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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.

ALE GPG Keysigning Party and Solstice Season Social: Dec. 8 at SPSU

Filed at 1:18 pm under by Ruscetta

Due to Emory student activities at our regular venue and
time, the December 2011 ALE CENTRAL Meeting
has been MOVED to the ALE NW venue:

SPSU Campus, Atrium “J” Bldg. rm J110,

(directions link and parking notes below)

Activities will include:
An ALE GPG/PGP Keysigning Party

followed immediately by our
2011 Solstice Season Social

Our December ALE NW Meeting and ALE Central meetings are being
combined as a PGP/GPG Keysigning Party (7:30pm to ~9:15pm) followed
by an ALE Solstice Season Social at a nearby eatery (starting by 9:30pm,
location to be announced).

For those unfamiliar with PGP or interested in learning more about the
GnuPG implentation of PGP cryptography and the value of protecting
your privacy and your identity with PGP signatures, we suggest you
review David Tomaschik’s March 2011 presesntation on the topic.
Video of this presentation is available for download or streaming under
the file name “ale-20110317-gpg-tomaschik.mp4” at these URL’s:
http://arxion.net/ale/ and http://jimkinney.us/downloads/
A torrent is also available at
https: //s3.amazonaws.com/datalore/ale-20110317-gpg-tomaschik.mp4?torrent
The video file is ~443MB as h.264 encode in an mp4 wrapper.

For those who wishing to participate, the key signing party serves to
confirm the identity of other PGP Key users by connecting them to a
“key ring” and including them in the “web of trust” needed to validate
their keys, signatures and identitiies.

Internationally recognized I.T. cryptography and security expert
Michael Warfield will present the GPG/PGP introduction and will
direct the key signing process.


The documentation includes links to step by step GPG How To’s
and other helpful information on public key encryption, including:

Southern Polytechnic State University
Room J110 of the Atrium (J) building

Campus map and a link to directions please see
Parking in non reserved spaces in the P60 deck is best.
building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east
of the parking deck.

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thursday, Nov. 17th, 2011

Filed at 3:52 am under by Ruscetta

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

A Pioneering Introduction to Puppet
with Matt Urbanski

— Puppet is a configuration management tool written in ruby that
allows a sysadmin to wield their influence and expertise over far
more machines than one could without it. It uses a simple but
powerful DSL which I would like to introduce to everyone who is
not familiar with it, and open a dialogue about how our role as
admins is changing with the scalability problems we are faced with.

– Matt Urbanski is a functional programmer turned sysadmin. His last
awesome job was in high frequency trading, administrating a super
low latency MAN and optimizing trading algorithms. He also worked for
an advertising firm in Europe administrating hundreds of cloud based
apache instances for serving ads where they were needed, when they
were paid for, using puppet.
– Matt is currently working for a medtech/bioinformatics firm, selling
data to oncologists and the pharma industry. He is also involved in
a new professional group focusing on agile system administration
tools and techniques:

Our ALE Central meetings are usually held at Emory
Law School in the Gambrel Hall lecture room 1C.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at