Puppet, Clutter – Linux Users of Victoria June Meeting

The June meeting for the Linux Users of Victoria will include presentations on the configuration management application Puppet, the Clutter OpenGL framework, and all of the latest news in the world of Linux and FOSS.

Tuesday 3 June, 7pm sharp at The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.

* LUV News

* Puppet by James Turnbull.

Puppet lets you perform normal administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) on any number of systems, even if those systems are running completely different operating systems. Through the use of providers, Puppet takes a generic instruction from you (such as ensuring MySQL is installed) and performs the task the “right way” for each system.

James Turnbull works for a major Australian bank in the area of IT Security. He is also a member of the Linux Australia executive team and was the Treasurer of linux.conf.au in 2008.

He is the author of three books:

Pulling Strings with Puppet: Systems Administration Made Easy about the Ruby-based Puppet configuration management tool.

Hardening Linux, which focuses on hardening Linux bastion hosts including the base operating system, file systems, firewalling, connections, logging, testing your security and securing a number of common applications including e-mail, FTP and DNS.

Pro Nagios 2.0 focuses on enterprise management using the Nagios open source tool.

James has previously worked as an Executive Manager of IT Security at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the CIO of a medical research foundation doing Web-based clinical trials, managing the architecture group of an outsourcing company and in a number of IT roles in gaming, telecommunications and government.

He is an experienced infrastructure architect with a background in Linux, Unix, AS/400, Windows, and storage systems. He has been involved in security consulting, infrastructure design, SLA and service definition and has an abiding interest in metrics and measurement.

* Clutter by Josh Stewart.

Have you ever looked at things such as Coverflow within Apple’s OSX and asked yourself ‘Why can’t I easily add something like that to my applications in linux?’ Well with Clutter, you can! Clutter is a relatively new, 2D OpenGL framework designed to make integrating accelerated elements into your applications much simpler than it has been in the past.

In this talk, I will give a conceptual overview of the clutter paradigm as well as presenting a number of examples showing how you can get flexible, impress-your-friends style applications written with under 30 lines of code. The examples will be kept very simple (in python) so no need to be scared off if you’re not a programmer.

By day, Josh is a paper pushing desk jockey with IBM. By night, he is the open source evangelising president of the Ballarat Linux User Group. He has been using Clutter since it was first made public in early 2007 and has directed his (sometimes questionable) programming abilities to creating an alternative MythTV frontend (Gloss) using it.

For more information visit http://luv.asn.au.