ALE Central Moving!
In Today's Mailbag:
As many people know, our hosting at Emory University with the BioMedical Informatics department in the School of Medicine is coming to an end. With the upcoming move to the department's new space comes new security policies that will be problematic for access for non-Emory people. Not to mention being 6 blocks (uphill both ways) away from parking!
So ALE-Central will be moving it's meetings to the Decatur Makers space (605 W. Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA) a very short walk away from The Marlay House (a nice Irish pub) and a short drive away from the The Brickstore Pub and Twains and Mac McGees (3 wateringholes I have personally attended many times - Twains has pool and shuffleboard and is a brewpub!). Beginning in March 21, ALE will also shift the meeting time for ALE Central to the third TUESDAY of each month.
None of this will affect the other ALE meetings/meetups so if you don't make the monthly, formal meetings, no problem.
There's a new hackerspace in Roswell called Counterpoint Hackerspace. They've just moved in to their new space as of October 2016. Their website doesn't have a lot of info as of yet. From their Meetup Page:
We are Counterpoint. Counterpoint is a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by our members. We are a non-profit educational institution intended for public benefit. Come and visit our space located in Roswell, Georgia. We teach, we learn, we share.
New Kubernetes Meetup
There's a new Kubernetes meetup forming. From their Meetup page:
Meet other developers and users of Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions. Kubernetes can run almost anywhere, including Google Compute Engine, Vagrant, CoreOS, Azure, vSphere, RackSpace, etc. Learn more about Kubernetes at http://kubernetes.io
From their Meetup page:
PyData-Atlanta is interested in telling insightful stories about data and exploring the methods behind those stories. We advocate for open data ecosystems and workflows that center on open source tools, especially (but not exclusively) based in Python. We are focused on the vertical integration of tools and skills that transform raw data into insights, and we aim to provide a seminar-like learning environment. We host short interactive presentations, audience-contributed lightning talks, panel discussions, and informal networking opportunities. Our events can benefit both experienced and beginner data scientists alike.
Announced in the September 2016 meeting, this meetup is already the 6th largest PyData meetup in the world. Way to go!
New Way to Help Sponsor Your Group
A friend of mine runs LiveSoftwareEvents.com, a way to live-stream video and make money from it. The organizer doesn't pay, just the remote viewers. They pay a reasonable $1 per hour which gets split with the organizer. If you or your group would like to give it a try, contact Bernie LiveSoftwareEvents and give it a try.
PostgreSQL Group Forming
My favorite open source database might be getting it's own meetup group. From today's inbox:
We are a group of PostgreSQL enthusiasts interested in fostering a PostgreSQL community in Atlanta, so that we can share our knowledge about PostgreSQL and related projects, and create a network for those seeking PostgreSQL-related employment.
See their Meetup.
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.