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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 --
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.

Source Freedom/ALE/ITT Linux Fest: Sat., February 19, 2011

Filed at 2:28 pm February 15, 2011 under by Ruscetta

ITT Tech – CNS Events
in cooperation with
Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts and Source Freedom
are presenting another

Linux Freedom Fest

Saturday, February 19, 9am to 5pm

Hosted by ITT Technical Institute, Atlanta Campus:
485 Oak Place, Atlanta, GA 30349
(At the corner of Atlanta South Parkway and Oak Place)

— Free Linux OS Live/Install Distro Discs,
including Ubuntu 10.10
— Free Expert Help Installing and Configuring
Linux on your own system(s).
— Seminars by Experts on Various Topics
— Free WiFi Available
— Free Drinks and Food provided by ITT Tech
— And More!!!

For full details, see (and share!) the event POSTER!

To get involved as a presenter, a contributor or in
any other volunteer capacity, send an email to
Michael Halton at ITT Tech

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thursday, February 17, 2011

Filed at 5:01 pm February 7, 2011 under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting
at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 will be:

“Networking & Network Security Basics”
with Michael Trausch

– Computer networks are something that we see simply everywhere
now. From the basic corner store to large corporate buildings, in most
homes and nearly all businesses, there are networks, both wired and
wireless. Networking technology continues to evolve as well, so
networking devices have gotten smaller and less expensive, while
implementing networks has become easier and more automated.
The big downside of this ubiquity and automation is that our networks
have become harder to secure, particularly when they carry important
data (for all values of “important” that may apply).

– Security considerations exist throughout the network and at every
level of the technology, from the network edge(s), the centralized
gateways, and the various nodes (computer systems, embedded
devices, or otherwise), throughout the software applications and
on down to the most vulnerable component, the human users.
This presentation will touch on aspects of all of these.

Michael B. Trausch (a.k.a. “the genius who locked his keys in his car
at the January meeting”) 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 five
year old son, Benjamin. 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. ;-)
[editors note: there is no such thing as too much coffee]

Additional resources:
– Slides will be made available for download, as well as a list of
links to reading material that will cover all of the topics mentioned
in greater depth.

The meeting will be held at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at