Daniel Botting | 3 Jul 23:02 2011
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Manlug meeting July 2011

The Manlug meeting for July 2011 is taking place on 16th July, details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN. – (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)”
Date: Saturday, 16th July 2011
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

This talk is being given by a Manlug regular of many years, Simon Hobson.

The subject is Rsync, that invaluable backup tool of fame. See below for a brief description:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync

Come along and find out how to backup your life, imagine if you don't and you needed that near CDP moment ;-) .

Hope to see you all there.





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Llewyn Máire | 4 Jul 09:53 2011
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Re: Administrative and Social Meeting - Monday, *4* July 2011.

see ya'll tonight!

Llewyn Máire
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On 29/06/11 22:04, Michael Dorrington wrote:
> The July 2011 administrative meeting will be on the first Monday of the
> month rather than usual second Monday of the month, but still be at the
> usual time and place:
>
> * Date: Monday, 4th July 2011
> * Time: 19:00
> * Location: The Waterhouse
>              67-71 Princess Street
>              M2 4EG
>              http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-waterhouse
>
> The meeting is open to everyone and normally lasts about an hour and a
> half. At the meeting we review what we've done, assess where we are and
> plan what to do. This is your opportunity to get involved. We welcome
> new people wanting to help the group achieve its goals.
>
> We stay around for a social meet up afterwards, so it's a good
> opportunity to meet up with people and have a chat.
>
> Minutes from last meeting which was held on 13th June 2011 are at
> http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-06-13/Minutes
>
> The Agenda for this meeting is at
> http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-07-04
>
> If you have something you'd like included in the Agenda of the meeting
> please contact us.
>
> Regards,
> Mike.
> MFS Chair.
>
>
>
>
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Bob Ham | 4 Jul 17:33 2011

Liverpool LUG meeting with Adrian McEwen on the Liverpool Hackspace - Wednesday 6th July 2011

On Wednesday, 6th July 2011, the Liverpool Linux User Group will be
meeting.  Adrian McEwan will be talking about his (successful) efforts
to put together a hackspace¹ in Liverpool.  This month, we will also be
holding a housekeeping/administrative session to discuss the LUG and
various activities.

We will meet at the Liverpool Social Centre² at 7.30pm.  The group is
very informal and all are welcome.  After the talk and meeting, we will
venture to the Welkin pub³ for beverages and less directed discussion.

Liverpool Social Centre is next door to the News from Nowhere bookshop
on Bold Street⁴.  To access the centre, press the bell for the basement
on the left of the door and someone will come up and let you in.

Hope to see you there :-)

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace
² http://www.liverpoolsocialcentre.org/
³ http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-welkinhttp://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.402426&lon=-2.976481&zoom=18

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Michael Dorrington | 8 Jul 10:16 2011
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MFS Talk. Tues, 19 July. "Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula", Ken Barber.

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

* Talk: Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula.
        http://www.puppetlabs.com/puppet/
        http://opennebula.org/
* Speaker: Ken Barber, Puppet Labs.

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
  http://madlab.org.uk/
* Date: Tuesday, 19th July 2011 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30

Details
-------
Free Software is about having control of your computing. Cloud computing
is a platform that allows rapid deployment and scalability. Cloud
computing is often done on someone else's cloud and so you lose control.
But it needn't be that way, you can run your own cloud and use Free
Software, so you are controlling your cloud.

OpenNebula is a free software cloud computing platform.

Puppet is a free software "platform for IT systems management". It
enables a desired server state to be described in high level way and the
server be brought into that desired state. More information at
http://www.puppetlabs.com/puppet/ .

    "The talk will cover deploying and controlling an OpenNebula private
cloud using Puppet. This will also give an insight into how you can use
Puppet to configure other systems."

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

Speaker
-------
"Ken Barber is an employee of Puppetlabs and has 12 years experience in
Configuration Management as a Systems Engineer in the telecommunications
and ISV industry. He has worked for such companies as Research in
Motion, Alfresco Software and Singtel Optus Australia."

Location
--------
The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge
Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft
Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The
talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place
Called Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>).

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
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.48427&lon=-2.23652&zoom=15&layers=M>.
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 <http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

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
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.48427&lon=-2.23652&zoom=15&layers=M>.
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far either.

Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-07-19>.

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

* http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/Meetings
* http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-07-19

If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
contact us at <fsuk-manchester-team@...>.

