Welcome to the

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 --
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.


Filed at 10:13 pm February 20, 2010 under by Ruscetta

On SATURDAY, MARCH 6th, from 9am to 7pm,
we need any and all volunteers who can donate
some time and talent to


hosted at the Railroad Earth Studios,
1467 Oxford Road NE, Atlanta, 30307

(RRE is the large gray stone house about 4 buildings
South of the entrance to Emory University at North
Decatur Road. Parking in the neighboring Saba lot
is fine, _except_ in front of the computer repair shop).

The goal of the day is to perform triage and light repairs
to recover as many working laptops as possible from a stack
of about 100 used units. Any systems that can be revived
to a functional state (hopefully 50 or more) will be installed
with a Linux OS Distro and packed up for shipment to South

Volunteers are welcome to arrive and leave any time during
the day, but should be ready to volunteer for a minimum 2 hr.
shift. ANY AND ALL SKILL LEVELS of Linux use, Linux
configuration and hardware repair are welcome. Volunteers
with language skills in Espanol may be especially helpful.
Pizza lunch and soft drinks will be provided around 1pm,
BYOA (bring your own Ale) adult beverages are OK as well.

If interested in volunteering for this worthwhile charity
project, please RSVP to ArxAaron[at]gmail.com

ALE & Source Freedom Linux Fest at ITT Tech, Sat., 2/27

Filed at 7:31 pm under by Ruscetta

On SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, from 9am to 5pm,
we invite you to join us for

ALE & Source Freedom Linux Fest
at ITT Technical College

A Freedom Friendly, Linux Installation and Education Event
cooperatively sponsored by ITT Tech, Source Freedom(.com)
and the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts (ALE.org)

The event is being hosted at the new ITT Tech facilities at:
485 Oak Place, Atlanta, GA 30349

(Location is South Atlanta near I-75 @ I-285,
corner of Atlanta South Parkway and Oak Place.
Once inside the building, follow signs to the lab.)

• Free Linux Discs and a variety of Linux Distros including
Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora, CentOS, Puppy Linux, DSL and more.
• Free Expert Help Installing and Configuring Linux on your own machine.
• Seminars by Experts on Various Topics (see wiki.sourcefreedom.com)
• Free WiFi Available
• Free Soft Drinks, Snacks and Pizza Lunch Provided By ITT Tech!
• Techs@Heart support info and More!!!

If you want to get involved as a presenter, a contributor or some
other way, email mhalton[at]itt-tech.edu

We invite everyone to promote this event where ever
possible and appropriate! A printable PDF poster for
is available here.

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thursday, Feb. 18th, 2010

Filed at 12:39 pm February 12, 2010 under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation at the ALE Central Meeting
for 7:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 18th, 2010 will be:

Native Linux Virtualization:
An Overview of KVM Installation and Management

with Damon Chesser

— An overview of the Kernel Virtual Machine with consideration of the
advantages and disadvantages compared to technologies like Xen. The
talk will cover basic installation and configuration, then look at several
KVM management and monitoring tools including virt-manager, virsh,
oVirt and Proxmox VE.

— Damon’s career has been nothing if not diverse. Formally, he has
worked as (in order) a Navy Electronics Tech, a Self Employed Window
Cleaner, a Furniture mover, and a Furniture Sales Man. Then one day he
woke up and decided to be a computer tech. As his wife, a commercial
programmer, would not let him run any unlicensed software, so he turned
to the freedom of Open Source and learned Linux. As a self taught
computer aficionado, he made a career out of being a drop in support
tech. Along the way, he was hired by Dell to be an Enterprise Support
Analyst and opened up the support center in OKC. While there he
became a founding member of the “Alt OS Queue”, Dell-Speak for
anything NOT Windows, including VMware products. After moving to the
Atlanta area to be close to his wife’s family, he connected with a startup
company that allowed him to experiment with Linux virtualization.
He rolled out a few new product offerings based off of KVM, but due
to poor structuring, the company did not survive. He is currently
weighing his options for continuing to work professionally in Linux:
“I always look at technology from a practical view: Yes, that’s cool,
but what can it do for me?”

We will be meeting at Emory Law School 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
via the side bar link.