[free-software-melb-announce] Discussion group tomorrow Thu 17 Apr: Freeing your BIOS

Ben Sturmfels ben at stumbles.id.au
Wed Apr 16 09:15:15 EST 2014


Hi Folks,

Just a reminder that Free Software Melbourne is on tomorrow, Thursday 17
April at 6pm. Look forward to seeing you!

Regards,
Ben


On 08/04/14 11:48, Ben Sturmfels wrote:
> Hi Free Software folks,
> 
> This month: Damien Zammit talking about freeing your BIOS, lots of Free
> Software news as always, plus a tasty dinner afterwards. See you next
> Thursday!
> 
> Regards,
> Ben
> 
> 
> Free Software Melbourne
> -----------------------
> Thursday 17 April
> 6-9pm (inc. dinner at nearby restaurant)
> 
> VPAC Head Office Training Room
> Level 1, Building 91, 110 Victoria Street
> Map: http://www.freesoftware.asn.au/melb/
> 
> 
> Damien Zammit: Freeing your BIOS
> --------------------------------
> Following recent disclosure of widespread US government surveillance,
> it's becoming clear that Free Software is critical to building devices
> that maintain our that act in our interests, rather than someone else's.
> 
> Although we don't yet have much choice but to trust the security of our
> hardware[1], it is possible to have Free Software right down to the BIOS
> level. Damien has been interested in this area some time and has
> recently succeeded in installing a free BIOS in his laptop. He'll be
> telling us about his work in this area.
> 
> [1] Matthew Garret's LCA 2014 keynote gave a risk analysis of trusting
> our hardware: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixMStnFzgRM
> 
> 
> The Gnews
> ---------
> Blender's project Gooseberry
> http://cloud.blender.org/gooseberry/
> 
> Novena free hardware laptop:
> http://www.crowdsupply.com/kosagi/novena-open-laptop
> 
> Update on TPP:
> https://action.sumofus.org/a/trade-sustainers/4/4/
> 
> Remix culture:
> http://www.ted.com/talks/kirby_ferguson_embrace_the_remix

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