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: 2012-02-21
End Time: 21:00


Git: How Linux, the kernel, is developed.

  • Talk: Git: How Linux, the kernel, is developed.
  • Speaker: Michael Dorrington


Git is a tool that was created to help with development of Linux, the kernel. Since then, git has been taken up by many other projects such as Perl and PostgreSQL.

The talk will give an introduction to git, showing how it can and is used, the benefits it brings and why you might want to use it. The talk will still be interesting to non-technical people because it will give an insight into how the Free Software you use is developed.

Git can be rather mind bending and daunting. Using my experiences of learning git, and real world examples of using it, I will attempt to get you over the initial hurdles and get you going.

Those with git experience are most welcome. It will be a chance to discuss your experiences and add to the talk.

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


Michael Dorrington is a long time (since the last millennium) Free Software user and supporter. Michael has been interested git for a long time and finally got around to learning it.



Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you’ll have to pay up until then and the maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. 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.