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SELF 2022: Early Accepted Talks

We’re pleased to announce the following talk(s) have been accepted for SELF 2022:

JT PenningtonIntroducing Swap-as-a-Service (yes really!)An absolutely dumb, yet functional solution to an edge case developer problem. This talk will dig into the idiotic depths of the insanity that you can engage in when the Unix Philosophy of “A tool should do one thing and do it well” is taken to its logical (or rather illogical) conclusion.
Toyam CoxTraditional VMs in the era of ContainersStateless repeatable app deploys in VMs with Hashicorp Packer and careful control of stateful mounts
Noah ChelliahEntering The MatrixImagine a communication & social platform that’s built around privacy and freedom of speech. Self hosted, federated, and under your control!
Mike RalphAutomating FreeIPA installation and configurationWe will go through the process of how to automate the installation and configuration of FreeIPA. This will not only save you time but help with consistency and efficiency.
Striker LeggetteSmart Card Auth and You (Fedora/IPA/AD)This talk will go over Smart Card (CAC/PIV) authentication into Linux domain clients of Active Directory and IPA.
Jonathan A. PurdyAutomate yourself out of a job, or die trying.Humans are great at a large number of things but we aren’t perfect. While we try our best, we can’t do even one thing the exact same way every time. That’s why we need to automate every part of our job that we can.
Matthew HigginsLinux is the Future, but What Will That Look Like for End Users?To say that Linux has a promising future is an understatement. Linux-based operating systems have acquired an unmatched level of success on servers and supercomputers and there is no evidence of this changing anytime soon; however, when it comes to the use of Linux on desktop computers, operating systems based on the Linux kernel only make up between one and five percent of surveyed devices. Although Linus Torvalds suggested that the path towards a successful Linux desktop may be through Chromebooks and Android devices at the 2019 Open Source Summit, neither OS provides an ideal Linux experience for those interested in the freedoms and capabilities provided by Linux distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE, Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, etc.. In this talk, I will discuss several potential opportunities for Linux-based operating systems to establish a stronger presence on end users’ devices over the next few years and potential to positively impact the user experience. I will also identify several challenges and limitations that both old and new Linux users are likely to experience if the Linux desktop is to establish a stronger presence.
Kenneth BinghamA more flexible approach to network securityLower layer networking protocols are designed to naively and reliably deliver packets. Mid layer protocols can have crude rulesets base on IPs and ports that don’t translate to real world use cases in motion. Only upper layer protocols can effectively control access. We need convenient, secure-enough layers of security that are as flexible as the application itself. There’s no substitute for adopting a secure networking framework in every distributed application, and it’s getting real with these new SDKs.
Darrell LittleRF: It’s Everywhere. An introduction to SDRA brief review of radio frequencies and the electromagnetic spectrum. What are traditional radio receivers and transmitters and what is SDR (software-defined radio). Beyond basic communications, take a look at how RF is used in business, industrial and medical applications (ISM). Then comparing some of the reasonably priced SDR devices available for research and testing use, along with the Open Source software tools to implement these devices.
Kenneth BinghamHow my self-hosting homelab works without any vLANs, VPNs, firewalls, or port forwardingIt’s one thing to defend a perimeter around your servers and most people make the perimeter tighter to decrease the risk of lateral movement in case of compromised server. Another way is to use an overlay network so the servers only listen on loopback at most, and some can even be isolated to the process space by importing an SDK. Now everything has an identity, not an IP address, and things get weirdly wonderful from here on out.
Daniel ColsonNmap scripting for sysadmins and network troubleshootingIn this talk, we’ll explore the scripting capabilities of Nmap. Many useful scripts are included with Nmap that allow for everything from advanced service discovery and troubleshooting to vulnerability scanning and testing. We’ll look at how some of these can be used for troubleshooting hosts and networks as well as how to write your own scripts to pull in more information from outside sources or perform your own version checking or other information extraction on scanned services.