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Michael Dorrington | 9 Jul 12:40 2011
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Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available
Resent-Date: Sat,  9 Jul 2011 07:16:02 +0000 (UTC)
Resent-From: debian-announce@...
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:15:42 +0200
From: Stefano Zacchiroli <leader@...>
To: debian-announce@...

------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ available      press@...
July 9th, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110709
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of the
Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ [1], a document meant to
educate Free Software developers, and especially distribution editors,
about software patent risks.

  1: http://www.debian.org/reports/patent-faq

The FAQ has been prepared by lawyers at Software Freedom Law Center [2]
(SFLC) at the request of and with input from the Debian Project. While
the document does not constitute legal advice, it provides insights on
dealing with software patents, which might be applicable to other
community-driven Free Software distributions.

  2: http://www.softwarefreedom.org

The Debian Project maintains a critical stance towards software patents:
we consider software patents a threat to Free Software and we believe
they provide no advantages in promoting software innovation.

At the same time, given the 'de facto' possibility of patenting software
related ideas in several countries around the world, it is important for
Free Software developers and distributors to neither underestimate nor
overestimate software patent issues. "Patent FUD is a serious problem,
as is the risk of patent aggression against Free Software," said Eben
Moglen, founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center. "SFLC is
pleased to work with Debian to help volunteers for community
distributions everywhere understand the real risks, and real solutions,
without being disheartened by fear, uncertainty, and doubt."

We believe that the Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ helps in
that respect and we are glad to make it available to others. "Debian, as
many other community distributions, has often had troubles in assessing
the risks of patent aggression toward volunteer developers. I'm glad and
thrilled about the opportunity we have of collaborating with SFLC to
shed some light on these matters." said Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian
Project Leader. "We will do our best to disseminate our findings, in a
humble attempt to minimize the damages that software patents, and some
of their myths, cause every day to Free Software."

About Debian
------------
The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free
community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the
largest and most influential open source projects.  Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the "universal operating system".

Contact Information
-------------------
For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@...>.

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Simon Ward | 9 Jul 22:50 2011
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OWASP Manchester

Due to the success of OWASP Leeds chapter[1] meetings held in Manchester,
Simon Bennetts and I have formed a Manchester chapter.

We are planning two meetings this year on 24th August and 16th November.
There are talks lined up for both events, but we still have more slots
available. If you have any suggestions for talks or speakers, or would
like to speak yourself, please get in touch.

For more details about the Manchester chapter and upcoming events,
please visit the web site[2] and/or join the mailing list[3].

[1]: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Leeds_UK
[2]: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Manchester
[3]: http://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-Manchester

Regards,
Simon Ward
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Daniel Botting | 15 Jul 09:00 2011
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Manlug meeting July 2011 - reminder

The Manlug meeting for July 2011 is taking place on 16th July, details below:

Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN. – (Between Thomas Street and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)”
Date: Saturday, 16th July 2011
Starts: 14:00
Approximate finish: 17:00

Summary:

This talk is being given by a Manlug regular of many years, Simon Hobson.

The subject is Rsync, that invaluable backup tool of fame. See below for a brief description:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync

Come along and find out how to backup your life, imagine if you don't and you needed that near CDP moment ;-) .

Hope to see you all there.





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Michael Dorrington | 16 Jul 20:26 2011
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Reminder: MFS Talk. Tues, 19 July. "Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula", Ken Barber.

It's on the coming Tuesday.

