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Is Open Source more environmentally friendly? – London 14/05/07

Zahl Limbuwala Chair and founder of the Data Centre Specialist Group (DCSG) will give a presenatation to prime debate on the question put forward bythe Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) – Is Open Source more environmentally friendly? This will be a combined event between OSSG and DCSG.

Venue – BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA

Time – 1800 hours for 1830 start.

Free buffet and refreshments including wine.

Please email your name to the events coordinator to book a place at this event.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins via email at

About Zahl Limbuwala (courtesy of the Data Centre Specialist Group website)

Zahl has been involved in information technology both from a career perspective and through personal interest over that last 15 years. Having started out as an electronic engineer he rapidly moved into software development, real-time system and embedded process control. He also embraced the systems, networks and security design and administration disciplines during the technical hands-on part of his career.
Since then Zahl has held a number of operational management and strategic planning roles with the managed services/service provider world. Zahl has been involved with the evolution of the data centre from the initial engineering approach to the slightly more scientific approach that’s taken nowadays.

Zahl founded the DCSG after having spent a number of years unsuccessfully trying to find a forum through which data centre skills, experience and best practices could be shared.

LinuxConf Europe 2007 – Cambridge, England (02/09/07 – 04/09/07)

LinuxConf Europe is a new conference for linux developers organised as a collaboration between the UK Unix User Group (UKUUG) and the German Unix User Group.

It will take place at the University Arms Hotel, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AD from Sunday 2nd September to Tuesday 4th September 2007, immediately preceding the invitation-only Kernel Summit (organised by USENIX) at the same venue. LinuxConf Europe will consist of two or more streams of talks and tutorials alongside a small exhibition.

Speakers on any aspect of Linux development and use are invited. The programme aims to cover a variety of topics, including kernel and desktop development, tools, applications, networking, security, performance and case-studies of linux deployments. Any topic likely to be of interest to Linux developers and enthusiasts will be considered.

Potential speakers should view the Call For Papers page for the conference at:

Please use the form on the cfp to submit an abstract.

UKUUG Secretariat
PO Box 37
Herts SG9 9UQ
Tel: 01763 273475
Fax: 01763 273255

PyCon UK (Python Conference) – Birmingham (08/09/07 – 09/09/07)

The first PyCon UK is new a conference all about the Python programming language, it’s aimed at the Python community: Python users and programmers, of all skill levels.

It will take place at the Birmingham Conservatoire, The School of Music, University of Central England, Birmingham, West Midlands, England from Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th September 2007.

For further information please visit:

