PLUG: Provo Linux Users Group

The Provo Linux Users Group welcomes people who use or are interested in Linux and Open Source Software in the Provo, Utah area.

Membership:
There is no membership fee. Just join the mailing list, and show up at the meetings!

Meetings:
Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at the UVU Business Resource Center in Orem.

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April Meeting: Shell Scripting 101 (John Nielsen)

Date: Tuesday, April 18th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

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Just go in the front doors, and follow the signs. We’re usually in a conference in the back of the main floor.

Pizza and soda will be provided by Ciber. Make sure to thank them for their generosity!

http://plug.org/uvu has directions and a map

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March Meeting: Configuring ephemeral containers (Brandon Gillespie)

Date: Tuesday, March 21st
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

Containers are taking the world by storm, but security is lagging behind. Reflex Engine leverages the power of ABAC and runs in a unique manner to create highly secure containerized applications. Come learn how.

Brandon has a breadth of experience through his career including CTO, CIO, Director of Operations, Security and Infrastructure, Architect, Consultant, Engineer, Developer, and Project Manager across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is directing platform and tech efforts at Divvypay.com, is the author of the book Activator: Success in the Tech Industry with Design Thinking and Reflex Engine, an OSS ABAC based ephemeral system/container management solution. As an entrepreneur, he has led the development of open source software with global team members, pioneered online game technologies, started several companies, and has developed for FreeBSD. Brandon is a published author, loves all forms of technical or hacking topics, and blogs about them at http://surfingthe.cloud/.

 

Just go in the front doors, and follow the signs. We’re usually in a conference in the back of the main floor.

Pizza and soda will be provided by Ciber. Make sure to thank them for their generosity!

http://plug.org/uvu has directions and a map

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February Meeting: Intro to Ceph (Mike Lovell)

Date: Tuesday, February 21st
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

Ceph is a open source distributed storage system that has been getting a lot of attention the last several years. This talk will be an introduction to Ceph, how it works, and some applications where it could be used to provide a scale out and reliable storage.

Just go in the front doors, and follow the signs. We’re usually in a conference in the back of the main floor.

Pizza and soda will be provided by Ciber. Make sure to thank them for their generosity!

http://plug.org/uvu has directions and a map

 

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January Meeting: Everything We Know About CyberSecurity is Wrong (Ryan Byrd)

Date: Tuesday, January 17th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

The exploits and security breaches which are technically feasible and the ones that actually occur in the wild are two very different things. There are two common, bad assumptions: one, that people choose random passwords and two, that passwords are broken with dumb brute force. Neither of those assumptions are correct. Brute force attacks are never used on passwords of longer than six characters because it takes too long. So instead, hackers use word list attacks that combine list of words gathered from hacked passwords, Wikipedia, the Gutenberg Project and YouTube comments and then combine those words in unique ways (https://hashcat.net/wiki/doku.php?id=oclhashcat has over 5100 rules to do this). This so-called intelligent brute force reduces the candidate key space and makes attacks possible on 55 character or longer passwords.

Ryan is a computer engineer working at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Sometimes he solves hard problems, builds embedded devices, creates web applications and automates processes for good people. Sometimes he just keeps bees. He’s very busy and important.

 

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December Meeting: Canceled!

Date: Tuesday, December 20th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

With it being so close to Christmas, we’re not going to have a PLUG meeting this month.

http://plug.org/uvu has directions and a map

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November Meeting: Canceled!

Date: Tuesday, November 15th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

Due to lack of speaker, PLUG is canceled this month.

http://plug.org/uvu has directions and a map

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October Meeting: Intro to Linux (Derek Carter)

Date: Tuesday, October 18th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

Derek Carter will be presenting on Linux basics, to help those who are getting started with Linux. If you’re already a Linux expert, please come help answer questions! Who knows, you might even learn something new.

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September Meeting: Kerberos Protocol (Tyler Johnson)

Date: Tuesday, September 20th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME! We’re going to start meeting at 7:00pm instead of 7:30pm

Tyler Johnson will be explaining the kerberos protocol and demonstrating it’s use in various environments. Kerberos is a computer network authentication protocol which works on the basis of tickets to allow nodes communicating over a non-secure network to prove their identity to one another in a secure manner. Used in many different Operating Systems and services, it is aimed at a client-server model and provides mutual authentication — both user and server verifiy each other’s identity. Kerberos builds on symmetric key cryptography and protects against eavesdropping and replay attacks.

The demonstration will mainly take place in a debian-based environment, which is recommended if you want to follow along.

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August Meeting: Low Cost, Large Scale Open-source Projects (James Simister)

Date: Tuesday, August 16th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME! We’re going to start meeting at 7:00pm instead of 7:30pm

GitHub is a great solution for many open-source projects, but what if it isn’t right for your project? If you need more control over your project or want to run your own systems, what are some good choices?The OpenDOF Project (https://opendof.org) found itself in that situation last year when it was formed. This talk presents the solutions that we identified and integrated in order to provide a web presence, source control, defect tracking and continuous integration. The talk will also briefly cover an open-source project that we created for large-scale automated testing.

We will share the tools chosen and costs that we incur, as well as how we deal with issues like download support at large scale.

 

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July Meeting: CANCELED

There will be no meeting in July, because of the proximity to the OpenWest Conference. See you next month!

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