ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thurs., June 21st, 2012

Filed at 9:09 am under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting
at 7:30pm on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 will be:

“Open Source in Education:
Liberating Students, Teachers, Schools and Budgets
with Liberated Information Technology”

with Jim Kinney

– This presentation will be a look at tools, techniques and
philosophies from the communities of Free Liberated Open
Source technology that should be integrated RIGHT NOW
in K12 schools.
– Discussions will include a look at elements of the Open
Source universe that are an obvious and natural fit with the
functions and concerns of K12 education. Some specific
software and configuration techniques will be discussed,
along with the benefits of integrating key concepts from
Open Source communities into the daily working process
of K12 schools and related IT practices.

– 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

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