Matrix Resources hosts a number of the local users' groups. See their current month's calendar
Open Source News
Just what the world needs: a new terminal emulator. Wait.. this one might be worthwhile.
Top ecommerce platforms. Woo?
OpenSource hardware covered by almost-mainstream press:
Bossie Awards of open source development for 2013. Know most of them:
Rising from the ashes of OpenSolaris and other shambles rises the OpenZFS project. I wish them well!
Docker: an open-source roll-your-own PaaS platform.
Intelligent toaster? no. open source remote control? yes!
I've never been won over by home automation pitches, but WigWag just might do it.
More command-line linux trix:
PostgreSQL has always been my favorite open source DBMS. Here /.ers weigh in on how it stacks up to Oracle. Fun read:
OSS Atlanta: Open Source News in the Atlanta, GA Area
Atlanta Geeks Meetup
Not really open source, but a place for like-minded folks to meet, see the Metro Atlanta Geeks Meetup. From their page:
Have you spawned?
Do you hail from the land of Dragon*Con?
Do ANY of the following phrases have
meaning or resonate in your heart?:
Han shot first;
Captain, we are being hailed;
Cylons and Daleks and goram reavers;
In brightest day, in blackest night;
Kneel before Zod!;
all your base are belong to us;
Android, Apple, ubuntu (or any *nix);
Why so serious?
Excelsior True Believers!
Then you're one of us!
Join your comrades in this Guild of Calamitous Intent to socialize || geek out
Still not sure?... (see definition below from Wikipedia)
We like to share, discuss and enjoy all things geeky! Who says we have no social skills?... :-)
excerpted From Wikipedia:
- A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad but because many of these interests have mainstream endorsement and acceptance, the inclusion of some genres as "geeky" is heavily debated. Persons have been labeled as or chosen to identify as physics geeks,mathematics geeks, engineering geeks, sci-fi geeks, computer geeks, various science geeks, movie and film geeks (cinephile), comic book geeks, theater geeks, history geeks, music geeks, sport geeks, art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, historical reenactment geeks, video game geeks, and roleplay geeks.
- A person who relates academic subjects to the real world outside of academic studies; for example, using multivariate calculus to determine how they should correctly optimize the dimensions of a pan to bake a cake.
- A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.
Note: I saw a chart a while back that tried to determine if you were more of a nerd or geek. As I recall, I was more of a nerd. Nerd group anyone?
They're not a MakerSpace yet, but there's a new group of Decatur Makers forming. Sounds like they're trying to be family-friendly and fun. Check them out.
Not Exacly Open Source
OK, this isn't exactly open-source, but readers may be interested in a local Atlanta meetup for Nerd Fun. Looks like they've had some interesting meetups. LAN party anyone?
Northeast Georgia Linux Meetup Forming
This in today's email: there's a Northeast Georgia Linux Meetup forming, up in Gainesville. Check them out and eat some pizza at Stevi B's on Browns Bridge Road. See you there.
A Walk on the Freeside
After wanting to go to a meeting of FreeSide Atlanta, I finally went last night. FreeSide is our local hardware makerspace, where members meet to build and modify physical/mechanical/electronic objects. There were about 25 in attendance, and the list of current builds and meetings was varied and impressive: designing and building an off-road wheelchair, UAV hexacopter, tutorial meetings on getting your no-code Tech amateur radio license, and 3D printing. They're helping with the upcoming mini-maker faire in October at Tech. If you haven't been yet, you should. Open houses are Tuesdays at 7:30, and other meetings as scheduled. Check out their meetup.com page and join the fun!
Big Data Meetup Forming
Handling Big Data is often the perview of Open Source: Hadoop and its bretheren. There's a Big Data Meetup forming. From the intro:
The Atlanta Big Data Meetup group is a community dedicated to promoting the technologies, practices and innovations needed for organizations to get maximum value from massive amounts of data. With over 2.5 trillion bytes of data accumulating around the world every day, we are at the epicenter of the Big Data revolution. Through an exchange of BIG ideas, education and fresh thinking from employees, contractors and technologists, Atlanta Big Data aims to focus on the specific Big Data issues, architectures and solutions related to the Big Data to include security, privacy, analytics and support for real-time operations. The intent of Atlanta Big Data isn’t solely technical, the Group strives to discuss, discover and communicate how Big Data solutions can be used to advance and support national security, energy, transportation, media, logistics, financial services, law enforcement, health care and education and many other areas that serve the community’s interests.
Atlanta MongoDB Users' Group
For web-scale data activities, the non-relational databases are gaining ground. MongoDB powers bit.ly, foursquare, craigslist and a number of other popular sites.
This group is a place for developers to learn more about MongoDB, an open source, document-oriented, nosql database. If you are facing challenges with MySQL or Postgres or Oracle and want to explore a more flexible, scalable alternative, please join us at one of our monthly sessions. See their Meetup Page.
Atlanta R Users' Group
In the Mid-'70s in the hallowed halls of Bell Labs they developed Unix, C, and a lot of cool things. One of these was the S statistical programming language. Its modern implementations are S-plus and R.
R is an open source programming language for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphical visualization. While most commonly used within academia, in fields such as computational biology and applied statistics, it is rapidly gaining currency in commercial areas such as quantitative finance and business intelligence.
Among R's strengths as a language are its powerful built-in tools for inferential statistics, its compact modeling syntax, its data visualization capabilities, and its ease of connectivity with persistent data stores (from databases to flatfiles).
In addition, R is open source nature and extensible via add-on "packages" allowing it to keep up with the leading edge in academic research. For all its strengths, though, R has an admittedly steep learning curve; the first steps towards learning and using R can be challenging.
The Atlanta R Users Group is dedicated to bringing together area practitioners of R to exchange knowledge, inspire new users, and spur the adoption of R for innovative research and commercial applications.