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RI Linux Installfest – Winter Edition Recap

I just wanted to make a quick posting about the fun event we had this past weekend. Geeks got together to help each other install Linux, while drinking beer and eating pizza. I have a tough time coming up with a better Saturday plan for my day :)

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Special thanks to Larry for setting up the facility, and the SNENUG group who as always has fun attending the event. Some interesting installs included:
* Centos 5 on an older dual-nic PC to be used as a firewall
* MythTV using MythBuntu
* I flashed Larry’s Asus WL-530g with an unlocked version of uClinux
* Puppy Linux got installed on some older Compaq hardware (with a dvorak keyboard layout, which was interesting)
* I attempted to install OpenWrt on my Routerboard 532, but the lack of a CF reader = FAIL. See OpenWrt instructions here.
We plan to hold this event again in the spring as well, so stay tuned! Thanks to all who attended!

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more.

Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable.
In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. Paul grew Security Weekly into a network of security podcasts spanning multiple topics, such as application security and business. It has been estimated that Paul has conducted over 1,000 interviews with security professionals and hosted more than 1,000 podcast episodes in cybersecurity. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance.

Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python, telling everyone he uses Linux as his daily driver, poking at the supply chain, and reading about UEFI and other firmware-related technical topics.

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