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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Just saying hi

From: Matt Lee
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Just saying hi
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 18:23:08 +0100
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Iain Roberts wrote:

Would you like to come to one of our meetings and talk about Axiom?

The focus of our group is particular Free Software. I notice Axiom talks
a lot about 'Open Source' - something I'm interested in expanding is
providing information to local companies about why 'free software' would
actually be a better term for the services in this area.

More specifically (and with thanks to Microsoft) as 'traditional' IT
goes more and more toward encroaching on people's rights. When the
typical computer user gets frustrated by restrictions put in place by
proprietary software - as is starting to happen, it puts forwards a good
opportunity for us to speak of freedom.

We just put up a new article about it.


> I'm also involved in the Open Schools Alliance, an organisation dedicated to 
> campaigning to get more FLOSS into schools (openschoolsalliance.org).  We're 
> arranging a conference on 19th October in Liverpool and looking to get 
> 100-150 educational decision makers (senior staff, local authority people, 
> etc.) along.  

Ah great! I know Aidan from BFS personally - we've spoken together about
free software in the past.

> Currently confirmed speakers include someone from Stockport Local Authority 
> (which has recently implemented a FLOSS web/email system for all the 
> Stockport schools) and one of the key people from Moodle.


> We've got a good team organising the event, but we do need more help so if 
> anyone fancies getting involved, let me know.

I'd love to get involved, if I'm around.


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