Posts Tagged ‘Manchester Free Software’

Manchester Free Software

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description:
The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-02-15
End Time: 20:30

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Pure Data

  • Talk: Introduction to Pure Data:
    The free software, digital arts, graphical programming language.
  • Speaker: Andrew Faraday

Details

A first look at Pure Data, the graphic programming language, geared towards digital art with real-time results. This talk will be optionally interactive. If you want to join in then please bring along a laptop with Pure Data installed, installation instructions below. If you want to join in but don’t have a laptop then there will be a small number of computers available, possibly with speakers but bring headphones just in case.

The talk will include:

  • A first look at the data-flow diagram method of programming (programming without writing code!).
  • Some objects to make Pure Data work for you.
  • A room full of improvising computers!
  • How to make your own musical instrument in under an hour!
  • Ways to find out more about Pure Data.

Installation

As with installing any software, beforehand make sure you have backups and know what you are doing! Manchester Free Software takes no liability whatsoever for you installing this software.

Andrew Faraday’s installation instructions:

GNU/Linux users

  • Do NOT use apt-get, aptitude or synaptic!
  • Go to http://autobuild.puredata.info/auto-build/
  • Select the folder with yesterday’s date (or before, only today’s usually isn’t finished)
  • Select the .deb package for your operating system.
  • Click to download.
  • Follow instructions on-screen.

Windows and Mac users

  • Go to www.puredata.info.
  • Click the ‘download Pd’ tab at the top left.
  • Find the version of pd-extended (note: not pd vanilla) for your operating system.
  • Click this link to download then follow instructions on screen.
    • Windows users: Windows will try to tell you Pd is a virus, please trust me (Andrew Faraday) in saying that it’s definitely not!

Speaker

A recent music graduate (2009), Andrew Faraday started using Pure Data as part of that course and it has since led on to his regular work with Ruby on Rails. Andrew runs regular workshops in Pure Data at St Wilfrids Enterprise Centre, Hulme on Tuesdays from 7PM.

Manchester Free Software

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-03-15
End Time: 20:30

 

 

 

 

BCS OSSG

  • Talk: BCS OSSG (British Computer Society Open Source Specialist Group)
  • Speaker: Graham Oakes and Mark Elkins (Chair, OSSG)

Details

Don’t worry, Manchester Free Software is still a Free Software group and not an Open Source group! We still stand for software freedom and believe that Open Source misses the point. Still given that, we think it will be great to hear what the OSSG have to say. And its a chance for MFS to explain Free Software to people who know Open Source but haven’t heard of Free Software, and as RMS says in “Why Open Source misses the point of Free Software“:

“We in the free software movement don’t think of the open source camp as
an enemy; the enemy is proprietary (nonfree) software. But we want
people to know we stand for freedom, so we do not accept being
mislabeled as open source supporters.”

About the BCS OSSG:

“The BCS Open Source Specialist Group exists to help demistify open source practice and its implications, to illuminate the pros and cons of open source and to act as a centre of expertise within the BCS. Through lively debate, presentations and leading by example, we aim to showcase the potential of open source software development and the impact it may have on software engineering in the future.”

In the talk the BCS OSSG will present:

  • Their role.
  • The work they do.
  • Their take on the state of Open Source and Free Software in the UK government and business.
  • What can be done to increase education about Open Source and Free Software in the UK.

In addition the speakers will also present their personal take on Open Source and Free Software. The speakers are:

“Graham Oakes helps people untangle complex governance, processes, relationships and technology. He works with organisations such as Oxfam, Greenpeace, Amnesty, the Open University, Skype, Vodafone and Sony to define strategy and hence set up projects to deliver it. His book “Project Reviews, Assurance and Governance” is published by Gower.”

The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate in the pub afterwards.

Transport

Parking

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 6pm on Tuesday but get full up. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP. If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram 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 either.

Manchester Free Software- Wikipedia Day

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

wikipedia bday

Title: Manchester Free Software- Wikipedia Day
Location: MadLab
Description: Celebrate 10 years of Wikipedia.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2011-01-16
End Time: 17:00

Wikipedia is now 10 years old, celebrate this with us by joining us to get involved in and find out about one of the world’s most popular websites. Join us to find out how the philosophy of openess has helped Wikipedia become what it is today. There will be short talks on the free software they rely on and people on hand to help out if you want to become a Wikipedian yourself.

Manchester Free Software

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description: Manchester Free Software was formed in response to the growing need for a group based in the Manchester area that focuses on Free Software and GNU/Linux primarily, but also on issues such as Digital Restrictions Management and other issues which infringe on the freedoms of computer users.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-01-18
End Time: 20:30

Talk: How to build an ISP using Free Software

Speaker: Thomas Mangin

    This talk will be a tour de force of how to build an ISP using Free Software. The talk will not only include using Free Software to provide both internal infrastructure and Internet services, but also the legal requirements. The talk will include views on Open Standards and Neutrality.

    The talk will cover:

    • Legal Structure of an ISP.
    • Joining the Internet community.
    • Routing packets using Free Software
    • Internet Services using Free Software including: o DNS, mail, web, VoIP, virtualisation, authentication and IM.
    • Providing Dialup and ADSL.
    • Internal infrastructure using Free Software including: o Monitoring, reports, customer information.
    • Understanding the ISP Market.
    • Open Standards and Neutrality
    • And more!

    Thomas Mangin is a Non-Executive Director at LINX (London Internet Exchange) and Technical Director at Exa Networks (an award winning ISP).

    Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-01-18>

    Manchester Free Software

    Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

    Manchester Free Software

    Title: Manchester Free Software
    Location: MadLab
    Description: Manchester Free Software was formed in response to the growing need for a group based in the Manchester area that focuses on Free Software and GNU/Linux primarily, but also on issues such as Digital Restrictions Management and other issues which infringe on the freedoms of computer users.
    Start Time: 19:00
    Date: 2010-12-14
    End Time: 20:30