Past events

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 - 10:00

We will meet on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 10:00 at Karsmakers, for coffee and carrot cake. Feel free to join us!

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013 - 12:00

Stefan Marsiske is in town! Let's meet and explain to him the inate awesomeness that is carrot cake!

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 9th, at 12:00 at Karsmakers

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 - 13:00

EPFSUG members and supporters will meet on Wednesday, March 27th at 13:00 at Karsmakers for carrot cake and a chat, in order to mark the occasion of the Document Freedom Day 2013. Everyone is welcome, just come and say hi!

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 12:00

EPFSUG members and supporters will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 12:00 at Karsmakers for carrot cake and a chat.

Here's a draft agenda of the meeting:

  • wrapping up EPFSUG's presence at FOSDEM (Erik Josefsson)
  • "Strategy suggestions, including how to story-tell EPFSUG" (Rafael Font)
  • some things that will change with the Windows 7 migration (Dimitrios Symeonidis)

Everyone is welcome, just come and say hi!

Sunday, 3 February, 2013 (All day)

EPFSUG will be present at FOSDEM with t-shirts and stickers and whatnot.

The 2013 collection:
http://files.epfsug.eu/tshirts_2013/front1.jpg
http://files.epfsug.eu/tshirts_2013/front2.jpg
http://files.epfsug.eu/tshirts_2013/back.jpg
(model not for sale)

See https://fosdem.org

 

Saturday, 2 February, 2013 (All day)

EPFSUG will be present at FOSDEM with t-shirts and stickers and whatnot.

The 2013 collection:
http://files.epfsug.eu/tshirts_2013/front1.jpg
http://files.epfsug.eu/tshirts_2013/front2.jpg
http://files.epfsug.eu/tshirts_2013/back.jpg
(model not for sale)

See https://fosdem.org

Friday, 1 February, 2013 - 16:00

CLICK TO REGISTER BY EMAIL!
16h00-19h00 Friday 1 February 2013
If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament in Brussels, please send an email to epfsug@epfsug.eu and tell that you are attending, then bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture. Please be there at 15h30 since it takes a while to sign everybody in.Thanks!

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Dear friends,

On Friday, February 1st at 16h00 I am hosting an event we have called "FREE YOUR ANDROID". It is on short notice, but we're lucky to have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise that is coming to FOSDEM this weekend. More than 5000 hackers will gather at ULB and elsewhere in Brussels, and my fellow EPFSUG Patron Ms Andersdotter is giving a keynote. Erik Albers from the Free Software Foundation Europe is an expert on Free Software on Mobile Devices and he will give a report on the current status of the global effort to run mobile phones with free software alone.


Time: 16h00-19h00 Friday 1 February 2013 (download to your calendar)
Location: Room A5G375 (Altiero Spinelli building, elevator G, 5th floor, room A5G375)
Regi-
stration:
If you don't have a badge please send a mail to epfsug@epfsug.eu, otherwise no registration necessary. Please note that registration is open and public.

If you have already liberated your phone, there will be an opportunity for you as well as for everyone interested to make professional recordings of testimonials running free software on mobile devices. For the technically inclined there will also be a discussion on how to liberate any device (Replicant, F-Droid and CyanogenMod experiences), like tablets, ebook readers and other gadgets.

You are all very welcome on 1 February!

Alexander Alvaro

Vice-President of the European Parliament & Patron of EPFSUG



Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 1 February 2013
16h00-19h00 in room A5G375

WELCOME Alexander Alvaro, Vice-President of the European Parliament
About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world
FREE
YOUR
ANDROID
What is FYA? And how can I do it?
Erik Albers
Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel that runs on most mobile devices that have been sold to this day. However, customers that buy an Android device today usually suffer from anti-features, loss of control and vendor lock-in, and are exposed to privacy risks. Since mobile devices - like smartphones - often serve as your most private computer, this is bad for your privacy as well as your freedom. That is why the Free Software Foundation Europe runs its "Free Your Android" campaign - to give back full control about your device and data to the only one who truly should be in possession of it: yourself! Erik Albers gives insights about the campaign, how you can get full control of your device and run it with Free Software solely.
BYOD TO THE
PARLIAMENT
Yet another boring technical note on the rules of the European Parliament.
Dimitrios Symeonidis
The Parliament's policies regarding equipment connected to the internal network is strict and enforced for good reasons. This was extensively explained at the last EPFSUG meeting. Nevertheless, the resources EP-EXT and EP-PRIV lets you connect also private equipment to the Parliament's wireless network. What are the EP's policies regarding such equipment, also known as BYODs (Bring Your Own Device)? Is a Free Android compatible with the rules of the Parliament? Dimitrios tries to find answers to these questions.
EVERYBODY
NEEDS A
HACKERSPACE
Hackerspaces in Belgium!
Cheryl D. Miller and Cédric Lood
If you would like to try to free your Android among fellow hackers, there is no better space nor place for that than a Hackerspace! Hackerspaces are popping up all over the place - also in Brussels - and there is a good reason for that. Have you ever felt an urge to open up your latest gadget and try to figure out how it works rather then trying to read the manual (that you threw away anyway)? Have you ever felt like getting together with people who will be as excited as you are when you have figured it out? If so, you will feel right at home with us when we come together for exactly that purpose. We crave sharing knowledge and we desire to learn from each other. Cedric and Cheryl will tell you why they are excited about hackerspaces and why you should join one (or start one) in your neighbourhood.
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Can't wait to learn more about free software?
Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

