[kwlug-announce] Meeting Monday: LDAP

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Sat Apr 6 02:47:55 EDT 2013

Have you seen the light? I hope so. Spring is finally here, which
means that sometimes you can see sunshine at 4pm. Many people's moods
have lightened after a long dark winter. So maybe it is appropriate
that April's KWLUG presentation will feature a light-hearted take on a
lightweight subject: the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, or
LDAP. LDAP provides mechanisms for querying and managing directory
informations, often about user and network information. Rumour has it
that LDAP is lightweight in the same way that SNMP is simple, but Tim
Laurence will happily shed light on the topic. In his presentation, he
will cover basic concepts, how to set up and use a simple LDAP server
to store addresses and user accounts, and how to create highly
available LDAP clusters. 

As you might have guessed, this topic is likely not to be
beginner-friendly except to those beginners enthusiastic about LDAP
clusters. But it is likely to be a good presentation; in the past Tim
has graced us with presentations that have been very well-received. 

In other news, longtime KWLUG member John Eddie Kerr contributed a
Linux tutorial as part of the "How-to Videos for 100 Linux Tutorials"
campaign, and he got a nice write up for doing so:

In other events, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) 
is offering a couple of talks relevant to techies this month. On April
16, Steve Crocker from ICANN will be talking about "the Multi-Stakeholder
Model of Internet Governance", and on Wednesday April 17 there will be
a breakfast event on "Privacy, Access and Corporate Control: The
Battle for Canada's Internet" featuring Glenn McKnight and Evan
Leibovitch, whom some people might recognize as one of the founders of
CLUE, the Canadian Association for Open Source. You can find out more
about these events at the following sites: 



In other user groups, Andrew Cant would like you all to know that
there is a (relatively) new Ruby on Rails meetup in town:
http://www.meetup.com/kw-ruby-on-rails/ . Their next meetup is
Tuesday, April 16.

Another group of interest might be the folks at Hackademy, 
who are attempting to help communities become digitally literate and
fluent in programming. They care currently looking for people to help
them teach courses, and it looks like all of their recommended
subjects feature FLOSS software or hardware. If you are interested in
becoming an instructor or a student, they have surveys for you to fill
out at http://hackademy.ca 

That's all I got, except for the wheres and whens. We will meet at the
usual location: 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria Street North
(at the corner of Victoria and Weber) 

There are maps and photos of the location at
http://kwlug.org/locations . There is some car parking in the Worth A
Second Look parking lot, and lots of bicycle parking along the side of
the building. 

The meeting begins at 7pm, and doors open at 6:30pm or so. Volunteers
to help set up the meeting space are always welcome. 

- Paul

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