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LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

Talking about a revolution

Hundreds of Linux users from across the world met in Wolverhampton on the 7th and 8th July 2007. They got together to talk about software, digital rights and freedoms. They had some fun, too.

What is Linux? LUGRadio?

Linux is free, open source software. Scroll down on this page for a brief description.

LUGRadio?

Linux User Group Radio is a fortnightly podcast, produced in Wolverhampton, about Linux and Open Source Software.

Over the weekend of 7th and 8th July 2007, several hundred Linux users from places as far afield as the USA, South Africa and Indonesia descended on the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton for LUGRadio Live 2007.

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

LUGRadio Live is one of the largest British community driven events for the members of the worldwide Linux community and attracts a wide range of interested parties.

Google, BBC and Mozilla

Speakers at the event included Chris DiBona from Google, Michael Sparks of the BBC, Gervase Markham of the Mozilla Foundation and Peter Stean from The Department for Communities and Local Government.

The event included an exhibition of various Linux related technologies, products and organisations.

On the Friday evening beforehand, many of the participants got together for informal drinks at a city centre watering hole.

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

The main event

The main event started on the Saturday morning at 10:00 with a busy schedule of talks and discussions across three stages, together with meetings for special interest groups including a demonstration of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project sponsored by the U.N.

The first day's programme closed with the recording of 'LUGRadio Live and Unleashed' which is due for release as a podcast on Monday, 16th July 2007.  After the busy events of the day, the participants were able to relax and chat over drinks at the bar.

A lively Sunday

The event continued on the Sunday with a full programme including a lively discussion on digital rights, freedoms and the implications of electronic voting lead by Becky Hogge of the Open Rights Group. 

The discussion included a question and answer session with the developer of the BBC iPlayer where the Linux and open source community's concerns over being locked out from the service were expressed.

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

Light-hearted relief for the weekend was provided by several items including the LUGRadio quiz, hosted by Bruno Bord, a French listener to the podcast.

  • BRIEF INTERVIEW: WHAT IS LINUX?

Brief Q and A with Ron Wellstead, a member of the Wolverhampton Linux User Group.

Ron, can you sum up, in a couple of lines, why Linux is seen as important?

Linux is a free, open source operating system that in many ways can be used to replace Microsoft Windows. Unlike Windows, Linux users are actively encouraged to pass copies to anybody. Although Linux is copyrighted, it is distributed under a license which allows free copying and distribution, indeed, there are limits placed on any charges that can be applied to copies.

Other open source software that is distributed with Linux includes applications such as an Office suite, web browsers, email, photo and video editing.

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

LUGRadio Live 2007 at the Light House

Is Wolverhampton an important place on the Linux map?

The city has an active Linux user group www.wolveslug.org.uk, which is part of a national association www.lug.org.uk.

Why Wolverhampton? Because of the University of Wolverhampton? Because of LUGRadio?

WolvesLUG was founded by students at the university, however the LUG is independent of the Uni. The Uni has very little (if any) involvement with Linux.

LUGRadio was formed by several members of the Wolverhampton Linux users group, Jono Bacon, Stuart Langridge, Stephen Parkes and Matthew Revell, with the first episode being made available for download on 26 Feb 2004 (this was before the word
'podcast' was invented!). 

While there have been some changes in personnel and guest presenters, the four regular presenters have always been members of the WolvesLUG.

last updated: 13/07/07

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