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.
Atlanta 3D Group
There's a new meetup forming for all things around 3D printing. See the Atlanta 3D Group page at meetup. It's just forming, but there seems to be a lot of buzz around 3D printing in town. Not strictly open source, but a lot of 3D printing seems to use open source tools.
Google Developer Group
Google's isn't strictly open-source, but they contribute a lot to the open source community. Freeside Atlanta has a new subgroup for Google Developers that cover topics like polymer.js, html5, etc. Check them out.
Geekspace Gwinnett Moves In
The region's latest makerspace, Geekspace Gwinnett now has a home and is building out. I went to one of their regular Tuesday Open House events last night. They're in the building out phase. So far they have Wifi and workbenches with a couple of older osciliscopes. In the back shop area are a couple of drill presses, an old Craftsman table saw in need of a tune-up, a small metal lathe, cutoff saw and scrollsaw. A milling machine is in the works as soon as moving equipment can be arranged. All in all, about a dozen people showed up and the space has great promise. So come out to one of their events and learn more.