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* Event: Manchester Free Software's February Meeting
* What: Discussions
* Date: Tuesday, 17th February 2015 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)
* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
- Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
== Details ==
The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
For an explanation of what this is about see:
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
=== Future of Copyleft ===
Bradley Kuhn has given a talk on the state of copyleft's mindshare
versus non-copyleft's and what we can do to increase copyleft's mindshare.
that program is non-free then you're running non-free software. The FSF
and they have had success with Posteo.
=== Libreboot X200 ===
GLUGLUG, the company that brought us the Libreboot X60, a laptop where
even the BIOS is Free Software, has now got an X200 offering. This
laptop has the FSF's Respect Your Freedom certification. The Libreboot
X60 looks to be back and is joined by the Libreboot T60. There's even a
Libreboot Installation Service to get Libreboot into your BIOS.
=== Librem ===
The Librem laptop, the "first high-end laptop that respects your freedom
and privacy", has reached its funding goal but still looks available to buy.
=== Software Freedom Day ===
Software Freedom Day, the yearly worldwide celebration of Software
Freedom, is on the 19th September 2015. What can we do to attract
people to this event that would be into Free Software if only they knew
=== Novena ===
Novena, the crowd funded Free Hardware "laptop" project, is mass
producing and shipping. This update gives more insights into the
realities of hardware manufacturing.
=== Other ===
Feel free to raise similar items in the meeting for discussion.
== After-meeting ==
The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the Terrace (which is next door to Madlab). There are soft drinks
available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.
== Location ==
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
== Transport ==
=== Parking ===
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
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>. Most of those
parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>.
If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale
=== Public Transport ===
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 ==
Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet
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"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."
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