[ale] Greetings Linux Enthusiasts (new to the area)

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Sep 3 16:22:45 EDT 2010

Hi all,

I (relatively recently) moved into the general Atlanta area from the
Northeast.  While I'm new to Atlanta, I'm certainly not new to Linux and
F/OSS.  In Boston I've been an online member of the BLU for nearly a
decade (possibly more, but my mail archives of the list only seem to go
back to 2002).  Being new to the area I'd like to introduce myself, give
you a little history about me, and hopefully get the chance to learn
about you all and meet some of you eventually.

I've been a Linux user since 1992 (the first computer I owned that ran
Linux used Slackware with kernel version 0.99pl15) and did some major
Kernel Development back in 1994.  Over the years I've been significantly
involved in some open source projects like (MIT) PGP, ipsec-tools,
OpenAFS, and GnuCash, and minorly involved in others, like MythTV.

In real life I'm a Security Software Engineer, where I get to take cool
algorithms like RSA, AES, and SHA-256 and apply them to interesting uses
like authentication systems, encrypted email, and encrypted hard disks.

Like I said, I'm new to the area so I hope to learn more about the local
traditions and ins-and-outs of local High Tech community.


       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
       Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board  (SIPB)
       URL: http://web.mit.edu/warlord/    PP-ASEL-IA     N1NWH
       warlord at MIT.EDU                        PGP key available

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