Daniel ColsonTraefik routing for your Docker infrastructureIf the list of Docker containers you’re running is getting long, you’re having trouble remembering which port each service is on, and you’re having to map ports for those services to some random non-standard host ports to fit everything in, Traefik might be the next Docker container you should add! In this talk, we’ll cover how to use Traefik to access your Docker container services using host or domain names, set up automatic LetsEncrypt TLS, and make services accessible externally.
John Scott HoodWhat Can Linux Do For You?Discussion about what GNU/Linux environment is and what open source products can do for you, the Linux curious computer user.
Leander Huttondarktable: Digital Photo Processing on LinuxLibre and Open Source creative tools have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last decade, darktable is a RAW photo processor that uses an advanced but approachable scene-referred workflow suitable for curious beginners all the way up to advanced color gurus. This is a user friendly talk on how to use this software for RAW photo development and asset management. From importing, tagging and a very straight-forward development in the scene-referred mode to ensure the best color and dynamic range out of your shot.
Matt YonkovitOpen Source: For Love? Money? Or BothThe open source landscape is changing. More and more companies are using open source as a tool to generate valuations and buzz, sometimes to the detriment of the community. What good is coming from this? Some… what bad? Some as well.., lets highlight the dangers we see from the current trends in open source.
Matt YonkovitThe Dumbest Mistakes I have seen in my 20 year career in Open SourceI have seen some pretty dumb things over 20 years in the open source business. From bad business plans ( a social media app for your music ) to horrible stewardship of projects that led to good projects failing. Walk with me through a journey of the idiotic, the funny, and the sad of how people have used, abused, and been successful despite themselves.
Dwain SimsAn Intro to Rancher DesktopDo you have a need to run Kubernetes on you desktop system to test container development? Concerned about “new” licensing requirements of popular Kubernetes Desktop software that is NOT Open Source? Then you need to take a closer look at Rancher Desktop, an Open Source project backed by SUSE. Rancher Desktop runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac. Developers can easily change container runtimes and Kubernetes versions to match deployment targets. All free to use and totally Open Source.
THE Alan HicksWhy IPv6 Will Never Be AdoptedEver wonder why IPv6 hasn’t received wide-scale adoption despite strong pushes for the last two decades? We’ll explore why, from the adoption of alternatives to the fundamentals flaws of the IPv6 protocol itself.
Eric RaymondDynamiting the software forgesEvery git repository is a full code history of its project. That could be wonderful for robustness against single-point failures, but we’ve largely thrown that possibility away by hosting our projects on forge sites that have only one copy of issues and merge-requests and other project assets that don’t happen to be code. There’s a better way; by replacing the forges with a decentralized networks of Git repositories that embed all these assets we can eliminate dangerous technical, economic, and political chokepoints. This talk is about software that does that, and what needs to happen next.
Eric RaymondA Geek’s Guide to the Russo-Ukraine WarThe Russo-Ukraine War is a complex and messy conflict with deep roots in history that is generally obscure to Americans. I will explain it from the point of view of a military- and general-history buff. Areas to be covered include the long shadow of the Kievan Rus, Russian grand strategy and geopolitics, the sources of Ukrainian national identity, the challenges of logistics in the region, what we’ve seen in operational maneuvers, and similarities/differences from WWII. My goal is to share with you the context you need to understand the news from the war.
Kevin HowellCommunicating Software Architecture with Open Source ToolsSoftware architecture is hard to reason about, let alone communicate. Visualizing architectures using diagrams is a great technique for both. I’ll share diagramming techniques that have worked well in past experiences, ideas for incorporating diagrams into your processes, and provide a list of open source tools worth exploring.
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SELF 2022: A Return To Normalcy

