About Manchester

About the groups involved

About ManLUG

Manchester Linux User Group (ManLUG) is one of the UK's oldest LUGs and have an active group of people giving support and sharing knowledge.

About Manchester Free Software

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. We've been running the Free Software Festival that is Software Freedom Day from 2008.


Our aim for Software Freedom Day (SFD) is to celebrate Software Freedom, and to spread Software Freedom to people and groups that would be into Free Software and the Free Software philosophy if only they knew about it.


Saturday, 21st September 2019. 1:30pm (13:30) - 4:30pm (16:30).


Val Swinbourne Seminar Studio, Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, City Centre, M2 5PD.

As you enter the Central Library from St Peter's Square (where the tram station is) you will see the glass lifts, select the second floor and turn to your left upon existing the lift. You will see an information desk, keep going a little past this and on your left is the raised seating area of Val Swinbourne Seminar Studio. Note that the second floor in the lifts is different if you were to take the stairs, I made this mistake.

Venue includes Wi-Fi.


If you can't decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale, although it isn't cheap, see NCP Manchester Arndale.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Manchester Central Library. They have varying cost and time limits so please check beforehand. Most of those parking lots are owned by NCP.

Public Transport?

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, St Peter's Square tram stop and Manchester Piccadilly Gardens bus station are all fairly close to Manchester Central Library, see OpenStreetMap centred on Manchester Central Library. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far either.


The event will be a party celebrating Free Software. There will be talks, chat and demos. The event will be relaxed and friendly and will be inclusive of those wanting to get into Free Software.





Intro to SFD2018 in Manchester
and Software Freedom

Michael Dorrington,
Manchester Free Software (MFS)


15 minute break



Freedombone: the home internet server

Bob Mottram,


15 minute break



Minetest: Playing Free

Michael Dorrington,
Manchester Free Software (MFS)


15 minute break



What might CSS do to improve my website?

John R Hudson
Bradford GNU/Linux Users Group


Closing thoughts on the day

Michael Dorrington and others

Available through the event will be:

Post event

After the event the venue will be closed but there is the opportunity to informally continue discussions elsewhere.

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