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Archived FLUX Articles
19 Mar 2017
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South Florida Linux Users Group - FLUX - March Meetup - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6PM [61626]
Informal Linux Meetup Over Pizza and Soda With AWS Linux Instance

For March and the rest of the year, we'll be in the usual room 1124, the Knight Auditorium of the Carl DeSantis Building at Nova Southeastern University.

No specific topic is planned. I'll be providing pizza and soda and we can work on plans for the next few meetings.

PDF Parking Pass is here.

We can also review the AWS instance of Linux we set up in January.
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15 Jan 2017
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SF Linux Users /TechTalk Summit - Creating A Secure Linux Server - Live Demo [59505]
Tuesday, January 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

This month, the SF Linux Users Group topic will be "Creating A Secure Linux Server" - a live demo. We'll hold the meeting in conjunction with a TechTalk Summit event in Boca. In February, we'll be back at NSU.

I'll start with a newly provisioned Linux server in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. We'll leverage the new Lightsail Virtual Private Server (VPS) service from Amazon. For $5/month, you can have a VPS with 512 MB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 20 GB SSD Disk and 1 TB Transfer. That's the smallest of 5 "No-nonsense pricing" servers.

I'll have a laptop hooked up to a projector so that the audience can see the steps taken.

  • Install and update linux
  • Apply linux hardening best practice
  • Set up a DNS entry (I use Godaddy and I have registered the domain southfloridalinuxusers.us)
  • Configure a few apps such as apache, MySQL and wordpress

We'll leave the system running and I'll ask FLUX members to take a stab at breaching the new server over the next month and in the February meeting we'll review and address the results!

Joint Meeting

This will be a joint meeting with TechTalk Summits. They had already planned this event for Boca Raton and they have graciously invited us to join them. They will be picking up the tab for food and drinks.

They have four sponsors for Tuesday's event: Zero, Rubrik, Veeam, and Tegile. Each will give a brief (15 minute), followed by a break then the Linux Demo.
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08 Jan 2017
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South Florida Linux Users Group Monthly Meeting - Hardening Linux - Live @ NSU [59038]
Tuesday, January 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Please signup @ meetup.com

For the January meeting, we'll build a virtual private server with a modern version of Linux. We'll leverage the new Lightsail Virtual Private Server (VPS) service from Amazon.

  • $5/month: 512 MB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 20 GB SSD Disk, 1 TB Transfer
  • $10/month: 1 GB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 30 GB SSD Disk, 2 TB Transfer

... larger VPSs are available.

After starting the Linux VPS, we'll upgrade it and apply security best-practices. We'll use the PC connected to the projector to share the screen so that we can all see the commands and results.

We may have time to install and configure a few apps such as apache, MySQL and wordpress.

I'll ask FLUX members to take a stab at breaching the new server over the next month and in February we'll review the results!

I'm looking for a pizza/soda sponsor.

Please encourage your IT colleagues with an interest in Linux to attend.
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17 Dec 2016
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South Florida Linux Users Group Monthly Meeting - Hardening Linux [58863]
Sponsored by Centrify - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

  • NSU's College of Engineering and Computing, Carl DeSantis Building
  • Knight Lecture Hall Auditorium, (room 1124) Ground floor

Please signup @ meetup.com

This will be a group discussion on what steps Linux admins should take to secure their systems. I'll try to be in the room by 5:30pm. We'll have pizza and chat until about 6:45pm then start the agenda.

Centrify will be our a pizza/soda sponsor for this meeting.

"Centrify is the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats that target today's hybrid IT environment of cloud, mobile and on-premises. Centrify's Identity Platform protects against the leading point of attack used in data breaches - compromised credentials - by securing enterprises - internal and external users in addition to privileged accounts..." - https://www.centrify.com Group Discussion - Hardening Linux

Topic will include:

  • Documentation
  • BIOS protection
  • Disk encryption
  • Disk protection
  • Locking the boot directory
  • Disabling USB
  • System Updates
  • Open Ports
  • Secure SSH
  • SELinux
  • Network Parameters
  • Password Policies
  • Permissions and verification

Please encourage your IT colleagues with an interest in Linux to attend.
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13 Dec 2015
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Monthly FLUX Meeting: Chef and DevOps [48030]
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015: 5:00 PM to 8:45 PM

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08 Nov 2015
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Monthly FLUX Meeting - Lightning Talks [47319]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

NSU - Ft. Lauderdale

This month we will have several 10-15 minute lightning talks from members - that means you!If you have a talk, please bring it with you!

Please register at meetup,com.

John Mclaughlin
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