On 08/07/11 09:16, Michael Dorrington wrote:
> Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.
> 
> * Talk: Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula.
>         http://www.puppetlabs.com/puppet/
>         http://opennebula.org/
> * Speaker: Ken Barber, Puppet Labs.
> 
> * Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
> * Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
> "(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
>   http://madlab.org.uk/
> * Date: Tuesday, 19th July 2011 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
> * Start time: 19:00
> * Finish time: 20:30
> 
> Details
> -------
> Free Software is about having control of your computing. Cloud computing
> is a platform that allows rapid deployment and scalability. Cloud
> computing is often done on someone else's cloud and so you lose control.
> But it needn't be that way, you can run your own cloud and use Free
> Software, so you are controlling your cloud.
> 
> OpenNebula is a free software cloud computing platform.
> 
> Puppet is a free software "platform for IT systems management". It
> enables a desired server state to be described in high level way and the
> server be brought into that desired state. More information at
> http://www.puppetlabs.com/puppet/ .
> 
>     "The talk will cover deploying and controlling an OpenNebula private
> cloud using Puppet. This will also give an insight into how you can use
> Puppet to configure other systems."
> 
> The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate
> in the pub afterwards.
> 
> Speaker
> -------
> "Ken Barber is an employee of Puppetlabs and has 12 years experience in
> Configuration Management as a Systems Engineer in the telecommunications
> and ISV industry. He has worked for such companies as Research in
> Motion, Alfresco Software and Singtel Optus Australia."
> 
> Location
> --------
> The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge
> Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft
> Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The
> talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place
> Called Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>).
> 
> 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
> <http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.48427&lon=-2.23652&zoom=15&layers=M>.
> 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 <http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.
> 
> 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
> <http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=53.48427&lon=-2.23652&zoom=15&layers=M>.
> Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
> Station are not too far either.
> 
> Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-07-19>.
> 
> More Information
> ----------------
> General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
> on our website.
> 
> * http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/Meetings
> * http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2011-07-19
> 
> If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
> contact us at <fsuk-manchester-team@...>.

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Sam Tuke | 21 Jul 19:01 2011
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Hunt down ads for non-Free PDF readers on 13th August

The Free Software Foundation Europe's successful PDF Readers campaign comes to 
Manchester next month for a one day sprint at MadLab hackerspace on the 13th 
of August, 15.00-17.30. Cakes and pizza provided!

*What:*

We'll search out proprietary PDF reader adverts on UK Government funded 
websites, and contact the institutions by letter and email, requesting that 
they remove them. 

Currently there are only 41 reports of such adverts in the UK, only three of 
which have already been resolved by the advert being removed. Many more 
adverts on UK Government websites still exist however, and on 13th August 
we'll find them, and aim to get as many of them removed as possible.

*Why:*

Publicly funded institutions routinely advertise proprietary PDF reader 
applications on their websites, often stating that a particular vendor's 
product is "required" for completing basic civic tasks like paying tax or 
registering a vehicle.

Yet Free Software PDF Readers exist for all major operating systems, which can 
be used to perform the same tasks without sacrificing the freedom of their 
users.

Many institutions carry proprietary software adverts simply out of ignorance, 
not realising that there are alternatives which protect citizens' freedom. By 
contacting them we will be making them aware of the existence of Free Software 
alternatives, and encouraging them to think about the benefits of Free Software 
in general.

*Can it work?:*

Throughout Europe, Free Software advocates have already reported more than 
2,000 adverts, and successfully removed nearly 500 of them. Many of the 
success stories involved high profile websites, such as the Belgian Prime 
Minister, The Mayor of London, and the Bank of Italy. Several adverts have 
been replaced with links to Free Software PDF Readers on the pdfreaders.org 
website. 

*Real progress has been made, now its time to make an impact in the UK!*

*Links:*

MadLad event page:
http://madlab.org.uk/content/stamp-out-the-ads-free-software-pdf-reader-
sprint/

Campaign homepage: 
http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders

Report an advert from a UK website:
http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/bug-report-uk.en.html

List of UK adverts already reported:
http://fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/buglist.en.html#GB

Website about Free Software PDF Readers:
http://pdfreaders.org/

See you there!

Sam.
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Pater Mann | 23 Jul 22:18 2011
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Re: Hunt down ads for non-Free PDF readers on 13th August

Sam Tuke wrote:
> *Why:*
>
> Publicly funded institutions routinely advertise proprietary PDF reader
> applications on their websites, often stating that a particular vendor's
> product is "required" for completing basic civic tasks like paying tax or
> registering a vehicle.
>
> Yet Free Software PDF Readers exist for all major operating systems, which can
> be used to perform the same tasks without sacrificing the freedom of their
> users.

Unfortunately, they are not completely wrong (mostly but not
completely :-) - Free Software PDF Readers cannot perform *all* of the
same tasks as proprietary readers. Many of the documents available
from government Web sites contain interactive forms and very few of
the free PDF readers have even basic forms support. I use SumatraPDF
for viewing (in fact, it printed some PDF documents which a
"particular vendor's product" would not!) but I had to use Foxit PDF
Reader (free as in beer but not as in freedom) to fill in the probate
forms when my father died. However, Foxit did allow me to save the
results unlike that other vendor's product (which I haven't used in
years).

patermann

Gmane