietary
file encoding formats and specialty hardware requirements of digital
media had hindered the development of OSS tools for audio & video
production, but the tide is changing as commodity hardware has
become more media capable and the digital formats have become
more open and standardized.
— Using comparisons to some of the popular commercial software
products available for the de-facto computer platform for pro media
production, Mac OSeX, our presentation will be evaluating a few of
the promising and capable OSS competitors found in Ubuntu Studio
(8.04). In tandem with our look inside Ubuntu Studio, we will be
making more specific platform comparisons as ALE’s Bjorn Roche
discusses the unique challenges he faces in developing XO Wave,
a multi-track audio editing and mastering package that he maintains
both commercially for Mac OSeX and as a free (as in beer) offering
for the Linux community.

— Bjorn Roche is a long time Linux user and entrepreneur software
developer specializing in tools for audio production and primarily
working with Java for it’s cross platform strengths. In addition to
creating and maintaining his cross platform XO Wave audio editing
and mastering package, Bjorn has made numerous contributions
to the OSS community. Most significantly, he was an instrumental
developer of the Mac OSeX Core Audio layer which greatly simplifies
and facilitates porting of Open Source audio tools to and from the Mac.
— Aaron Ruscetta is a 30 year veteran of video, audio and computer
media production in all of its incarnations of form and format, both
analog and digital. Working as an independent contractor under his
business moniker of Image Architects for over 15 years has also
allowed him to very flexibly pursue his many computer geek and
videot savant passions, with titles ranging from College Instructor
in Computer Graphics and 3D Animation to Junior Linux System
Administrator to Director of Entropy Containment. Aaron has been
a consistently active contributor to any community that has been
willing to tolerate his eccentricities, serving in numerous officer roles
during 10+ years with the Amiga Atlanta users group and serving with
ALE for several years as an Event Coordinator and Meeting Moderator.

XO Wave / XO Audio
Ubuntu Studio

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).