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Training Day Giveaway

Another successful training course completed at Easton Community Centre ICT Suite. Ten novice students took away refurbished machines running Mepis Linux, once again kindly donated by those excellent people at the Institute of Physics Publishing. The concurrent running course will be completed next Thursday (4th march) which will bring the grand total of redistributed Linux […]

LASA Circuit Rider Conference 13/14 September, London

Lasa’s Circuit Rider Conference takes place in London on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September. The conference will be an opportunity to hear Circuit Riders talk about their work, discuss how to set up Circuit Rider projects, and network with others involved in ICT for small voluntary sector organisations. The agenda includes an exhibition of […]

Barcelona embracing open source "The city of Barcelona–Spain’s second largest city–recently announced it will be phasing out its current Windows NT infrastructure in favor of open source software, according to IBLNEWS and other prominent Spanish-language news outlets. "Barcelona’s move comes after the German city of Munich took this same path more than a year ago, in a high-profile […]

Linux for Schools Article In the beginning was Word When schools buy software, there seems to be only one choice: Microsoft. Why don’t more of them use Linux? It can do most of the work, it’s more secure and it’s free. Michael Pollitt investigates 14 July 2004 In the past week there’s been a lot of talk about […]

Cities Begin to Look Away from Microsoft PARIS, Jul 13 (IPS) – Many European public administrations are distancing themselves from the U.S. software giant Microsoft and turning to free software. The Paris city administration has announced it is considering replacing its Microsoft systems with public domain software such as Linux, OpenOffice and Mozilla. The overhaul of the city’s data processing systems […]

Projects Update

Sometimes this site looks like there is nothing going on so I thought I’d give an update on what has been going on the last month since the Wireless Festival Bannerman Road School We have arranged for the BuildIT project to refurbish the machines for the Bannerman Road school project. This is group of young […]

First Tuesday Meeting

Just a reminder that the first TUESDAY of the month is rapidly approaching. An agenda for the meeting can be found and edited at and the minutes of the last meeting here As we missed out on Bails’ BBQ, it would be good to have a big turnout and a post-meeting pub analysis […]


An elderly gentleman based in Horfield by the name of Ken Taylor rang the Lab last week to ask if anybody we knew might have any use for a large collection of radio valves (1940s/50s), many of them still in their original boxes. He and his friends were "wireless" hobbyists during and after WW2, even […]

Bristol Indymedia Community Arts Day

BRISTOL INDYMEDIA COMMUNITY ARTS DAY (Sat 12th / 1pm start) Back for a second year – This whole day event is a unique opportunity for people to come along, learn new skills and discuss issues surrounding grass-roots media. The line up this year includes DIY radio workshops, how to make your own magazine, DIY record […]

An interesting analysis of free wireless networks This study looks at how wireless networking (WLAN) in London has developed over the last three years from hacktivist pastime to mainstream pursuit. Comparing networks built by freenetwork groups, commercial hotspot providers, and public sector initiatives the study also examines the sales and uptake of WLAN equipment and makes some direct measurements of wireless […]

RICHAIR2030 – Coming to the ECC on June 5th

RICHAIR2030 proposes a fictional scenario for its 2004 UK touring performance: April 30, FUTURESONIC04, Manchester May 7-10, MACHINISTA04, Glasgow June 5-6, CUBECINEMA, Bristol July 10-16, BOWFESTIVAL 04, London RICHAIR2030 – BEAT UP THE SIGNALS RICHAIR2030 is a fictional wireless performance set in year 2030. RICHAIR2030 incorporates ideas of freenetwork movement developed worldwide in early […]

SWRDA funding

The expression of interest and associated docs for funding via the "Building Communities" route can be found here – Strangely, it looks like the expression of interest is expected to be handwritten!!

Should we charge more?

We did start the courses by attempting to make them free, which was OK when everything was being done on a purely voluntary basis. Sustainability has to work on several levels though. Our attempt to employ tutors to provide a more professional approach to the training, seems to be working, but the obtaining of money […]