We’re go for the return of IRL SouthEast LinuxFest at the normal date of the second weekend in June. A few things to get out of the way off the top as we get back to normal from COVID:

  1. This will be a community heavy year. Clarity that we’d fully open didn’t happen until March/April, which is typically too late in the game for corporate sponsors and conference budgets to have returned to normal. We’ve had some sponsors reach out proactively, but we expect the corporate participation to be lighter than normal this year.
  2. While there are still some mask mandates in effect for the Charlotte, NC metro area, they are all set to expire well before SELF. We do not anticipate any mask mandates being in effect. SELF will not have a mask mandate of its own for attendees. You are free to wear a mask if that is your personal preference.
  3. SELF will not be enforcing a vaccine mandate on attendees. That decision is between you and your health care professional. Having said that, SELF encourages you to be vaccinated against COVID particularly if you have comorbidity factors, are in an at risk group, or just want peace of mind.

The Call For Speakers is now open, with early decision acceptances made on 5/7 and 5/14 and a final deadline to submit of 5/21. All decisions for speakers will be made by May 22nd. We strongly encourage you to get your submissions in for early decision!

The Call For Sponsors is now open.

The Room Block at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel is now open for you to reserve your room.

Registration will open after the speakers have been selected and a draft schedule published (5/23-ish). There will be a requested new attendee type this year: Individual Sponsor. Individual Sponsors will have all the same bonuses as Supporting Attendees but they also get access to our hospitality suite during the event.

Confirmed Special Events at SELF 2022 at this time:
– LAN Party (Friday through Sunday)
– Retro Linux Ragchew
– Craft Beer Bottle Share (Friday/Saturday night)
– Ham radio special event station W4L (we send QSL cards!)
– FREE ham radio license testing
– GPG key signing
– Geeks With Guns (Held at Blackstone Shooting Sports, details available when registration opens)
– /dev/random Track (Non-FOSS content still of interest to geeks … past talks include building your own house and the Battle of Jutland)
– Onion Futures Market Track (Non-FOSS content focused on high level intellectual discourse and self-improvement and where free speech is encouraged)

The theme for 2022 will be Chmod 777: License To Be Killed. The conference t-shirt will be a t-shirt tuxedo with a tux in the breast pocket.

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SELF 2021 Virtual Event Details

We’re proud to announce our schedule for a virtual SELF to be held Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  This a relaxed affair with modest expectations that is totally free for anybody to attend.  We had tons of submissions for only a tiny number slots.  To compensate and gauge interest in frequently requested lightning talks, we are turning Sunday into a block of 15-minute lightning talks.  We are opening submissions for those lightning talks …. NOW.  We strongly encourage regular folks who haven’t spoken much before to step up and give a lightning talk a shot.  We’re low pressure, there’s no audience this year to give you stage fright, and we pride ourselves on always giving a chance for the local new speakers to have a shot to speak shoulder to shoulder with some of the big people in FOSS.  We’ll accept lightning talks on the same broad “FOSS centric but anything geeky goes” topics.   More details about lightning talk submissions (including our streaming platform for the event) can be found on the lightning talk submission page. 

This year’s schedule is hightighted by another Opinion Dominion old hardware ragchew back by popular demand, Ask Noah Live, Interviews, One Hour Talks, 15-min lightning talks, virtual ham radio exams, virtual ham radio test crams, and a ham radio special event station.  Our full schedule at a glance:

Saturday, June 12
1-Hour Talk Sessions: 11:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET: Matthew Yonkovit (Head of Open Source Strategy, Percona) – The Business of Open Source
12:15 PM-1:15 PM ET: der.hans (CDE, Object Rocket) – Personal Online Security, Privacy, and Password Management
Sat: 
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET: Susan Sons (President, OFML) – Security On A Shoestring
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM ET: Peter Zaitsev (CEO, Percona) – MySQL 8 Observability
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET: Zach Underwood (Network Engineer, WiFi MSP) – Intro To IPv6

Ask Noah Show Live (War Stories): 5:00 PM ET – 6:00 PM ET
Sunday Lightning Talks Announced: 6:00 PM ET – 6:10 PM ET
Opinion Dominion Retro Linux Ragchew: 6:15 PM ET – Until We Stop

Sunday, June 13
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET: Ham Exam Cram (Contact proctor for info.)
Live Interview Guest: Steve Ovens, Red Hat:  Noon ET – 1:00 PM ET
15-Minute Lightning Talks: 1:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET. 

Sun: 12:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 12:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 
Sun: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET: TBD Lightning Talk 

Virtual (REMOTE!!) Ham Radio Exams: 4:00 PM ET.  Yes, you read that right.   We’ll get you licensed to be a ham REMOTELY.   Details/Register here.
Live Interview Guest: Matthew Hodgson, Matrix.org:  4:15 PM – 5:15 PM ET.
Sign Off/SELF 2022: 5:30 PM ET.

Ham Radio special event station W4L will be operating live from various locations and operators in the greater eastern seaboard area from Virginia to the Carolinas to Indiana.   We will be sending QSL cards for succesful contacts.  We’ll be operating on 20, 40, 80, dmr, and 2m throughout the event.  Checkout our live event page (linked below) during the event for exactly what frequency we’re on at a given time.

Before we get to all the relevant links a special thanks to those who helped make this streaming event possible:
– Speakers from originally planned 2021 speaker pool
– Regular attendees and fans like you who submit lightning talks
– Ask Noah Show @asknoahshow
– Opinion Dominion
– SELF Staff
– SELF Ham Radio Team

Without further ado:  SELF 2021 Virtual Event Page

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IRC Changes

Effective immediately, #southeastlinuxfest and #self-offtopic in IRC Freenode are no longer operated by SELF. They have been taken over by the entity that has taken over Freenode. Do not use these channels or this network any longer. We have migrated to #southeastlinuxfest and #self-offtopic on Libera.chat. We have an unofficial contingent on OFTC as well

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SELF 2021 Goes Virtual, SELF 2022 Dates

Due to restrictions that still maintain in place by Gov. Cooper in NC regarding mass gatherings we cannot hold the 2021 SouthEast LinuxFest in person. Existing guidance from the Governor’s Office doesn’t paint a favorable picture for even reaching limits of half of SELF’s normal attendance by the event. Vaccination availability and rates vary wildly state to state within our footprint and thus will also not be a holistic solution in time for the event. So, like last year, we’re going to do a virtual event stream. If you would like to speak on our virtual stream, please use this form to submit your talk. Stay tuned for an announcement in the coming weeks regarding our virtual stream details and hotel and final confirmed dates for 2022 (99% likely to be June 10-12). If you made a hotel reservation you can cancel that reservation. When we finish updating our contract with the hotel we’ll ask them to cancel and/or provide us a rooming list to contact remaining reservations to tell them to cancel.

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SELF 2020 Virtual Event

We’re proud to announce our schedule for a virtual SELF to be held over the days SELF would have taken place this weekend if not for the pandemic. This a relaxed affair with modest expectations that is totally free for anybody to attend. The streaming starts Friday June 12th at 5:00pm ending with a live broadcast of Destination Linux at 3:30pm Sunday June 14th. Please note we have one prominent talk where we are soliciting nothing but user responses: Programs you use every day in Linux most people haven’t heard of. Details for how to submit your own bit of content to that talk are included in the schedule linked below. While this isn’t the “how am I suppose to choose between those talks!?” amount of content we’re use to giving you, we hope this will fulfill your intake quotas for FOSS content and also helps add a sense of normalcy to your life in turbulent times.