This time we'll try to finalise our FOSDEM application: http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug--FOSDEM

Welcome!

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012 - 14:30

14h30-16h30 Wednesday 7 November 2012
If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament in Brussels, please send an email to epfsug@epfsug.eu and tell that you are attending, then bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture. Please be there at 14h00 since it takes a while to sign everybody in. Thanks!

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Dear colleagues and friends,

I am excited to invite you to an event with the European Parliament Free Software User Group. It is the first meeting I am hosting as a Patron and it is therefore with great pleasure I look forward to meet with Jonas Smedegaard and Dimitrios Symeonidis and listen to them explaining how Linux is running on the FreedomBox, on Hedgehog and on a traditional computer in the EP.


Time: 14h30-16h30 Wednesday 7 November 2012 (download to your calendar)
Location: Room A8F388 (Altiero Spinelli building, 8th floor, elevator F, room A8F388)
Regi-
stration:
If you don't have a badge please send a mail to epfsug@epfsug.eu, otherwise no registration necessary. Please note that registration is open and public.

I don't take any credit for Linux. And I suspect that my son still thinks that I'm an idiot in this field. But I take some pride in a sentence my first-born once used when he for the x time was asked why he made it free for all: "In my family money was never the issue around which everything moved." Linus' grandfather on his mother's side was a great mathematician. His grandfather on my side of the family-tree was a very creative and gifted poet. I think both grandfathers would be very proud to know that their combined mathematical skill and poetic gift now runs as Linux, and therefore in about every second smart phone and almost everywhere else, on servers all over the internet. But there is still not that much Linux in the Parliament. I think that can and will change, and I am looking forward to the day when the EP does not discriminate against a particular operating system or software license.

Please be warmly welcome on 7 November!

Nils Torvalds



Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 7 November 2012
14h30-16h30 in room A8F388

WELCOME Nils Torvalds, MEP
About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world
A HEDGEHOG
IN YOUR
FREEDOMBOX
What is FreedomBox? And when can I have one?
Jonas Smedegaard
The FreedomBox is a project to help you to stay in control of your own privacy on the internet. Why is this needed? Because you often loose or have to give up privacy rights in whole or in part when you participate in centralised social network platforms. Privacy concerned computer enthusiasts have practised protection of personal digital freedoms for quite some time now, using a range of well known and reliable technical tools. FreedomBox is aiming at putting those tools is a tiny low-power box, but improved to be dead-easy to use for anyone. Jonas will explain the current state of the FreedomBox project and explore and expose what is fundamentally at stake and show how each of you can turn the internet around to serve yourself and thereby all of us. And to do that in the EP, you might actually need a hedgehog to help you!
RUNNING
LINUX IN
THE EP
A technical note on the rules of the European Parliament.
Dimitrios Symeonidis
All desktop PCs in the European Parliament run one specific, locked-down version of a proprietary operating system. Dimitrios will explain in his presentation how to make Linux work on the EP's internal LAN, but also why you should not run Linux on your desktop PC. Still the Linux option remains attractive as an alternative for connecting your private laptop to the wireless EP-EXT. But what if in the future we had a choice? The Linux environment could maybe be almost as good as the standard desktop currently provided by the EP, both in terms of security, usability and comfort.
EPFSUG
MATTERS
What's up and coming?
Erik Josefsson
The European Parliament Free Software User Group currently has four patrons: MEPs Indrek Tarand, Amelia Andersdotter, Alexander Alvaro and Nils Torvalds. Together they are supporting users of free software who work in the European Parliament and are willing to explore ways of incorporating free software in their work routines as far as rules of the House permit. Erik will give a short overview of what EPFSUG is planning in terms of meetings, applications and reach out.
Become a supporter!

Can't wait to learn more about free software?

Monday, 15 October, 2012 - 11:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

Pad for thoughts: http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug--carrot-cake-at-karsmakers

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