New (first) libre planet in UK

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Andres Muniz
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Iscritto: 10/28/2012

After asking myself why there was not a libreplanet in UK for better
part of a year I just created one.

I am basically learning as I go along but in case anyone from UK happens
to be in the area: please say hi.

http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group:LibrePlanet_Ham

salparadise
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Iscritto: 09/08/2013

Woot.
About time.

I'm in Birmingham - too far to come along - alas.
I've been wondering where the scene in the UK is at and whether anything local to me exists and what to about it if it doesn't.

Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

Hi Salparadise,
I imagined that was the case with several of us so I decided to go ahead and create one.

there is also the fsfe I believe one of the fsfe fellows lives closer to your area.

salparadise
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Iscritto: 09/08/2013

Manchester is the only other group as far as I can see. Birmingham is about half between London and Manchester.
Does joining the FSFE cost? I noticed a "how much is your donation" part of the registration form.

Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

In Brixton, there is the blag group, authors of the eponymous GNU/Linux distribution: http://blagblagblag.org/

Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

This is amazing! Brixtion is not too far. Are you part of the group? would you like to come over? There is a coderDojo soon and I would like as much free software as possible.

Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

Given that I live in Brazil, Brixton is a little bit too far! :-)

Alexander Stephen Thomas Ross
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Iscritto: 09/17/2012

thanks for setting this up, I'll add it to my list of things I'd like to
visit. been fancying a uk FS meetup.

Could you setup a ical feed? (I think ical is the standard to use?) So
any events/meetups showup in my calender. thank you! :D

Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

Hi Alexander,

OK. once I know how to add that to the wiki page I will. Any suggestions would be useful!
Hopefully the ics will be attached. Sadly the forum does not accept ics files so I renamed it to a txt file. simply change the extension.

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Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

Hi salparadise,

Are the groups in Manchester and Birmingham FSFE groups? they certainly are not in libreplanet wiki that I have seen. Could you send links?

FSFE you can become a fellow. which as far as I can tell is similar to becoming a member of the fsf. But I am sure you can show up to the events for free.

salparadise
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Iscritto: 09/08/2013

http://freeasinfreedom.org.uk/

That's the link to the Manchester group. Doesn't look like there's much activity going on though. March of this year seems to be the most recent thing I can find.

BLAG is still more or less nonfunctional. There are posts calling for action and and a relaunch of the project, but not much seems to come of it.
Manchester and London are both beyond my travel capabilities.

Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

Ah! found it. it is in the unofficial group list:
http://libreplanet.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_of_Great_Britain_%26_N._Ireland

Many other gnu/linux or programing languages groups. I have added a link to my group under london.

Thanks!

Jabjabs
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Iscritto: 07/05/2014

Creating this is the first step, don't be put off however if the first few events are a little quiet. Consistency of schedule (once a month for instance) is the secret to getting people involved.

I went to a local one just last night (Melbourne, Australia), it has been running for 3 years now and while the first meeting was just two people, it is now approximately 15-20 which considering the country is not that bad really. :D

Building a physical and not just mental community is a big thing and should be done where possible.

Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

Thanks for the support. I already meet up with others in the area but most are not too concerned with free as in freedom software. I am hoping to get more free software people involved.

Jabjabs
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Iscritto: 07/05/2014

This is a very clear demonstration on why the terms have to be clarified for people. Open source being muddled with Free software has actually caused a lot of dmamage to the movement.

lynton
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Iscritto: 12/17/2012

Well done on setting this up.

Another UK user here - but in Devon, so a little out of the way.

Best of luck.

axgb
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Iscritto: 09/22/2013

good
Another Uk user from islington, London.

Andresm

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Iscritto: 11/21/2010

Thank you all. axgb islington is not too far on the disctric line!

Still far for lynton and others but if you do not mind signing up to the libreplanet wiki that way we hava a bit more critical mass in UK!