Libre Graphics Meeting

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Copying is an act of love, presentation at LGM 2013

The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual international convention for the discussion of free and open source software used with graphics; The first Libre Graphics Meeting was held in March 2006.[1] Communities from Inkscape, GIMP, Krita, Scribus, sK1, Blender, Open Clip Art Library, Open Font Library, and more come together through the Create Project to assemble this annual conference. It was co-founded by Dave Neary and Dave Odin.


Held yearly since 2006 the Libre Graphics Meeting aims to attract developers, artists and professionals[2] who use and improve free and open source software graphics applications. LGM aims to bring these people together in the cause of creating high quality free graphics applications;[3] By collaborating it allows the development of cross-application assets like brushes and enhanced interoperability such as shared file formats.[4]

Many of the separate groups take the opportunity to hold birds of a feather (BOF) sessions. For many individuals it is the only time they will get to see their team members in person.


Many things are discussed at each Libre Graphics Meeting, including usability, standards, announcements, color management and furthering the use of free software graphics applications in professional environments.

Kinematic templates
At the University of Waterloo some original research was done in the field of creating drawing aids for graphics applications. The aim was to allow an artist to draw using templates that would improve the shape or correctness of a brush stroke while maintaining a natural look. This presentation was given by Michael Terry, the lead researcher on the project.[5]
Professional adoption
Ginger Coons gave a presentation at LGM 2009 discussing what it will take to get free software graphics applications in the doors of professional environments and schools[6]


As well as cross pollination of ideas the Libre Graphics Meeting allows the discussion of possible future collaboration.

Louis Suárez-Potts,'s Community Development Manager and Community Lead was sent to the LGM 2007 to find ways that might be able to transcend the boundaries of a traditional office suite by collaborating with other open source projects. One of the ways that has been suggested was that open office could suggest another open source application when it could not perform the role a user required. For example when a user needed to edit an image in an office document, may suggest GIMP to fill the role required.[7]

Specific Libre Graphics Meetings[edit]

Year Dates Held Location External Links Host
2006 March 17 to March 19 Lyon, France Website École d'Ingénieurs CPE
2007 May 4 to May 6 Montreal, Canada Website and Video Recordings Polytechnique de Montréal
2008 May 8 to May 11 Wrocław, Poland Website and Video Recordings Wrocław University of Technology
2009 May 6 to May 9 Montreal, Canada Website and Video Recordings École Polytechnique de Montréal
2010 May 27 to May 30 Brussels, Belgium Website and Video Recordings Pianofabriek, Bruxelles
2011 May 10 to May 13 Montreal, Canada Website and Video Recordings École Polytechnique de Montréal
2012 May 2 to May 5 Vienna, Austria Website and Video Recordings Technikum Wien
2013 April 10 to 13 Madrid, Spain Website and Video Recordings MediaLab Prado
2014 April 2 to 5 Leipzig, Germany Website Leipzig University
2015 April 30 to May 2 Toronto, Canada Website University of Toronto
2016 TBA London, UK Website University of Westminster

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