Before we get to all the relevant links a special thanks to those who helped make this streaming event possible:
– Speakers from the regular 2020 submission pool
– Ask Noah Show: Ask Noah Show @asknoahshow
– Linux Delta: Linux Delta
– Geek Beacon: Geek Beacon (Geek Beacon Discord)
– Presented by @nixiepixel and @kernellinux
– Volunteers and the usual SELF team

SELF 2020 Virtual Event:
Schedule
Live Stream Page
Survey

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SELF 2020 Cancelled — Mostly

After completing initial selection of speakers for #self2020, a quick survey of the speakers for the event showed in a best case scenario over 1/3 of all speakers not making it, and in a remote-only worst case scenario where large events are still forbidden well over half of all speakers not making it. In addition we expect the various levels of .edu throwing in the towel until Fall to take a toll on staff, speakers, and attendees. So while what reality holds in store for us in June is still largely unknown, the existing headwinds that are growing have made it such that it makes more sense to cancel #self2020 and regroup and come back for 2021 regardless of what happens come June. And that is what we’re doing. We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Sheraton Charlotte Airport for being willing to work with us to reschedule our event for 2021. It will likely take another 2 or 3 weeks to finalize and sign the contract for SELF 2021 at the hotel due to normal negotiations and high workload among the event staff at the hotel with rescheduling events. If you have not cancelled any hotel room bookings you have done for SELF by the time our new contract is executed, you’ll likely be issued an automatic cancellation and refund upon execution of our 2021 contract which will void our 2020 room block. If you have any problems with cancelling a hotel room, please contact info@southeastlinuxfest.org and we’ll work with our hotel contacts to get you squared away. After the contract for 2021 has been finalized and signed we’ll update everybody with info for #self2021.

While there will be no typical #self2020, there is still interest and discussions in the background about holding a low key virtual event including some streaming content, interviews, conversations, and perhaps some bug fixing contests in FOSS projects. If you’re interested and/or have some provocative ideas to add, feel free to email them to info@southeastlinuxfest.org.

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SELF 2020 Call For Speakers / COVID-19

First a reminder that our call for speakers closes on 11:59 PM ET March 14th, 2020. That would be this weekend!

Now onto some more serious matters: COVID-19. We’ve been asked by an increasing number of people if we will be holding SELF due to the coronavirus outbreak, as several major sporting events are already cancelled or being held in empty arenas. In addition, there are confirmed coronavirus cases in the greater Charlotte region including several people who tested positive and were unaware they were positive while transiting through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Despite this we do not anticipate any disruption to the SELF 2020 event from COVID-19. A few things to keep in mind:
– COVID-19 is similar in transmission and seriousness to a bad seasonal flu. We expect like the seasonal flu for it to ease up with warmer weather. We expect June in NC to be “very VERY warm”.
– If you are sick by all means STAY HOME! Remember, we have a remote attendee option!
– In the unlikely event COVID-19 is still kicking around by the time SELF happens we’ll make sure to keep stockpiles of disinfectant and hand cleaning supplies and make them readily available throughout the conference venue. The same common sense practices you always do apply to reduce transmission: cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently, and always wash your hands before touching your face.

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SELF 2020: Bootstrapping

– We’ve reorganized the website
– The mailing list has been brought in house
– We’re in the process of moving the entire back catalog to Archive.org (about 80% complete). Note that some content will only be available on Archive.org, particularly from the previous few years. This is because some of our sponsor ads had licensed audio content they paid for to use in their ad. Despite disputing the automated take downs, YouTube sided with the copyright take down request. As a result we’ll make sure going forward all content is dual released onto Archive.org and torrent if necessary.
– Our theme for 2020 is a take off on 007: Chmod 777: License To Be Killed
– Our sponsor prospectus is available and propaganda be made available shortly.
– Our call for speakers remains open until 11:59 PM ET March 14th. Get your talk submissions in now!

Special Events as part of 2020:
– Ham Radio special event station W4L
— Operating on 80m, possibly 20/40m as well
– Software Defined Radio Workshop
— Bring your own rtlsdr (~$25), we’ll show you what you can do with it and what you can do on bigger hardware like the HackRF and iCom 7300. No license needed! For the non-radio and non-infosec types, come see what all the buzz is about with SDRs.
– Fiber Track
– Geeks With Guns (Meetup at local indoor shooting range)
– LAN Party
– World Famous Craft Beer Share
– FREE Ham Radio License Exams
– GPG Key Signing

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