[northwestengland.pm] MFS Talk. Tues, 20 Mar. "OpenPheonux (GTA04): Return of the free phone" by Michael Dorrington

Michael Dorrington michael.dorrington at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 19:07:51 GMT 2012

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* Talk: OpenPheonux (GTA04): Return of the free phone
* Speakers: Michael Dorrington

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
* Date: Tuesday, 20th March 2012 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30

In October 2008 Manchester Free Software had a talk=B9 on the recently
released OpenMoko's Neo FreeRunner (aka GTA02)=B2.  This was an attempt to
bring freedom to the smart phone / pocket computer not only in the
software but also in the hardware. Now in 2012, building on this work, a
seller of the Neo FreeRunner has built the OpenPheonux (aka GTA04). This
has much improved hardware and community involvement. They are on the
brink of a doing a larger run, known as the Group Tour=B3, to get the
prices down but need more people to sign up to it.

The talk will include the journey from the OpenMoko's Neo FreeRunner
(aka GTA02) to the OpenPheonux (aka GTA04), demo'ing of various
distributions running on the OpenPheonux, the current state of the
project, 3D printing, the future of free hardware and much more!

The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate
in the pub afterwards.

=B9 http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2008-10-28
=B2 http://openmoko.org/
=B3 http://www.handheld-linux.com/wiki.php?page=3DGTA04%20Group%20Tour

Michael Dorrington is a long time (since the last millennium) Free
Software user and supporter. Michael bought the Neo FreeRunner when it
came out and now has supported the OpenPheonux project by buying one.
FSF member #9429 <http://www.fsf.org/register_form?referrer=3D9429>

The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge
Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft
Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The
talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place
Called Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>).

Parking: Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero
cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you'll have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. There are paid
parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap
centred on Madlab
A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP
<http://www.ncp.co.uk/>. If you can't decide otherwise then park in
Manchester Arndale <http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.

Public Transport: Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill
tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close
to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far either.

Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2012-03-20>.

More Information
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.

* http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/Meetings
* http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2012-03-20

If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
contact us at <fsuk-manchester-team at nongnu.org>.

-- =

FSF member #9429
"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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