• Assistance and Access Act + Gnews

    Electron Workshop - Coworking Space

    Next meeting of Free Software Melbourne When: Thursday, 18 April 2019,[masked]pm (doors open at 6pm) Where: Electron Workshop, 31 Arden Street, North Melbourne (See below for how to get there.) What: Work together on Assistance and Access Act As you are probably aware, what is commonly called the Assistance and Access Act was rushed through Federal Parliament just before Christmas last year. The Opposition went along with it, but on the condition that the act be reviewed. That review is now happening, so we have a second chance to advocate for the repeal of this act, or at least for amendments to ameliorate its worst effects. This act has given the Government unprecedented powers to break encryption, with too little accountability. In addition to the obvious threat to the legitimate privacy of ordinary citizens, the act is inflicting collateral damage on the Australian tech industry, as Australian companies and Australian employees are perceived globally as untrustworthy, being too easily subject to secret government orders to break encryption of customers and employers. So, please come along to our next FSM meeting, find out what you can do about this act, and as you can help us with our campaign. As well as making a submission to the review, it could involve contacting politicians, and coordinating with like-minded groups. Your ideas welcome. Have your say! And there'll be lots of delicious Gnews, as gnusual. This is a non-technical event and all are welcome. Afterwards we will have our customary dinner in North Melbourne, and we can continue any discussion that will have arisen. Thanks to the good people of Electron Workshop for providing us our meeting venue. Electron Workshop map: https://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/ See you there!

  • FSM - 21st February 2019 - All about Mastodon

    Electron Workshop

    All about Mastedon A lot of people have not heard of Mastodon, it is a social media service similar to Twitter that you can self host. Its various separately operated user bases are federated across many different sites and its de-centralised nature can mean it will potentially be a lot more resilient compared with other online services. We will show you through it all and why you might be interested in using it. We will also have the Gnews as usual and discussion about the 'Assistance and Access Bill' that will impact all of us. This is a non-technical event and all are welcome. The event is on 6:30PM - Thursday 21st February 2019 at Electron Workshop; 31 Arden Street North Melbourne. Doors open at 6pm and the event will go through to 8pm. Afterwards we will have dinner in North Melbourne as usual and we can continue any discussion that will have arisen.

  • FSM December End of year Dinner

    Needs a location

    It is the end of yet another great year and as tradition we will be doing away with the formalities and be having an end of year dinner. No Gnews, no talks, no worries! Going against tradition, we will be doing it on a Friday rather than the typical Thursday meetings. That way if you have a Monday to Friday job then you will not have to worry about having to get up early the next day and can just enjoy a good meal and good chat for the end of the week. Staying close to our normal meetup and dining location we will meet at 7pm at Char Siu House on Errol St. This is an event for everyone and new comers are more than welcome to come along. Friday 21st December 7PM Address: 37 Errol St, North Melbourne Victoria 3051, Australia http://www.charsiuhouse.com

  • FSM November 18 - Show and Tell / Committee Voting

    Electron Workshop

    Alan Watts once said "You know you are wearing a comfortable pair of shoes when you are aware of the comfort" or something to that degree. In the same essence, when you know you have a good piece of free software you know how good it is and you just want to share it with the world! In that essence, it is time for 'Free software Show and tell' when you can show off the great software you use or even some you have built yourself! Discuss what you see or provide recommendations to other. We will also be conducting our annual committee elections to vote in or out those that help organize Free Software Melbourne/Australia every month. If you are interesting in running then please step forward. Have a nomination for someone, that is all good as well. Maybe I will be pushed out of my spot? Anyone's guess nowadays. This is a non-technical event and all are welcome. The event is on 6:30PM - Thursday 15th November 2018 at Electron Workshop; 31 Arden Street North Melbourne. Doors open at 6pm and the event will go through to 8pm. Afterwards we will have dinner in North Melbourne as usual and we can continue any discussion that will have arisen.

  • Software Freedom Day 2018!

    Electron Workshop

    It's time again to get excited about all the benefits Free and Open Source Software have given us over the past year and get together to talk about how Freedom and Openness can improve our human rights, our privacy, our security and our communities. It's Software Freedom Day! Free Software Melbourne and Linux Users Victoria are celebrating the 15th annual Software Freedom Day with talks about Open Data, Free and Open Source Software, Open Hardware and of course Linux. We'll also be having plenty of networking opportunities and introductions to local open source technology groups. Software Freedom Day is a family friendly event and we have a code of conduct we follow. In short: Be respectful. Be mindful. Work together. Please invite anyone that is interested along to help make it a great day. Entry is free any time with light refreshments on site (snacks and sodas) and the delightful culinary options of nearby Errol st at the conclusion of proceedings. Hope to see everyone on the 15th for a fantastic Software Freedom Day 2018! Details Date: Saturday the 15th September Time: Talks starting at 1:00pm and wrapping up at 5:00pm Location: Electron Workshop co-working space Address: 31 Arden Street, North Melbourne Map: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2556615434 Travel Tips: http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/ Parking: Plenty of on street parking in the area Code of Conduct: http://freesoftware.org.au/code-of-conduct/

