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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 --

ALE Central Meeting Nov 20, 2014 7:30pm

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First Steps with Two Factor Authentication

Your password is not, and will never again be, good enough. Whether you are using services from Google or other providers, increasingly, you are being asked to provide another level to authentication, which is good for all of us. But, as a home user or beginning Systems Administrator, how do you get started with some of these technologies yourself?

This presentation will cover a few soft token tools (Duo Security, Google Authenticator), as well as the recent iterations of Yubikeys.

Brian MacLeod is a Systems Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, supporting research on high performance computing resources with the Partnership for Advanced Computing Environment (PACE) team.

ALE-NW @ SPSU MTG. for Thurs., Nov 13, 7:30pm

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ALE-NW Meeting

This is an open meeting. Everyone is invited, students, non-students, old and young.
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Topic: Linux Virtualization Overview, Details, Optimizations and Questions
Presenter: JD
Date: 11/13 @ 7:30p – 9:30p-ish
Where: SPSU J-266
Directions: http://ale.org/?page_id=506

Server virtualization is the default in most enterprises today. Running directly
on hardware is the exception.

We’ll discuss the differences between the different methods to virtualize
hardware, operating systems, applications and application engines available on
Linux systems today. Pros and cons for each, how to optimize each and discuss
items of interest from the audience.
Xen, KVM, LXC, Docker, VirtualBox, VMware ESXi will be included.

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ALE-NW **usually** meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the SPSU campus. Please mark this on your calendar as a reoccurring meeting. The group usually adjourns to the Marietta Diner after the formal meeting.
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ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope you will join us! We generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but always watch the ale.org email list for specifics. Also remember that topic suggestions and presentation offers for the meetings can be emailed to [ jdp (at) algoloma (dot) com] or [griggs (dot) andy (at) gmail (dot) com]
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ALE-NW works closely with the GA-400 Linux Group: http://www.meetup.com/GA-400-Linux-Group/ Meets most Sundays to discuss Linux. Very newby friendly group.
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Fall 2014 Schedule:

ALE-Central Meeting, Thurs., Oct 16, 7:30pm

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TOPIC – Systemd: Love it, hate it, it’s here!
When: 7:30p Oct 16, 2014
Where: Ask JimK – directions on left are not correct. Suggest looking through email archives.
UPDATE: See link on left for directions to ALE Central Meetings.

A general discussion of systemd with no real focus other than to dispel myths and introduce the system to those who have had it forced upon them. Q&A will be taken, of course, if there is time.

There’s not a lot to say: for most people, it’s completely under the hood. For the rest, we’ll talk a bit about all that can be done with it:
> udev
> systemd journal
> D-Bus, KD-Bus, PolicyKit
> Multi-seat
> Easy service prototyping and development
> Virtual machines as system services
> And more!

BIO – Michael B. Trausch is an independent consultant and developer performing all manner of IT services using free software, including network systems administration and programming (in many different and often disliked languages). He works from home (when everything is going well…) and devotes much of his time to parenting his kids Ben and Amelia. He is an advocate for free software, public education, and freedom in general, accepting the responsibilities that
come with it. He is also obsessed with typography and Unicode, and
drinks way too much coffee.

ALE-NW @ SPSU Meeting, Thurs., Oct 9, 7:30pm

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ALE-NW Meeting

This is an open meeting. Everyone is invited, students, non-students, old and young.
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Topic: Your first K.I.S.S. with Linux Security
Date: 10/9 @ 7:30p – 9:30p-ish
Where: SPSU J-266

Simple Directions to ALE-NW Meetings
Presenter: Gary Miller
Presentation and notes:

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Bio:
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Gary is a consulting security engineer at Fishnet Security.
Trained by the US Military in IDS/IPS and networking.
Worked as a network and Systems Admin, then migrate to software development for the TVA dealing with electrical utility systems.

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ALE-NW **usually** meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the SPSU campus. Please mark this on your calendar as a reoccurring meeting. The group usually adjourns to the Marietta Diner after the formal meeting.
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ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope you will join us! We generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but always watch the ale.org email list for specifics. Also remember that topic suggestions and presentation offers for the meetings can be emailed to [ jdp (at) algoloma (dot) com] or [griggs (dot) andy (at) gmail (dot) com]
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ALE-NW works closely with the GA-400 Linux Group: http://www.meetup.com/GA-400-Linux-Group/ Meets most Sundays to discuss Linux. Very newby friendly group.
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The group has asked for these topics:
Fall 2014 Schedule:

4th Annual ALE-NW InstallFest @ SPSU Saturday 9/20/14

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A public invitation to Free Software, Free Technical Help and Free Information from the generous, patient, friendly and informed Open Source technology professionals of Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts

We will help YOU install a version of Linux onto YOUR PC. Installs can take over 4 hrs or can be completed in just 30 minutes. Preparation is the key.

Many different versions of Linux will be on-hand (Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Debian). All installations will be legal. We cannot provide Linux-Mint due to legal issues, sorry. However, you are free to bring the ISO and get help.

We will also have follow-up help resources available.
* Free ebooks books (a few free Linux books will also be available)
* Free Linux Group Information
* Free Forums for Support
* Free Google Searches!

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When/Where
When: Saturday 9/20 10am until 5pm
Where: SPSU J-266 (Atrium Bldg) – Near I-75 and South 120-Loop
Directions: link

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Installer Logistics
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Pre-Install Work
* Defrag any Windows Partitions (critical for virtual machine installs, but also for shrinking partitions)
* For MBR systems, shrink partitions to make room for 2 more partitions for Linux (/ 15G-25G and swap 2G or RAM size); Logical partitions are fine.
* For GPT/UEFI systems, just shrink the available storage so that 15G-25G is free. Creating the new partitions is easy.
* If the GPT/MBR question isn’t understood, come earlier in the day and be prepared for massive data movement which will take hours.
* Backup the system BEFORE coming to the InstallFest. Data and OS loss can happen, though unlikely. A Windows restore disk may be required to boot Windows for Dual-boot installations.

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What to Bring

* PC (the “hard drive” part)
* USB Flash drive that can boot YOUR PC; empty. We will use this for your Linux installation
* long network cable, if possible. WiFi is NOT available.
* Excitement + Great Attitude! This is fun stuff!
* Patience – most of the time, Linux will install easily. Sometimes it is less easy.

We will have switch ports, a few current Linux ISOs, VirtualBox binaries for Windows, knowledge from performing many, many, installations over the years. We will also have monitors, keyboards, mice available and a limited number of ethernet cables. Wifi connections are only possible for SPSU students.

We are NOT allowed to setup a wifi-hotspot.

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Please Volunteer!

Think of this as an opportunity to raise your installation skills on someone elses’ PC, with the watchful eyes of experts available, if that helps. It is a great way to see how well the different Linux installations slide onto different hardware too.

Your help is needed to make this community outreach as successful as possible. Every year, we have always been short a few volunteeers. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Come when you can, help with what you can, leave when you need to. People with a smile are just as important as gurus on UEFI. Morning and afternoon volunteers are still needed.

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Sponsors Needed
Please contact jd for more information. There is a huge return for very minor sponsorship investment.

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