News from the Chairman

  1. 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.

  2. SEP is Someone Else's Problem, so for SEP 2016 PLUG is covering cloud, which is Someone Else's Computers.

    We have two talks about dynamically deploying systems. One is an introduction to OpenStack. The other is an overview on deploying dynamic HA environments with HashiCorp's tools.

    Cloud provides on demand capabilities via dynamic, elastic provisioning.

    Dynamic means that you can easily provision and reprovision tools to meet need, e.g. deploying a render farm, then deleting it and deploying an index engine.

    Elastic means capacity can grow and shrink as needed. Need another 20 systems for the next hour, just deploy them, then delete them.

    With a public cloud, the cloud provider provides the capacity for elastic capacity.

    With a private cloud, the company provides it's own hardware with sufficient excess capacity to absorb increases in capacity requirements.

    A hybrid model allows a company to have private cloud, but then use a public cloud for elastic increases beyond the company's private cloud capacities.

    Our third presentations is on Bluetooth beacons which allow you to tag physical locations for automatic actions. For instance, trigger an automatic phone sync when you get home or automagically turn on the garage light when you go into the garage.

    Swing by Thursday night and enjoy learning how to make it all Someone Else's Problem :).

    We go to BJs after the meeting to hang out and talk. Feel free to join us for that as well.


    PLUG 2016Sep event page

  3. Chris from Elastic's Kibana team will demo his not yet released project on Alerting and Rhythm ( a server metrics UI ).

    Ed will give us an intro to Eddystone Bluetooth Beacons. Perhaps he will talk about the insecurity of most

    Phil will give us a short review of his DEFCON trip. Speaking of DEFCON, perhaps Ed will talk about the insecurity of bluetooth smart locks.

    Thursday, 2016Aug11 @ 19:00 in Chandler.

    RSVP if you would like.

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

    Stammtisch is the following Tuesday.

    RSVP if you would like.

  4. Stammtisch is next week.

    usually Stammtisch is the Tuesday after the PLUG meeting, but this month there is a week in between because the month started on a Wednesday.

    This month is a family night event. We will start that at 18:00 to give
    kids time to participate and still be home for bedtime.

    Additionally, we're following up the great games night presentations last week with a gaming night at Stammtisch. Please bring Free Software related gaming stuff in.

    /me already has rolldice installed and "Hey! That's my fish!" packed :).

    RSVP or comment

  5. We have two presentations about gaming on GNU/Linux lined up for our June east side meeting on Thursday the 9th starting at 19:00.

    Todd, who recently completely filled the room with his systemd talk, has "Linux Gaming - Steam games, GPU drivers, and custom compiling WINE".

    Aaron, who has recently covered git and CLI for us, will be covering his gaming setup.

    Gaming night follows some recent successful theme events such as space night and process improvement night.

    This month's Stammtisch on Tuesday the 21st will befamily and gaming night. Bring family and/or gaming rigs.

    We have another themed event scheduled for September when we have cloud night at PLUG ( Topics: Open Stack and scalable, dynamic infrastructures ).

    In July we have topics on software defined networking (SDN) and resume writing for tech topics.

    The resume talk preceeds the resume reviews jobs night @ Stammtisch starting at 18:00 on July 19th.

    We will also continue with our twice monthly Installfests co-hosted with AZLoCo.

    Keep an eye ( or aggregator ) on the PLUG calendar to keep updated on our events.

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Thu Jul 12 @ 7:00PM
Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Jul 17 @ 7:00PM
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AZLOCO Weekly Meeting
Sun Jun 24 @ 9:00PM
Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour
Thu Jun 28 @ 6:00PM
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Sun Jul 01 @ 9:00PM
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Linux Installfest/Workshop
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