The Atlanta Linux Showcase was founded in 1996 for the purpose of furthering
the use of the Linux operating system in the public and private sectors. We
seek to achieve this goal by providing a forum in which to present and discuss
technical innovations using Linux and recognize technical excellence in the
development of Linux-related computing solutions. In the process, we seek to
educate the general public on the use of solutions involving Linux, and promote
a sense of community among Linux users and developers.
Many new projects that have advanced the state of computing can have their
roots traced back to Linux. As Linux continues to evolve, it influences the
development of other computing environments. These efforts in turn inspire more
Linux development. We believe that these creative efforts should be encouraged
and supported by the community at large. We believe that by offering resources
at critical times, we can further the evolution of Linux and thereby further
the evolution of computing as a whole.
We believe that education of the general public on the use of Linux is a key
factor in the success of Linux. Towards this end, we provide an outlet for
technically experienced individuals to share their expertise and in the
process, create a resource for those who wish to learn about Linux. By
providing a consistent and thorough source for Linux information, we encourage
others to learn more about Linux at their own pace and in a way that is most
comfortable to them.
The community that has formed around the Linux movement is one of its greatest
strengths and has allowed Linux to develop in ways that no other operating
system can claim. To continue this strong tradition, we sponsor events which
serve as gathering points for individuals interested in Linux. We also provide
resources to aid groups that work on Linux-oriented community projects.
The Atlanta Linux Showcase, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of
an advisory council composed of 12 Board members including a President,
Vice-President, and Treasurer. None of the members receive monetary
compensation for the efforts.
ALS '99 Organizers
- Marc Torres, President ALS, email@example.com
- Chris Farris,
Vice-President ALS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chris is the Vice President and responsible for all day to
day and logistical operations involved with ALS. Chris has been involved with
Linux since 1992, and is a founding member of the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts.
Chris is also president of Hawkeye
Network Solutions, a consulting firm that develops custom applications
using Open Source software and tools. In his spare time Chris pursues
Internet Civil Liberties Issues, and plays in the SCA.
- Steve Lewis,
- Applications Developer at Sprint, writing sales support
applications in C++ and Delphi. Has also been a systems administrator of
several UNIX systems. Enjoys relaxing from a day of mind-numbing Windows
programming by playing around with Linux whenever possible.
- Levien de Braal, Webmaster, email@example.com
- Research Scientist at the Graphics, Visualization, and
Usability (GVU) Center, and part of the College of Computing at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. Research interests include user interface design,
medical informatics, computer graphics, and visualization. Member of ACM and
- Louis Buchard, Floor Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ben Cooper, Vendor Sales Representative, email@example.com
- Daniel Cox, Speaker Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Cox has used UNIX Operating Systems since 1981. He is
proficient in C, shell, Perl, Awk, Sed, and the Ingres Relational Database,
for all the good it does him. He is forced to use Delphi in his work, but has
found time to develop an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) translator using
Linux and its wonderful development environment. He uses Linux at work and
at home, and wishes his clients would do the same.
- Valerie Cox, Vendor Sales Representative, email@example.com
- Valerie Cox is the spouse to Danny Cox, the Speaker
Coordinator for ALS '99. She is a Registered Nurse working for McKessonHBOC
dealing with hospital information systems, and is just learning to use linux.
She assisted with the 1998 ALS registration. She is the Hospitality
Coordinator for ALS '99.
- Steven Duchene, Vendor Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hunter Eidson, Community Events Coordinator, email@example.com
- Hunter has been an on-again, off-again user of Linux since
1994. He currently works for Georgia Perimeter College (the College formerly
known as DeKalb) as the college's web programmer, as well as an assistant
system administrator for the college's email and web server.
- Robbie Honerkamp,
Network and System Admin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robbie is responsible for maintaining this and other ALS
servers as well as planning and operation of the ALS show network. He is
president of Comtrends, an Internet
Solutions Provider specializing in Open Source-based solutions. He is also a
freelance ISP consultant, and is currently working on a wireless ISP project
in Nigeria. On top of that, he is also involved in an as-yet-unnamed Internet
software startup. In his spare time he tries to remember to sleep and
- Paul D. Manno, Tutorial Coordinator, email@example.com
- Paul is the manager of curriculum and technology for the
Georgia Tech College of Computing Continuing Education program. He has
administered large and small UNIX systems since 1976 and non-UNIX systems
even longer. His professional and personal use of Linux encompasses several
distributions over the last four years touching a variety of system, mail,
web and network administration. He is the Tutorial Coordinator for ALS
- Vernard Martin, Community Events Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- V, as he is usually called, is a PhD candidate in the
College of Computing at Georgia Tech. His current research is in Parallel
and Distributed Computing focusing on the construction and management of
large scale, highly dynamic, interactive distributed computational spaces
(i.e. kickass games). His goal in life is finish his Phd so he can go and
corrupt young minds.
- Blake Sorensen, Registration/Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com
- Blake has been a Linux user since 1995. He is a consultant
with Hawkeye Network Solutions
where he develops software in C, C++, Java, and Perl on both Linux and
Windows platforms. He became involved with the Atlanta Linux Showcase in 1997
when Chris Farris (Blake's college roomate, and the then registration and
speaker coordinator) called him up and said "I'm busy. Can you manage a
registration desk?" He now herds cats, er, volunteers and officially manages
the registration desk.