Free Software Foundation Europe


Title: Free Software Foundation Europe
Location: MadLab
Description: The Free Software Foundation Europe’s local Manchester chapter
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-03-29
End Time: 21:00

All Free Software advocates welcome!

Bob Ham, GNU/Linux audio developer and coordinator of Liverpool Linux User
Group, will introduce and explain the JACK Audio Connection Kit – a
professional Free Software sound server for audio recording, mixing, editing,
and more.

JACK is at the cutting edge of professional media software, and powers the
most powerful Free Software applications in the field, including:

- Ardour:
- Hydrogen:
- Blender:
- VLC:
- PureData:

JACK does things that the most expensive proprietary software cannot, as was
originally funded and still developed by British programmer Paul Davis.

Bob’s description:

A short history and discussion of the JACK Audio Connection Kit, its
operating principles, design and implementation

* A short history of JACK
* Some sound card basics
* The JACK system
* Demonstration

The talk is a bit technical and contains phrases like “sound card buffer” and

There will also be discussion about recent news from the politics of Free
Software, and a report from Document Freedom Day, which takes place the day
before. Please bring your own topics for discussion with you, and present them
to the group.

Free Software Foundation Europe is a non- profit organisation dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, and works to promote freedom in emerging digital society.

The Fellowship is a society for people who want to help the Free Software movement grow. It is the primary way that people identify with and support the Free Software Foundation Europe, and provides collaborative tools for supporters to describe what they are doing and interact with each other.

Fellowship groups exist in many major European cities, and have a history of successful campaigning within local politics and society. Projects such as and the successful follow-up campaign were both initiated and organised by FSFE fellows, as were many other initiatives, such as Document Freedom Day awards for local businesses and broadcasters who use freedom-protecting digital formats.

Discussion and presentations are common features of Fellowship meetings. Recent topics have included the privacy implications of using mobile phones (GSM), how to regain control of your data from ‘the cloud’ using Freedom Boxes, and how to stop public institutions from advertising on behalf of software monopolies.

The Fellowship is a society for people who want to help Free Software grow.

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