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Free Software

7/18/2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We're a group who meet monthly to discuss free software and related issues. Our aims are to:

Connect people interested in free software issues

Share knowledge and experience, eg. understanding free software licensing

Support and encourage free software advocacy

Work together on solving issues local to Australia, eg. that software by the Australian Tax Office is proprietary


We're part of LibrePlanet, a network of free software groups all around the world. We share the values of the Free Software Foundation on the GNU Project. We're also part of the fledgling Australian Free Software Association.

We're non-technical and fill a niche that complements more technical GNU/Linux user groups like the Linux Users of Victoria or the Melbourne Linux Users Group.

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Join our announcement list (archives) to hear about upcoming meetings and events. Join our discussion list (archives) to hear from and talk to other members of the free software community.

Attend our monthly discussion group

Each month (third Thursday), we meet to discuss one or more free software issues. It is a relaxed "sit around and chat" type event. No prior knowledge is expected.

VPAC Head Office Training Room

Level 1, Building 91, 110 Victoria Street

Carlton South

Discussion Group

Thur 18 July 2013, VPAC Head Office, 6-9pm


Pirate Party's take on copyright, patent and privacy (Ben McGinnes, Pirate Party)

Ouya game console: how free is it? (Adam Bolte)

Alex's free software release: Raster Storage Archive (Alex Fraser)

Followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant

Coming up in 2013

15 August: Discussion Group

Learn More: Free Software

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