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: 2012-04-17
End Time: 21:00





FreedomBox: Practical freedom in a box

  • Talk: FreedomBox: Practical freedom in a box
  • Speaker: Michael Dorrington


The FreedomBox is about combining low powered unobtrusive hardware, so that you have it powered on in your home 24/7, and Free Software with an easy to use interface, to achieve control of your computing, data and communication.

The talk will include the current state of the FreedomBox project, why the project is important, what can be currently achieved, a practical insight into how YOU can get started, the future possibilities of the FreedomBox and 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 has worked with FreedomBox Foundation team on the FreedomBox. 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.