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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-NW@SPSU MTG. for Thurs., Feb. 9th, 7:30pm

Filed at 7:00 pm under by Ruscetta

The next ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held
Thursday, Feb. 9th, 2012 at 7:30pm in room J131
of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus.

The feature presentation will be
Seat Belts and Airbags for Bash

with Michael Potter

– bash (and scripting languages in general) act as the glue that hold other
system components together. This presentation will focus on the underutilized
features of bash that are critical to building production quality scripts, Demos
will show you how to turn on options that expose the hidden timebombs in
the code.
– Turning these features on should be considered a requirement much like
turning on strict and warnings are considered a requirement for Perl.
– Much of the bash syntax is redundant; I will also explain which syntax to
use and which syntax to avoid.
– Knowledge of any of the common UNIX scripting languages will be sufficient
to attend this meeting. Scripters at all proficiency levels will get value from
attending this presentation. Although I do not address differences between
Korn shell and bash, much of what I talk about also applies to Korn shell.
– I developed this presentation after getting frustrated with bash’s default
behavior of continuing to process after an error occurred. I was determined
to find a way to make bash a more reliable language.

– Michael has been working in IT since 1989 when he switched from
programming automotive embedded systems. Since that time he has
been involved in projects related to moving mainframe applications to
UNIX and Linux using open-source technologies.
– Recently Michael incorporated Tapp Solutions, LLC. A company
dedicated to serving the insurance industry with mobile, desktop and
web applications. Including handheld quote calculators and scanned
document handling.
– You can reach Michael at michael@potter.name

For a campus map and a link to directions please see
http ://www.spsu.edu/visitspsu/campusmaps/index.htm
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-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope
you will join us! Also remember that topic suggestions
and presentation offers the meetings can be emailed to
[ jdp (at) algoloma ]

ALE-CENTAL MTG. for Thurs., Jan. 26, 7:30pm

Filed at 12:24 pm under by Ruscetta


No rooms were available to accommodate our regular third
Thursday meeting schedule, so we have moved the meeting
date to Thursday, January 26th.

Due to a large fundraiser party event being held outside our
usual room on the 26th, we will be using a different room:
7:30pm at Emory Law School, Gambrel Hall, Room 5E.

Please use the free parking deck adjacent to the
Law School building. The deck entrance is on the EAST END
off of Gambrel Drive, the farthest side from the Law School entrance.
See detail map at: http://ale.org/?page_id=2

Our featured presentation will be a reprise of the popular
talk offered at the Jan. 12 meeting of ALE-NW@SPSU:

Network and Systems Management
with OpenNMS

presented by Jeff Gehlbach

— Whether your organization’s network has a dozen nodes or twelve-thousand, it
sucks when some of those nodes go down or have performance problems. A whole
discipline of network and systems management has evolved to deal with this
problem, resulting in many software platforms both free and proprietary aiming
to solve it. One of these, OpenNMS (Open Network Management System), brings a
100% free and Open Source software approach with massive scalability as its key
operational goal. This talk will present a gentle introduction to network
management concepts along with a tour of OpenNMS’ architecture and, provided the
stars align, a live demo!

— Jeff Gehlbach discovered Linux in 1994 when a friend shared with him a box
of floppies containing Slackware 2.3, and has been hooked ever since. He has
subsequently worked as a network engineer, Solaris and Linux systems admin,
network management consultant, and network management software developer
among others. Today he pays the bills by helping organizations manage their
networks and systems using free software including OpenNMS.

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