Steven Flower | 16 Sep 22:57 2014
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Upcoming Open Data Meetups

Hi everyone

Very much enjoyed the meetup this evening - thanks all/Des

We've an Open Data Manchester meetup next Tuesday - with a special focus on "data journalism".  We're being hosted at the new "digital shed" venue at MMU for this - 6.30-8.30pm [1]

We've also something scheduled on the 21st Oct around data and cooperatives [2] - which could link with some of the discussions this evening - it'll be in the afternoon, so wont clash with MSF, but appreciate it could be difficult for those in work

Finally, we've also made sure we havent clashed with upcoming ORG meetups [3]

Best wishes

Steven
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Michael Dorrington | 5 Sep 20:03 2014
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MFS Meeting. Tue, 16 Sept. Talk: "Running a Free Software support business"

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

NOTE: This meeting is at a different location to normal!

* Event: Manchester Free Software's September Meeting
* Talk: "Running a Free Software support business" by Des Gregory

* Date: Tuesday, 16th September 2014 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: New Federation House
* Walk-through:
http://madlab.org.uk/content/details-of-our-temporary-location-during-the-refurb/

* Address: New Federation House. M60 0AF.
  - Dantzic Street entrance, not the main NFH entrance.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/53.48599/-2.23960

Details
-------
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 a talk.

As a result of a discussion on the MFS mailing list about

	...ideas on how ethically to make a living from free software as a
freelance "computer guy" servicing local SMEs and end users.
	http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/fsuk-manchester/2014-07/msg00001.html

we are very fortunate that Des Gregory has agreed to give us a talk
based on his experiences of doing just such a thing.

"
Some years ago I set up a social enterprise to provide second hand user
PCs and laptops running GNU/Linux with installation and support. The
idea was that the 'model' for the business might be adopted and adapted
by anyone who was interested and had the skills or wanted to learn them
so they would be able to earn a living out of it.

I plan to cover (briefly) how it started out, what it became, and spend
a bit of time on some of the things I learned from it.

I hope to also cover how the market changed whilst I was doing this and
how an idea like this might pan out today.
"

Des is willing to adapt his talk if people want to hear about particular
bits in more depth or particular facets of his experiences so either
email fsuk-manchester-team@... or post to
fsuk-manchester@... with your requests.

After-meeting
-------------
The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>.  There are soft
drinks available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.

Location
--------
The meeting will be at New Federation House, details above.  The venue
provides wifi.

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
<http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

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
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.

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
<http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

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Michael Dorrington | 31 Aug 21:20 2014
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Software Freedom Day 2014 in Manchester

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

* Event: Software Freedom Day 2014 in Manchester
         http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/
         http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2014/UK/Manchester

* Location: The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter.
* Address: 66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE.
* Date: Saturday, 20th September 2014 (3rd Saturday in September)
* Start time: 12:00
* Finish time: 16:00

Details
-------
ManLUG and Manchester Free Software are teaming up again to bring
Software Freedom Day to Manchester.  This year the event will be a party
celebrating Free Software. There will be talks, chat and demos with food
and drink available from the bar. The event will be relaxed and friendly
and will be inclusive of those wanting to get into Free Software.

More information is available at:

http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2014/UK/Manchester

Software Freedom Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Software
Freedom with the aim of promoting Free Software to everyone.  This year
the event lands on Saturday, 20th September.  You can see the teams
around the world that will be participating at:

http://www.softwarefreedomday.org/map/index.php?year=2014

This includes Manchester, UK!

Help needed
-----------

* If you know people and/or groups that would be interested in finding
out more about Free Software then please forward this email to them and
encourage them to attend.  You can use our tag line:
"Firefox.  Linux.  LibreOffice.  Want to learn more about these and the
massive amount of other Free Software?  Then come to Software Freedom
Day 2014 in Manchester at The Castle Hotel on Saturday, 20th September.
Midday-4pm."

*  Bringing computers, preferably laptops, that the owner can demo Free
Software on.  In particular bringing computers that installs can be
demo'd on (along with install CDs).  If you want to do this then please
email fsuk-manchester-team@... .

Location
--------
The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter.

66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE.
0161 237 9485.

