Past Meetup

The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

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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