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This is our main meeting.  This meeting usually takes the form of 1 or usually more presentations.  We try to keep a good balance of novice and advanced subjects so that nobody will be overwhelmed of bored.  Just show up, and we hope you learn something.

If you would like some examples of what to expect at this meeting, check out some of the videos that have been made of our presentations.

Topics:
Various topics ranging form beginner's to advanced, user to administrator.
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Desert Breeze Substation: 251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

What to expect:

  • 6:30 - mingling/networking and last minute setup
  • 7:00 - Formal meeting starts with announcements and other PLUG business
  • 7:15 - Presentation(s)
  • 9:00 - Clean up and CAT (Chat About Technology) at a local restaurant. (We sit around and talk about Linux and other geeky stuff over food) We usually meet up at BJ;s in the Chandler fashion center mall located at:
    3155 W.Chandler Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ  85226 (Map to BJ's)
We'll have 2 presentations at our Thursday meeting.  Joseph Sinclair will present Modern C++ on Linux and ​Ed Nicholson will present Project Atomic and Immutable Linux


Joseph Sinclair: Modern C++ on Linux

Description:
C++ today is very different from what it was just a few years ago. The revitalized and fast-moving (for ISO) standards process as well as major changes both to the language core and the standard library have produced almost a new language.
This presentation is a practitioner's perspective on the state of C++ development on Linux platforms today, the recent standards improvements, how "good" C++ idiom today looks almost nothing like "good" C++ from 15 year ago, and perhaps a bit about all the ways C++ code is done badly.
No slides, but some live code samples are possible.

Biography:
Joseph Sinclair is a software engineer, long-time linux user, and general all-around tech head. He occasionally wonders what it would be like to dream in binary, and sometimes remembers that most people don't actually know what a convolution code is or why 8b10b encoding is important.

Ed Nicholson: Project Atomic and Immutable Linux

Description:
This presentation is about the changes to a system's life cycle as an Immutable Linux such as Fedora-Atomic.

Immutability of a system has been an objective for some time, and with good reason. The shift in deployments to containers has made this a critical feature for the stability and manageability of the large number of systems that support the services we have today. We will look at how this has resulted in some very basic changes to a typical systems life cycle and how easy it is for you to have your own container ready servers.

Biography:
Ed has been involved with Free Software and how people, organizations and populations use, create and experience information. Ed enjoys The Prescott National Forest as his "office" and The Valley of The Sun as a home away from home. His personal systems run either Fedora, Project Atomic, Android or OpenBSD.

 

We'll have 2 presentation on Thursday, "Intermediate shell scripting: getting more bash for your $" and "SSH and the shell-go forth securely", both from der.hans

 

der.hans: Intermediate shell scripting: getting more bash for your $

Description:
Want to take your shell scripting to the next level? Interested in adding string manipulation and arrays to your arsenal? In shell math?

Shell still has the best system integration for stringing together our favorite command line tools such as ls, grep and sed. Better yet is doing some of that work in the shell without reaching for a forked program, especially inside loops. This presentation will cover intermediate scripting techniques and useful command line tips.

After attending this session, audience members will understand string operators, in shell math, indexed arrays and associative arrays. They will also be familiar with regular expressions, globbing and differences between the two. Finally, attendees will be familiar with useful builtin variables.

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der.hans: SSH and the shell-go forth securely

Description:
SSH is the go to tool for sysadmins and developers for interactive connections to remote machines. It creates secure, encrypted connections between computers, even across hostile networks. Unless you accept keys without verification (DON'T DO THAT!!!).

SSH can also create tunnels for encapsulating other connections, including other protocols and data. Sysadmins can bridge protocols across networks for ease of access such as a one-off data sync. Devs can present the dev database on their desktop to ease use of graphical development tools.

After attending this session, audience members will be able to create a local tunnel from client to server, a remote tunnel from server to client, and do simple analysis of local vs remote evaluation of a command. Attendees will be able to use tunnels for SSH or sample other protocols (MySQL and HTTP), and tunneling via a third party system. They will also be familiar with dynamic SOCKS proxies and using SSH to tunnel graphical applications. Finally, attendees will also learn SSH configuration and command line tips for convenience of use, including using forced command to restrict an SSH key to one purpose.

Biography:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran. Roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

In his free time, der.hans endeavors to help build community through user group and conference leadership. He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and many local groups.

 

See you there...

