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[Fsuk-manchester] MFS Meeting. Madlab. Tues, 17th March. Discussion poin

From: Michael Dorrington
Subject: [Fsuk-manchester] MFS Meeting. Madlab. Tues, 17th March. Discussion points: "Free Digital Hardware Designs, LibrePlanet Conference, VMware lawsuit, Guix endorsed"
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:18:26 +0000
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* Event: Manchester Free Software's March Meeting
* What: Discussions

* Date: Tuesday, 17th March 2015 (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

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

== Free Digital Hardware Designs ==

Richard Stallman has written an article on "Why We Need Free Digital
Hardware Designs".


== LibrePlanet Conference ==

The LibrePlanet Conference 2015 (the "annual conference for free
software enthusiasts") is next weekend and will have a live stream.

* https://libreplanet.org/2015/

== VMware lawsuit ==

"VMware sued in Hamburg, Germany court for failure to comply with the
GPL on Linux"

* https://sfconservancy.org/news/2015/mar/05/vmware-lawsuit/

== Guix endorsed ==

"FSF adds Guix System Distribution to list of endorsed distributions"

* http://www.gnu.org/software/guix/

=== 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
provides Wi-Fi.

== 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

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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