A network of Australians working together to advance free software and free culture as a movement for social justice.
As passionate free software activists, we sometimes feel a little lonely here in Australia watching and listening to all the action in the US and Europe. While there are plenty of computing meet-ups and user groups in Australia (which we also attend), most are about the technology rather than the social issues like freedom and privacy. We feel there is a clear niche for people wanting less technical, more activism flavoured meet-ups.
We hold physical meet-ups to work and socialise with other free software activists. We share the values of the Free Software Foundation, the GNU Project and LibrePlanet — a worldwide network of free software groups. We also work alongside other local and national GNU/Linux groups to spread the word about software freedom.
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Local discussion groups are a great way to meet others who share your interest in free software. Please let us know if you'd like to start a free software discussion group in your area.
Every third Thursday evening we meet to discuss current news in free software, perhaps a talk from a member or a visitor, followed by some group discussion. It's very relaxed and informal with no prior knowledge expected. For those able, we also follow on for tasty dinner at a nearby restaurant.
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Free software is software that respects your freedom. Specifically you may:
The opposite of free software is proprietary or non-free software.
For more information, read What is free software, by the Free Software Foundation.