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[Fsfe-uk] MFS Meeting. Tue, 21 May "QEMU: Virtualisation intro, use and

From: Michael Dorrington
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] MFS Meeting. Tue, 21 May "QEMU: Virtualisation intro, use and advanced"
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 08:35:16 +0100
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* Event: Manchester Free Software's May Meeting

* 15 minute slot 1: Intro to virtualisation
* 45 minute slot:   Using QEMU
* 15 minute slot 2: QEMU advanced usage
* 15 minute slot 3: Alternatives

* Date: Tuesday, 21st May 2019 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00 (Doors open at 18:45 and close at 19:15)
* Finish time: 21:00

* Location: Manchester Technology Centre
  - https://mspl.co.uk/campuses/manchester-technology-centre/
* Address: Oxford Road, Manchester. M1 7ED.
  - By the Mancunian Way flyover.
  - https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/53.47222/-2.23792

== Details ==

=== Introduction ===

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software

Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
For this you'll need to bring paper OpenPGP fingerprint slips, see
`gpg-key2ps` from the `signing-party` package (or equivalent in your
GNU/Linux distro):

=== Schedule ===

19:00-19:05 Introduction and key signing
19:05-19:20 Intro to virtualisation
19:20-19:25 Short Break (5 minutes)
19:25-20:10 Using QEMU
20:10-20:25 Long Break (15 minutes)
20:25-20:40 QEMU advanced usage
20:40-20:45 Short Break (5 minutes)
21:45-21:00 Alternatives

=== Topic details ===

The topics in this month's meeting will cover QEMU, which is Free
Software to run Virtual Machines (VMs) including being able to emulate
systems.  We will introduce it, then demonstrate using it, show some
advanced usage and finish with alternatives.

If you want to follow along then bring a laptop with QEMU installed, for
Debian that's the package `qemu-system`, and a GNU/Linux installer
image, such as the Debian-Installer for the upcoming Buster release
(link below).

* https://www.qemu.org/
* https://www.linux-kvm.org/
* https://packages.debian.org/qemu-system
* https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

==== Intro to virtualisation ====

The first talk will introduce virtualisation including the history, the
different types and the use cases.

==== Using QEMU ====

In the main part of the meeting we will talk and demonstrate QEMU.  This
will include a demonstration of installing GNU/Linux in a VM.  You are
welcome to follow along, see above to have the prerequisites before the

==== QEMU Advanced Usage ====

This part will contain advanced usage of QEMU including advanced networking.

==== Alternatives ====

In the final part of the meeting we will present and discuss
alternatives to QEMU, especially for particular situations.

== Location ==

The meeting will take place at our new venue of Manchester Technology
Centre, details above.

== Transport ==

=== Parking ===

Please research and decide where to park before heading on your journey
and have a Plan B.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
P in OpenStreetMap centred on Manchester Technology Centre:

Most of those parking lots are owned by NCP:

In some of the side streets in the venue surrounding area there are
parking meter bays that become zero cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you
will have to pay up until then and the maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE
SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.  This is probably only a good
option if you know the area.

If you can't decide where to park then ask me for advice.

=== Public Transport ===

Closest train stations to the venue are:

* Manchester Oxford Road (MCO) train station
* Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station

For other public transport see OpenStreetMap using the "Transport" layer
centred on Manchester Technology Centre:

== More Information ==

Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet:

MFS Chair.

FSF member #9429
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."

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