ALS Mission Statement

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 a Board of Directors which includes a President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. None of the members receive monetary compensation for the efforts.

ALS Organizers

Marc Torres,
Vice President (1997-1998)
President (1999-2001)
Greg Hankins
President (1997-1998)
Conference Liason / Network Team(1999-2001)
An avid Linux user since early 1994, Greg currently works as a senior consulting engineer for Riverstone Networks. He is best know for his contributions to the Linux Documentation Project in many different roles over the years. Greg holds a B.S. and M.S in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sometimes he mumbles "I'll sleep when I'm dead" incoherently.
Chris Farris,
Network Coordinator(1996)
Speaker Coordinator (1997-1998)
Vice President (1999)
Network Coordinator / Showfloor Liason(2000-2001)
Chris foolishly volunteered to keep doing this.
Valerie Cox,
Exhibition Coordinator(1999)
Vice-President ALS(2000-2001)
Valerie Cox is the spouse to Danny Cox, the BOF Coordinator for ALS 2001. She is a Registered Nurse working for McKessonHBOC dealing with hospital information systems. She assisted with the 1998 ALS registration, and was the Hospitality Coordinator for ALS 2000.
Blake Sorensen,
Volunteer Coordinator(1998-1999)
Chief Financial Officer(2000-2001)
Blake has been a Linux user since 1995. He is a software engineer with Pharsalia Technologies where he uses Linux as a development platform. He became involved with the Atlanta Linux Showcase in 1997. He now herds cats, er, volunteers besides his CFO duties.
Steve Lewis
CFO (1998-1999)
Amy Ayers
Linux in Action (1998)
Eric Ayers
David Hamm
Dan Mount
Andy Newton
Todd SanMillan
Brett Spangler
Levien de Braal,
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 IEEE.
Daniel Cox
Conference Coordinator(1999)
BOF Coordinator(2000-2001)
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 blessed with a Linux Box as his workstation at his company, and develops full time under Linux. He works for Computer Generation Inc. At work he uses RedHat 6.0, and his home distribution is SuSE 6.3.
Steven DuChene
Exhibitor Relations
Hunter Eidson
Linux In Action(1998-2001)
Hunter has been using Linux since 1994. He currently works for Georgia Perimeter College as a system administrator responsible for HP/UX, Tru64, and Linux systems. Lately, he's been playing with Linux security and wireless networking around his apartment.
Robbie Honerkamp
Network Team (1997-2001)
Robbie 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 eat.
Ray Knight
Ray has been a software developer since 1984 and a Linux user and enthusiast since early 1994. He currently maintains the m68k Macintosh port and Ethernet drivers for the Nubus PPC port.
Paul Manno
Tutorial Liason(1999-2001)
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 Liason for ALS 2000.
Vernard Martin
Linux In Action(1997-2001)
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.
Sam Davis
Ben Cooper
Exhibition Sales (1999)
Marketing Liason(2000-2001)
Joakim Erdfelt
Piotr Misztal

Special Credits

The ALS Board and Organizers would like to thank USENIX and Linux International for their help.