MFS Meeting. Tue, 19 July. Talk: "Free Hardware Fun"


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  • Event: Manchester Free Software’s July Meeting

  • Talk: Free Hardware Fun

  • Speaker: Michael Dorrington & Bob Mottram

  • Start time: 19:00

  • Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for social)

  • Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).

  • Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.

== Details ==

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
philosophy.

Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
For an explanation of what this is about see:

The main part of the meeting will be a talk, demos and discussion.

Non-free hardware used for general computing has become increasingly a
threat to software freedom. This is particularly seen in the example of
the Intel Management Engine contained in the widely used Intel-based
platforms. Thankfully, there is a solution via free hardware. Free
Hardware is where the philosophy behind Free Software is brought to
hardware. This is an exciting time for Free Hardware with many
different devices being manufactured.

At this meeting we will investigate the issues of non-free hardware,
explore free hardware and demo some free hardware in action.

https://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/intel-me-and-why-we-should-get-rid-of-me

If you have experience of Free Hardware then please consider giving a
lightning talk/demo at the meeting.

== After-meeting ==

The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the Terrace (which is next door to Madlab). There are soft drinks
available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.

== Location ==

The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above.

== Transport ==

=== Parking ===

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost
after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365. Most of those
parking lots are owned by NCP http://www.ncp.co.uk/.

If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale
http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx.

=== Public Transport ===

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station,
and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab,
see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365.

Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far away either.

== More Information ==

Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet
https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

FSF member #9429
http://www.fsf.org/register_form?referrer=9429
http://www.fsf.org/about
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."