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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)

Austin Godber: Python and Kubernetes

Description:
Austin will briefly introduce containerization and Kubernetes. Show an example of a containerized Python application and then show how to interact with Kubernetes through it's API using Python.

You can attend on July 9th at 7pm by visiting: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx


Donald McCarthy: Introduction to pfSense

Description:
In this presentation I will demonstrate the installation of pfSense from a USB stick including some basic configuration. There will also be some video and live demonstration of many of the features of pfSense. pfSense is more than just a firewall, it is a capable networking Swiss army knife which is generally only limited by the hardware and imagination of the user.

Andrew Harris: Why Your MTA Should Be Your CMS

Description:
There are many options for CMS solutions out there, but it's a tall order to select one and maintain it so that it's stable, performant, and secure. Website operators, sysadmins, and content creators are constantly having to deal with the same old problems of authentication, spam prevention, and general CRUD functionality. In this talk, I go through my journey in creating my own email-based CMS, and posit that many of the features we work so hard to build into our CMS solutions are already present in the MTA.

About Andrew:
Andrew is an SRE with a background in sysadmin and a love for the esoteric. He enjoys finding cheap, novel solutions to problems, and takes pride in his bash scripting skills. Once a resident of Phoenix and organizer of West-side PLUG Stammtische, Andrew now resides in Austin, TX with his partner and their small horse-like dog.

Attend the meeting by visiting https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx on June 11th at 7pm MST

We have 2 presenters for this month's VIRTUAL MEETING.
Attend my going at 7pm Thursday the 14th to: https://lufthans.bigbluemeeting.com/b/plu-yuk-7xx

Matt McGrae: Getting Started with Nextcloud

Description:
A brief history of Nextcloud and why you might want to use it for yourself.



der.hans: Big Blue Button Video Conferencing

Description:
Big Blue Button (BBB) is a Free Software video conferencing tool with good moderation tools.
Originally created for use with classrooms, it also has instructional options and ties into Moodle.

BBB doesn't require extra software to use with desktops, lapstops, phones or tablets as it uses the WebRTC browser standard.

BBB Presentation features include:

* video conferencing
* shared chat
* shared editing
* showing documents and video
* breakout rooms

The Greenlight project is an addon for instance administration.

It includes some necessary moderation tools including:

* password protected call
* waiting room
* presenter role
* participant sharing restrictions ( lock out microphone, video, chat, etc. )
* kickout disruptors

The presentation will cover using Big Blue Button from an attendee's perspective, including a feature list and a tour of the user interface.

AZLoCo has been using Big Blue Button on a home server for at least a decade.
Recently BBB switched to WebRTC and the LoCo has been quite happy with that upgrade.

In the Free Software community there are some community run BBB instances available for testing.
You can also install BBB on your own system and run your own instance.
Alternatively, there are a few commercial hosting options available.

The PLUG general meeting will use a hosted Big Blue Button instance.
The Free Software Stammtisch will also use the hosted BBB instance for this month's meeting on Tuesday the 19th.

Biography:
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

This month we'll be treated to PLUG's second Space themed night.

Space Night 2

Description:
Join PLUG for a space panel featuring members of the MASTCAM-Z team discussing the roles of Free Software and open standards in their projects and the open science they're investigating as part of their missions.

Based at ASU, the panel members have worked on projects such as the MASTCAM-Z and MASTCAM projects for Mars rovers, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Psyche Mission.
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Video from previous Space Night panel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnxge96YO3A


Panelists:

Ernest Cisneros

Ernest received a Bachelor's of Science in Geology, from the University of Texas at El Paso (1989). After a stint in graduate school at Northern Arizona University, studying the metamorphic history of the Old Woman Mountains, he began a 27 year career combining his love of geology and computers. Ernest has worked at the USGS in Flagstaff, Duke University, Northwestern University and most recently at Arizona State University. Ernest has supported science and data processing for Clementine, MSI on NEAR, CRISM on MRO, MDIS on MESSENGER, Pancam on MER. His most recent work was developing the Science Operations Center for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, supporting multispectral data processing of MASTCAM images from MSL, developing the ground data system for MASTCAM-Z instrument on the Mars 2020 rover, and developing the Science Data Center for the Psyche Mission. During his career, Ernest has seen Linux grow from "just something we are playing with for SysAdmin stuff" into a mainstay in server rooms, desktops and at home, tackling a wide-variety of roles. He has used a variety of Linux flavors: Slackware (installed from floppies), Redhat, Debian, CentOS, SuSE, and Ubuntu (most recently), installed on everything from SBC (Raspberry Pi and Tinkerboards), Intel/AMD PC's, PowerPC, RISC and a variety of other architectures.

