Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Boston Linux Meeting , Weds, Dec 5, 2012 - Desktop GNU/Linux SIG

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:30PM
Topic: Free (Software) for the Holidays

Location: MIT Building E51, Room 151

Summary

As the holidays approach, let's celebrate free &
open source software, and the community it fosters.

Abstract

This is going to be a casual meeting, followed by an
optional group dinner at a local pub. But don't let
"casual" fool you into thinking, it won't be valuable.

Come to the meeting with the name of a favorite
free (as in freedom) software application that you'd
like to share with the group. Learn which other free
(as in freedom) software programs your fellow hackers
find useful.

There's a lot of good FOSS (free and open source
software) available, but even with Google, Ubuntu's
Software Center, and websites like the Free Software
Directory (http://directory.fsf.org), there are some really
great programs that fly under the radar. Human,
face-to-face communication is still often the best way
to share and learn.

In the spirit of giving, I'll also present 3 ways we can give
back to the free software community and support the
work that's going into the free software we benefit from
and love.

Transportation & Parking

Our meeting location is a short walk from the Kendall
Square T stop and other public transportation. There is
also free parking in the building's parking lot.

Blog Post

Apropos of December's meeting topic, I just added a
new post to our blog on "What is Free Software?"
Check it out:
http://desktop-sig.blu.org/2012/11/what-is-free-software.html

Volunteer Opportunity

Speaking of giving...We're looking for volunteers to help
with designing a business card for the group, as well to
help spread the word at local campuses. If you're passionate
about the free software movement and can help out, please
let me know.

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