“Question Time” on Open Source – Bournemouth 17/03/10

In the style of the BBC program “Question Time”, join us for an evening of Q & A on Open Source software. BCS Dorset Branch welcomes the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) – for an entertaining evening debating this hot topic. Is Linux the answer to everything? Can Open Source software provide a real viable alternative in the business world?

A panel of “experts” will be available to answer your questions and adjudicating events will be the Dorset Branch Chair, Dr Andrew Main. If you have a question please submit this before the event to dorset_events@bcs.org.uk although, just like the real program, we will take some questions on the night.

Booking is required for this event – see Booking Form

Time – 7pm for 7:30pm start

Location – The Lees Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Wallisdown Road, Poole – see location map


Terry Coles a leading contributor and member of the Dorset Linux Users Group (DLUG) who is also an Engineering Manager and Consultant for EADS Test Engineering Services (UK) (formerly Racal Instruments) at Ferndown, Dorset.

Peter Dawes-Huish, CEO for LinuxIT, has been part of CRN’s A-List for two years in a row and is a member of the Society of Industry Leaders (SIL). In 2006 LinuxIT was chosen ‘IT Services Supplier of the Year’ at the Computing Awards for Excellence. LinuxIT helps companies throughout Europe by delivering IT consulting, technology and support services through the integration of Open Source solutions.

Simon Gardner a Technology neutral software developer, based in Bournemouth, currently specialising in content management technologies. Experience of delivering web projects using both open and closed source tools.

Nigel Wright, Sales Director, Abtech UK , West Moors, Dorset. Abtech UK is a local integrator of Open Source solutions. Abtech UK work with key open source vendors such as Red Hat/JBoss, Zimbra, Ingress and Alfresco. Abtech UK has carried out quite a lot of research on open source solutions and has a good understanding of the sector. Nigel has a real life viewpoint of how open source is received by the public and private sector as well as giving examples of where it is working well. He is also a BCS Elite member.

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