Last night we heard "Hardening a VPS [Virtual Private Server]" from Jess Hires. A good intro or refresher on the first steps after setting up something like a Linode. Disable root login, lock down the first few services, set iptables firewall rules, ...a very good start. Stepping back and reviewing security on all our existing systems is a good thing every few months.
The Jacksonville (Florida) LUG is stepping up its game, may go after a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation status, perhaps under the umbrella of a group of free software groups, to better orchestrate the growing activity here on the First Coast.