Vista, Open Source, procurement, and the environment

<meta content=" 2.0 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR" /><meta content="mark" name="AUTHOR" /><meta content="20070422;10391900" name="CREATED" /><meta content="mark" name="CHANGEDBY" /><meta content="20070422;11112600" name="CHANGED" /> </p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } --> </style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">With the advent of Microsoft Vista it seems to me that there are now some particularly good environmental reasons (which ought to be of critical importance given the Government’s climate change led commitments) to choose/procure Open Source alternatives such as the Ubuntu Linux Operating System. Reason’s for this include:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">(1) Vista’s heavy hardware requirements, which means that more powerful machines are needed. These tend to consume more power.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">(2) The manufacture of new machines needed to run Vista, which by its very nature means some environmental impact will be felt.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">It could be argued that this is a pertinent example of where the environment and the goals of capitalism conflict. This is because capitalism is constantly seeking growth and thus computer hardware manufacturers will like any other business tend to seek growth, which is something shareholders (including pension funds) generally push for . Thus some form of environmental restraint is required by business as we currently know it, but the way the system is stacked this is not likely to have a good impact on such things as the pensions crisis. Of course Open Source ways of achieving things might actually be better than what capitalism can achieve, but I guess this can be discussed another time. However, (if you have the time and inclination) please feel free to browse some on my past thoughts around this on this website at:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">and</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">(3) The environmental impact of disposing of machines that are unable to run Vista.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">Outside of the above environmental arguments are the timeless considerations of cost. That is the savings that can be leveraged by using lower specification machines that consume less power, not having to buy new equipment, and not having to pay for the disposal of Vista redundant machines. The latter point includes the security issue of making sure that information on the hard drives of such machines is removed, which can be of very high importance given some of the sensitive information stored on public sector machines.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">Mark Elkins</p> </section> </section> <hr class="featurette-divider __loop"></div> </article> <article id="post-139" class="row-fluid grid-item post-139 post type-post status-publish format-standard category-ossg-committee category-uncategorized thumb-position-top rectangular czr-hentry"> <div class="grid__item"> <section class="tc-content span12"> <header class="entry-header"> <h2 class="entry-title "><a href="" rel="bookmark">Minutes of Committee Meeting 4</a></h2><div class="entry-meta"><a href="" title="3:59 pm" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date updated" datetime="2007-04-05T15:59:37+01:00">5 Apr, 2007</time></a>  in <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in OSSG Committee"> OSSG Committee </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Uncategorized"> Uncategorized </a> <span class="by-author"> by <span class="author vcard author_name"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by mikendall" rel="author">mikendall</a></span></span> (updated 4464 days ago)</div> </header> <section class="entry-summary"><p><a id="p138" href="">Minutes of Meeting 4</a></p> <p>Held at Bournemouth University on 31st Jan 2007 between 17:30 and 19:00.</p> </section> </section> <hr class="featurette-divider __loop"></div> </article> </div><!--.article-container --> <div class="span3 right tc-sidebar"> <div id="right" class="widget-area" role="complementary"> <aside id="search-6" class="widget widget_search"><form role="search" method="get" id="searchform" class="searchform" action=""> <div> <label class="screen-reader-text" for="s">Search for:</label> <input type="text" value="" name="s" id="s" /> <input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="Search" /> </div> </form></aside><aside id="ai1ec_agenda_widget-2" class="widget widget_ai1ec_agenda_widget"> <h3 class="widget-title">Upcoming Events</h3> <style> <!-- --> </style> <div class="timely ai1ec-agenda-widget-view ai1ec-clearfix"> <div> <div class="ai1ec-date "> <a class="ai1ec-date-title ai1ec-load-view" href=""> <div class="ai1ec-month">Jul</div> <div class="ai1ec-day">22</div> <div class="ai1ec-weekday">Mon</div> </a> <div class="ai1ec-date-events"> <div class="ai1ec-event ai1ec-event-id-3007 ai1ec-event-instance-id-41 "> <a href="" class="ai1ec-popup-trigger ai1ec-load-event"> <span class="ai1ec-event-time"> 5:30 pm </span> <span class="ai1ec-event-title"> Inaugural London RISC-V meetup <span class="ai1ec-event-location" >@ BCS London</span> </span> </a> <div class="ai1ec-popover ai1ec-popup ai1ec-event-instance-id-41"> <span class="ai1ec-popup-title"> <a href="" class="ai1ec-load-event" >Inaugural London RISC-V meetup</a> <span class="ai1ec-event-location" >@ BCS London</span> </span> <div class="ai1ec-event-time"> Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm </div> <a class="ai1ec-load-event" href=""> <div class="ai1ec-event-avatar timely ai1ec-content_img ai1ec-portrait"><img src="" alt="Inaugural London RISC-V meetup @ BCS London" /></div> </a> <div class="ai1ec-popup-excerpt">This will be the inaugural London meetup for the RISC-V community, hosted by the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and the UK Open Source Hardware User Group.  As with the other UK meetups, we provide an opportunity to share the latest ideas around the RISC-V ecosystem, combined with plenty of[...]</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="ai1ec-subscribe-buttons-widget"> <a class="ai1ec-btn ai1ec-btn-default ai1ec-btn-xs ai1ec-pull-right ai1ec-calendar-link" href=""> View Calendar <i class="ai1ec-fa ai1ec-fa-arrow-right"></i> </a> </div> </div> </aside><aside id="twitter_timeline-3" class="widget widget_twitter_timeline"><h3 class="widget-title">BCS OSSG on Twitter</h3><a class="twitter-timeline" data-width="220" data-theme="light" data-link-color="#000" data-border-color="#e8e8e8" data-tweet-limit="20" data-lang="EN" data-partner="jetpack" data-chrome="noheader transparent" href="" href="">My Tweets</a></aside> </div><!-- //#left or //#right --> </div><! --> </div><!--.row --> </div><!-- .container role: main --> <div id="tc-push-footer"></div> </div><!-- //#main-wrapper --> <!-- FOOTER --> <footer id="footer" class=""> <div class="container footer-widgets white-icons"> <div class="row widget-area" role="complementary"> <div id="footer_one" class="span4"> <aside id="eu_cookie_law_widget-2" class="widget widget_eu_cookie_law_widget"><div class="hide-on-button" data-hide-timeout="30" data-consent-expiration="180" id="eu-cookie-law" > <form method="post"> <input type="submit" value="Close and accept" class="accept" /> </form> Privacy & Cookies: This site uses cookies. 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