Transport
---------
Parking: The venue parking facilities are not amazing.  There are
parking meter bays on the street but it's very expensive, only really
good for a short stop.  There are paid parking lots around the venue,
the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on The Castle Hotel
http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/53.48356/-2.23386 , though we can't
vouch for how good they are.  A lot of them, perhaps all, are 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 station and
Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to The Castle
Hotel, see http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/53.48356/-2.23386
OpenStreetMap centred on The Castle Hotel.  Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.

Further details at:

http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2014/UK/Manchester

More Information
----------------
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.

* http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

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Paul Waring | 31 Aug 18:54 2014
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Fri 5 Sep: Currybeer social

On Friday 5th September, a number of us from various geek groups will be 
going out for a curry and some drinks. We'll be meeting in our usual 
venue of Hardy's Well pub at the end of Rusholme from 7pm and moving on 
to a nearby curry house after a drink or two - usually this means by 8pm 
at the latest.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this email 
to other lists.

Hope to see you there!

Paul

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peter green | 31 Aug 14:57 2014
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Debian Keysigning in manchester UK.

Debian recently announced that they were going to get rid of keys under 
2048 bit from the Debian keyrings at the end of the year.

I've looked through the Debian keysigning offers and need lists and 
wonder if it's worth setting up a keysigning meeting in Manchester (I 
know manchester free software recently had some keysigning but afaict it 
was not advertised in the Debian community).

On the "need" list we have one person who lists themselves twice in 
knutsford (46 minuites from manchester) and stoke-on-trent (~40 minuites 
from mancheser).

On the "offers" list we have three listed as manchester (excluding 
myself), one listed as preston (40-50 minuites from manchester) and one 
listed as liverpool (~50 minuites from manchester)

I personally have sufficient signatures on my key but it would be nice 
to have a few more. I live somewhere in the manchester conurbation 
(won't say exactly where) and work in the center of manchester. When 
meeting people for the first time i'd preffer it to be at an existing 
linux related event, meeting people for the first time in a pub doesn't 
appeal to me. I'm personaly a regular at manchester raspberry jam and an 
occasional attendee (i'll go depending on the topic) at the manchester 
free software meetings.

I'm putting this on -private because that seems to be where most 
keysigning related mail goes and because while nothing in this initial 
mail is private responses may become private. Note that fsuk-manchester 
is a public list so if anything in a response is private you should 
remove it from cc.
Michael Dorrington | 14 Aug 22:07 2014
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MFS Meeting. Tue, 19 Aug. Discussion points: "Libreboot, GNU Radio to space, Novena"

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

* Event: Manchester Free Software's August Meeting

* Date: Tuesday, 19th August 2014 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639

Details
-------
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, controlled, 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
-------------
The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the bar opposite, Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>.  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
provides wifi.

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
<http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

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
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.

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
<http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

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Phil Hudson | 6 Aug 18:12 2014
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Free ("fully open") 64-bit RISC-V SoC being developed in Cambridge

Has everyone seen this?

http://www.lowrisc.org/

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Paul Waring | 28 Jul 08:27 2014
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Fri 1 Aug: Currybeer social

On Friday 1st August, a number of us from various geek groups will be 
going out for a curry and some drinks. We'll be meeting in our usual 
venue of Hardy's Well pub at the end of Rusholme from 7pm and moving on 
to a nearby curry house after a drink or two - usually this means by 8pm 
at the latest.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this email 
to other lists.

Hope to see you there!

Paul

P.S. You can always find details of upcoming socials at the Currybeer 
web site, where there is also a Google Calendar.

http://www.currybeer.com

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Dave Page | 22 Jul 19:57 2014
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Government selects ODF, PDF, HTML as open standards

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/open-document-formats-selected-to-meet-user-needs

"The standards set out the document file formats that are expected to be used 
across all government bodies. Government will begin using open formats that 
will ensure that citizens and people working in government can use the 
applications that best meet their needs when they are viewing or working on 
documents together."

"The new standards will come into effect straight away for all new 
procurements subject to the Open Standards Principles. The Government Digital 
Service will work with departments to publish guidance and implementation 
plans."

Cheers,
Dave
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Michael Dorrington | 14 Jul 21:00 2014
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MFS Meeting. Tue, 15 July. Discussion points: "Software Patents, Parallella, Back to GNU libc, Novena"

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

* Event: Manchester Free Software's July Meeting

* Date: Tuesday, 15th July 2014 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639

Details
-------
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):

* Software Patents

Some good news, a "prominent software patent" has been declared invalid,
more details in the link.

