[ubuntu-uk] [UKUUG-Announce] OSSG HMG Desktop Event

Alan Bell alan.bell at libertus.co.uk
Thu Mar 22 11:12:21 UTC 2012

really interesting sounding event at the BCS in London coming up for 
those interested in public sector use of Free Software. Steve Lamb from 
Microsoft is actually a nice chap, and there are speakers from the Free 
Software Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat

On 22/03/12 10:36, Jane Morrison wrote:
> Looking into the Future of HMG Desktop/Client side computing –
> London 04/04/12
> http://ossg.bcs.org/2012/04/04/
> The BCS Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) will be holding a detailed event
> around the future of HM Government Desktop/Client side computing at the BCS
> Central London Offices, First  Floor, The Davidson  Building, 5 Southampton
> Street, London WC2E 7HA (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf)
> on Wednesday 4th April 2012, from 1000 to 1700 hours.
> Rationale for this event
> With HM Government looking with renewed vigour at its computer
> systems and in particular what benefits open source may bring, this
> event intends to take a detailed look at what HMG Desktop/Client side
> computing may consist of in the near future. For example should it be
> based primarily around web services where accessible would not be
> platform dependent so that for instance Civil Servants can load whatever
> operating system they like on to an HMG funded laptop. Alternatively
> could the future follow more closely the success
> (http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/limux-munich-linux-migration-project-
> reports-success) of the City of Munich using the Limux operating system based
> around Ubuntu Linux 10.10 or perhaps should some form of rigidly controlled
> thin client system running off of blade servers be used.
> Another possible way forward is through the use of what has been
> termed the ‘Jigsaw approach’ where business applications are all fully
> vendor independent of each other and can be swapped from one product to
> another with relative ease. For instance one Office Suite or Browser
> product might be used for say 6 months and therefore form part of the
> HMG desktop for that period of time, but can easily be changed for
> another product after that period of time.
> This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments. To
> book a place to attend please email Mark Elkins at mark_elkins at bcs.org
> Speakers
> Paul Adams, Strategy for migrating from Windows to the Free Desktop
> Gerry Gavigan, Chair, Open Source Consortium (OSC),
> http://www.opensourceconsortium.org
> Chris Kenyon, Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Services,
> Canonical http://www.canonical.com/about-canonical/overview/management-team
> Steve Lamb, Open Source Strategy Lead, Microsoft UK.
> Steve works with Open Source developers,  communities and business
> leaders to enable&  encourage a growing  ecosystem of Open Source
> projects on Microsoft technologies including  Windows Azure. Steve is a
> technologist with solid business and  communications experience who’s
> worked at Microsoft for the last ten  years with the previous ten being
> specialised in UNIX. He thrives on  breaking down unnecessary barriers,
> working with amazing people to  understand complicated problems and
> helping communities  be more successful. He has paid great attention to
> cloud technologies  (and social media) for many years. Steve has spoken
> at major conferences  around Europe including TechEd – he’s not “a
> speaker” by trade.
> Event Abstract: Hands up who’d like to use a computer  that takes
> forever to boot, is inflexible, obsolete and expensive?  Anyone? No I
> thought not! Sadly this is the reality for users of the  current HMG
> standard desktop. It really doesn’t have to be this  way. My peers will
> present a range of alternative Open Source  platforms. Open Source runs
> REALLY WELL on Windows Client, Server and in  the (Azure) cloud. A
> MODERN version of Windows can give a MUCH BETTER  experience though
> changing the desktop Operating System  is only part of the solution.
> Having a sensible configuration is  critical. Keeping it up to date is
> key. Keeping costs down is important.  Freeing people to work HOW THEY
> WORK BEST is critical.
> LinuxIT http://www.linuxit.com/
> Darian Lyons, Elefire, Ltd. London
> Tariq Rashid, Lead Architect HOIT Technology
> Solutions&  Assurance, Home Office, HM Government, explaining the
> “jigsaw” model and its suggested benefits.
> Sam Tuke is UK Coordinator for the Free Software
> Foundation Europe (FSFE). He has been using, developing, and promoting
> Free Software since 2003, organised and spoken at conferences in Sweden,
> Britain, and Germany, and is currently working on the Document Freedom
> Day 2012 campaign for Open Standards.
> Event Abstract: Public bodies in Europe and beyond are making use of
> Free Software in a major way. From Munich City Council, to the schools
> and universities of Brazil, to the local authorities of Belgium, Free
> Software is providing new solutions in highly competitive public sector
> markets. Sam will introduce the most interesting of these deployments,
> and discuss why Free Software was chosen in each case and what benefits
> it brought. The talk will conclude with an exploration of the advantages that
> Free Software can offer to the British public sector.
> Jan Wildeboer – Open Source Evangelist, Red Hat
> Event Abstract: Building the New Now with Open Standards and Open
> Source – After a short definition of terms we will go through the
> history,     present and possible future of solutions based on open
> principles.     We will revisit some of the early projects that have
> worked and more     importantly those that didn’t work to learn from
> their failure.
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