About LibreAustralia

About LibreAustralia

LibreAustralia is a group advocating free software for Australia (and beyond). Founded in 2021, the goal of the group is to help everyone to be free from proprietary software and take their computing in their own hands, and to grow the free software community in Australia (and Asia-Pacific in general).

Weekly virtual meetings

We meet every Monday online at 20:00-21:00 Australian Eastern Time (currently UTC+10 but soon to be UTC+11) on Jitsi, unless otherwise specified. See below for some handy GNU commands to convert the time to your timezone. In the meeting we generally have free flow discussions, to share discoveries, experiences, resources, tips and issues related to free software. Sometimes we will watch a video about free software like a conference talk together. And sometimes we also try to be like a normal tech meetup group and host talks, workshops and what-have-you. Check out upcoming events. There is also a page listing past events.

Everyone is welcome to join, whether you reside in Australia or not.

Events will also be announced at the mastodon account.

Get in touch

We have an IRC channel #libreau at Libera Chat. You can also follow us on Mastodon @libreau@hostux.social or send emails to info@libreau.org. A mailing list is under construction.

Call for collaborations and proposals

We are looking for collaborators, co-organisers and speakers.

If you would like to advance the free software movement in Australia and Asia-Pacific in general, if you are looking for a friendly community to hack free software together, or if you have some ideas for potential events or simply a talk to give, please get in touch at info@libreau.org.

Commitment to free software

As a free software advocacy group, LibreAustralia is committed to freedom. We will not require you to use proprietary software to communicate with LibreAustralia. This means you won't find us on Github, Meetup, Google Groups etc.


To connect to mumble, launch a mumble client and connect to m.libreau.org, with default port 64738.

Timezone conversion

To convert time using GNU coreutils available in common GNU/Linux distributions, first check the timezone on your computer:

$ ls -l /etc/localtime
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 41 May  1 00:58 /etc/localtime -> ../usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Zurich

If you are happy with the output, invoke

$ date -d '2021-10-04 20:00 UTC+11'
Mon 4 Oct 11:00:00 CEST 2021

Code of Conduct

Be excellent to each other (h/t Bryan Lunduke).

For more detailed guidelines, see LibrePlanet Code of Conduct and GNU Kind Communications Guidelines.