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* Event: Manchester Free Software's March Meeting * Talk: GNU/Linux-libre from scratch - start * Speaker: Michael Dorrington * Date: Tuesday, 20th March 2018 (3rd Tuesday of the month) * Start time: 19:00 * Finish time: 20:30 (social in Madlab until 21:00) * Location: Madlab (Manchester Digital Laboratory) - https://madlab.org.uk/ * Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN. - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter. - https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639 == Details == The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy. Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing. For an explanation of what this is about see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signing_party === Talk === The main part of the meeting will be a talk with free discussion on the topic. A good choice for a general purpose free software operating system (OS) is GNU with a kernel of Linux, the GNU/Linux system. Sadly, the upstream Linux code contains some non-free elements which led to the creation of Linux-libre. In this talk we will start building a GNU/Linux-libre system "from scratch", that is, from the source code of all the required programs. By compiling from source we exercise our free software rights on the software involved. We get to practice patching source code and building from source code. We learn about how the GNU system is put together and how it works. We learn to really appreciate package managed systems. If you want to follow along completely building a GNU/Linux-libre system during the talk then you'll need to bring a laptop and, at least, one free disk partition. You'll need to read, at least, the first 3 chapters of [GNU/]Linux From Scratch Version 8.2. That is, read at least: "Introduction", "Preparing the Host System" and "Packages and Patches". As detailed in those chapters: * make your host system meet the requirements * download the packages and patches AND check md5sums * download the Linux-libre source and signature AND check signature: ** https://linux-libre.fsfla.org/pub/linux-libre/releases/4.15.3-gnu/linux-libre-4.15.3-gnu.tar.xz ** https://linux-libre.fsfla.org/pub/linux-libre/releases/4.15.3-gnu/linux-libre-4.15.3-gnu.tar.xz.sign If you encounter difficulties while doing this then please feel free to ask for help on the Manchester Free Software mailing list: * https://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/fsuk-manchester If you don't manage this then you can still learn from the talk and then build the system in your own time afterwards. This is a big topic so this talk will be the start and next month, April, we will finish the system. This also gives the opportunity for people to have a go at building the system in the time between the talks and then get help finishing it off in the April meeting. More information: * http://linuxfromscratch.org/ * http://linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/stable/ * https://linux-libre.fsfla.org/ If you have experience of building a GNU/Linux-libre from scratch system or compiling parts of it then please consider giving a lightning talk at the meeting. == Event Planning == Software Freedom Day in Manchester 2018 is on Saturday, 15th September. * https://www.softwarefreedomday.org/ == After-meeting == The formal meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in Madlab. == Location == The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above. == Transport == === Parking === Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking. There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab <http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>. Most of those parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>. If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale <https://www.manchesterarndale.com/visiting/directions>. === Public Transport === Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station, and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab <http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>. Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach Station are not too far away either. == More Information == Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet <https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>. Regards, Mike. MFS Chair. -- FSF member #9429 http://www.fsf.org/register_form?referrer=9429 http://www.fsf.org/about "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users."
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