Online Hack Summit
From today's mailbag. Not 100% open-source, and a virtual conference, not local. But there's a great number of very noteworthy names speaking here. Thanks again, Chris:
There’s a new, virtual programming conference you may be interested in attending - hack.summit(). The event is 100% online and takes place this December 1-4, and the speakers are programming language creators, open source contributors and other thought leaders. The inventors of CSS and Ruby on Rails, co-creator of Google Glass, and many more will be speaking and answering audience questions.
The summit is also raising funds for coding non-profits. If you’re interested in attending, check out their website and Facebook page for more info.
SWEeT Holiday Party
From Today's Mailbag. Thanks, Chris!
We are doing it again!
Push the work aside and pick up a peppermint stick (or schnapps, if you’re truly into holiday spirits) while you ring in the holiday cheer with a few hundred of your closest friends.
What's this SWEeT thing?
Glad you asked. SWEeT = Social, Web, Entrepreneurs & Tech. It's a cooperation between ATDC, theAtlanta Tech Village, AWDG, Hypepotamus, StartupChicks, Pear'd and Opportunity Hub. It's everyone in our wonderful ecosystem of hard working, tech loving, movers and shakers in Atlanta. Do you represent a group that would like to join us? Let us know. We'd love to have you.
It's for a great cause:
Any money made off of the event will be donated to springBoard, which is Hands On Atlanta's skills-based volunteer initiative. They enlist talented business and technology professionals to provide pro-bono consulting services for nonprofit organizations. They are looking for folks with know how in: technology planning, website creation & productivity, budget forecasting, marketing planning, branding, human resources, and more.
Wait. Did you say free drinks?
Yes. Yes we did. Our sponsors have gifted us with gelt, so everyone gets two free drinks. The munchies will be plentiful, too.
Where is it, you ask?
Midtown is the epicenter of all things SWEeT in Atlanta, and RiRa Irish Pub is right in the middle of Midtown. With plenty of parking, lots of great food and drinks, and a great festive atmosphere, it's the place to be on Dec 3rd.
You should get your tickets now. Nothing lasts forever, and space is limited. So call on Donner, Dasher, Prancer and …was it Vixen? Anyway, the point is, slip on your most dashing decorative apparel and join us for this year’s very happening holiday party.
Your ticket includes admission to the party, free food, and a drink ticket. And remember, all proceeds go to springBoard.
Spread the Word!
Tell some friends on Twitter and Facebook. Everyone loves a party!
New Alpharetta Rails Meetup
Looks like more of a coding support or study group, there's a new Alpharetta Rails Meetup forming. Please check them out. There's been some pushback on Ruby lately, some claiming that the number of new gems being committed is dwindeling, but a lot of people still like it and use it on a daily basis.
ALE and ALE-NW Update
In today's mailbag from JD:
Hope you don't mind this email ... you asked for feedback, but I didn't see any
way to contact you through the website.
ossatlanta.org - article " Tough Times for *nix Users' Groups".
ALE-NW only meets with SPSU students are there. That's August - May.
It is planned.
It is announced on the ALE email listsrv.
3 yrs ago, we held meetings in the summer and turnout was too low to maintain
it. We are flexible. ;)
The ALE.org content is NOT well maintained. The only way to know what is really
happening is to sign up for the email lists http://ale.org/?page_id=5. The mail
email list has 20-50 messages a day. It is fairly active about Linux-related
There are other Linux groups around the metro area. The GA-400 Linux Group
meets weekly at I-285 and Powers Ferry. 4-10 people attend. Heck, there were 8
people there on Easter!
For more groups: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2013/06/03/lugs-atlanta-area-linux-groups
However - you are not wrong with the premise that Linux is becoming a standard
thing. Other groups that historically would be part of the LUG have spawned
their own meetings - OpenStack, Asterisk, Python, Ruby, Perl, Drupal, OWASP, and
those are just off the top of my head.
I completely understand why UNIX groups concentrate on HA and extremely large
scale - the lower-end has been taken over by Linux solutions. It is amazing what
a $5K Linux box can accomplish these days.
FYI - ALE-NW meetings for the '14-15 school terms:
Meetings 2nd of the Month (Starting in Sept):
8/28 - Mini-How To and SPSU Organization
9/11 - TBD
9/20 - InstallFest - Saturday 10am-5pm
10/9 - TBD 4th Anniversary!
11/13 - TBD
12/11 - Solstice / GPG Keysigning
1/8 - TBD
2/12 - TBD
3/12 - TBD
4/9 - TBD
5/14 - TBD
Feel Free to contact either me or Jim Kinney for ALE questions.
Tough Times for *nix Users' Groups
Are Unix and Linux now passé in the days of DevOps? I'm writing this on August 11th, and it looks like the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts haven't met since May and the Atlanta Unix Users' Group didn't meet last month due to lack of program. Has *nix gone from cutting edge to being so ubiquitous that it's now invisible? For the Unix folks, there's only three vendors left: HP with HP-UX, Oracle with Solaris and IBM with AIX. AUUG had the HP folks come and speak a couple of months back, and they're focused almost entirely on high-availability systems. Oracle and IBM just shuffle my requests off to a national sales line and refuse to let me talk to any local salesperson. Is the sun setting on Unix/Linux users groups? Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts.