...as defined in various flyers :
December 02, version 0.3 - latest flyer:
- $ whatis print
pRINT! is an "alternative computer workshop" located in the
autonomous space "Les Tanneries", in Dijon/France.
- $ man print
pRINT! is involved in several activities: workshops on GNU/Linux,
cryptography, free software ("Free the Bytes Party"),
occasional vegan kitchens ("if you can compile a kernel, you can
make a cake!"), internet open-access space, etc.
- $ more print
As opposed to proprietary software, we advocate the use of free
software; we oppose internet business with involvement in
counter-information structures; we believe in donating, sharing and
redistributing equipment as well as sharing knowledge and
- $ info print
Come and visit us on wednesdays and saturdays, from 4 to 8pm at
"Les Tanneries", browse our website and/or get in touch. If you
want to know about upcoming events, you may subscribe to our
mailing list (through the website). Moreover, we'll greet any
(un)used equipment with joy!
- $ cat README.print
log: p - r - i - n - t
def: pour se réapproprier l'informatique,
l'internet et les nouvelles technologies (to take back the
internet and computer technologies)
loc: espace autogéré des tanneries, 17 bd
de chicago, 21000 dijon, france (email@example.com)
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May 02, version 0.2 - first widely spread flyer:
- Context - More and more people use computers and the
internet, as society in general tends to be "plugged". Almost every
computer's equipped with Microsoft software from the start... Users
are brainwashed into thinking there's only one way: the copyrighted
and capitalist system. This usually comes with the increase of mass
advertising, control over users (less and less privacy) and
therefore leads to new forms of domination based on the ability
to use technology.
- So what? - There's a growing need to develop alternative
approaches to computing and to fight those who want to turn networks
into control units. We believe in using technology as means of
communication for communities. First, this means having access to
equipment. Then, getting rid of software from Microsoft and similar
corporate companies. To finally share knowledge and take back
- Who? - we're a bunch of individuals involved in the
libertarian sphere, in squatted and autonomous spaces. By squatting,
we refuse profit-making laws, domination and inequalities. We'd like
to extend this to our computer practices as well.
- What? We intend to create an internet open-access space
and to introduce people to alternative computer uses. That's what
PRINT stands for (Pour se Réproprier
l'Informatique/l'internet et les Nouvelles Technologies).
- How? - As opposed to copyrighted software, we encourage
the use of free software; We don't want any internet business but a
constant involvement in counter-information structures; We believe in
donating, sharing and redistributing equipment as well as sharing
experiences and knowledge. PRINT may be useful as a "crutch" to
different activities: introduction to GNU/Linux via workshops;
collective projects; meetings and discussions...
- Where? - The PRINT project is still in progress (alpha
version). It's now located in different places since it's "birth
place" (Le Pamplemousse - 18, rue du Midi) is currently facing
eviction. However, we want to take some time to settle down (a bit)
somewhere so as to define new plans.
- Support - we need help for the project. That may be
donations, tech advices, suggestions. If you're interested in this
idea and want to be involved, suggest a workshop or simply meet us
and chat... get in touch!
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April 03 - presentation of our public space, which we opened
on April 12th 2003:
pRiNT! is an autonomous computer lab in dijon (france), that brings
together individuals willing to use computers freely, experiment
radical computing and subversive techniques, experience alternative
After a first period of intense mobility, pRiNT! has finally
settled in the self-managed center "les tanneries". A lot of work has
been put into the creation of a proper space that is now able to host
our various activities. Through this place, we want to bring:
- FREE NETWORKS
- The internet is a great tool for communication, discovery
and free-speech. Unfortunately, it's getting increasingly colonized by
consumerism and threatened with censorship. We allow free internet access and
encourage the use of its independent sites and servers. Come and surf,
publish, share freely on the net!
- FREE COMPUTERS
- Capitalist society wastes an incredible amount of material
that is still perfectly functional. We liberate rusty computer cases,
abandonned motherboards, forgotten processors and other (sometimes) out-dated
components from containers, to feed our free computer construction workshop.
Bring your screwdriver and creativity to give a second breath to those bits
- FREE SOFTWARE
- Most people are trapped within proprietary software, which
forbids copy and distribution, prevents modification, forces to pay for its
use, and often means poor quality. We only use free software, which stands at
the complete opposite; we encourage and help interested individuals to adopt
them. Come have a look, try free software and leave your "windows" at the
- FREE KNOWLEDGE
- Information is often dispersed and sometimes hard to get.
So we choose to put some of our books and magazines together - technical
guides, theorical essays, practical accounts - to create a small library that
may help people go further and feed ingeniosity. Bring your books and/or your
- FREE INDIVIDUALS
- Computing is often perceived as an antisocial and
out-of-reality activity. On the contrary, we want to allow "real" people to
meet and share nice moments around a cup of coffee, be they geeks,
(h)activists, or nothing special. Come enjoy our sofas and have a chat!
- Some more activities may come out of your participation in
the future - we hope so!
- On WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS, from 4pm to 8pm,
- at the TANNERIES, bd de chicago, DIJON, FRANCE
And if you're stuck,
Posters & pictures
Here are some of the posters we did and glued around (more in the pics section):
Some photos of the autonomous space "les Tanneries", where pRiNT!
Some advertisements that got subvertised somehow ;)
- December 1997: political and electronic communication
appeared in the alternative Dijon...
was created. This website was dedicated to the activities of Maloka,
a local anarchist collective organizing gigs and a weekly vegan
restaurant, running a non-profit mailorder distro of independent
records, books, zines, maintaining an infoshop in the city center,
and coordinating political demonstrations and actions. Very few
people were actually involved in the website, as local activists
were not yet aware of digital communication and the use of
- A transitory process of development connected to the growth
of local autonomous activism
Computing slowly gained popularity, through its use for publishing
flyers, newsletters, since political activities grew tremendously.
In 1998, many collectives came out of Maloka, as a result of diverse
initiatives on various subjects: a "car-free city" collective, a
feminist womyn-only group, the squat "les Tanneries", an antifascist
group, a political prisonners' support group, etc.
The website followed that growth, and covered activities from all
these collectives, spreading information via a mailing-list called
It began to be an important source of militant information.
- Global growing interest till "the real thing"
Few people knew about the issues of proprietary software vs free
software by the time, and most lacked time and experience to go
beyond Microsoft and usual commercial software.
Fortunately, a number of initiatives in 1999/2000 encouraged us to
go further in the direction of computing autonomy: Zelig Conf (European meeting of
digital counter-cultures)), Netstrikes in Italy, the Indymedia network, virtual
sit-ins during the IMF and the World Bank summits in Prague, etc.
This raised awareness around the issues of free software,
alternative communication, digital control.
Another major step was made when discovering some existing
counter-cultural computing initiatives like ASCII and PUSCII in the Netherlands or LOTEC in Germany. These squat
computing collectives provided free internet access using free
software like GNU/Linux, collected and repared obselete hardware,
and participated in independant media projects (squat!net, the
indymedia network, etc.)
At the same time, the Maloka website was getting increasingly hard
to maintain. Too much efforts for too few people, which contradicted
the will of non-specialization and collective responsability our
activities expressed. The site was partially freezed, until a new
version comes, which would allow more participation. But first, the
greatest need was to make internet access easier within the local
activist community and share computer knowledge...
- First thoughts about the PRINT project
The idea of creating an alternative and popular workshop
in one of the local squats first came out in order to:
- link political resistance and electronic struggles together;
- facilitate access to computer equipment;
- help the local militant scene to get rid of proprietary software
and to have a responsible (secure) use of the internet;
- communicate widely, discover new struggles and meet other
Moreover, it was important for us not to communicate with the outside
- stress all issues implied by technology;
- promote a conscious and political use of computers;
- encourage oneself to take back new technologies;
- encourage oneself to be involved in independent media and get access to
- The development of the PRINT project:
The Plug'n'Politix meeting in
Zürich (7-9 October 2001) allowed a closer discovery of some other
squatted cybercafe and alternative tech projects, and somehow fueled
a more formal launch of our collective.
A workspace was quickly created in the squat Pamplemousse
("grapefruit" - housing 7 people and a few irregular activities). We
started to hold meetings and gather hardware. Thanks to solidarity, a
few Pentiums joined our collection of 386 and 486 ;) But the
Pamplemousse wasn't very well suited for organizing public events, and
we didn't have a high speed internet connexion. So we experimented an
"alpha" version of PRINT, aiming at:
- becoming GNU/Linux friendly, collectively learn how to use it;
- setting up a local network and easy-access to computers while trying to
get more equipment.
A flyer was made to introduce the project at the NoZelig Conference (27-29 January,
Paris). We had a lot of positive
feedback following this and a few people came to the weekly "meetings"
we had every Friday. These meetings often turned out to be workshops
for sharing knowledge about GNU/Linux, cryptography, networks, etc.
March 15th 2002 marked the departure of PRINT from the
Pamplemousse, since the house was facing eviction after a year and a
half, and we couldn't risk to loose our equipment.
- PRINT, the "real" start...
We started to carry out actions on a regular basis. Following are
May-June 2002: Posters were made and glued downtown,
promoting free software, making fun of Microsoft, etc. During the fest
held in the Espace Autogéré des Tanneries, pRINT set up an internet
space to introduce free software as well as the project itself. That
was quite successful as a "coming-out". pRINT also organized 3
GNU/Linux introduction workshops at the "Local Libertaire" temporarily
turned into a multimedia space...
19-28 July 2002: pRint was involved in the organization of
the Strasbourg No Border
Camp, which promoted the abolition of borders and the right to
settle down anywhere. The d.sec
initiative, in particular, raised the connexions between freedom of
movement and freedom of information, through a series of workshops,
debates, brainstormings, conferences and actions in which we
participated. On the camp itself, a free cybercafé, an independent
media center centre, a pirate radio station were set up, by a
coalition of alternative tech collectives involved.
It was an interesting opportunity to experience different
means of communication in such a context, in "real-time", when a lot
of information were given constantly, from different sources, to
June-August 2002: pRINT moved to the Espace Autogéré des
Tanneries; we started to set up a room for our activities and an ADSL
connection got shared by computers connected to our local network;
another computer was put in the living-room as a open-access one...
and free software started to be common use for inhabitants and
- PRINT, past and future...
October-November-December 2001: pRINT started a new series
of activities in and around its new location: a vegan kitchen with a
discussion, bringing radical cooking tactics to the geek world, a
"free the bytes party #1" introducing free software, a new series of
"GNU/Linux for beginners" workshops, followed by another series in a
squat in Paris, a number of tiny workshops on different themes and a
participation in the Zelig.RC2
hackmeeting in Paris...
2003: some new events (a Debian install-party!), and a lot
of physical work to build ourselves an open-access space in the
...the adventure goes on more than ever!