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The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

  • Jul 26, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:35 PM - Announcements
6:35 - 7:15 PM - Basic Concepts
7:15 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings

Using Free and Open Source Software - Considering Security Quality

Mark will present on how to roll your own security knowledge mining program for your open source (and proprietary) software packages. The same techniques can be applied in IT asset management situations as well. This talk is targeted towards folks leading a project that depends on many Free and Open Source packages. One case study will be to apply this method to the Palm WebOS operating system for current security defects. It is possible to automate security alerting, and Mark will explain how to prototype a security alerting system for your projects software catalog. Mark will discuss open source security quality, common problems and how you can contribute to greater security of your favorite FOSS project.

Slides, software examples, and notes will be available a day or two before the day of the talk.

Mark Menkhus

Mark Menkhus is a software engineer working on enterprise security threat management at Hewlett Packard's Software Security Response Team has worked with UNIX and Linux for many years, and has worked in the area of security response and quality for quite some time. He has studied software engineering at Colorado Tech, and enjoys using python for system programming and data mining projects. Mark is certified as CISSP, CSSLP and an expert in ITIL v3.

Setting Up A Low-cost, Low-power Home Media Server+ With Plugbox Linux

While Linux is a go-to leader in business as a server, it is less known in the non-commercial computing world. However, it can be a simple, cost-effective and fun way to share content, distribute media, run backups and do many things many consumers need as technology continues to become more prominent in our lives. In this talk, we'll cover the basics of how to get started with ArchLinux and and a variety of "plug computers." We'll cover some of the pitfalls that I've hit setting them up in my home environment and how I use them to personally in my home multimedia setup. We'll also discuss some of the newer hardware and features that are on the horizon and the many other ways that these devices can be used. It is an exciting niche of Linux that has been and is continuing to develop quickly!

Kevin Werner

Kevin Werner is a software engineer with CA Technologies. He has been using opensource software for many years in many aspects and is always excited to share his experience with others. Aside from work and family life, he enjoys outdoor and athletic endeavors and having dependable Linux desktops and "plug computers" that take very little maintenance and make his life easier and more enjoyable.

Website Sponsor:Homeland Security Careers
Food Sponsor: VMWare
Door Prize Sponsors:
Jetbrains - Software license (Several products to choose from)
Book Sponsor:OReilly Publishing - Technical books

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  • John E. S.

    I had not heard of Plug ins before and found it very interesting. The Plug in speaker was very enthusiastic and interesting.
    I also found Mark Menkus's presentation very informative. Having more of a security background I thought he was on target.

    July 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thursday night is bad for me.... I normally jam at the Hancock Senior Center!

    July 27, 2012

  • Gary

    This particular meeting is not specifically on WordPress but if you have a particular request, you can ask the group if someone might have time to help you. It's not on the schedule yet but the WordPress special interest group should be meeting this month as well.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will I be able to connect with someone that can help me start a blog using Wordpress?

    July 10, 2012

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  • HSC Careers

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  • TEKSystems

    TEKSystems is one of our quarterly food sponsors.

  • Apex Systems

    Apex Systems is sponsoring food and drinks once a quarter for the group.

  • Blackstone Technology Group

    Blackstone Technology group is a quarterly food sponsor for the group.

  • OReilly

    OReilly provides discounts and book door prizes for our monthly meetings

  • Atlassian

    Atlassian provides free software licenses for Open Source projects.

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    JetBrains supplies a free license for a door prize for our group monthly

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