Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
Date: 17-06-2014
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.

There are other Free Software related groups in Manchester but MFS is the only one that focuses on the Free Software philosophy. We are not FSF Manchester although we share much of the FSF philosophy.

Anybody is welcome to the meetings, but you will be particularly interested if you are into such things as Free Software Foundation, GNU Project including GNU/Linux, League for Programming Freedom, Free as in freedom BSDs like FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Open Rights Group, Mozilla project, OSS Watch, Hackspace Foundation, mySociety, anti-Digital Restrictions Management, OpenStreetMap, Free Our Data, The Libel Reform Campaign,, Open Data Manchester, Mozilla Drumbeat.

This month

We’ll start with an opportunity for informal key signing. For an explanation of what this is about see:

The main part of the meeting will be a series of discussions on following from a Free Software perspective:

OpenSSL & GnuTLS security

There have been more security bugs fixed in both OpenSSL and GnuTLS since the Heartbleed fixes to OpenSSL.


Since MATE has “fully arrived” in Debian, and can be installed on top of the current stable release, let’s discuss our experiences of desktop environments and there suitability for different situations such as low powered hardware.

Firefox DRM

Mozilla is adding support for Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) to Firefox thereby enabling Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). The FSF have an article about this very disappointing move with details of what you can do to campaign against it.

Novena updates

Novena, the crowd funded Free Hardware “laptop” project, has updates including the statistics about the number of units and type bought.

Feel free to raise similar items in the meeting for discussion.


The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in the bar opposite, Common. There are soft drinks available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.