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Manchester Free Software

Tuesday 21st November, 7:00pm

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

Manchester Free Software group serves a growing need for a group in the Manchester area that focuses on free software. The group also covers topics which impact on the freedoms of computer users. The purpose of this group is to:

  • Increase awareness and promote the use of free software within Manchester
  • Provide a friendly and accessible community for individuals in Manchester to learn about and discuss free software, with particular emphasis on ethical considerations
  • …and be a source of information regarding free software to individuals and organisations in Manchester.

Anybody is welcome to the meetings, but you will be particularly interested if you are into such things as…

  • Free Software Foundation
  • GNU Project including GNU/Linux
  • League for Programming Freedom
  • “Free as in freedom” BSDs like FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
  • Open Rights Group
  • Mozilla project
  • OSS Watch
  • Hackspace Foundation
  • mySociety
  • anti-Digital Restrictions Management,
  • OpenStreetMap
  • “Free Our Data”
  • The Libel Reform Campaign
  • Open Data Manchester
  • Mozilla Drumbeat


The main part of the meeting will be a talk and demonstration with free

Minetest is a free software block world game. The talk will cover using
the client, running a server and programming it.

The first part of the talk will be running Minetest as a client. This
doesn’t require setting up a stand-alone server nor programming. It
will include setting up a world, mods of interest and how the world &
interface works.

The middle part will be about running a Minetest stand-alone server.
This allows you, for example, to create a world with the mods you want
for your friends to play in. This doesn’t require programming.

The final part will be about altering and creating “mods”. These “mods”
are ways to modify and extend the game. The mods are written in Lua,
which makes them fairly easy to understand and program.

More information:


If you have experience of Minetest and/or Lua then please consider
giving a lightning talk at the meeting.

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