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June 22, 2010

» OVSAGE June Meeting

On June 17th, Pythian hosted the June of meeting of OVSAGE. This month, there was a presentation by Bill Stuart, CEO and VP Engineering , Karoly Molnar of Eseri. Eseri is a local Ottawa company that has integrated a full organization IT solution from the best of the world’s open source, from hosted Intranet to [...]

February 12, 2010

» OVSAGE February Meeting

Pythian is hosting the February meeting of the Ottawa Valley System Admistrators Guild (OVSAGE). This free event is open to all those interested in System Administration.


Thursday February 18, 2010


Start: 19:00
End: 21:30


Pythian Headquarters
Suite 261
1200 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario


From the Queensway, take the St. Laurent exit and proceed north. Turn into the St. Laurent Mall parking lot and continue around back. The Pythian group is located near Sports Experts and Sears. There is also a main transit station here for those who ride the bus.

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We are looking at a few topics, one being the start of a practical exercise in system administration.


  1. LPI and Novell certifications (just a couple of minutes)
  2. New Web Site
  3. Practical Training Part 1: Installing Linux in a Virtual Environment
  4. Discussion on the next steps
  5. Ignite video (maybe)

Come on out and learn things!

February 5, 2010

» OVSAGE Meeting Presentation January 21st Notes

On Thursday, January 21, Pythian hosted the Ottawa Valley System Administration Guild (OVSAGE) Ottawa Valley System Administration Guild (OVSAGE).

The highlight of the meeting was an interesting presentation on security by the founder of OVSAGE, Scott Murphy. The focus was on the fact that security is a mindset, not a product. Scott’s presentation looked at a large number of security issues and explained in detail while technology alone cannot fix security issues. The presentation was a response to the Amrit Williams Blog post Top 10 Reasons Your Security Program Sucks and Why You Can’t Do Anything About It.

Scott’s presentation can be viewed here: security-quagmire-pdf. I hope you find it useful.