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: 2011-07-19
End Time: 20:30





Controlling your Cloud: Puppetising OpenNebula


Free Software is about having control of your computing. Cloud computing is a platform that allows rapid deployment and scalability. Cloud computing is often done on someone else’s cloud and so you lose control. But it needn’t be that way, you can run your own cloud and use Free Software, so you are controlling your cloud.

OpenNebula is a free software cloud computing platform.

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

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.”



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.