The Zen of Free: Why Open Source is not a passing fad 1


The BCS Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) annouce a combined event with BCS Hants. A presentation by Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc: “The Zen of Free: Why open source is not a passing fad” Talk abstract: “With companies like Sun, Novell and IBM switching to Open Source, it’s clearly about more than just “free stuff”. Hear about “social production”, how software gets written, where the money comes from and why this is just the first wave of a series of revolutions that will change society profoundly and permanently.” Simon Phipps is the Chief Open Source Officer for Sun Microsystems, with global responsibility for Sun’s Free/Open Source software strategy including OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris and more. He has a deep interest in the nature and impact of networks and the social change they produce. Prior to his current role, he helped create blogs.sun.com and get Sun’s President blogging, worked at IBM Hursley where he helped introduce Java and XML, and has worked on video conferencing, X.25, run a Windows software business and programmed everything from PDAs to mainframes. Find out more at http://www.webmink.net/ This event, as usual, is open to non-members (although non-BCS Hants members cannot vote at the BCS Hants AGM being held prior to the combined event), is CPD assessed, free and requires no booking. Time: 7pm (Finger Buffet 6.30pm) Venue: Chilworth Manor Hotel, Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7PT. Location details http://www.chilworth-manor.co.uk

For more information, visit http://ossg.bcs.org/2006/06/13/the-zen-of-free-why-open-source-is-not-a-passing-fad/

What
Meeting
When
2006-06-22 from 18:30 to 21:00
Where
Chilworth Manor Hotel, Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7PT
Name
Mark Elkins
Contact Email
mark_elkins@bcs.org
Contact Phone
023 80 319560

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