Software Freedom Day Melbourne, Australia

Please visit our official web page for current event details.

Software Freedom Day is an event held all over the world to celebrate and raise awareness of free software and open source software. Software Freedom Day Melbourne is on Saturday 18 September 2010, 11am–4pm at the State Library of Victoria.


The day will feature a wide selection of inspiring presentations and interactive workshops. We welcome participants of all ages or experience levels. Many software-related community groups will also be exhibiting their projects. This is a great way to meet others and learn a little more about these important issues.

Topics for the day include:

This is a free of charge event. Put the date in your diary now! We're looking forward to seeing you there.


Who runs Software Freedom Day Melbourne?

This is a community event, run by committee of volunteers interested in free software, open source software and general freedom for computer users. The event is coordinated by members of Linux Users Victoria. We greatly appreciate the generous support of Vicnet and the State Library of Victoria.

What is free software and open source software?

Free software and open source software are two distinct community movements. Both movements agree that we should be able to: use software for any purpose, study how it works, modify it to suit your needs and distribute copies. The open source movement reason that this provides pragmatic benefits, such as more reliable software. The free software movement cites ethical benefits, such as freedom to control your own computing. While these movements differ in philosophy, they are good friends.

Media contact: ben@softwarefreedom.com.au

Photos by Peter Baker and Donna Benjamin.

Get involved

Planning is now underway for the 2010 event in Melbourne. If you have ideas or suggestions for how we can make this event bigger, brighter and better, please get in touch via @sfd_melb on Twitter or #sfdmelb on IRC via freenode, or via Linux Users Victoria.

Talks and Workshops


Talks - 45 mins

90 mins

Short Sessions
25 mins


Open Source, what is it? Welcome and meet the SFD team

OpenOffice, the basics with Wen Lin





Rami Olwan - creative commons and all things legal



Wordpress with Kathy Reid and Sarah Stokely



Senator Kate Lundy Gov2.0




Andrew Cunningham VicNet OpenRoad the multilingual web



Inkscape with Donna Benjamin the guru



Paul Took RedHat





Talks: Big picture talks on the big issues around Software Freedom - PLEASE NOTE times will be confirmed 3 weeks before event... Senator Kate Lundy depending on upandcoming federal election.

Workshops: Hands on, in depth, real skills.... 10 PC'S, 10 spaces people to register in advance to reserve a seat http://www.sfdmelb2010.eventbrite.com

Short Sessions: Get an introduction to FOSS tools and issues.... meet the experts - Android Australia, DrupalMelb, LinuxChix, PHP, Scratch, Andrew Pam and games and more.

Thank you to everyone for the 2009 event

A very big thank you to everybody who participated in Melbourne's part of this global event in 2009. We had an outstanding day meeting new people and introducing free software for all operating systems — GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS. We answered lots of questions ranging from beginners to experienced. We also had an amazing response from Chadstone shoppers.

Picked up a disc and want to know more? Come along to our next Linux Users Victoria Beginners Workshop. This is a free of charge event held on the third Saturday of every month. It's very welcoming event for people of all ages.

Past Events

For pics of SFD in 2008 see


For More Information see....

General Information about Free and Open Source Software

Press Release Archive

Coverage from previous years

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