Attend our monthly discussion group

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.

Third Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm (doors open 6pm)
Electron Workshop
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
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Upcoming events

Past events

  • Thursday 19th July 2018 : Contribute to Trove
  • Thursday 21st June 2018 : Free Software Games Night 🎮
  • Thursday 17th May 2018 : How to contribute to wikipedia
  • Thursday 19th April 2018 : The Flux Party and the Gnews
  • Thursday 15th March 2018 : Libre Games Night
  • Thursday 15 February 2018 : Rendering PDFs into Text/HTML with Free Software
  • Thursday 18 January 2018 : An intro to F-Droid - Show and Tell
  • Thursday 21 December 2017 : FSM at Meetup Mixup Melbourne
  • Thursday 16 November 2017 : Free Software Show and Tell
  • Thurs 19 October: An intro to d# and the Gnews
  • Sat 16 September: Software Freedom Day 2017! ✨
  • Thu 17 August: Games Night 🎮
  • Thu 20 July: What is Free Software and Why is it Important
  • Thu 6 July: Working Group - Preparing a "Licencing GovHack Projects" Talk
  • Thu 15 June: AMD, Installfests and the Gnews on privacy
  • Thu 18 May: Committee Functions and Behind the Gnews
  • Thu 21 Apr: Show-and-tell plus committee elections
  • Thu 19 May: RHoK plus Free Software and Privacy
  • Thu 16 Jun: DRM and You
  • Thu 21 Jul: Scientific Hooliganism
  • Thu 18 Aug: & Eurovision
  • Sat 17 Sep: Software Freedom Day
  • Thu 20 Oct: Paradoxes of Free Software
  • Thu 17 Nov: Free Software Show and Tell
  • Thu 15 Dec: Free Software Melbourne Dinner
  • Thu 16 Feb: Rosie Williams and FSM playtest SnitchHunt
  • Thu 20 Feb: FSM Elections and AMD Open Hardware submission
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    A short history

    Free Software Melbourne hosts activities each month, but here are a few highlights from our short history.

    August 2015: Ran a "Get started contributing to free software" workshop. Experienced mentors assisted participants to find a suitable project and begin on their first contribution to a project.

    February 2015: Held a casual dinner for vising guest Deb Nicholson of MediaGoblin and Open Invention Network (US).

    August 2014: Held a casual dinner for visiting guest Andrea Casillas of the Linux Defenders program (US).

    June 2013: Elected our first committee for Free Software Melbourne. Although Ben and Alex had been defacto organisers for a few of years, it was a great way encourage others to get involved. After that initial 6-month term, we've continued on with annual elections in March. Since we're remained unincorporated, elections aren't a formal requirement, just a way to share the load and keep the group vibrant.

    January 2013: Hosted a barbeque with Pirate Party Australia. We really appreciated the light they were shining on privacy and copyright reform in the federal election and it was great to meet some of their members. We also raised money for End Software Patents.

    March 2012: Organised a public lecture when FSF's Brett Smith was visiting for TPP negotiations. More than 70 people attended and a number followed on for an FSF fundraising dinner.

    September 2012: Joined with Linux Users Victoria to run Software Freedom Day. We really appreciate the leadership that LUV has shown and continue to show in organising and promoting the event.

    September 2012: Ran our first Free Software Melbourne games night. We had lots of fun with multi-player games such as Teeworlds and OpenArena.

    September 2010: Supported Richard Stallman's speaking tour of Australia by providing accommodation, transport, promoting the events and selling FSF merchandise.

    June 2010: Collected over 1000 signatories to an online letter to Senator Kim Carr calling for the abolition of software patents. We followed on with a paper petition to House of Representatives, also collecting over 1000 signatories from all over Australia. The petition was presented to the House and acknowledged in the government's Review of Patentable Subject Matter.

    March 2010: Ben Sturmfels and Alex Fraser hosted the first Melbourne meet-up at Time Out Cafe in Federation Square. From there on Free Software Melbourne have continued to meet monthly to discuss interesting happenings in the free software world, host talks and various other events.