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0x61: Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? (Part II)

FAIF - Tue, 2019/02/19 - 15:08

Bradley and Karen continue the process of preparing their joint keynote at FOSDEM 2019, entitled: Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today?: Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software. This episode is the second of three episodes where Bradley and Karen record their preparation conversations for this keynote address. In this particular episode, they discuss the golden age in history when they used very little proprietary software, and then discuss the beginning of their personal Dark Ages of using some proprietary software.

Show Notes: Segment 0 (00:35)
  • Bradley mentioned The Who's destruction of their instruments and his discomfort with it in relation to computers. (06:10)
  • Bradley and Karen mentioned their long-time use of the HTC Dream (07:30)
  • Bradley mentioned that he helped start the Replicant project, but his primary contribution was its name. (08:24)
Segment 1 (12:34)

Send feedback and comments on the cast to <oggcast@faif.us>. You can keep in touch with Free as in Freedom on our IRC channel, #faif on irc.freenode.net, and by following Conservancy on identi.ca and and Twitter.

Free as in Freedom is produced by Dan Lynch of danlynch.org. Theme music written and performed by Mike Tarantino with Charlie Paxson on drums.

The content of this audcast, and the accompanying show notes and music are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 4.0 license (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Categories: Free Software

Meeting topic for the PLUG security meeting on February 21

PLUG - Fri, 2019/02/15 - 00:00
Aaron Jones: Introduction To Assembly Language - Reverse Engineering Software

Description:
Introduction To Assembly Language is the introduction to my reverse engineering course. This is part one of a multi part educational series on lower level software development and reverse engineering. Many developers and security experts are not familiar with assembly language or the lower levels of their hardware. This course is intended to begin familiarizing you with assembly language in order to build the foundation for future courses on reverse engineering.

Biography:
Aaron Jones is a software developer for law enforcement with a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security. He has been using Linux since Middle School and loves to educate others on how technology works.

Topic for the PLUG meeting on Feb 14th

PLUG - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 08:45
This month we have a theme, graphics.  We will be getting a preview of some of talks that will be given at the Southern California Linux Expo's (SCaLE) libre graphics track which will happen on March 7th through 10th.

Brian Cluff: An introduction to the Hugin Panorama Stitcher

Hugin is a powerful program to combining multiple overlapping images into panoramas. It is easy to use, but needs quality input images to work correctly. This presentation will give an intro to using Hugin as well as advice on how to take high quality input images with minimal paralax distortion so that your panoramas will always turn out perfect.

This presentation will also cover masking out unwanted items in your panorama, using hugin to create HDR images, rerendering individual images into architectural projections.


Phillip Waclawski: Krita basics, drawing assistants and G'Mic

Krita is an amazing drawing/painting program. This talk will cover the basics of Krita, including layers, selections and more. It will also dive into some of the amazing drawing assistants that come with Krita, and really help out folks, like myself, that are artistically impaired.

Additionally, Krita comes with a set of powerful filters and tools known as G'mic  (Greyc's Magic for Image Computing) that is also available in many other programs (GIMP, Inkscape) and we will cover several of them during this talk.

Security Meeting Topic for January 17th

PLUG - Wed, 2019/01/16 - 13:38

Sebastian Tuchband: The Blockchain Utility

Description:
Many people use blockchains wrong in their implementation. Many people think of implementations that are horribly inefficient as a blockchain.
There are many considerations that developers and business people don't seem to take note of.
This presentation talks about the blockchain and the more ideal methods of going about doing what was desired.

Biography:
I am a privacy enthusiast with a background in programming.
Also, I enjoy meeting people and teaching the ideal method over the common method.
Many people don't seem to know it, and I intend to inform people about these alternative methods.

0x60: Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? (Part I)

FAIF - Sun, 2019/01/13 - 15:50

Show Notes Summary

Bradley and Karen pull back the curtain and begin the process of preparing their joint keynote at FOSDEM 2019, entitled: Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today?: Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software. This episode is the first of multiple episodes where Bradley and Karen record their preparation conversations for this keynote address.

Show Notes Segment 0 (00:36) Bradley and Karen discuss the plan to do prep for their FOSDEM keynote “on air” as part of FaiF broadcasts. Segment 1 (07:13)

Send feedback and comments on the cast to <oggcast@faif.us>. You can keep in touch with Free as in Freedom on our IRC channel, #faif on irc.freenode.net, and by following Conservancy on identi.ca and and Twitter.

Free as in Freedom is produced by Dan Lynch of danlynch.org. Theme music written and performed by Mike Tarantino with Charlie Paxson on drums.

The content of this audcast, and the accompanying show notes and music are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 USA license (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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PLUG Meeting topic for Jan 10th

PLUG - Wed, 2019/01/09 - 09:46
der.hans: Software Management for Debian and Ubuntu

Description:
Debian-based package management has been rock solid for many years.
Still, there are complexities and nuances to explore.

This talk will be a tour of distribution provided software management tools and features in Debian and Ubuntu.

Attendees will learn about:
  • Common software management tools
  • Features of debian packages
  • Parts of debian packages
  • Helper tools
  • Configuring and reconfiguring software
  • Prioritizing and pinning software
  • Upgrades
  • Snaps
  • Some differences between Debian and Ubuntu

About der.hans:
der.hans is a Free Software consultant, community veteran, presenter and author. He is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG).

As a technology and entrepreneurial veteran, roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LibrePlanet, LFNW) and many local groups.

0x5F: Was 2018 the Year of Non-FOSS Licensing?

FAIF - Mon, 2018/12/31 - 05:34

Show Notes Segment 0 (00:36)

Bradley and Karen discuss ideas for what to do with the oggcast going forward.

Segment 2 (07:49)
Categories: Free Software

PLUG meeting - Holiday party on 12/13

PLUG - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 23:42
It's December and time for our annual end of year pot luck. Bring friends and family.

It's a pot luck, so bring some food or drinks to share if you can.

As it's a holiday party, we'll likely have tons of snacks and deserts. This presents an opportunity to bring a main course, salad or veggie side dish. Or cupcakes or pie if you prefer .

We still meet at Desert Breeze.

Since we're eating for the party, we will not go out to a restaurant afterwards.

No alcohol.

As always, the PLUG east side meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Desert Breeze Substation
251 North Desert Breeze Blvd,
Chandler, AZ 85226
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