PLUG's Upcoming Events
First Topic (Held over from last month due to laryngitis):
Brian Cluff - Hidden features of the Kdenlive video editor
Brian will cover a number of very useful features he has found while editing the videos he shots of the Phoenix Linux Users Group.Second Topic:Discussion about SCaLE 13x by those who attended
Topics for this months meeting:
[note] Brian lost his voice the day of the meeting so his presentation will be bumped to April when he has his voice back. Our apologies to anyone that came out to see his presentation.
First speaker:Brian Cluff - Hidden features of the Kdenlive video editor
Brian will cover a number of very useful features he has found while editing the videos he shots of the Phoenix Linux Users Group.
Second Speaker:Aaron Lokote Jones - Virtual Private Servers: A short overview
Topic Level: Beginner
A VPS or Virtual Private Server is an affordable tool that can be used to help you learn how to administer a web facing Linux installation, augment your day to day activities, or simply become a source of fun. During the talk we will explore a VPS, learn what kind of software is available for a VPS and how that can be used to enhance your day to day computer use, and how much it could potentially cost.
Aaron L. Jones is a former member of the Texas State Guard who now works as a computer programmer for a law enforcement agency. He has an Associates Degree in Information Technology, a Bachelors in Information Technology, and a Masters Degree in Cyber Security from the American Military University. He is a strong proponent of open source software, Linux, and believes firmly in freedom. He dabbles in FreeBSD but much prefers a minimal Centos or Xubuntu install. He has been using Linux for 16 years after starting with Red Hat while still in Middle School.
His hobbies and interests include table top RPGs, writing, modern military intelligence studies, and auto racing. When he isn't coding, he can be found watching auto racing or anime, hanging out in IRC, or surfing telnet available Bulletin Board Systems. (Shout outs to Mac Citadel, Ward Christensen, and Infocom[Zork!])
This month in addition to our regular meeting we will be showing "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" starting at 5pm before the regular meeting.
At our regular start time of 7pm we will have 2 presentations this month.
Title: Salt Stack for Configuration Management
Speaker: Kevin Bowling
Abstract: Limelight is using Salt Stack to perform Configuration Management at high scale. This talk will go over why this was the best choice for us, best practices we've discovered along the way, an overview of our workflow, including developer's lifecycle, image management, git integration, and reporting.
Bio: Kevin is a systems developer at Limelight Networks and has experience with a wide range of UNIX implementations. Current interests include OS build and release engineering for large scale clusters like Limelight's FreeBSD footprint.
Topic: The Contributor's Guide to the Kibana Galaxy
Speaker: Spencer Alger
Exploring the expanses of the Kibana galaxy alone can be daunting, but join us to discover the answer to the greatest question-- how does it all work? We will venture into the belly of the beast to discover what Kibana is, how Kibana works, and how you can modify and extend it.
There will be a special screening of "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" before February's PLUG east side meeting at 17:00 on 2015Feb12.
According to Wikipedia, Aaron Swartz "was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being "the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach"".
"The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" is a documentary about the life of Aaron, his technical achievements and his work in social justice and political organization.
The EFF has a good article on Aaron and the movie.
See Lawrence Lessig's keynote from last year's SCaLE for an example of what Aaron was able to inspire.
The movie is licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, so we can show it.
It's also available for download, rent and purchase.
The film features interviews with Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn (EFF), Gabriella Coleman, Cory Doctorow, Peter Eckersley (EFF), Lawrence Lessig, Reprasentative Zoe Lofgren, Tim O'Reilly and other people we should know more about.
See the full cast list on IMDB.
Our regular meeting will take place after the movie at 19:00. Our topics will be Elasticsearch and Salt Stack.
After 5 years of meeting at Iguana Macks, the business has been sold, the name has been changed, and the new owners have proved difficult to work with. Plus the new private room, which they want us to commit to a $300 minimum order in order to make reservations, has proved to have so much echo that it's actually noisier than just being out in the restaurant, which is also way too noisy.
With all those troubles we have decided to move the Stammtisch to Boulders on Southern which is conveniently located just off the 60 near Fiesta Mall at:
1010 W Southern Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85210
Please come and join us for some good conversation over good food and drinks, both of which are optional... Friends and family are all welcome.
Come see where the conversation leads this time, it doesn't just stick exclusively with Free Software and Linux. Us geeks are interested in all sorts of things, so the conversation always leads to a good time.
I'm sure the new location will be an improvement over what we have been getting over the last few months.