Software Freedom Day Melbourne is a fun day to explore the possibilities of Open Source software..... bring questions, be ready to participate in games, workshops, talks, hacking hardware with Arduino and a wide range of fascinating Open Source ventures. We have limited spaces in the seminar rooms for 1.5 hour workshops, and the theatre seats 210 people... from the response we've already had with Senator Kate Lundy, it's a wise move to reserve yourself a place.
Hands on workshops are a brilliant way to experience the beauty of three key open source platforms, especially with these facilitators - Donna Benjamin, the Inkscape guru... she knows this program back to front and inside out. She's even writing a book for the basics, so if you're interested in learning how to work with this fantastic graphics software, book yourself a seat and get into the nuts and bolts with Donna.
You might also be interested in Donna's recent interview with Joy FM 94.9 where she explains some of the concepts behind Software Freedom and different contributions people make to the free and open source software community.
Looking for an Open Source alternative to those costly other office packages that constantly need updating and have limited support? As the name suggests, Open Office has everything for the office, it's open, and it's free. Learn the basics with Wen Lin... BYO questions, get them answered by somebody who knows what he's talking about.
Take a seat with Senator Kate Lundy (so to speak), the Senator will be giving a talk on Gov2.0.. what's possible, how to participate... find out all you need to know from the Gov2.0 experts - Pia Waugh will also be at the event to share her knowledge about this open data phenomenon.
Rami Olwan - Our Brisbane guest, Rami is a GLOBAL researcher and legal consultant in intellectual property... he's interested in internet laws, particularly domain name conflicts and software copyright protections in developing countries. BYO your legal question
Confirmed - Paul Took from RedHat... who says OpenSource is not profitable??? Meet Paul and get that conversation squashed... it IS possible to generate an enterprise with Open Source, RedHat is living proof. Reserve yourself a seat and pick Paul's brains to find out how you too can earn a living from Open Source.
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What is Open Source?
An excerpt from Tim Reilly at OSCON
"It strikes me that the thing that's important about open source software
is that it's different to what many people think it is ...
people think it is about software licensing,
they think it is about access to source code,
but what it really is about is working together.
To create, and to make things that couldn't have existed without collaboration.
Open source software is about building community,
building mechanisms for sharing"
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When & Where
Linux Users Victoria
LUV beginners meet third Saturday of each month at the Docklands 12-4pm
BYO laptop and questions, get them resolved, meet the community, share your wealth of knowledge, and listen to featured talks each month.
CURIOUS ABOUT LINUX? Want to learn more, ask questions, try it out?
LUV BEGINNERS has one meeting between now and Software Freedom Day Saturday August 21 (YES, election day) and you are welcome to join us. It's free, you can bring you laptop to share software and information.