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The Open Source Revolution

Eric Raymond

Wednesday, 27 February 2002

18.30 - 20.30

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre,
City University, Northampton Sq., London EC1V 0HB
[N.B. City require that participants register ]

UKUUG holds occasional, open (and free) talks for leading lights in the IT world to give a topical talk to IT professionals (both UKUUG members and non-members). Speakers in the recent past have included Vint Cerf, James Gosling, Eric Raymond, Ted Ts'o, and Richard Stallman. We are pleased to announce another such event, and once again with Eric Raymond as the speaker.


Eric Raymond

Entrance to this event is free (of charge),
but please register (City's Safety policy requires this)

Eric is an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture, well-known for writing The Cathedral and the Bazaar. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in the evolution of the Internet. He helped found the Open Source Initiative as a more business- friendly reincarnation of `Free Software'; this has led many companies to choose to release important software open-source and has helped Linux become the key platform for developers fighting Microsoft's dominance.
Eric holds a number of directorships, including one with VA Linux Systems, and has a history of software development project work and leadership. His home page is at http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/.

 

Topic

Eric will talk on various aspects of the Open Source Initiative, including a brief up-to-date history, analysis of how Open Source differs to other software development paradigms, and a forward view.

Initially we were calling this talk The Open Source Revolution to Democracy. Are we still on track? Where are we headed? However, Eric said, just `call it The Open Source Revolution, since I'd much prefer the tracks to be headuing towards market anarchy...'.

 

Location

This talk is being held in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University, Northampton Sq., London EC1V 0HB

Web maps: Multimap, or StreetMap, or City's.

TRAVEL to City University's Northampton Square entrance...

 

Underground
From ANGEL tube station (Northern line, City branch) (8 mins):
On leaving Angel station, turn left (down Islington High Street). At the nearby crossroads turn left again, immediately after crossing a short dual carriageway, so that you are going down the Goswell Road, initially with one-way traffic approaching you.
About five minutes walk takes you to a smaller light-controlled crossroads. Go straight on but take the next right, into Ashby Street. This takes you immediately into Northampton Square, with the entrance to City University around to the right.

Or, from BARBICAN tube station (Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, and Circle lines) (12 minutes):

On leaving the tube station, turn left up the A1, Aldersgate Street. Five minutes walk takes you to a major crossroads with Old Street. Carry straight on, now on Goswell road.
Another five minutes takes you to smaller, light-controlled crossroads. Carry straight on but then take the next left, into Sebastian Street. This takes you immediately to Northampton Square with the entrance to City University around to the right.
Rail
Farringdon, then 10 -15 minute walk
Kings Cross/St Pancras, Cannon Street, Blackfriars, Liverpool Street, all 20-25 minute walk.
Bus
The best buses to use are the 4, 56 or SL2 (stopping on Goswell Rd) or the 153 (stopping on St John St); ask to stop at City University. Or use the only bus stop on St John St visited by a 19, 38 or 341, then walk downhill (5 mins). If arriving via St John St, walk via Wyclif St to get to the University's Northampton Square entrance.
Car / bike / cycle
Free car parking spaces can be found in nearby streets after 6.30pm. There is a motor bike space where Wyclif St joins Northampton Square. Bicycles can be chained to the railings in Northampton Square.

ON ARRIVAL at City University's Northampton Square entrance:
On climbing the steps to the entrance lobby, make a u-turn to the right and go up a few more steps to the corridor above the entrance. Here you should find the registration desk/table. Tea will be served before the event in the lobby.

Acknowledgements

UKUUG is grateful to David Dodson of School of Informatics, City University and chairman of the UK chapter of ACM for providing the room and tea, also to Lonix (London Linux User Group) for handling the registrations for this event.

Eric's current visit to Europe has been arranged at short notice primarily by UKUUG and Peter Toft who is a key organizer for LinuxForum DK.


This event is open to all; entrance is free of charge. Advance booking is required, and please arrive in plenty of time. Doors open by 18:00.


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