Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-05-17
End Time: 20:30





Puppet and Puppet Labs


Puppet is a free software “platform for IT systems management”. It enables a desired server state to be described in high level way and the server be brought into that desired state. More information at

Puppet Labs are the creators of Puppet and provide “enterprise Puppet support, training and professional services”. More information at

The talk will cover not only the excellent technical features of Puppet but also its use in real world solutions such as that of Puppet Labs’ customers and Puppet Labs’ business based on the Puppet software.

The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate in the pub afterwards.


“Ken Barber is an employee of Puppetlabs and has 12 years experience in
Configuration Management as a Systems Engineer in the
telecommunications and ISV industry. He has worked for such companies
as Research in Motion, Alfresco Software and Singtel Optus Australia.”


The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. “(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)”. The venue provides wifi. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place Called Common).



Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 6pm on Tuesday but get full up. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP. If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale.

Public Transport

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.