Welcome to Software Freedom Day in Manchester

Reports for SFD2010 in Manchester

Software Freedom Day 2010 in Manchester is now over. The reports are available at http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/SFD2010#Event_Reports .

SFD2010 in Manchester Music CD


About Us

Manchester Free Software (MFS) aims to promote the free software philosophy, centred in Manchester. We provide a friendly and accessible community to learn about and discuss free software.

Our Aim

Our aim for Software Freedom Day (SFD) is to celebrate software freedom, and to engage with and encourage personal computer users, local businesses, government bodies and other groups to use Free Software and to promote the Free Software philosophy.


Preparations are under way for SFD2010 in Manchester. The date and venue have been arranged. We have organised several activities and helpers. We are arranging more activities and helpers. If you would like to help with the event then please contact us at fsuk-manchester-team@nongnu.org .


Saturday, 18th September 2010.

10am to 4pm.


Madlab - Manchester Digital Laboratory, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN.

"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"


The venue parking facilities are not amazing. There are parking meter bays on the street but its very expensive, only really good for a short stop. There are paid parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab, though we can't vouch for how good they are. A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP, NCP parking around Madlab.

Public Transport?

Victoria train station, Shudehill tram station and Piccadilly Gardens coach station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab. Piccadilly station is not too far either.




Free Software on Windows Demonstrations (for examples see MFS FAQ and OpenDisc)

Anthony Harrison (from 1pm)

Moodle Demonstrations

"Mark White" < markwhite@mdpuk.com >

Ubuntu for Beginners Workshops


Robots and Arduinos on Free Software

HACMan http://hacman.org.uk/

Recycled Computers with Free Software and Support

green h http://www.greenh.co.uk/

Linux In-stall: Free Software installation help

Manchester Girl Geeks

Wordpress demonstration

Azizur Rahman, MWUG

Drupal demonstration

Chris Maiden, menusandblocks

GNU R statistical visualisation demonstration

Robin Gower, Infonomics Ltd.

Arch Hurd (the GNU kernel brought to Arch)

Michael Walker

PCs running Free Software for you to try

Friendly Free Software Helpers

Ubuntu Linux and Free Software CDs

Friendly Free Software Helpers

Linux Magazines

Provided by Linux New Media

Free Software Books, Stickers and Badges

Friendly Free Software Helpers

Creative Commons Licensed Music CDs

Produced by Dan Lynch (Rathole Radio and Linux Outlaws), Luke and others

Blackpool LUG Ubuntu Demo Area

Les Pounder, Rick Vause, Rob McLellan and Tony Hughes




Michael Dorrington

Team Leader

Leslie I'Anson


Luke Taylor



Venue Support

"Mark White" < markwhite@mdpuk.com >

Moodle Demonstrator

HACMan http://hacman.org.uk/

Robot Engineers


green h http://www.greenh.co.uk/

Samantha Bail

Manchester Girl Geeks In-stall

"Azizur Rahman" @Azizur


Robin Gower

GNU R, Infonomics Ltd.

Michael Walker

Arch Hurd

Chris Maiden

Drupal demonstration

Anthony Harrison

Free Software on Windows





Post event

After the event we will go for drinks and food to continue the informal discussions. This will be at location(s) decided on the day.


Below was a our plan for SFD2009, and the results, which show it was a great success. We hope to make SFD2010 as good, if not better!

Event Plan


The venue for this year's event is the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester; appropriately the birthplace of the world's first stored-program computer - the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM) nicknamed “Baby”. The main event will take place in the Kilburn building on Oxford Road [ Open Street Map | Google Maps ], a building named after one of Baby's creators, Tom Kilburn. Doors will be open from 10am to 4pm.


Following the main event, celebrations are expected to continue throughout the evening where food, drink and fun will be top on the agenda. Venue to be confirmed.


Please help support the event and the team by joining our mailing list <http://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/fsuk-manchester> and volunteering.

Leslie I'Anson

Co. Event Organiser

Michael Dorrington

Co. Co. Event Organiser

Luke Taylor

Co. Co. Co. Event Organiser

Matthew Morten


Owen Le Blanc

Venue Support

Alan Holding

Chief Publicity Officer

Dan Lynch

Audio Producer

Janey Riley


Mark White

Moodle Demonstrator

Des Gregory

Chief Technical Engineer

Charles Brej

Network Support Engineer

Big Bad Bob

Chief Robotics Engineer

Jon Spriggs

Robotics Demonstrator

Jane I'Anson

Official Meeter & Greeter

Joe I'Anson

DJ & Odd Job Man

And many more...

Publicity Materials

Posters, Flyers & Signs

Special thanks to Janet Hawtin of Linux Australia for her assistance with the graphic design.

Stickers & Labels


Special thanks to Dan Lynch of Rathole Radio and Linux Outlaws fame for producing this awesome mix.

The Aftermath

The evidence is clear, Software Freedom Day in Manchester was a huge success!

A big thank you to everyone who attend and participated in the event, especially Graham and Owen from the University of Manchester for their help securing the venue, Alan from the MDDA for helping to publicise the event, Dan Lynch of Rathole Radio for the production of the SFD09 Free CD, Janey from Marbella Cafe for supplying the food, Des from Green H for setting up Armagetron Advanced (amongst other things), Charles also from the the University of Manchester for this network support, Mark White from the MDP for his Moodle demonstrations, Bob and Jon from Stockport Hackspace for bringing their robots, Jane and Joe who helped out on the day and Michael, Luke and Leslie from Manchester Free Software for organizing the event.

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