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An Intro to F-Droid - Show and Tell

Hey there freedom folks, happy GNU year to you all! The education and support of software freedom continues. Typically we think of computer software only on Desktop and Laptop computers, in our community this typically means GNU/Linux. But we also use mobile devices where security and privacy are just as important.

While Android is built on a base of free software, most phone comes preloaded with lots of non-free applications. Typically these are from Google and its app store. To that end, the community has developed a free software alternative called F-Droid (https://f-droid.org/) which distrobutes only free software applications. Media playback, business applications, graphics and games – there is something for everyone on F-Droid that respects your freedoms.

This month we will show you why you should choose this software over the non-free programs, how to install and use F-Droid and include some application recommendations to get you on your way. All questions are welcome as we can help out with any issues.

There will also be the usual Gnews segment and afterwards will be dinner at a local restaurant where the conversation can continue.

This is a non technical event and everyone is invited to join us. Event starts at 6:30PM Thursday 18th January at Electron Workshop – 31 Arden Street, North Melbourne.

Hope to see you there!

FSM at Meetup Mixup Melbourne

Ho ho ho Freedom Lovers

It's almost time for Christmas, but before then we'll meetup one last time to talk about all things freedom and open source. This year our meetup is by chance on the same night as the Meetup Mixup Melbourne, and we thought it might be fun to join the community for a celebration and a bit of Christmas cheer. So join us Thursday the 21st of December from 6:00 pm at the Loop Bar.

Tickets booked in advance are only $8.80 (or $10.00 at the door). We'll try to set up a table with FSM signage so we'll be super easy to find. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Event details

Thursday 21st December, 6:00-late
LOOP Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place
Map: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2689166177
Event link: https://melbourne.meetupmixup.com/

Free Software Show and Tell

Hi Software Freedom Lovers

It's November! and that's the time of the year when we look back and think about the Free Software that has improved our lives and given us all so much joy thorough the year. So join us this Thursday at Electron Workshop for our "Free Software Show and Tell" where we'll go round the group and each talk for a few minutes about the Free and Open Source Software that has made a difference for us this year.

It can be something you've just heard about and it sparked your interest or something you've come to rely upon day in and day out.

At 6:30 we'll will kick it off with our regular Gnews segment to get our tongues flapping and then we'll get stuck into the show and tells. We'll end the evening with pizza at Electron Workshop for dinner (vegetarians catered for, celiacs/others ping me and we'll arrange something)

I learned a few new tricks last year at the Show and Tell and it's always a fun night. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Event details

Thursday 16th Nov, 6:30-8:00pm
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/

FSM Oct 19th - An intro to D# and the Gnews

Hey Free Software lovers, this month we will be joined by Elmer Bool to
discuss d#.  Elmer has been in roles such as software developer, QA
analyst, business analyst and project manager over the past 15 years.

d# is a free and open source project which aims to create and support a
more simplified and streamlined Universal Language for communications
between humans, as well as humans and AI. It aims to become a platform
for new apps that will refactor, redesign, recentralize and/or enhance
existing apps and data to help users solve challenges including those
related to their freedoms, security, and privacy.

With any luck, we will also be helping one of our founding members
install coreboot onto his pc during the meeting which we hope will bring us
one step closer to software freedom.

After this, we will have our regular Gnews segment and then head down to
Errol street for dinner and continued fun.

Hope to see you at 6:30pm on Thursday 19th October at Electron Workshop
for our monthly Free Software Melbourne meet-up.

Event details
Thursday 19th Oct, 6:30-8:00pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Running late or can't find us? Call Ben on 0419 390 496

FSM Sept 16th - Software Freedom Day 2017!

It's that time of the year where we celebrate our freedoms in technology and raise a ruckus about all the freedoms that have been eroded away. The time of the year we look at how we might keep our increasingly digital lives under our our own control and prevent prying eyes from seeing things they shouldn't. You guessed it: It's Software Freedom Day!

Free Software Melbourne, in conjunction with Linux Users Victoria, is celebrating the 14th annual Software Freedom Day with talks from Linux Users Victoria, Electronic Frontiers Australia and the F-Droid app store. We'll also be having plenty of networking opportunities, introductions to local technology groups and a Linux installfest. So bring down that old pc you were about to throw away and give it a new coat of Debian and bring it back to life!

We have a Code of conduct online which we follow. In short: Be respectful. Be mindful. Work together. Link provided below. This is the a family friendly event, please invite anyone that is interested along to help make it a great day

Entry is free anytime, so help spread the word on everyone’s liberties. Tea, Coffee and light refreshments will be provided gratis

Hope to see all your happy faces at the event (you don't have to be happy, but be there!)

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