Kristen Paris

Kristen is the Down-link Operations Lead for the Mastcam-Z camera for the Mars2020 rover mission and previously worked with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera also at ASU. Kristen has been using Linux-based systems for NASA Instrument Operations for over 10 years. Usually she uses her Linux-y powers for good, but sometimes her powers have other (unintended) consequences. Kristen automated myself out of a job and enjoyed it! She has also brought a 200+node computing cluster to a screeching halt (know if 3rd-party software is secretly trying to be "helpful" and know how to disable these "helpful" features). Kristen loves Space, enjoys computers (when they do what she intends for them to do), and considers herself a Danger Linux Power User.

Corrine Rojas

Corrine is a NASA Mars 2020 Rover Mastcam-Z Instrument Operations Engineer based at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a science team collaborator for the Mars Science Laboratory, formerly at the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. Her specialty is spacecraft operations (orbiters and rovers), research in planetary geology, and creating all kinds of maps, particularly 3D terrain maps that are out of this world. She has a BSc in Geography and Geographic Information Science from ASU. She was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ to loving immigrant parents from Durango, Mexico. In college, she was a Shirley G. Schmitz Foundation Scholar for entrepreneurs; participated in an ASU-funded start-up DemocraSeed in which she mentored high school-aged kids in a rural AZ town about creative problem solving issues in their community using design thinking; and interned at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Curiosity rover mission operations team. She is currently on the board of the Society of Women in Space Exploration, and on the leadership council of Latinas in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geolatinas). She does not consider herself a technical computer science person, though she is slowly coming to terms that her job is 80% bash scripting to manipulate a ton of data, and you kinda have to have a good idea of what you’re doing in order to spare your perfectly obedient hardware from being smashed by a 2x4.

Nathan Cluff

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.

Jill Rouleau: Ansible Everything!

Description:
Ansible is an IT automation tool designed for simplicity and ease of
use. This talk will cover what that means, how it works, and what you
can do with Ansible.

About Jill:
Jill is a long time member of the Free Software community, serving on
the PLUG steering committee and as BoF organizer for the Southern
California Linux Expo (SCaLE). They are a member of the Ansible core
development team at Red Hat, focused on AWS and other Cloud modules.


der.hans: GNU/Linux tuning for MongoDB

Description:
MongoDB is a popular document-oriented database.

Like most databases, MongoDB benefits from particular GNU/Linux system tuning.

While GNU/Linux distributions and container distributions create good default configurations, they need some changes to get optimal performance for your database needs.

Attendees will learn about the following for MongoDB:

* Linux kernel tuning
* memory tuning
* block device tuning
* filesystem tuning
* network tuning

About der.hans:
der.hans is a Free Software, technology and entrepreneurial veteran. He is a repeat author for the Linux Journal with his article about online privacy and security using a password manager as the cover article for the January 2017 issue.

He's chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch and Stammtisch Job Nights.

Currently a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket. Most likely anything he says publicly was not approved by $dayjob.

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

https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate
https://mastodon.social/@lufthans


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Upcoming Events

Installfest
Sat Jul 18 @10:00AM
Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Jul 21 @ 7:00PM
Installfest
Sat Aug 01 @10:00AM

AzLoCo Events

Virtual Linux Installfest/Workshop
Sat Jul 18 @10:00AM
AZLOCO Team Meeting
Sun Jul 19 @ 9:00PM
Virtual Tempe Ubuntu Hour
Thu Jul 23 @ 7:00PM
Virtual Linux Installfest/Workshop
Sat Aug 01 @10:00AM
AZLOCO Team Meeting
Sun Aug 02 @ 9:00PM

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