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On 12th October, Software Freedom Day (SFD) will once again be coming to Rugby. The event is a global celebration that focuses on raising awareness of free and open source software. At this time each year, thousands of teams in towns and cities across the world are busily working to provide an opportunity for computer users to experience first hand the benefits of high quality free software.

First celebrated in 2004 with just 12 teams, SFD has been held annually and has seen significant growth. With the current economic strains affecting everyone, computer users everywhere are looking for ways to save costs without compromising on functionality and creativity. Many of the world’s largest and most reliable platforms are built using free software; some typical applications used by people every day without realising that they are based on open source technology include Google,Facebook and Moodle. Functionalities range from professional bookkeeping through to graphic design packages.

Focus on Home, Business and Education

Rugby and the surrounding areas are home to a number of companies specialising in services for free and open source software. Experts will be available on the day to offer professional advice and provide live demonstrations of a variety of web, email,
educational and office software and games, giving visitors the opportunity to experience them first hand and ask questions. Visitors will be welcome to take away a FREE CD full of sample applications to download. There will be light refreshments available, as well as free t-shirts and other goodies. If you are unable to make it to the event but want to find out more, get in touch to receive information, a sample CD by post or to arrange a meeting.

Who’s Invited?

Rugby Software Freedom Day is open to everyone, from individuals who want to know how free and Open Source software can be used at home, to large organisations, charities and government representatives. Local media have also been invited to cover the event.


Includes breakout sessions covering programming, music creation and graphics, as well as demonstrations with Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

When and Where?

Saturday, 12th October 2013, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at

Lawrence Sheriff School, Clifton Road, Rugby, CV21 3AG

Event organised by Rugby Linux User Group: http://www.rugby.lug.org.uk/


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If you experience any slowdowns with Stella on the Pi, please let those interested know that I'm working on Stella 4.0, which will include SDL2 and hopefully native support for OpenGLES. This will let Stella (and all other SDL2 apps) run much faster on the Pi, which currently isn't terribly fast when using X11 directly.


I just got a Pi a while back, so I hope to do more testing over the coming months while porting Stella.

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