December Int/Adv Meeting: Fully Free and UEFI

Dec 6 2011 19:00
Dec 6 2011 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.


  • Going Fully Free — Ben Sturmfels
  • Anti-competitive Aspects of UEFI Secure Boot — Lev Lafayette

Going Fully Free — Ben Sturmfels

Members of LUV should be immensely proud of their efforts to get free software into the hands of the general public. Unfortunately though, without an understanding of why their freedom matters, we watch many people drift slowly back to proprietary software.

Fully-free distributions have an important role to play in spreading not only free software, but the values of our community. We'll discuss popular fully-free distributions, common arguments and sticking points, and how this can super-charge our advocacy.

Ben is a free software developer from Brunswick. He's also a LUV committee member. If you're lucky he might not talk about software patents again.

Anti-competitive Aspects of UEFI Secure Boot — Lev Lafayette

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) defines a secure replacement for BIOS firmware by allowing verification of digital signatures before booting. Whilst this does protect against malware such as rootkits, legitimate concerns have been raised that certain non-free operating systems will use this hardware feature to prevent users from booting other operating systems (e.g., Linux). This presentation addresses the technical background to UEFI, the concerns raised on monopolistic practise, and the potential solutions.

Lev is a systems administrator and quality management coordinator at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing, a graduate from Murdoch University and has recently completed an MBA in Technology Management from Chifley. He is the current President of Linux Users of Victoria.

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:

Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting!


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