[free-software-melb] Free Software Melbourne/Australia. Past. Present. Future.

PuZZleDucK puzzleduck at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 08:51:03 UTC 2018


Hi folks,

One quick update on my situation, unfortunately the gig in Brisbane was
cancelled before it started so I'm back in Melbourne... for the time being
;)

Thanks to everyone who came along to the November meetup and shared their
favorite examples of Free and Open Source Software.

I've just compiled a list of the software and links demonstrated on the
night for the mailing list to peruse and enjoy.

Wikimedia Etherpads - Shared Text
https://etherpad.wikimedia.org

Jitsi Meet - Video Conferencing
https://meet.jit.si/

Linux Deploy (Android) - Install Linux
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.meefik.linuxdeploy&hl=en

Debian Kit (Android) - Install Linux
https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.dyndns.sven_ola.debian_kit/

Termux (Android) - Android Terminal
https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.termux/

Red Moon (Android) - Night Screen Coloring
https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.jmstudios.redmoon/

Librem 5 - Freedom Respecting Laptop
https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/

Puppeteer - Headless Browser for Automated Testing
https://developers.google.com/web/tools/puppeteer/
https://www.npmjs.com/package/puppeteer


~~ Ben


On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 3:19 PM Michael Verrenkamp <jabjabs at fastmail.com.au>
wrote:

> Just an update on were we are going with Free Software Melbourne and Free
> Software Australia in a more bored sense.
>
> On Thursday 15th November was our final "official" meeting for FSM for
> 2018; while there will be an end of year dinner to come in December (date
> to be decided) - we also had our yearly committee vote.
>
> There have been three changes to committee.
>
> Firstly Damien Zammit has stepped down from his role. To put it bluntly,
> Zammit is simply far to busy saving us from the clutches of proprietary
> software to be worrying about, frankly, a minor role of organizing these
> monthly events - and we are forever grateful for his work in the field. He
> is doing far too much good in the role of software warrior to be worrying
> about writing an announce for these events! That said, the time he put in
> especially in terms of the audio archives of meetings in 2016/2017 are
> wonderful. A real treasure to be cherished and a great record of our past.
> I'm sure he will turn up from time to time with our ongoing meetings and we
> look forward to hearing about the latest developments of his work or just
> being one of the many cool folk in the community.
>
> Secondly, Ben Minders while not officially stepping down from the
> committee will no longer be directly organizing and running the monthly
> event. While not the direct reasoning, we choose to prefer the narrative of
> Ben re-starting the engine of Free Software Brisbane! Anyone want to step
> up for Free Software Sydney/Hobart/ACT/Adelaide/Perth/Darwin etc/ ? We are
> more than welcome to help you out.
>
> A little note on Ben's time with FSM. Ben has been a part of the committee
> since March 2015 as Secretary and took over the full reigns of the
> organization in March 2016. To say that Ben has been the driving force of
> FSM for the last 2 and 3/4 years is a bit of an understatement. He has kept
> the organization alive and on target and constantly out in the Melbourne
> scene looking for people to share their projects and ideas. Always ready to
> organize the next meeting, get it all prepped and announced and then ready
> to jump on to the next months meeting ready to 'spread the good word' if
> you will.
>
> Having organized, along side Linux Users Victoria, the last three Software
> Freedom days has not been an easy thing to do. But it is something that we
> the committee have always jumped behind when guided by Ben's ideas and
> concepts. Personally it sometimes felt like we were taking credit for his
> work like a group high school project but it was never intended in this
> fashion.
>
> You could always count on Ben to turn up to these events with a big smile,
> a great attitude and always some news about some new programming technology
> that half of us had never heard of. There will be a lot less 'pan-docs'
> presentations going forwards. He will be missed at these events but
> definitely not forgotten, I'm sure whatever groups he gets involved with up
> north will be glad he turns up. So lucky them!
>
> He will leave a vacuum of interesting ideas, resources and most
> importantly personality. So best of luck to Ben where ever he may go.
> This is good thing! Dang it! Needless to say, we wish him all the best in
> his new endeavors and we will be hearing from him from time to time in
> future - probably via a projected live stream via Jitsi or Mumble.
>
> With this we have to focus on the future and were FSM will be heading.
>
> The direct Melbourne based committee now consists of essentially three
> positions. Tatiana and Myself (Michael) are still serving and will be
> organizing events going forwards. Les, a frequent attendee will also be
> pitching in when possible even if in a semi-part time situation. We
> couldn't be more than happy to welcome him on board!
>
> We will be doing some contemplation over the next few weeks and months as
> too the direction of FSM and Free Software Australia as a whole. This will
> come down to the timing of meetings, the kinds of meetings we want and how
> we can interact with other people and groups for the benefit of everyone.
> To essentially get at the heart of what we and others want us to achieve. A
> somewhat nervous but exciting thing to be doing. We want to be a force for
> good and welcoming to all that want a free digital world too.
>
> FSM/FSA in 2019 will continue to provide an alternative voice in the
> crowded world of computer technology. A community for which we can meet and
> discuss the ideas and technology that will help us try to keep and
> eventually grow our freedoms. Don't be shy, we are welcoming and the
> digital water is inviting. ;)
>
> A side note, just because you are not part of the 'committee' doesn't mean
> you cannot help out if you wish. This is a community, not a dictatorship.
>
> Thank you to everyone that has come along this year. We could not have
> done it without you.
>
> Also Special thanks to the following people.
>
> Ben Sturmfels for creating FSM and guiding us through out the years. Also
> for providing on going mumble servers for us to organize these events.
>
> "System Saviour" Adam Bolt from providing on going hosting of not just the
> website but these mailing lists. Without this service I wonder want awful
> state this organization would be in, or more accurately, what nasty
> non-free alternative we would be trying to use.
>
> The folks at Electron workshop for not only providing us a meeting space
> but also for putting up with our noise, especially on games nights.
>
> It might be early to say this (42 days early!) but Happy Gnew Year and we
> hope to see you at one of the many events on next year.
>
>
> Michael Verrenkamp
>
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