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5th Annual ALE InstallFest

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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 is a free and open source software operating system for computers. It is commonly used instead of commercial Microsoft or Apple products There are very capable desktop and server versions of Linux all freely available. An InstallFest is a public outreach effort
by ALE volunteers.

ALE merging with GA-400 Linux meetups

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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 Meetup.com 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 – 960x160px. Got an offer to help from Jason (THANKS!!) so between the two of us we may have some to look in a a short time.

JD has been a huge help in wrangling/hijacking helping make this merger happen :-)  Ever few days now I get a phone call or email from a new person looking at ALE because of the GA 400 group pointing them our way.

As soon as we figure out how, we will setup some sub groups to accommodate the growing distance between meeting – central, top-end, NW and now Southside. YAY!

July is systemd month!

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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 the presenter and he promises to have his laptop actually connecting to the video screen this time.


Usual time – 7:30PM

Usual place – Emory Campus Department of BioMedical Informatics

Usual post meeting refreshments at Melton’s app and tap


The slide show from the talk is posted as LibreOffice ODP and here as PDF

June Meeting ALE Central – Fedora 22!

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ALE Central will have it’s next meeting June 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the usual ALE Central Location.

We will talk about, and play with, the newly released Fedora 22. The separation of Fedora into server and workstations is very complete. The addition of the atomic release is up for discussion as well. There will be some freshly installed VM’s and maybe a new to install VM to walk through the process.


The speaker will be Jim Kinney who has a long history of being a totally over-the-top Linux Enthusiasts. He also works at Emory and gets to play with Linux systems for a living. Occasionally he melts metal and creates sawdust. He can often be found with an ale nearby.

(Last?) ALE-Central Meeting May 21, 2015

Filed at 2:40 pm under by jkinney

It’s been a long time getting to this point but the attendance at meetings is down to 2 people. That’s not enough to justify a speaker doing the effort for a presentation. Jim Kinney has offered to provide life support for 6 months by way of being the speaker with a variety of topics for the 6 months of meetings beginning June 18. The caveat is there needs to be 30 people that commit to attending meetings so there’s at least 15-20 that show up.

This meeting on May 21 will be a planning meeting for topics. So get your ideas sorted and bring them!

May 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the ALE-Central location.

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