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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 this month, A conversation with Bradley Kuhn about the Software Freedom Conservancy and (ab)Using DNS

Attend the meeting on Thursday November 12th at 7PM by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx

Bradley Kuhn: A conversation with Bradley Kuhn about the Software Freedom Conservancy

Description:
We're going to start the new year off with an interview. Bradley and our host will chat about the Software Freedom Conservancy, Free Software and licensing and his history in the Free Software movement.

Biography:
Bradley M. Kuhn is the Policy Fellow and Hacker-in-Residence at Software Freedom Conservancy and editor-in-chief of copyleft.org. Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of Linux-based systems, and began contributing to various Free Software projects, including Perl. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. Kuhn was appointed President of Software Freedom Conservancy in April 2006, was Conservancy's primary volunteer from 2006–2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn's Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free Software programming languages. Kuhn received the O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2012, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing. Kuhn has a blog and co-hosts the audcast, Free as in Freedom.

Donald Mac McCarthy: (ab)Using DNS

Description:
Let's take a look at DNS from a new perspective. In this presentation we will discuss using DNS for cost savings and speed increases in datastore operations. We will also take advantage of DNS's unique architecture and capabilities to improve redundancy and increase distribution for near zero cost. Finally, I will show how to push security farther toward the entry into the technology stack and make our applications a part of our security posture.

We'll have 2 presentations this month, QubesOS: a toolkit for secure applications and Space Night Talk Show

Attend the meeting on Thursday November 12th at 7PM by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx


Kevin O'Gorman: QubesOS: a toolkit for secure applications

Description:
SecureDrop is a whistleblowing system designed to protect the anonymity of sources against highly-capable adversaries. It's also not exactly user-friendly. FPF is building a next-generation SecureDrop workstation for journalists using the Qubes OS (https://qubes-os.org/) as a base. This presentation covers some of the properties of Qubes that make the workstation possible while preserving the level of security that SecureDrop has historically provided.

About Kevin:
Kevin is a Newsroom Support Engineer at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, based in Toronto, Canada. His involvement in digital security stems from his time spent working in various roles with media organizations including the CBC and The Globe And Mail, where he led security workshops for journalists and worked with FPF to implement the first Canadian SecureDrop instance.

Nathan Cluff: Space Night Talk Show

Description:
PLUG is hosting it's first ever talk show. Tune in as Hans asks guest Nathan Cluff about FLOSS in space and other geeky topics.

der.hans will interview Nathan Cluff for PLUG's first ever talk show as they talk about throwing things at other planets, our first spacecopter and whatever else comes up

First Space Night video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnxge96YO3A
Perseverence: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/
Spacecopter: https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/
Planetary Society: https://www.Planetary.org/
NASA: https://www.NASA.gov/
Mastcam-Z: https://mastcamz.asu.edu/

About Nathan:
Nathan is the Lead Systems Administrator for the Mastcam and Mastcam-Z cameras on the Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 rovers in addition to supporting operations for various other missions such as the Luna Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-map) mission. Nathan has been involved in various Linux administrative positions for the last 18 years and has been in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU for the last 4 years.

Here's the 2 topics for this month's Virtual Meeting that you can attend on Thursday October 8th at 7PM by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx

der.hans: SSH Tunnels and More

Description:
Abstract: 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. Secure 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.

About der.hans:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran.

He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), Promotions and Outreach chair for SeaGL, 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, Tübix, OLF, TXLF) and many local groups.

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

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

Plume - https://fediverse.blog/~/LuftHans

Sriram Ramkrishna: Circular Datacenter - Natural partners for FLOSS and Open Hardware

The Circular Datacenter is the idea that we can reuse datacenter
components and recertify them to new markets. This talk describes the
supply chain that the circular datacenter creates, and how we can leverage
that to build sustainable computational power that naturally allies itself
to free and open source software and open hardware.

