News from the Chairman

  1. Free Software Stammtisch job networking event this Tuesday at 18:00.

    We encourage engineers from groups that are hiring and hiring managers to attend. The goal is for prospective candidates to learn about the company and the actual job while giving the team a chance to meet prospective candidates. Interviews are bi-directional, so are job searches.

    We have several confirmed employers this month:

    • Early Warning/Zelle - hiring in the dozens
    • Recruit Bit Security
    • Shutterfly
    • Red Hat - always hiring lots of Free Software people
    • PayPal

    We might also have a couple of companies hiring hundreds of people, USAA and State Farm, and possibly some off-planet work.

    If you're looking for a job, this month would be a good time to show up. If you have friends looking, same for them :)

    Tuesday, 2018Oct16 @ 18:00
    Boulders on Southern
    1010 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ

    You can RSVP via GetTogether federated event project.

    The next jobs event will be a resume review night in January.

    #FLOSSevents #AZevents #AZnews #jobs #FreeSoftware

  2. Topic: Command Line Tools Seminar
    Instructor: Ryan Hermens

    This month's east side meeting is a seminar on important command line tools. It's a good month to bring friends and family that have interest in GNU/Linux.

    Thursday, October 11th @ 19:00

    Description: This seminar will be an interactive presentation on core command lines tools. It is aimed at the beginner to help users make the jump from GUI tools to using the power of the command line. Examples of some of the subjects covered include package managers, linux permissions, users and groups, navigating the file system, creating and editing files, background and foreground job management, linux signals, and more. To get the most out of this seminar, please come with a laptop with Linux already installed.

    Biography: Ryan has 7 years of experience doing devops work, ranging from full stack development to cybersecurity operations. He has worked for Microchip, Intel, and Charles Schwab. Currently, he works with Truveris acting as lead security engineer. He holds degrees in both Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude.

    Desert Breeze Substation
    251 North Desert Breeze Blvd West
    Chandler, AZ 85226

    You can RSVP via GetTogether.

    Bring a laptop. Bring friends with laptops.

  3. PLUG has two topics for August.

    Ed Nicholson - Technical Debts and Digital Assets

    Exploring the analogy of debt and real world financial obligations, as a context for a software's or system's life cycle. Debt and Software are both fundamentally types of Intangible Assets. This talk is an exploration of how the much older asset class, Debt, may be usefully applied in understanding the relative newcomers, Software and Systems.

    der.hans - Introduction to /etc/alternatives

    /etc/alternatives allows choosing among many programs to provide a certain functionality.
    For instance, editor can point the locally preferred text editor. alternatives will also make sure man-pages also match.
    Attendees will learn:

    What is /etc/alternatives
    Why is /etc/alternatives
    How to configure /etc/alternatives
    How to use helper scripts

    Thursday, 2018Aug09 at 19:00.

    251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

    The Free Software Stammtisch is a week from Tuesday.

  4. Thursday's PLUG meeting for July went well. We had a large crowd for mid-summer including lots of new faces.

    Announcements included an opening for teaching electronics at a local community college. The department head showed up, so I handed it over to him for descriptions of the classes and what they need. He's adamant about a GNU/Linux infrastructure being vital to the success of the program and has hired 4 previous instructors from PLUG.

    We also had someone return after many years living elsewhere. It was good to catch up some, and I look forward to longer conversations in the near future.

    First up I gave a new talk about federated social network Mastodon. I will follow up with a talk on ActivityPub in the Fall.

    Next, I gave my uMatrix talk, this time in English.

    Next month Ed will give a talk on Technical Debt.

    Tuesday is a resume review night at 18:00, followed by this month's Stammtisch at it's normal time of 19:00.

    Announcement on Mastodon.

    Thursday is PLUG's next security class. This month Aaron will be giving us an "Introduction to Shodan"

    Some upcoming Valley events include DevOpsDays Phoenix and CactusCon.

    The cfp for DevOpsDay Phoenix is still open. One of the DOD Phx organizers gave us an update, though she isn't participating as much this year due to time constraints from a new job.

    SeaGL's cfp for the November conference in Seattle is open as well. SeaGL has office hours at noon on Thursday's in July to help prospective speakers with their proposals.

  5. Software Freedom Day is an annual worldwide event celebrating and promoting Free Software. This year it's on Saturday, September 17th, which is our regularly scheduled Installfest.

    The Installfest is a perfect event for Software Freedom Day.

    It's is an event from PLUG and AZLoCo where we help people install GNU/Linux and learn more about Free Software.

    Please stop by the University of Advancing Technology on Software Freedom Day and participate.

    The following Tuesday is this month's Stammtisch. This month we're having a Family and Gaming night that starts an hour earlier than Stammtisch at 18:00.

    Next month we will be celebrating 20 years of KDE at our regularly scheduled east side meeting. Details coming soon.

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Upcoming Events

Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Oct 16 @ 7:00PM
Sat Oct 20 @10:00AM
Sat Nov 03 @10:00AM
PLUG East Meeting
Thu Nov 08 @ 7:00PM

AzLoCo Events

Linux Installfest/Workshop
Sat Oct 20 @10:00AM
AZLOCO Weekly Meeting
Sun Oct 21 @ 9:00PM
Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour
Thu Oct 25 @ 6:00PM
Tempe Ubuntu Hour
Thu Oct 25 @ 7:00PM
AZLOCO Weekly Meeting
Sun Oct 28 @ 9:00PM

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