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Software Freedom Day

Saturday 19th September 2020

10:00am - 6:00pm

Free of charge, newcomers welcome

Welcome to SFD 2020

Join us on Software Freedom Day to learn more about Free Software and Open Source.

Free Software Melbourne and Linux Users Victoria are celebrating the 17th annual Software Freedom Day celebrations in Melbourne. We will present a range of leaders in the Free-Software community that will talk about the importance of Free-Software to a free society.

The SFD celebration will kickoff with what is "Free and Open Source Software" and why is it so important for a modern, digital society. We'll be hearing from leading contributors and organizers of companies building businesses around Free and Open Source projects. We're also going to talk about the ethics of software development and the advantages of building a prosthetic using open hardware. There is also the opportunity for networking opportunities in our general FLOSS chat room during the day.

Participation is both free and liberating. Software Freedom Day is a family friendly event welcoming to anyone, pass on the word to help make it a great day. We have a code of conduct available on our website, but in short: Be respectful, Be inclusive and Be aware.

Hope to see you all online for our most exciting Software Freedom Day yet!


10:00am - Welcome and Introductions

10:15am - Free Software Melbourne

What is Free Software?

11:00am - Dr Morgan Leigh

Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death

12:00pm - Lunch Break

FLOSS Chat Room

1:30pm - Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

2:30pm - Kathy Reid

Good, better, breast: Building a sensing mastectomy prosthetic with open hardware

3:30pm - Frank Karlitschek

How Nextcloud stayed productive during COVID-19 and how others did the same

4:30pm - Mike Saunders & Italo Vignoli

LibreOffice: great history, great future

Online Meeting Details

Date: Saturday the 19th of September 2020

Time: Talks starting at 10:00am and wrapping up about 6:00pm

Location: Online with Big Blue Button

Main Talk Room: https://bbb.freesoftware.org.au/b/fsm-hbo-gf9-43s

FOSS Chat Room: https://bbb.freesoftware.org.au/b/fsm-dxk-cs1-2ct

Meeting Tips: Mute microphone when not speaking. Headsets recommended to reduce feedback if you will be speaking. If you are having difficulty hearing or being heard there is a chat stream available. If you want to ask a question during the presentation either ask it in the chat or use the “raise hand” button

Code of Conduct: http://freesoftware.org.au/code-of-conduct/

About Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day is an international celebration with events organised by volunteers all over the world.

Free Software and Open Source are social movements that celebrate the freedom and independence of people who use software. They are ethical approaches to building software that values your rights to use the software in any way, study how it works, share it with others and modify it to suit your needs. Over 30 years these movements have grown from a philosophy to the entire operating system of freedom-respecting software.

For more information about the Free Software movement visit the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project.

To get a Free Software operating system for your computer, we recommend Trisquel GNU/Linux or Debian GNU/Linux. Both these operating systems can be run from a CD or USB drive so you can try them without disturbing your existing installation.

SFD is sponsored by: Linux Australia

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We also receive generous supported from the following organizations and groups:

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