  • FSM August 16 - Free Software/Open Source licences and why do they matter

    Hey there freedom lovers, It is that time of the month again where we get together to dig deep into all things digital freedom. This month Ben Minders will be talking about Open Source licences and why do they matter. It is one thing to make the worlds best program, it is another issue to inform the users how they are allowed to use it. If you don't know what license is best for your work and how the users can use it; you can be left in the lurch. Can you share with others? Are modifications allowed? Can you even use it with other programs? This is a talk that can guide you to allocate a license for a project or if you are just using the programs, to help you choose programs that treat you fairly. There will also be the usual Gnews of the month followed by dinner and discussion at KL Bunga Raya after the event. Doors open at 6pm with the main event starting at 6:30pm and dinner to follow in North Melbourne after 8:00 pm. This is a non-technical event and all guest are welcome. Thursday 16th August,[masked]:30-8:00pm Electron Workshop - 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/ Running late or can't find us? Call[masked] or[masked]

  • FSM May 19 - Contribute to Trove

    Electron Workshop

    The Trove search engine provides access to content from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) and is a rich and deep source of Australian history and culture covering content such as newspapers, journals, maps, diaries, correspondence, photos, music, objects and artworks. It enables searching and sorting the items using various criteria such as the publication, date, geography, author, content and other metadata...but did you know we can make it even better? This month we'll go through setting up an account on Trove and see how we can contribute to this valuable collection of Australian heritage. We'll review some old documents that have been run through optical character recognition and confirm or correct the text to improve future accessibility and search. We'll also see how easy it is to add tags to any item to help discoverability and we'll also talk about useful commenting and the new user lists After the Trove session Michael will take us through all the Free and Open Source Gnews for the month. Then we'll head down to Errol street for dinner and more Open Source chatter. This will be a hands on session working with Trove so try and bring a laptop or tablet to work from. See you all on Thursday the 19th at Electron Workshop for Free Software Melbourne July.

  • Games Night 🎮

    Electron Workshop

    Our last games night was so successful that we thought, “why not do it again!?” And that is what we are doing. All things Libre and games, this time we will be able to show off some new games while we are at it rather than just being sucked into a multiplayer matches of Free Doom or Hedgewars. That said it that happens again, it is fun regardless. ;) So come along, join in and bring a friend to show what can be done when games are free for all to use and share. Bring a laptop or use one of the ones provided. Afterwards will be the usual with dinner in North Melbourne were we can chat about anything and everything Free and Open Source. Event is on 21st June at Electron Workshop - 31 Arden Street. Doors open at 6pm with the event starting at 6:30pm. This is a non technical event and all are welcome.

  • Free Software Melbourne - Contribute to Wikipedia

    Electron Workshop

    Jimmy Wales is a mad man. Not in the same vein as those that launch cars with dodgy power trains into space on a Rocket for marketing glory; but mad in that he decided to put his chips into crowd sourcing information at no cost. To trust in the community to make the most diverse and accurate encyclopedia than had ever been created. Wikipedia has proved that what sounds ‘pie-in-the-sky’ unlikely can sometimes work and produce the best results. They forked the idea of GNUpedia and made it happen. Now you can learn how to contribute to this great library. Ben Minerds will guide you on how to contribute to Wikipedia and improve it for all to use. With a brief introduction we might even have you contributing on the very night and grow this information community just a little bit more. Afterwards we will have the monthly Gnews followed by dinner in North Melbourne. This is a non-technical event and all are welcome to join in. Do note that we have adjusted our starting time due to Winter and the ever increasing Melbourne traffic. Event is held at Electron Workshop at 31 Arden Street and will now be opening doors at 6:30pm with start of proceedings at 7pm.

  • The Flux Party and the Gnews

    Electron Workshop

    This month we will be joined by a representitive of the Flux party to discuss the state of issue-based direct democracy in Australia. The Flux Party is a tool Australians can use to directly participate in parliament. Flux is a party during the election but once there are elected Flux Party MP’s and senators that’s where the difference begins. Your Flux representatives give up their autonomy and vote according to the people. They cast their votes in line with the outcomes produced by the Flux ecosystem comprised of ordinary Aussies like you. You can checkout the flux website or join the party (it's free as in $0) here: https://voteflux.org After the discussion we will have our regular Gnews segment and then head down to Errol street for dinner and Free/Libre and Open Source Small-talk. Hope to see you at 6:30pm on Thursday the 19th of April at Electron Workshop for our regular Free Software Melbourne meet-up.