Posts Tagged ‘MFS’

Manchester Free Software

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Date: 21-08-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30

 

 

 

 

 

Following on from his previous talk, Bob Ham will
demonstrate the use of a 100% free software laptop as a MIDI-controlled
DJ laptop.

Details
——-
A great deal of computing hardware is produced today that requires
proprietary software in order to operate. Some of the worst culprits in
this respect are laptops, whose manufacturers rarely support free
software. Many of the components used in modern laptops likewise require
proprietary software either in the form of proprietary drivers or
proprietary firmware (the odious “binary blob”).

As a follow-on from last month’s talk, Bob Ham will be updating his
progress with a 100% free software laptop and providing an exciting
demonstration of what can be done with such a device. Specifically, he
will be showing its use as a MIDI-controlled digital DJ laptop

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

Speaker
——-
Bob Ham

“I’ve been using GNU+Linux and advocating free software for over
10 years.  I have helped develop numerous free software projects
including professional audio systems, high level database APIs,
and more recently started working on software for free phones
such as the Openmoko Freerunner and Golden Delicious GTA04.  I
work as a GNU+Linux system administrator.”

Manchester Free Software

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Date: 17-07-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30

 

 

 

 

 

  • Talk: The Quest for a 100% Free Software Laptop
  • Speaker: Bob Ham

Details
——-
A great deal of computing hardware is produced today that requires
proprietary software in order to operate.  Some of the worst culprits in
this respect are laptops, whose manufacturers rarely support free
software.  Many of the components used in modern laptops likewise
require proprietary software either in the form of proprietary drivers
or proprietary firmware (the odious “binary blob”).

In this talk, Bob Ham discusses his quest to find a modern laptop whose
hardware is fully supported by free software and showing that it is not
only possible but easily done.  Topics covered will include the Coreboot
project, FSF-approved 100% free software GNU+Linux distributions and
hardware components that are supported by free software drivers.

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

Speaker
——-

  • Bob Ham

“I’ve been using GNU+Linux and advocating free software for over 10
years.  I have helped develop numerous free software projects including
professional audio systems, high level database APIs, and more recently
started working on software for free phones such as the Openmoko
Freerunner and Golden Delicious GTA04.  I work as a GNU+Linux system
administrator.”

 

 

 

Manchester Free Software

Monday, March 19th, 2012

MFS

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: 2012-04-17
End Time: 21:00

 

 

 

 

FreedomBox: Practical freedom in a box

  • Talk: FreedomBox: Practical freedom in a box
  • Speaker: Michael Dorrington

Details

The FreedomBox is about combining low powered unobtrusive hardware, so that you have it powered on in your home 24/7, and Free Software with an easy to use interface, to achieve control of your computing, data and communication.

The talk will include the current state of the FreedomBox project, why the project is important, what can be currently achieved, a practical insight into how YOU can get started, the future possibilities of the FreedomBox and more!

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

Speaker

Michael Dorrington is a long time (since the last millennium) Free Software user and supporter. Michael has worked with FreedomBox Foundation team on the FreedomBox. FSF member #9429

Transport

Parking

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you’ll have to pay up until then and the maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. 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 Linux User Group & Manchester Free Software

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Linux Mascot Tux

Title: Manchester Linux User Group & Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description:
This talk will be an introduction to MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher), requirements, how to install and how to draw pretty graphs of devices on your LAN etc. I always get a tad suspicious when I see the lights on my router flashing away like it’s Christmas, ohh and I like to know what is going on, this is a good start. I would suspect most would find it useful to see what their home router is seeing, it is capable of much more.
Date: 12-05-2012
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 17:00

 

 

 

 

MFS

Summary:

This is the postponed talk from last month and will be given by myself, it will be an introduction to MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher), requirements, how to install and how to graph devices on your LAN and more besides. I would suspect most would find it useful to be able to probe their home router and servers.

Please come along, bring your friends and relatives, please feel free to cross post this far and wide.

PS, a voluntary contribution of £1 – £2 per person would be highly appreciated to assist our good friends at Madlab in their day to day running costs.

Manchester Free Software

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Date: 16-10-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00