Thursday 20 June 2013
VPAC Head Office Training Room
- Started with a brainstorm of topic ideas. Ideas included:
- Ouya - game console based upon Android, and supposedly open.
- Google Talk being replaced by Google Hangouts
- Committee election - Led by Ben Sturmfels
- The reasons to have dedicated committee members include adding redundancy and stability to the group.
- After some discussion, it was agreed that committee members are to hold their position for roughly 6 months, after which time another election will take place. If you couldn't make the meeting, you won't have to wait long for your chance.
- Next election will take place during our January meet-up (possibly during a BBQ).
- Elected people, positions and responsibilities include:
- President: Alex Fraser
- Being a point of contact for the group
- Defacto responsibility for everything if not otherwise delegated
- Vice President: Ben Sturmfels
- Taking in turns with President
- Secretary: Adam Bolte
- Sending out announcements to our mailing lists
- Publishing discussion topic summaries.
- Treasurer: Ben Finney
- Handling collected donations
- President: Alex Fraser
- Many other people also expressed interest in helping to share responsibilities. Thanks to everyone.
- Tasks that need to be handled to see our group meetings run smoothly include:
- Thinking up topics.
Coerce people into talking about them.
- Booking a venue.
- Showing up early to let people in.
- Organising food and drink.
- Promoting our group outside of our mailing list.
- Chairing/coordinating the discussion - making sure we finish up on time
- Software Freedom Day
- Special once-off events such as Brett Smith's talk from the FSF.
H-Node (and other hardware considerations) - Adam Bolte
If you haven't already done so, stop reading these notes and go add your hardware to the h-node.org database right now! It is important to do this regardless of how well your hardware may or may not work.
Hardware must be tested with a fully free-software distribution such as Trisquel to qualify, which can be annoying since many of these free software distributions are slow to support newer hardware.
The h-node wiki has a Discover your hardware page that describes how to use dmidecide, lspci, lsusb and lscpu for hardware identification.
Think Penguin - Ben Finney
- Hardware that has been thoroughly tested to meet the Free Software Foundation's strict guidelines.
The guys there are regulars on the Trisquel site and eager to help work out compatibility issues and the like.
Raster Storage Archive is a Java-based project to help store and process geospatial raster datasets, optionally with multiple bands and a temporal component.
- Alex Fraser has been working on it for 3 years, but only very recently has the project been released as free software, and under the GPLv3 no less.
Software Freedom Day - general discussion led by Ben Sturmfels.
- Definitely some interest in organising something, however we don't want anyone to suffer from burnout.
- Possible ideas include:
- Could be low-key. eg. Get together at a pub, restaurant or a BBQ.
- Write to local papers to highlight the importance of free software, in case they are interested in including an article on it for SFD.
- Talks are a fairly small amount of work to organise.
- Maybe we can just help LUV with the organisation. eg. we could organise food and tidying up (apparently Lev etc. stayed late to do this last time).
- Depending on our goals, we may be unable to take on organisation outright, but we are interested in helping.
- We need to register before July 21 to receive a shipment of promotional material on time.
- Ben Sturmfels to further discuss with Lev to better determine what extent LUV would play, and what ideas they might be happy to support.
- Last but not least: Snacks
- Ben F and Ben M have generously volunteered to be in charge of organising something for our next meet-up.
- Dinner at Classic Curry
- Topics included:
Debian and failed FSF compliance discussions
- Proposed changes for the Debian release cycle, where testing is always in a releasable state.
Programming in OCaml
ownCloud (is our new president secretly using Dropbox???)
New MediaGoblin release (and probably with lots of baby photos floating around the web to help show it off!)
- Is OpenID dying?
- Topics included: