Meeting 11 June: Open Source Your Phone!

Topic: 
Meeting 11 June: Open Source Your Phone!
Presenter: 
Randy Barlow
When: 
Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: 
NC State Engineering Building II Room 1021, Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC
Parking: 
The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm

Synopsis
Freedom and convenience are often at odds, especially in the modern world of cloud computing and mobile devices. This talk will present the speaker's journey from using a largely closed source, closed protocol mobile platform to a much more free and open mobile operating system. Due to the relationship between mobile and cloud computing, a significant portion of the journey involved choosing free software for the server side as well. Many challenges were faced along the way! This talk will discuss the various free client and server software components that were necessary to protect the speaker's privacy and freedom, while maintaining a comparable level of service to that which was enjoyed before. A few alternatives to these choices will also be discussed, and during the Q+A session suggestions for competing software will be welcomed.

Bio
Randy Barlow is a software engineer at Red Hat, Inc. He currently works on the Pulp Project, a component of Red Hat Satellite 6 that performs software repository management. He has been working with Python since 2006 and has also worked with C++, Java, and PHP prior to that. His experience includes scientific computing, natural language processing, systems management, and web development. He is a Linux geek and loves free software.

Video: https://youtu.be/es6xBRhtaN8
Slides: http://trilug.org/~rpbarlow/open_source_your_phone.odp