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0x63: Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? (Part IV)

FAIF - Wed, 2019/03/20 - 14:39

In their final installment regarding 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, you listeners can hear the final product — a recording of the actual FOSDEM keynote. Afterwards, Karen and Bradley compare notes on what went wrong and what went right (but mostly what went wrong) during the talk.

Show Notes: Segment 0 (00:00:35)

Bradley and Karen talk logistics of how the talk is embedded in the audio.

Segment 1 (00:04:14)

The audio in this segment taken directly from the video of Karen and Bradley's FOSDEM 2019 opening keynote, entitled Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software, which was given . If you'd rather watch the video, you can do so via FSODEM's video site in either webm format or in mp4 format.

Segment 2 (00:46:01) Segment 3 (01:05:31)

Karen and Bradley mention that the next episode will be an interview with Dan Lynch recorded at CopyleftConf 2019.

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).

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Security Topic for 3/21

PLUG - Tue, 2019/03/19 - 18:24
Aaron Jones: Rehash - Shodan

Description:
Due to the fact Aaron will be presenting his Shodan talk to the Fed, he will be presenting it again at SPLUG for practice.

Introduction To Shodan is a two-hour course designed to provide an overview of the search engine for finding devices connected to the internet. Shodan is a security researcher tool that works by scanning the entire internet, locating and parsing banners, and then returning this information to the user. Shodan is an excellent tool to familiarize yourself with if you do not have the infrastructure or tools necessary to run masscan yourself. Shodan is useful in the target selection phase of an operation.

About Aaron:
Aaron, the owner of Retro64XYZ, is a software developer who currently creates applications for law enforcement. He is also an AZ POST certified public speaker. He earned a B.Sc., in Computer Information Systems from Park University in 2013 and an M.A., in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security in 2014. During that period of his life he took a double course load and completed his Masters with a 3.695 GPA in a year. He has been the recipient of recognition from the El Paso Police Department, State Of Texas, Texas Military Forces, Chandler Police Department, and others.

Aaron is also active in the community as the founder of the Phoenix Linux Users Group Cyber Security Meetup and regularly teaches members of the public a myriad of topics related to Cyber Security. His audience includes students, teachers, law enforcement, military, government officials, and concerned members of the public with a strong desire to learn what is going on in the world of technology.

When Aaron isn’t teaching, working, or spending time with his family, he enjoys relaxing at the pond with a fishing pole while not catching fish, operating a pistol at the shooting range, or reading books. He owns a Sega Saturn and a Sega Dreamcast and his favorite video games are Panzer Dragoon, Road Rash, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Power Stone. He is currently engrossed in building content for his site and looking for more ways to reach the public. You should reach Aaron through his Mastodon or on Keybase. He would love to hear from you, answer your questions, or find out about the projects you are involved with.

0x62: Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? (Part III)

FAIF - Tue, 2019/03/12 - 11:56

Bradley and Karen have the last pre-talk installment of discussing the preparation for 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 third of three episodes where Bradley and Karen record their preparation conversations for this keynote address. In this particular episode, they discuss the issue of letting others use proprietary software on your behalf, the problem of relying too much on that, and then finish up discussing with how they'll include this material into the final talk.

Show Notes: Segment 0 (00:34)
  • Karen discussed the idea of a shabbos goy, and the analogy between that and allowing other people use proprietary on your behalf. (02:58)
  • Bradley and Karen discussed that it is equally abhorrent to ask someone else to use proprietary software for you as it is to use yourself, since someone's software freedom is compromised in any event (06:58)
  • Bradley mentioned that he had previously applied to serve on the USA's Internal Revenue Service (IRS)'s Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). Bradley mentioned how sadly the IRS typically accepts people from proprietary software companies like Intuit but has to his knowledge never accepted anyone involved in FOSS software for IRS form preparation (10:02)
  • Bradley mentioned the Free Software PDF fill-in tools evince and flpsed (12:24)
  • Karen stated that Conservancy's policy is that: We care so much about software freedom that we would rather use proprietary software than have someone else lose their software freedom. (15:20)
  • Karen mentioned that her Linux Conf Australia 2019, Right to Not Broadcast, which you can view online. (22:18)
Segment 1 (23:15)

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).

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March 14th Meeting topic

PLUG - Mon, 2019/03/11 - 04:46
For our March meeting William Lindley will present to us "75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes"

William Lindley: 75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes
The roots of modern digital computing go back nearly two hundred years, and through a series of pass-around artifacts from the past century, we will explore how the pioneers of the field and their groundbreaking decisions and technologies have led us -- for better or worse -- to today's Internet-enabled world.

About William
Mr. Lindley has been in the computer industry since he sold his first program (a printer driver for Heathkit HDOS) in 1980. He has used system from the earliest 8-bit microprocessors, through the PDP-11 and VAX, up to IBM mainframes, and has managed to write programs that did not crash on most of them. Mr. Lindley has been a GNU/Linux user since 1992 and has been free of proprietary software since 2001. Most recently he has been pleased to be an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.

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).

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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)
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