[sf-lug] BALUG Tu 2013-08-20: Rick Moen on Linux Malware; & other BALUG News

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Fri Aug 16 23:37:44 PDT 2013

BALUG Tu 2013-08-20: Rick Moen on Linux Malware; & other BALUG News


items, details further below:
2013-08-20: Rick Moen on Linux Malware
2013-10-15: Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Code Review for Systems Administrators
Bill Honeycutt, tech goodies, and other giveaways
volunteering to help BALUG
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/BALUG_org


For our 2013-08-20 BALUG meeting, we're proud to present:

TOPIC:  Linux Malware

     Rick Moen[1]

     We had it first!  Not counting the early Elk Cloner boot sector
     virus for the Apple II, computer viruses had been developed on Unix
     and become old hat when MS-DOS was just getting started and hadn't even
     been attacked, yet.  The biggest Internet meltdown ever was caused
     by a 'worm' (program that propagates across networks) targeting BSD Unix.

     Our speaker will tour malware's colorful history and put it in
     perspective of larger security concerns including horrifically
     bad coding practices in many significant desktop projects and
     slipshod quality control.

     Rick Moen is longtime senior system administrator, who also runs
     nearby Linux user group CABAL[2], meeting at his and his wife's
     house in West Menlo Park, and has been fooling with various Unices
     since the 1980s.  Having formerly been a technical employee at
     several Linux firms (Linuxcare, VA Linux Systems, and California
     Digital Corp.) during decades past, he stresses that it's not his
     fault and he has an alibi.

1. http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/
2. http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/

So, if you'd like to join us please RSVP to:

                        rsvp at balug.org

**Why RSVP??**

Well, don't worry we won't turn you away, but the RSVPs really help
BALUG and the Four Seas Restaurant plan the meal and meeting, and with
sufficient attendance, they also help ensure that we'll be able to eat
upstairs in the private banquet room.

Meeting Details...

                        Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 2013-08-20

                        Four Seas Restaurant
                        731 Grant Ave.
                        San Francisco, CA 94108
                        Easy PARKING:
                          Portsmouth Square Garage at 733 Kearny:

Cost: The meetings are always free, but for dinner, for your gift of $13
           cash, we give you a gift of dinner - joining us for a yummy
           family-style Chinese dinner - tax and tip included (your gift
           also helps in our patronizing the restaurant venue).


For our 2013-10-15 BALUG meeting, we're proud to present:

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph[1] on Code Review for Systems Administrators

The OpenStack project uses a public code review system
and automated series of unit and integration tests before merging to
confirm that code submitted is adhering to project standards and
doesn't cause problems for other software in the stack.

The OpenStack Infrastructure team not only manages this system using
all open source tools, like Gerrit and Jenkins for review and testing,
but also uses the system themselves for reviewing and testing changes
being made to systems running the infrastructure itself. Puppet
configuration files, Python scripts and more are subjected to
automated syntax tests and then collaboratively reviewed in public by
community and core team members alike before approval.

This talk will give you a walk through of the actual software used to
accomplish this and how this process has allowed the team to have a
considerably open, collaborative approach to systems administration
for the project infrastructure.

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph is an Automation and Tools Engineer at
HP[2] working on the OpenStack Infrastructure[3] team.  She is also a
member of the Ubuntu Community Council[4] and on the Board of
Directors for Partimus[5], a non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area
providing Linux-based computers to schools in need.

1. http://www.princessleia.com/
2. http://www.hp.com/
3. http://ci.openstack.org/
4. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncil
5. http://partimus.org/


Bill Honeycutt, tech goodies, and other giveaways

Bill Honeycutt was active in BUUG[1] for many years.  He passed away
earlier this year[2].  Among the many tech items to be given away, at
least some will be making it from his estate, through BALUG to be given
away, and includes many cool and useful electronics and tech items, many
of which are of quite recent vintage.
1. http://www.buug.org/
2. http://buug.org/pipermail/buug/2013-July/004009.html

Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration
Thanks to Pearson's User Group program for providing these review
copies.  For details see:
Pearson User Group member page (member discounts: 35% off print,
45% off eBook):

CDs/DVDs/ISOs, etc. - have a peek here:
We may also be able to "burn" images per request or copy to USB flash,
etc.  Donations of blank or +-RW media, USB flash, or funding thereof,
also appreciated.  See the above URL for details.


volunteering to help BALUG

Want to volunteer to help out BALUG?  Quite a variety of opportunities*
Drop us a note at:
balug-contact at balug.org
Or come talk to us at a BALUG meeting.
o assist on publicity
o assist on speaker coordination/procurement, etc.
o webmastering
o archivist/history/retrieval/etc.
o Linux Systems Administration (e.g. do/assist/learn, with/under some
   quite experienced and skilled Linux systems administrators).
o chief/assistant cat herder
o and other various/miscellaneous tasks BALUG "ought" to be doing or
   would be good to do (feel free to bring in ideas!)


Twitter - you can also follow BALUG on Twitter:


Feedback on our publicity/announcements (e.g. contacts or lists where we
should get our information out that we're not presently reaching, or
things we should do differently): publicity-feedback at balug.org



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