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May 10 Meeting - OpenSource.com

Topic: OpenSource.com
Presenter: Ruth Suehle
When: Thursday, May 10, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC
Map: Google Maps
Video Recording: 10 May 2012 TriLUG Meeting - OpenSource.com

"Open source" isn't just about code anymore. It's a successful business model for selling that software — Red Hat recently became the first billion-dollar open source company. Then other businesses took notice and adopted openness principles. Now we see openness in education. In governments and laws. The principles of open source are changing everything about our lives — principles that you use in software development every day.

At opensource.com, we explore all of that. We examine what happens when those principles — openness, transparency, collaboration, rapid prototyping, community — are applied to the world. We’ve found hundreds of stories of how openness has solved problems. Changed the way our children learn. Increased governmental transparency. Created collaboration in business. Helped save lives in times of crisis. "Open source" now defines a culture — a culture that’s changing the world.

But to help spread openness, you have to be able to talk about it in a way that keeps people from immediately thinking it's all about software. I'll tell you how to use pop culture — from Iron Man to The Hunger Games, World of Goo to Star Trek — to explain these principles and how you can apply them beyond the code.

Ruth Suehle is a writer and editor in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat, Fedora contributor, and moderator of the opensource.com Life channel. She's a maker at heart who is often behind a sewing machine, rolling fondant, or looking for the next DIY project. You can find her on Twitter and identi.ca as @suehle.

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February 9 Meeting - Trusted Network Connect (TNC)

Topic: Trusted Network Connect (TNC)
Presenter: Lisa Lorenzin
When: Thursday, February 9, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC
Map: Google Maps

The Trusted Computing Group is an international standards group developing standards for building blocks and software interfaces enabling secure computing environments. Trusted Network Connect (TNC), a work group of TCG, provides a reference architecture and interfaces for network-based intelligent policy decisions, security automation, and communication between devices. Many open source and Linux-based products implement TNC standards; we'll talk about the architecture and standards, current implementations, and real-world uses for TNC-enabled technology.

This overview is intended both as a standalone session and as background for a future session, in which we will take a deep dive into an open source, Linux-based security automation infrastructure leveraging the TNC IF-MAP interface.

Lisa Lorenzin is a Principal Solutions Architect with Juniper Networks, specializing in security and mobility solutions, and a contributing member of Trusted Network Connect, a work group of the Trusted Computing Group that defines an open architecture and standards for endpoint integrity and network security. She has worked in a variety of Internet-related roles since 1995, with more than a decade of that focused on network and information security, and is currently concentrating on enterprise security includin network segmentation, end-to-end identity-based access
control, and integration of mobile security.

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January 12 meeting - Open Source Business Intelligence Tools

Topic: Open Source Business Intelligence Tools
Presenter: Alex Meadows
When: Thursday, January 12, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/dba_alex/open-source-business-intelligence-overview

Business Intelligence has become one of the business world's most valuable tools to determine upcoming business decisions. Thanks to the open source revolution, BI is no longer just for enterprise level businesses.

This presentation will go over the different areas of Business Intelligence and show just how far open source alternatives have come in each area. BI can be broken down into five distinct areas, which include:

  • Reporting
  • Data Warehousing
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Visualization
  • Predictive Analytics

From the very basic reporting to the most advanced predictive analytics, open source can cover many of the features and capabilities of their multi-million dollar competitors.

Alex Meadows is an avid open source advocate and self proclaimed 'data geek'. He has worked in the Business Intelligence field for six years and holds a Masters in Business Intelligence from Saint Joseph's University. He is also the Community Leader of the RTP Penthao User Group. He can be followed on his blog at http://www.bluefiredatasolutions.com and on Twitter at @DBA_Alex.

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December 8 meeting: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social

Topic: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social
Presenter: You!
When: Thursday, December 8, 7pm
Where: SplatSpace, 331 W. Main St., Durham, NC
Map: http://splatspace.org/location/
Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-12-08/showcase

Back by popular demand, our holiday meeting will be at SplatSpace (our local hackerspace) in Durham, NC.

We will provide space to anyone who wants to showcase open source projects they find interesting. It can be software, hardware, or data -- just as long as it's free (as in speech). Think of it as a science fair or show-and-tell for open source enthusiasts.

We will also open up the kitchen area for anyone who wants to bring snacks, desserts, and drinks to share with everyone else. These items do not have to be open source, but you definitely get extra geek cred if there is a creative-commons licensed recipe sitting next to the food you bring. It also makes it easier for folks like me, who try and avoid gluten, to know what's safe to eat.

The doors open at 7pm and you can wander from table to table, to see the neat things people are showcasing. If you are presenting something, be sure to let us know which things you want to see. We will try to coordinate breaks for people so that even the presenters get a chance to see the things that interest them.

If you'd like to showcase something or bring some food to share, please add an entry to the wiki page: http://trilug.org/wiki/Meeting:2011_December_8

PLEASE NOTE: To make things a little harder for spammers, you have to enter a username and password to access the wiki. The username is "TRI" and the password is "LUG".

You may also add things to the wiki page that you simply wish someone would demonstrate. That said, please consider running that table yourself. It's completely OK to show up with 20 copies of a live CD that you've been meaning to try out and to invite others to sit down and tinker on it with you. The important parts of this meeting are sharing your interests with others and socializing. Please let us know ASAP that you intend to present something, so that we can reserve a table and chair for you.

Alan Porter, one of our fantastic steering committee members, has volunteered to demo an Arduino system, "that measures and records environmental stats for our hermit crab's cage. It's like a Star Trek tricorder for crustaceans. The hardware and development tools are all open source - so share and enjoy!"

I've heard rumors that someone is bringing egg nog, but I'm not sure how much. What are you bringing? Go add it to the wiki now :)

Looking forward to seeing all of you at SplatSpace on December 8!

Kind regards,
Justis Peters

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November 10 meeting - Nagios and Cacti

Topic: Nagios and Cacti
Presenter: Dylan Lusk
When: Thursday, November 10, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

No network is complete without an effective monitoring solution, and who doesn't love a good graph or two?

Come to TriLUG's November meeting to learn the ins and outs of network and service monitoring. Fellow TriLUG member Dylan Lusk will introduce Nagios and Cacti, two premier projects in the world of FOSS monitoring tools.

Dylan will go into the details of setting up a host system to monitor the health of your network. He will then show how to setup and integrate devices and services into the monitoring.

About Nagios and Cacti:

Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality.

About Dylan:

Dylan Lusk is currently a network engineer and system administrator for a regional telecommunications provider. Over the years he has honed his expertise in a variety of networking-related positions, including stints at a Charlotte datacenter/ISP and a major credit card company. His extensive experience with open source network monitoring stretches back to the days when Nagios was called NetSaint (circa 2000). Over those years, he has successfully monitored everything from blade servers in the lab to climate sensors in enterprise-grade network deployments.

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