  - http://www.fsf.org/news/fsf-statement-on-alice-corp-v-cls-bank

* Parallella

The Parallella boards are now available for purchase via the shop and
the boards are now available in a fanless version.

  - http://www.parallella.org/Introduction/
  - http://www.parallella.org/2014/06/27/parallella-shop-reopening/
  - http://www.parallella.org/2014/07/14/new-parallella-product-offerings/

* Back to GNU libc

Debian (and so its derivatives) are switching back to using glibc from
using eglibc for the OS C library.

  - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embedded_GLIBC
  - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_C_Library
  - https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2014/11/#Deb_GLIBC
  - http://blog.aurel32.net/175

* Novena

Novena, the crowd funded Free Hardware "laptop" project, has updates
including that the T-shirts have been shipped, build news and Linux
progress.

  - https://www.crowdsupply.com/kosagi/novena-open-laptop/updates

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 bar opposite, Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>.  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
provides wifi.

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
<http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

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
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.

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
<http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

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Michael Dorrington | 7 Jul 22:41 2014
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Wuthering Bytes & OSHCamp 2014, 15-17th August, Hebden Bridge.

Might be of interest to list members.  Let us know if you are going.

-------- Original Message --------
Hello,

Registration is now open for Wuthering Bytes / Open Source Hardware Camp
2014, with a total of 22 talks and 8 workshops being hosted over Friday
15th-Sunday 17th August, once again at Hebden Bridge Town Hall (W.Yorks).

Tickets are priced at £10/day (includes lunch and tea/coffee).

— Friday :: Festival Day

* The Rise Of San Leodis and Silicon Shore: how to pretend you've turned
your city into the next Silicon Valley, Imran Ali

* Reframing Web Design: The Process of Theatre Design, Luke Murphy-Wearmouth

* Numbers That Matter — Beyond snatch and grab ethnography, designing
empathy and community into a product development life cycle, Hwa Young Jung

* Computer Classics — Programming Computers in the 1960s, Ann Kilbey

* Dynamic Static Site Strategies, Phil Hawksworth (RGA)

* It's only rocket science, James Macfarlane & Ed Moore (Airborne
Engineering)

* Giving a clock the time it needed, Dan Morrison (BLOTT WORKS)

* Don't Spy on Us, Ruth Coustick-Deal (Open Rights Group)

* Steam-powered techno, Sarah Angliss

* The Future of Microprocessors, Sophie Wilson (Director of IC Technology,
Broadcom)

— Saturday :: OSHCamp Talks

* Linux bootloaders and kernel configuration, Melanie Rhianna Lewis

* Open source archaeological geophysics - is it achievable? Tony Brookes

* An open source aquaponics control system, Gareth Coleman & Dr Naomi
Rosenberg

* From Idea to Finished Product: A Tale of DFM and CEM, Omer Kilic

* Driving milling machines with Linux, Matt Venn

* Oxford Flood Network - easier to Apologise Than to Ask Permission, Ben
Ward

* An introduction to writing applications for the Parallella board, Simon
Cook

* Radio Then and Pararchive: decentralised, pervasive, and open story
telling, James Medd

* Commercialising your ideas, William Stone

* OpenTRV: energy technology that saves householders money, Damon Hart-Davis

* Interfacing with SPI and I2C, Melanie Rhianna Lewis

* Concurrency in the real world with xCORE and XC, Alan Wood

— Sunday :: OSHCamp Workshops

* Let's build a flood network for Hebden Bridge! Ben Ward

* Building applications that sense and respond to the real world, Gareth
Coleman & Dr Naomi Rosenberg

* Do you want to build a robot? #meArm assembly workshop, Ben Gray

* Introduction to Bus Pirate, Melanie Rhianna Lewis

* Building your first Parallella application, Simon Cook

* The real world works concurrently and so can you (XMOS StartKIT), Alan
Wood

* Design a PCB Shrimp and have it fabricated, Matt Venn

* OpenTRV build and getting started, Damon Hart-Davis

// For further details (e.g. talk abstracts and speak bios etc) and to
register: http://wutheringbytes.com

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