Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Date: 19-08-2014
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.

We’ll start with an opportunity for informal key signing.  For an
explanation of what this is about see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signing_party

The main part of the meeting will be discussions, with the following Free Software related news items as possible discussion points, although the discussion can go to other Free Software related topics if attendees wish (note if the weather is good we might make an early move to “Common” opposite to continue discussions):

* Libreboot

“Libreboot is a distribution of coreboot with proprietary blobs removed. Like coreboot, libreboot is boot firmware intended as a free (libre) ‘BIOS’ replacement for your computer.”
(Obviously, don’t try flashing your BIOS unless you are very sure about what you are doing.)
- http://libreboot.org/

*GNU Radio to space
“Equipped with free GNU Radio software, a group of citizen scientists has contacted, controller, and is attempting to recapture a 1970s-era satellite and bring it back into an orbit close to Earth.”
http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/free-software-in-space-gnu-radio-and-the-isee-3-spacecraft

* Novena
Novena, the crowd funded Free Hardware “laptop” project, has updates including all the PCB components have been ordered and the project is roughly on schedule.
- https://www.crowdsupply.com/kosagi/novena-open-laptop/updates

Feel free to raise similar items in the meeting for discussion.

After-meeting

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The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in the bar opposite, Common.  There are soft drinks available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.

Location

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The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above. Ring the bell on the right of the door to be let in.  The venue provides wifi.

Parking

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Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking. There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab.  Most of those parking lots are owned by NCP.
If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport

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Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station, and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab.

Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far away either.

More Information

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Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet.