The British Computer Society (BCS) Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) announces its first meeting in conjunction with BCS Oxfordshire Branch to be held at Oxford University, Computing Lab, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QG on Thursday, 10th November 2005 from 7:30pm (Tea and Coffee from 7pm). Alan Lenton – Chief Technology Officer and Game Designer, ibgames will talk about the “Open Source Technology Stack” that has been in wide use for many years. This has relatively recently gained an acronym known as LAMP, which stands for Linux Operating System, Apache the most popular web server in the world, MySQL DBMS, and PHP scripting language or Perl or Python. Variations on LAMP include LAPP, where PostgreSQL is the database component rather than MySQL.
Alan will also discuss Linux distributions and some of the strengths and weaknesses of Open Source software, and strategies for deploying it in business. The talk will also attempt to strip away some of the myths surrounding Open Source software – myths pushed both by fanatical supporters, and by equally fanatical opponents.
OSSG Contacts: Graham Oakes, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Elkins, email@example.com Phone 023 80 319560
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