Title: Manchester Free Software
Description: The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30
Following on from his previous talk, Bob Ham will
demonstrate the use of a 100% free software laptop as a MIDI-controlled
A great deal of computing hardware is produced today that requires
proprietary software in order to operate. Some of the worst culprits in
this respect are laptops, whose manufacturers rarely support free
software. Many of the components used in modern laptops likewise require
proprietary software either in the form of proprietary drivers or
proprietary firmware (the odious “binary blob”).
As a follow-on from last month’s talk, Bob Ham will be updating his
progress with a 100% free software laptop and providing an exciting
demonstration of what can be done with such a device. Specifically, he
will be showing its use as a MIDI-controlled digital DJ laptop
The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate
in the pub afterwards.
“I’ve been using GNU+Linux and advocating free software for over
10 years. I have helped develop numerous free software projects
including professional audio systems, high level database APIs,
and more recently started working on software for free phones
such as the Openmoko Freerunner and Golden Delicious GTA04. I
work as a GNU+Linux system administrator.”