About Sriram:
Sri is a 20+ veteran of free and open source both professionally and as a labour of love. In open source he works across the board with professional organizations, non-profits, and of course open source projects.

Sri currently works for ITRenew - a company in the circular data center space, as a Principal Ecosystems Engineer. In that role, Sri works with open source communities and organizations building rapport and finding ways to contribute to the upstreams that his employer depends on.



We have a couple of presentations lined up this month for you to enjoy from the safety of your home.

Attend by going to: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx

Adrian Cochrane: What is the small web And Why Is It Important?

Description:
To support the creation of "webapps" web browsers have become increasingly complex, to the extent that even major corporations can no longer continue keeping up.

There's been a growing community concerned about this direction the web's been taking and wanting to do something about. This talk will show that this is possible and vital to do.

About Adrian:
Adrian started programming when he was ten years old, when he'd sleep with a Python book under his pillow. Since then he continued studying programming eventually graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a BSc Computer Science, now running a contracting business with his father supporting the establishment of open standards.

He started developing his own browser to explore an increasing fascination with how to (re)discover valuable webpages, occasionally contributing code to related projects. And frequently studying all the code he can about how elementary OS works.


Kevin Tyers: BASH - Practical Tips

Description:
Kevin will be sharing 6 of his most beloved tricks for using Bash. These simple, yet practical tips should be immediately useful, or at least inspirational for you to develop your own set. This talk is for people of all skill levels.

About Kevin:
Kevin Tyers is a SANS Instructor, the head of cyber intelligence engineering for a Fortune 250 company, and the head of infrastructure for iCTF. Throughout his 15-year career, he has worked in the government, telecom, health care, and financial industries focusing on network engineering/security, incident response, and tooling. Kevin is the cofounder of the Information Security group DC480 in Phoenix Arizona. He has spoken at a variety of public and invite-only conferences such as BSidesLV, CactusCon, and SANS Hackfest. He has been a Linux user for as long as he can remember and is passionate about sharing the tips and tricks he has learned for using Linux.

We've got a couple of presentations for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.  Just go to https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx at 7pm on Thursday, Aug 13th and enjoy.

der.hans: FLOSS and you: a user freedom investigation

Description:
User freedom addresses software licensing from the perspective of those using the software.

What are advantages and disadvantages of different licensing models in relation to user freedom?

How does licensing impact individuals, organizations and businesses as we use software?

How does software distribution ( packages, cloud, bundled in a product ) impact user freedom?

The presentation and ensuing conversation is about user freedom and the impact of the software we choose to use.

It's a consideration of the everyperson relationship with software licensing.

Attendees will consider how the following relate to them:

* software usage models
* the four freedoms of Free Software
* the open source development model
* strong and weak copyleft

About der.hans:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran.

He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), Promotions and Outreach chair for SeaGL, 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, Tübix, OLF, TXLF) and many local groups.

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

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

Plume - https://fediverse.blog/~/LuftHans

Tom Perrine: Retro-computing in the cloud - or how to run 70's era UNIX and Multics in GCP

Description:
I'm going to talk about SIMH, software that can emulate dozens of historically interesting CPUs and demonstrate automation that lets you launch V6 UNIX and Multics in the Google Compute Platform.

About Tom:
Tom Perrine is a life-long system administrator. Open source has been part of his life since the 80's beginning with Emacs, and leading to 4BSD, Slackware and Centos.

He recently finished 17 years at Playstation, where he managed several IT teams who created the first online game servers, and ran IT infrastructure for the 14 internal game studios. His final assignments were global IT strategic planning and IT transformation programs.

Before Playstation, he was the first CSO of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, handling all operational security as well as funded research for NSA, FBI and others. Before SDSC, he was a contractor doing infosec research for the intelligence community related to security kernels and trusted computing.

He's given testimony to the US Congress on privacy, and presented multiple times at USENIX, DEFCON and other conferences. His hobbies include SCUBA diving, Toastmasters and whisky, but rarely on the same day.

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