Thanks to Aaron Ruscetta for the following description of ALE:

ALE was founded in December, 1994 and has tracked the evolution of Linux from its root as a Unix technology hobby to its domination of the internet and on to becoming a familiar, user friendly computing environment (with all the associated niches it has been filling along the way). The ALE organization maintains the relaxed, casual structure of a home / student / enthusiast group, though the mailing list and meetings address a wide range of topics that are as likely to be relevant to IT administrators and developers as the everyday Linux user. ALE currently provides 2 monthly meeting opportunities: ALE Northeast which is hosted in Duluth, and ALE Central which is hosted on the Emory campus. The meetings are held on the 1st and 2nd Thursday of each month respectively.

See their website:

ALE News

Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts

Promoting Linux and Open Source Software Freedom in Atlanta Since 1994
  • A tlanta L inux E nthusiast ALE 2015 InstallFest Visit the ALE InstallFest event page to learn more and sign up. When: Saturday, September 12th 2015 from 10am until 5pm Where: Near I-75 and South Loop 120 in Marietta, GA What: Free Linux Disks and Free Installation Help. Cost = $0 What is Linux? GNU/Linux […]
  • Things are moving along on this. I (Jim Kinney) became the official organizer of the GA-400 site about a week ago. The folks at have been very helpful in the transition. Some stuff that’s needed is a new banner. The old ALE banner is looking dated. Maybe it’s time to generate a new one […]
  • Systemd may have been a crushing blow to the long-time adherents of the prior init process(es). Let’s dig into what it is, how to use it and what makes it a good choice for init replacement. The system has to start up somehow. It may as well start with some smarts. Jim Kinney will be […]