 

Aaron Jones: Introduction To Cyber Reconnaissance

Description: Introduction to Cyber Reconnaissance is a two-hour course focused on providing learners with a gentle introduction to the tools and techniques used to probe and locate targets for attack.

Biography: Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.

der.hans: SSH series: Inroduction to SSH

Description: SSH is the go to tool for sysadmins and developers to make secure, encrypted, interactive connections to remote machines. It's even secure across hostile networks, unless you accept keys without verification (DON'T DO THAT!!!).

The introduction to SSH will describe what SSH is and the basics of how it works. It will also cover verifying an SSH host key, making an SSH connection and running a remote command.

Biography:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran. Roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

In his free time, der.hans endeavors to help build community through user group and conference leadership. He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and many local groups.

We'll have 2 presentations with month.  One from Phil Waclawski on Krita held over from last month and the other from der.hans on Asciidoc

 

Phil Waclawski: Krita Basics - Tools, Layers, Coloring etc

Description:
Krita is a powerful painting program, designed for graphic designers and general artists. I will introduce the basic features it provides, along with some special filters, including G'mic. I will however not be able to demonstrate any artistic skills :)

Biography:
Phil has been a faculty member, focusing on open source software at MCC for nearly two decades.

Phil teaches a variety of course, including MySQL Database, PHP, Python, Javascript, HTML 5 and CSS, Linux OS, Internet Server Set up and more.

This summer, Phil will once again be offering a "MCC Multimedia Madness" summer camp for 6-8th graders. Over the two weeks I will cover a wide range of open source software, including GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, Audacity, Blender, Hydrogen Drum Kit, Tux Guitar, Openshot, Linux Multimedia Studio, work with green screen and more.

For hobbies, Phil has too many. Blacksmithing, archery, Leatherworking, Wood Working, Jewelry, Sound Recording/editing and SCUBA diving. Phil is also learning to play the Bass.

Phil has been using linux at home for desktops and servers since 1994.


der.hans: AsciiDoc - Plainish text for fancy output

Description:
AsciiDoc is a great text tool for documentation from simple notes to books. A text editor is all it takes. Since it's all text, AsciiDoc lends itself to revision control and revision control WebUI systems like GitLab and GitHub support it.

Biography:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran. Roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

In his free time, der.hans endeavors to help build community through user group and conference leadership. He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and many local groups.

 

This month Phil Waclawski will give us an introduction to Krita and Ed Nicholson will explain DNSSEC and NTPsec

Phil Waclawski: Krita Basics: Tools, Layers, Coloring etc

Krita is a powerful painting program, designed for graphic designers and general artists. I will introduce the basic features it provides, along with some special filters, including G'mic. I will however not be able to demonstrate any artistic skills :)

About Phil:
Phil has been a faculty member, focusing on open source software at MCC for nearly two decades.

Phil teaches a variety of course, including MySQL Database, PHP, Python, Javascript, HTML 5 and CSS, Linux OS, Internet Server Set up and more.

This summer, Phil will once again be offering a "MCC Multimedia Madness" summer camp for 6-8th graders. Over the two weeks I will cover a wide range of open source software, including GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, Audacity, Blender, Hydrogen Drum Kit, Tux Guitar, Openshot, Linux Multimedia Studio, work with green screen and more.

For hobbies, Phil has too many. Blacksmithing, archery, Leatherworking, Wood Working, Jewelry, Sound Recording/editing and SCUBA diving. Phil is also learning to play the Bass.

Phil has been using linux at home for desktops and servers since 1994.

 

Ed Nicholson: DNSSEC DANE & NTPsec - Trust but Verify
DNSSEC DANE and NTPsec - The basic infrastructure of the Internet hasn't seen such significant improvement since Jon Postel's contributions to the original DNS RFCs. DNSSEC is operational authentication of information served by authoritative DNS servers. This is the dawn of the believable Internet. An important consequence has been the emergence of DANE or DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities. And that adds confidentiality to believability. Even as Internet naming gains this new robustness, similar efforts are improving our access to time services with the NTPsec project. While not all Internet infrastructure has left the era of blind trust, the names and times we depend on are now things we can verify. This presentation is about consuming and deploying DNSSEC DANE and NTPsec services.

About Ed:
Ed has been involved with Free Software for some time. His interests are in how people, organizations and populations use, create and experience information. He enjoys The Prescott National Forest as his "office" and The Valley of The Sun as a home away from home. Personal systems run either Fedora, Project Atomic, Android or OpenBSD.

 

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