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A network of Australians working together to advance free software and free culture as a movement for social justice.

We are a passionate free software activists group and 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 Melbourne

  • Thursday 18th October 2017

Past events Melbourne

Upcoming Events Sydney

  • To be announced

Past Events Sydney

  • Free Software Workshop June 17th 2017.
  • Fri 31st March 2017

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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.

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        Free Software Sydney

        A Free Software Activist group that is currently being organised by Andri Effendi and Olivier Mehani.

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        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
        • 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.