Monthly archives: December 2010

Management of Open Source Software and Third Party Intellectual Property – London 25/01/11 1

Sean Egan, CTO, CM-Logic will give a talk for the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) about the Management of Open Source Software and Third Party Intellectual Property at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA ( on Tuesday 25th January 2011, from 1800 to 2100.

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments. To book a place to attend please contact Mark Elkins via

Many development teams have found that they can accelerate their development process by including components of open source and third party code as part of their overall solution. The use of open source and third party code creates licensing and security issues of its own. Unmanaged use of externally sourced code can compromise intellectual property rights, create unknown royalty obligations, and introduce hidden security risks.

If you manage software development, sell or export software products, or prepare to sell or buy companies with software assets, you can’t afford to be wrong about where your code originated and what licensing obligations it carries.

You are responsible for ensuring that software meets business requirements, so you need to have all the facts. This is increasingly difficult because, whether you know it or not, your software probably contains open source or third-party code components from around the world.

In a broad range of industries the need to rapidly deploy cost-effective software solutions has outstripped the capacity of traditional software development. To meet business goals, developers increasingly assemble software solutions by reusing open source and third party code.

CM-Logic services and solutions help organisations detect, track and manage the use of mixed-origin code.

UKUUG Debian Packaging Tutorial with Phil Hands – London 19/05/11

Debian Packaging Tutorial – 19th May 2011

Tutor: Phil Hands

Bookings now open!!

NOTE: All delegates should have a Debian system installed on their own laptop,
if only in a chroot, or a virtual machine. It should be possible to do this
from a Debian Live CD, or USB boot. Any delegate with an unusual Laptop,
should confirm prior to the tutorial.

Description: This is a one-day course that will assume very little Debian
specific knowledge, although attendees should have some familiarity with the
GNU/Linux shell command line. At the end of the course, each attendee will
have installed a build environment on their laptop, and understand how to
prepare packages suitable for upload to Debian, as well as how one prepares a
local repository for use in addition to the Debian archive.


* Preparing a package from unpackaged sources
* Patching pre-existing packages
* The various packaging helpers, and packaging standards
* Packaging in conjunction with Version Control Systems
* Building in a clean environment, with Pbuilder and chums
* Setting up and maintaining a local repository, with authentication
* How to find out about the other specialised packaging methods in use

Other subjects will be explored on the route taken as each attendee assembles
a package building infrastructure on their machine, depending upon the
particular interests of those attending (within reason).

Tutor: Philip Hands is the owner of Ltd, a Free Software consultancy
company based in London that has been providing commercial support for
GNU/Linux since 1993. In 1996 he joined the Debian Project, initially by
packaging rsync, and subsequently being responsible for packages including
ssh/openssh, qmail-src, mgetty. He also owns and runs the machine that hosts, was a member of the Debian Project’s System Administration
team for about a decade, was an early member of the Debian Policy editing
group, and wrote the auto-install portion of Debian-Installer (for easier
unattended installs). He’s been a member UKUUG since 1995 and a member of the
UKUUG Council since 2006. He’s also been an organiser of and sponsor for
DebConf (the annual Debian Conference) every year since DebConf7 in 2007,
which was held in Edinburgh, and was when he designed the Debian Tartan.

The tutorials take place at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1B
5BB, starting at 09:30 and ending at approx. 17:00

Early-Bird booking rates (until 21st April)

Individual/Academic Members rate: £199 inc VAT
Corporate Members rate: £250 inc VAT
Non-members rate: £300 inc VAT

Delegate fees above include am, pm breaks, lunch and a full set of tutorial