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Free (Software) for the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, let's celebrate free & open source software, and the community it fosters. This is going to be a casual meeting, followed by an optional group dinner at a local pub. But don't let "casual" fool you into thinking, it won't be valuable.

Come to the meeting with the name of a favorite free (as in freedom) software application that you'd like to share with the group. Learn which other free (as in freedom) software programs you're fellow hackers find useful.

There's a lot of good FOSS (free and open source software) available, but even with Google, Ubuntu's Software Center, and websites like the Free Software Directory ( ), there are some really great programs that fly under the radar. Human, face-to-face communication is still often the best way to share and learn.

In the spirit of giving, I'll also present 3 ways we can give back to the free software community and support the work that's going into the free software we benefit from and love.

Speaking of giving...We're looking for volunteers to help with designing a business card for the group, as well to help spread the word at local campuses. If you're passionate about the free software movement and can help out, please let me know.

Meeting location is confirmed. It's a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop and other public transportation. There is also free parking in the building's parking lot.

70 Memorial Drive · Cambridge, MA