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[Fsuk-manchester] Follow-up: MFS Talk. Tues, 17 April. "FreedomBox: Practical freedom in a box" by Michael Dorrington
Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:18:34 +0100
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I hope the talk informed about FreedomBox and inspired people to have a go.
If you do want to have a go then get some hardware that you don't mind
having on 24/7 in your home, is reliable, and has the functionality you
need, such as dual network ports for a firewall/router. You might use a
DreamPlug + JTAG cable (DreamPlug is the FreedomBox Foundation reference
hardware) or one of the "Targeted Hardware"
<http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/TargetedHardware> or something like a
laptop with a broken screen. Just keep in mind the reliable 24/7 operation.
Then get a Free Software base system on the hardware. If you are using
a DreamPlug then do this using Freedom-Maker
<http://www.freedomboxfoundation.org/code/>. Then start "Leaving the
Then let us know your experiences.
* FreedomBox Videos <http://www.freedomboxfoundation.org/appearances/>
* Debian FreedomBox wiki <http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox>
* Wikipedia article on Wireless Mesh Network
* UK Dreamplug seller <http://www.newit.co.uk/>
FSF member #9429
"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."
On 30/03/12 09:21, Michael Dorrington wrote:
> Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.
> * Talk: FreedomBox: Practical freedom in a box
> * Speaker: Michael Dorrington
> * Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
> * Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
> "(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
> * Date: Tuesday, 17th April 2012 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
> * Start time: 19:00
> * Finish time: 20:30
> The FreedomBox¹ is about combining low powered unobtrusive hardware, so
> that you have it powered on in your home 24/7, and Free Software with an
> easy to use interface, to achieve control of your computing, data and
> The talk will include the current state of the FreedomBox project, why
> the project is important, what can be currently achieved, a practical
> insight into how YOU can get started, the future possibilities of the
> FreedomBox and more!
> The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate
> in the pub afterwards.
> ¹ http://freedomboxfoundation.org/
> Michael Dorrington is a long time (since the last millennium) Free
> Software user and supporter. Michael has worked with FreedomBox
> Foundation team on the FreedomBox.
> FSF member #9429 <http://www.fsf.org/register_form?referrer=9429>
> The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge
> Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft
> Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The
> talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place
> Called Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>).
> Parking: Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero
> cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you'll have to pay up until then and the
> maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. There are paid
> parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap
> centred on Madlab
> A lot of them, perhaps all, are 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 station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close
> to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
> Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
> Station are not too far either.
> Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2012-04-17>.
> More Information
> General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
> on our website.
> * http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/Meetings
> * http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2012-04-17
> If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
> contact us at <address@hidden>.
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