Wireless internet workshop at CCA Glasgow

The CCA - the Centre of Contemporary Art in Glasgow hosted an art exhibition: Machinista, entitled to be "ART FROM THE MACHINE: Gleams of the Inhuman". Apart from this title and garlic in weird places it was quite a usefull and fun event which was particularly used to promote GNU/Linux Software for audio, video and similar, Workshops on Open Source and Free Software, Wireless networking, and similar. Originally the festival started off as Machinista in Perm, Russia, and this is the second festival in Glasgow.

The workshop on Monday 8th of May was titled to be a Freenetwork DIY antena workshop. With making antennas yourselves. The main artists were involved in the RICHAIR2030 project, and that's where the garlic comes from, too. One project is to make small computers in lunchboxes and to rollerskate or walk with them round the town trying to pick up wireless internet access. At some time, they marked their antennas with garlic, so people could smell where there would be a wireless internet connection possible. What we did not realise before is how much the FreeNetworks need to build a community to work, with regular physical meetings and workshops. This might actually be one of the main limitations of the wireless internet technology - the human effort needed to build up the communities. This website gives an example of an agreement for free wireless network connection.
For more information on how to build antennas go to: Raylab. More information can also be found out via Consume Net. For anybody who is more interested in Wireless internet technology, there is a gathering this September 2004. Another site to be inspired by is NYC wireless community website.

There is also a wireless community in Glasgow Net and in Backnet Edinburgh, which we did not know before, and it was good to liase.

More information about wireless network can be found via these URLs: EastEndNet, free2air.

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Re: Wireless internet workshop at CCA Glasgow

By Space Bunny

Later in year their will be free software workshops as part of Machinista ( http://yourmachines.org/ ). Also I recommend people come to talk: "The Free Software Movement and GNU/Linux" Richard Stallman Talk in Edinburgh 3 pm Thursday 27th of May Informatics Colloquium George Square Lecture Theatre in City Centre of Edinburgh, in George Square at the University of Edinburgh. Richard Stallman will speak and about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users world-wide. Richard Stallman is the principal author of the GNU C Compiler, the GNU symbolic debugger (GDB), GNU Emacs, and various other GNU programs. Stallman currently serves as president of the Free Software Foundation. He is the author of the GNU General Public License (GPL), which is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure the software is free for all its users. Free Software Free Society: selected essays of Richard M. Stallman ( GNU press, ISBN 1-882114-98-1 ) http://www.movingpages.org/MoinWiki/RichardStallman http://j12.org/sb/freesoft.htm