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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 CENTRAL MTG. for Thurs., Jan. 17, 2013

Filed at 12:39 pm January 15, 2013 under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting
at 7:30pm on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 will be:

“Virtualization Management For The PHB
Using Pretty Screens With Pointy Clicky Interfaces”
with Jim Kinney

— Jim will go over some nice features of two systems, ovirt
and cloudmin, and demonstrate how they can be used for
both simple and enterprise-scale virtualization management.
Short-failings of each will also be moaned over.

–- James (Jim) Kinney became a zealous fan of Linux and
Liberated Open Source Software the first time he saw a
discarded Next Cube running Slackware in 1992. In the
20 years since his introduction to Linux & FLOSS goodness,
James transformed his obsession into a career. First at Emory
University where he taught physics, converted their computer
lab to Linux and helped co-found LUGE, the Linux Users Group
of Emory. Next followed a 10+ year stint as an entrepreneur
Linux & Open Source consultant. Notable projects included
the installation of 40+ Linux servers running 2000+ student
stations in Atlanta public schools, server upgrade work at
Google, systems integration for a travel booking company,
and consulting for Cox Communications
– Currently Jim works with the Internet Security Systems
group of IBM along side some [other] really bright people
who are actively involved in protecting all aspects of
critical path communications (despite any MicroSoft
products in the pavement).

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

ALE-NW@SPSU MTG. — 7:30pm Thurs., January 10th, 2013

Filed at 12:00 pm January 8, 2013 under by Ruscetta

The next ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at
7:30pm in room 266J of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus. This is the
same room as last semester. We will try something new in the format for this meeting:
a short presentation and a panel discussion.

a) Lightning Talk:
“How-To Setup Virtual Machines for Best Performance”

— This will target non-enterprise systems, suitable for small businesses and home
users. VirtualBox and KVM using virt-manager will included as time permits.
Presented by JD.

b) Discussion: “Linux Desktop Security Techniques”
— An interactive panel where the following topics will be considered:
* email
* browser and browser plugins
* firewalls
* remote access
* antivirus
* networking
* patch management
* SELinux and (whatever Ubuntu is pushing)
* Anonymous browsing
* bittorrenting and Usenet
* other topics from the audience

Orlando Karam and JD  are the confirmed panelist, but we are hoping for
other distinguished guests.

Orlando Karam was born in the US but grew up in Mexico. He got hooked up with
Unix while a grad student at Tulane University, and has been running Linux on
servers and laptops for more than 15 years. He teaches computer science at
Southern Polytechnic State University, and is starting to use AWS for research
and development.

JD  has been a Linux user since 1993 on SLS, when you needed to
be A MAN to install it. He’s been using virtual machines since 1989 on MVS,
but started on midrange virtualization in 2000 with VMware Workstation and
Sun Microsystems Domains. The last 5 years, he has use almost every type of
virtualization available on Linux in production environments (VMware Player,
ESX, ESXi, Xen, KVM, and VirtualBox). He also enjoys running his main Linux
desktop, a virtual machine, from a private cloud that any computing device
supporting NX clients can access.

For a 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-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 (dot) com]