[free-software-melb-announce] Free software discussion group this Thursday 17th October

Adam Bolte abolte at systemsaviour.com
Mon Oct 14 14:19:00 EST 2013

Hi everybody,

It feels like it's been a long time coming but it's almost here - the
next Melbourne free software discussion meet-up is this Thursday 17th.

We have some interesting topics lined up too, including:

 * Alex's Cargo game release.

If you enjoy computer games but don't know what this is about, learn
about one of the most interesting free software game releases this

We want to get the word out, so we will be discussing ways in which we
can promote this great software, as well as free software projects in

 * The Cloud is great, but what about freedom?

Getting up and running with software is easier than ever thanks to
"cloud" technologies such as SaaS (or SaaSS!), but does it respect
your privacy? Do you have the ability to change the way it works,
install it on your own computers, or give a custom version to your
friends? How can we protect our freedom?

 * Volunteer burnout

Organizing conferences based around free software (and in general!) is
usually a lot of work, and Bianca will briefly discuss the problem of

Burnout isn't limited to conferences however, and being a major
contributor to a popular free software project can be a lot of work as
well. This should make for an interesting discussion topic.

Pizzas will be generously provided by VPAC Innovations!

It should be a fun and interesting night, so don't forget to mark it
on your calendar if you have not already.

Date: Thursday 17 October
Time: 6-9pm

VPAC Head Office Training Room
Level 1, Building 91, 110 Victoria Street

A map is on the website: http://www.freesoftware.asn.au/melb/

If you've not come along to one of these meet-ups before, I encourage
you to swing by see what it's all about. To everyone else, I hope to
see you all there!

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