CONFERENCE: "Free, Libré and Open Source Software: IT works!" conference announced

CONFERENCE: "Free, Libré and Open Source Software: IT works!" conference announced

Post by Anil Ramnan » Wed, 19 Mar 2003 07:17:12



"Free, Libr and Open Source Software: IT works!" conference announced

The Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and the Caribbean
Centre for Monetary Studies (CCMS) will host the first ever Caribbean
conference on Free, Libr and Open Source (FLOS) Software, scheduled
for the 26th - 27th June, 2003 in Trinidad and Tobago.

St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago -- Friday, March 07, 2003 -- The
Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group (TTLUG) and the Caribbean Centre
for Monetary Studies (CCMS) will host the first ever Caribbean
conference on Free, Libr and Open Source (FLOS) Software.

"Free, Libr and Open Source Software: IT works!" is scheduled for the
26th - 27th June, 2003 in Trinidad and Tobago. The Conference will
show you how to increase the value of your IT investment by leveraging
the power of Free, Libr and Open Source Software to increase
productivity, reduce cost and build profits.

Featured speakers will include: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, Editor in
Chief for the Open Source Development Network, the corporate parent of
Slashdot, NewsForge, Linux.com, and a number of other popular Web
sites; David Sugar, principal author of GNU Bayonne and other packages
in the GNU project; Taran Rampersad, contract programmer, consultant
and writer; Richard Jobity, head of the TTLUG; Christopher M. Clarke,
database developer and IT consultant, CCMS and Anil Ramnanan, database
and web developer, Trinihosting.com.

The Conference is open to participants from government and commercial
enterprises throughout the Caribbean as well as students, academics,
software developers and other interested parties. General sessions on
each day will address issues and opportunities in FLOS for systems
administrators, programmers, IT managers and organizations as a whole.
In addition, technical sessions will provide specific information from
experts in how to lay the groundwork for making Free, Libr and Open
Source Software work in your organization, as well as show you how to
use Free, Libr and Open Source Software to increase the value of your
IT investment. Presentations will also include local and international
case studies of the positive impact Free, Libr and Open Source
software has had upon the operations of specific companies.

The conference will be held at the Auditorium of the Central Bank of
Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. For more
information, call Christopher. M. Clarke at the Caribbean Centre for
Monetary Studies at (868) 645-1174/(868) 662-1701 or see the
conference web site at http://www.floscaribbean.org .

About the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies:

The Centre was formally established in 1995 to build on the work of
the old Regional Programme for Monetary Studies (research in monetary,
financial and central banking issues in the Caribbean) while enhancing
efforts in the area of central bank training, and the creation of a
specialist regional repository of information. The CCMS has since
evolved to include the improvement of the Caribbean's research and
forecasting capabilities, permitting better responses to the rapidly
changing Caribbean environment. The Centre's web site is at
http://www.ccmsuwi.org .

About the Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group:

The Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users Group was founded in 1999 with the
goal of learning and teaching ourselves and others about open source
software (including the Linux kernel and the GNU/Linux utilities). We
promote Open Source Software in Trinidad and Tobago by demonstrating
to those within the public and private sectors that open source
software is not only a cost effective solution, but is also in many
instances a better technical solution. We also educate members and the
general public concerning the availability and benefits of using and
working with Open Source Software. Finally, we offer a forum on which
IT professionals can meet and discuss the benefits of open source
technology with other professionals, who can offer support to and deal
with different aspects of open source in different sectors. The
TTLUG's online home is at http://www.ttlug.org .

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I know that the open source movement (and all the attached names and idioms)
is about lots of individuals contributing a little to make a lot (a bit like
the Science movement).  However, I have also heard a lot of names repeated
consistently.

I also know that to glorify anyone individual over the entire "bazaar"
concept is possibly bad.  No one person or collection of people seem to be
entirely responsible for the Linux distribution sat on my PC or the GNU
tools that I may use.

However, I want to know more about the ideas and philosophies behind this
"movement" and I think by knowing some names it would help.

So I am hoping you will reply with a list of the people who have contributed
greatly with maybe a little detail on what they have contributed or a link
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