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Open Letter to AMD

An open letter to AMD on the importance of "putting people first" from Free Software Melbourne

corporate.pressinquiry@amd.com To Dr. Lisa Su (President and Chief Executive Officer AMD)

FSM Jun 15th - AMD, Installfests and the Gnews on privacy

Hey Freedom Fans,

This month at Free Software Melbourne we're going to be talking AMD, Installfests and the rising importance of privacy and security in modern life.

We'll kick things off at 6:30pm by having a read through the final draft of the AMD submission (and quickly fixing any typos we find) before preparing to send it to AMD and publish it on our website.

We're also going to discuss what we might need to do to run an installfest as part of a FSM event later in the year. We'll take a look at the documentation available and consider a few case studies of installfests. We'll discuss what kind of approach we might take and what the important factors to consider are. If time allows we might also run through the process in some virtual manner. We're also super lucky to have Linux Users Victoria run a Debian 9 launch party on Saturday the 17th (just two days later) that will probably involve an installfest so if you've ever wanted to run or participate in an installfest then this is your month.

We'll then have our regular Gnews segment hosted by Tatiana this month. I've been warned that we'll be focusing heavily on the current security and privacy issues that have been becoming ever more prevalent in these troubled times. What role can Free and Open Software play in this emerging landscape and how is this being reported in the wild? What can we do to make progress and better communicate the message of FOSS? So if you were hoping for more of Ben rattling off release dates then I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.

As usual we plan to finish up about 8:30pm and head down to Errol st for continued conversation and tasty cuisine.

See you all there!

Thursday 15th June, 6:30-8:30pm
Electron Workshop - 31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Travel tips by Electron Workshop: http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/
Running late or can't find us? Call 0419 390 496

FSM Working Group - The AMD Submission

Hi again Freedom Fighters,

Time to turn up the heat on AMD and put our names along side the EFA, LibreBoot and others in saying we want control over our devices and not the other way around. We'll look over the current draft and make improvements along the lines suggested in a meeting earlier this year. The current draft can be found here: http://freesoftware.org.au/wiki/AMDLetter

When we're happy with it we'll circulate it around the group for any further feedback before publishing and sending it to AMD

Join us at The Leveson (46 Leveson St, North Melbourne) where we'll try out a working group over dinner (or drinks if you prefer). Don't forget to bring devices to work from and we'll bring a hotspot to use

See you there

FSM May 18th - FSM Committee Functions and Behind the Gnews

Hey Freedom Supporters,

This month at Free Software Melbourne I'll be taking us through a guided tour of the FSM committee and what it takes to organise and run our events every month. First up we'll take a look at the resources and tools available to us including the wiki materials, website, media etc; we'll also go through the process of announcing an event on the website, the mailing list and other platforms; then we'll take a look at some new initiatives we've adopted recently and discuss how we might be able to use our tools more effectively.

We'll then have a special edition of our regular news segment "Behind the Gnews" where we'll look at the process of putting together the Gnews segment and of course we'll have a chin wag about current events as always followed by dinner down Errol St.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday 18th May, 6:30-8:30pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Travel tips by Electron Workshop: http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/
Running late or can't find us? Call 0419 390 496

FSM April 20th - FSM Elections, AMD Open Hardware submission and the Gnews

Hey there FLOSS fighters,