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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 persentations for this month "MySQL 8.0 Indexes, Histograms, and Other Ways to Speed Up Your Queries" and "My Presentation Creation Stack with AsciiDoc"
Attend the meeting on by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx on the 8th of July at 7pm MST

Dave Stokes: MySQL 8.0 Indexes, Histograms, and Other Ways to Speed Up Your Queries

Description:
Improving the performance of database queries is often seen as a Harry Potter-ish dark art. In reality it is simple engineering and revolves around providing the query optimizer the best information about your data! And how do you do that? Well, you can start with properly planned indexes and histograms. We will also venture into some other areas that will help you speed up your queries.

About Dave:
Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle and the author of 'MySQL & JSON - A Practical Programming Guide'.


der.hans: My Presentation Creation Stack with AsciiDoc

Description:
Creating information rich presentations in AsciiDoc is easy.
AsciiDoc was created as a markup for making DocBook books.
Since it is plain text, AsciiDoc lends itself to writing, editing and using revision control.

The presentation introduces AsciiDoc and covers both advantages and disadvantages of using it for presentations.
I will also cover some of the presentation tools I've used previously.
Then I'll illuminate why I now prefer AsciiDoc and some suggestions when using it for presentations.

About der.hans:
der.hans is a technologist, Free Software advocate, parent and spouse.

Hans is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), chair for SeaGL Finance committee, founder of SeaGL Career Expo, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch. He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SeaGL, SCaLE, LCA, FOSSASIA, Tübix, CLT, LFNW, OLF, SELF, GeekBeacon Fest) and many local groups.

Currently a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket. Public statements are not representative of $dayjob.

Fediverse/Mastodon - https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate

We've got 2 presentations this month on Containers and The Fediverse for you this month.

Attend the meeting on by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx

Sebastian: Putting Containers on Waiters

Description:
Containers have been around for a long time, though they have recently become more popular. Sebastian will go into fedora's main container management software, Podman; discuss the uses of containers and how they can improve an organizations security and reliability; downsides to using docker containers; and where many security issues are found in the space.
Over the course of this presentation, nginx, apache, and nextcloud servers will be built for examples. Maybe others, depending on audience desires.
This is a demo presentation, so slides are written as notes for people afterward.

About Sebastian:
By day, Sebastian works for the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, in which he uses Linux and Open-Source software to accomplish the organization's tasks.
By night, Sebastian... does the same, thing. He works on servers for home use and researches what open-source software people can generally use, as well as how to improve the processes for their construction and maintenance.



Bob Murphy: An Introduction to the Fediverse

Description:
The Fediverse is a collection of communities that is a bit of a throwback to a smaller, more personal time of the internet. There are services for short messaging, audo and video sharing, and event organizing, among other things.

We'll talk a bit about the origin, and the present state of the Fediverse, and some of the services that you can use to have a more reasonable social media experience.

About Bob:
Linux sysadmin, long time desktop Linux user. Not the most social "social media" user.
We'll have 2 presentations this month, both from Bob Murphy.
  • An Introduction to GNU Screen - or How to Make the Command Line Work for You When the Network is Working Against You.
  • Create Your Own RedHat Style Home Lab in About an Hour.
Join the Meeting by going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx on May. 13th at 7pm MST

Bob Murphy: An Introduction to GNU Screen - or How to Make the Command Line Work for You When the Network is Working Against You.


Description:
GNU Screen is part of the GNU project, and is an overlooked utility that can make working on the command line much easier. Screen is a terminal multiplexer that allows for disconnecting remote sessions, multiple ways to enhance viewing of your command line sessions, and better ways to capture data from those sessions. I’ll show you how to more effectively use Screen, as well as how to install it under several GNU/Linux distributions. The talk is targeted at beginner or intermediate UNIX users. Those attending are encouraged to bring a laptop with GNU/Linux or another UNIX to install Screen and work along during presentation. It will be interactive, with questions encouraged.

Bob Murphy: Create Your Own RedHat Style Home Lab in About an Hour.

Description:
Need to learn about Linux servers? Get a self-contained RedHat based lab up and running in no time. What's required: A host computer with virtualization tools installed, RedHat-based iso file to install, and about an hour. It should interest anyone looking to quickly set up an environment to study Linux, either for an exam like RHCSA/CE or just to learn how it works. It will be interactive, with questions encouraged. If the audience members bring a laptop with a VM host installed, and a Red-Hat based .iso file, they can follow along (quickly). The talk slides are at https://github.com/murphnj/hourlab.

About Bob:
Bob Murphy is a long-time desktop Linux user, and a current Linux sysadmin, EFF and Software Freedom Conservancy supporter.

Ben Cotton: Fedora and Future of Operating Systems

Join the Meeting for going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx on Apr. 8th at 7pm MST

Description
:
Operating systems are not boring, but they’re no longer the end of the Linux development pipeline. As interest shifts up the stack to containers and other abstraction technologies, what are operating system makers to do? This talk describes how the Fedora Project views the future of the Linux distribution, why it’s still relevant, and how we’re going to get there. The operating system may not get the attention it used to, but it still plays an important role in providing the foundation that modern applications are built on.

About Ben:
Ben is a meteorologist by training, but weather makes a great hobby. Ben works as the Fedora Program Manager at Red Hat. He is a member of the Open Source Initiative and a supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy. Ben is an Opensource.com Correspondent Emeritus and an Open Organization Ambassador. Find him on Twitter (@FunnelFiasco) or at FunnelFiasco.com.

Dawn E. Collett: The Privacy Tax: How tracking and hacking affect
Join the meeting by going to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx

Description:
Surveillance is everywhere. From CCTV cameras on the streets to cookies that track users around the web as they browse, the vast majority of human activity is monitored in some form. The burden of being watched disproportionately falls on marginalised groups, and people with disabilities are no exception in this regard. If your medical records contain sensitive information that you've discussed with your doctor to get appropriate treatment, information security suddenly becomes far more important to you. And if your only method of communication is connected to the Internet 24/7, and thus vulnerable to hackers, true privacy is a great deal harder to achieve.

In this talk, we'll examine how data-driven systems view disability, and look at how accessible technology can be exploited to reveal information about its users. We'll break down ways that disabled people can - and do - avoid tracking and hacking, and find out why paying a 'privacy tax' isn't always feasible for everyone. Finally, we'll discuss open-source software that's already reducing the impact of surveillance and security risks on people with disabilities, and examine what technologists can do to make the privacy tax less necessary.


Biography:
Dawn is a DevOps/Site Reliability Engineer who started out as a freelance developer, and realised that learning about infrastructure and release systems would save time and money for everyone involved.
As well as accidental accessibility advocacy, Dawn is on the organising team for the Melbourne AWS Programming and Tools meetup, and can regularly be found sharing knowledge within the Melbourne cloud infrastructure and DevOps communities.
Outside work, Dawn is an occasional author and kitchen alchemist.
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