Monthly archives: March 2008

Opportunities for cooperation between business and UK universities using Open Source that might benefit the UK economy – London 15/04/08

A workshop style event will be held on Tuesday 15th April 2008 from 1100 hours by the British Computer Society (BCS) Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) regarding opportunities for cooperation between the business world and UK universities in projects and ventures involving Open Source software and methodology that might benefit the UK economy. If you would like to participate in this event then please contact Mark Elkins at

Participants will include:

Aidan McGuire of Blue Fountain Systems Ltd Supply2Gov Award Winner 2007, BCS Award Winner 2006.

Dave Crossland currently undertaking the MA Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading and plans to pioneer a “free software foundry” business when he graduates.

Cornelia Boldyreff Ph.D., FBCS Professor of Software Engineering, Department of Computing and Informatics, Lincoln University and OSSG Events Co-ordinator.

Andrew Back MIEEE MBCS CITP of BT Osmosoft an Open Source innovation unit within BT. Andrew is an Open Systems Engineer and a Member of OSSG.

Peter Merchant Programme Leader, BSc Business Information Systems Management, Bournemouth University.

Mike Trotman of Datalucid Limited who is a member of UKUUG, BCS, and the Association of Survey Computing (ASC) Committee.

Mark Elkins MSc MBCS who is studying for a PhD at Solent University and is the Treasurer of OSSG.

Other participants are expected from the BBC and RedHat.

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

Map & directions:

Time: 1100 to 1730 hours

To book a place to attend this event please email your name to the events coordinator.

Free buffet lunch and refreshments including wine available.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins at

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Open Source Software – Threat or Opportunity (INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS, CITY OF LONDON BRANCH) – 05/03/08

Presentation at Penningtons LLP, Solicitors at Abacus House, 33 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 8AR on Wednesday 5 March 2008 from 6pm to 8.30pm

Open Source, one of the most exciting developments in computing in recent years is redefining the way software is written, sold and used. Typically created collaboratively across the internet, open source software is freely available for anyone to download, install and deploy. Open source companies generate revenue by providing extra services: customisation, training and support. Overall, this generally leads to a lower total cost of ownership for users, but just as important are the benefits of increased flexibility, security and control. The presentation will explore this intriguing new world, and look at ways open source can be used by any company for competitive advantage. Our two speakers are:


Chris Kenyon, Director of Business Development , Canonical Limited

Chris Kenyon joined Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu project in 2006. He leads the global team that handles Canonical’s relationships with Intel, Dell, SUN Microsystems and many others. Based in London and previously responsible for corporate strategy at Global Beach Automotive he is a graduate of Atlantic College and Edinburgh University.

Ubuntu is the world’s fastest growing operating system and is used by over 6 million users in 200+ countries including Google, San Francisco Airport and over 40% of school pupils in Spain. Ubuntu’s 10,000s of community volunteers, combined with these partnership, enable it to compete as a world-class operating system application suite that is free to use, share and distribute.


Glyn Moody, Journalist and Consultant

Glyn Moody, a journalist and consultant will take the commentator role at the event. He has been writing and lecturing on computers and technology for over 25 years, the internet for 13 years and open source software for 12 years. He is the author of the book “Rebel Code”, the first and so far only in-depth history of the subject and also writes a blog on open source and related areas at He has an MA and PhD in Mathematics from Cambridge University and is based in London.

Glyn will be talking about the Why, How and What of Open Source: why it works, how people can give it away and still make money and what it all means for business.


Full details on the IOD website or to download the booking form click here

Spring 2008 – a UKUUG Conference

UKUUG is pleased to announce full details about the forthcoming Spring
Conference & Tutorials.

The event will take place on 31st March, 1st & 2nd April in Birmingham.

3 parallel tutorials will be held on Monday 31st March.

T1. An Introduction to Python, Tutor: John Pinner (Clockwork Software Systems)

Abstract: For people who may have some programming knowledge in other
languages and want to fast track into Python. You will get to know the
Python interpreter and look at Python’s introspective features, moving onto data types, sequences and dictionaries and finally functions and modules.

T2. A Perl Teach in, Tutor: Dave Cross (Magnum Solutions)

Abstract: This tutorial covers some of the more advanced Perl topics
that may be missing from your Perl programming knowledge. Topics include: CPAN tools, templating, ORM, testing, benchmarking and object oriented Perl.

T3. Building the Network You Need with PF, Tutor: Peter N. M. Hansteen

Abstract: This tutorial focuses on building the high performance, low maintenance network you need. We shall explore the whys and hows and cover all bases from the basic one machine configuration and basic local area networks, all the way up to configurations with traffic shaping and load balancing with “self healing” networks and countermeasures against common problems such as DoS attempts and spamming. A basic understanding of TCP/IP and some Unix knowledge is assumed.

A two day conference (with parallel streams) will take place on Tuesday
1st & Wednesday 2nd April.

All Conference delegates receive a free place at the Conference Dinner (Tues 1st April).

In addition the UKUUG is hosting the UK’s first PostgreSQL User Conference on Wednesday 2nd April at the same venue.

All the information, including abstracts, bios, and an online booking form can be found at: