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[Fsuk-manchester] Reminder: MFS Meeting. Tue, 19 Aug. Discussion points:

From: Michael Dorrington
Subject: [Fsuk-manchester] Reminder: MFS Meeting. Tue, 19 Aug. Discussion points: "Libreboot, GNU Radio to space, Novena"
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:14:20 +0100
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A reminder that the meeting is tonight (Tues).

On 14/08/14 21:07, Michael Dorrington wrote:
> 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.

FSF member #9429
"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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