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: 2012-03-20
End Time: 21:00








OpenPheonux (GTA04): Return of the free phone


In October 2008 Manchester Free Software had a talk on the recently released OpenMoko’s Neo FreeRunner (aka GTA02). This was an attempt to bring freedom to the smart phone / pocket computer not only in the software but also in the hardware. Now in 2012, building on this work, a seller of the Neo FreeRunner has built the OpenPheonux (aka GTA04). This has much improved hardware and community involvement. They are on the brink of a doing a larger run, known as the Group Tour, to get the prices down but need more people to sign up to it.

The talk will include the journey from the OpenMoko’s Neo FreeRunner (aka GTA02) to the OpenPheonux (aka GTA04), demo’ing of various distributions running on the OpenPheonux, the current state of the project, 3D printing, the future of free hardware and much more!

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 bought the Neo FreeRunner when it came out and now has supported the OpenPheonux project by buying one. FSF member #9429



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.