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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.

Upcoming events

  • Thu 5 March: LibrePlanet Brisbane meetup, Brisbane
  • Thu 19 Mar: William Grant on working in free software + plenty of Gnews, Melbourne
  • Thu 16 Apr: Peter Serwylo core developer of F-Droid + much Gnews, Melbourne
  • Sat 23 May: Workshop: Contribute to free software, Melbourne (tentative only)
  • Thu 18 Jun: TBA
  • Thu 16 Jul: TBA
  • Thu 20 Aug: TBA
  • Sat 19 Sep: Software Freedom Day
  • Thu 15 Oct: TBA
  • Thu 19 Nov: TBA
  • Thu 17 Dec: Dinner only

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Local discussion groups

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.

Free Software Melbourne

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.

More about Free Software Melbourne

LibrePlanet Brisbane

LibrePlanet Brisbane is a group focused on free software activism, advocacy and education. We meet on the first Thursday of each month, at The Edge, a facility of the State Library of Queensland in South Brisbane.

More about LibrePlanet Brisbane

What is free software?

Free software is software that respects your freedom. Specifically you may:

  • use it for any purpose,
  • study it,
  • modify it, and
  • share it

The opposite of free software is proprietary or non-free software.

For more information, read What is free software, by the Free Software Foundation.