News from the Chairman

  1. PLUG's end of year party was last night. We had a good turnout. Congratulations to our new parents who weren't in attendance. Take care of the family, we'll be here :).

    We had some good food as well. That included another delicious reminder that Spanish tortilla is different than Mexican tortilla. We also had a great orange cake. Baked good go over well for some reason. Other items included: ham ( very moist out of a crockpot ), chicken, casserole, cucumber salad, chips and salsa ( we are in Phoenix ), hummus, cupcakes, cookies and donuts.

    We didn't have our traditional cheesecake as my grandma died earlier this year. I did get multiple comments that the cheesecake will be missed. She would be happy to know her cheesecake is still loved. Thanks to all her fans!

    There were lots of conversations, which is the point of the end of year event. We had kids playing with each other ( and likely eating too many donuts ).

    I personally enjoyed catching up with some friends who haven't been out in a few months. End of semester makes it easier on students and instructors. I also got some job leads and follow up.

    We have an Installfest this Saturday at UAT from 10:00 to 16:00.

    Our last meeting of the year is Stammtisch this Tuesday night.

    Boulders on Southern
    1010 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204
    Hours: 19:00 - 22:00+

    There is no security meeting this month. The security meetings will start again on the third Thurday of January.

    Have a great end of year and slip into the new year!

  2. Stammtisch will meet as normal in November ( on the 20th ) and December ( on the 18th ) at Boulders on Southern, 1010 W Southern Ave, Mesa.

    In December the PLUG east side meeting is a pot luck party.

    There will be no security meeting in December. Security meetings will start again in January.

    For the end of year pot luck, bring some friends and family.

    It's a pot luck, so bring some food or drinks to share if you can. As it's a holiday party, we'll likely have tons of snacks and deserts. This presents an opportunity to bring a main course, salad or veggie side dish. Or cupcakes or pie if you prefer :).

    We still meet at Desert Breeze.

    Since we're eating for the party, we will not go out to a restaurant afterwards.

    No alcohol.

    As always, the PLUG east side meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

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

  3. Topics: Firejail, AppArmor and SELinux

    In October Aaron will be teaching us about locking down processes via three diff
    erent mechanisms.

    • Firejail: sandbox to restrict the application environment
    • AppArmor: a Mandatory Access Control system, common for debian based distros
    • SELinux: a Mandatory Access Control system, common for Red Hat based distros

    The PLUG security meeting is a monthly open entry security class ( 3rd Thursday ).

    Thursday, 2018Oct18 @ 19:00

    Desert Breeze Substation
    251 Desert Breeze Blvd West
    Chandler, AZ

    You can RSVP GetTogether.

    #FLOSSevents #AZevents #AZnews #jobs #FreeSoftware #TechSecurity

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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Upcoming Events

Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Dec 18 @ 7:00PM
CANCELED - Installfest
Sat Jan 05 @10:00AM
PLUG East Meeting
Thu Jan 10 @ 7:00PM
Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Jan 15 @ 7:00PM

AzLoCo Events

AZLOCO Weekly Meeting
Sun Dec 23 @ 9:00PM
Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour
Thu Dec 27 @ 6:00PM
Tempe Ubuntu Hour
Thu Dec 27 @ 7:00PM
AZLOCO Weekly Meeting
Sun Dec 30 @ 9:00PM
Ubuntu Hour Tempe Az
Thu Jan 03 @ 7:00PM

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