"Last week I went along to the grandly-named
Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar on Open source software: in
business, in government. The good news was that it offered one of
the best line-ups of open source know-how in the UK I have come
across. The bad news was that the seminar's venue was quite small
and not even full: these people really deserved a much bigger
audience. The poor turnout was a sad reflection of how far open
source still has to go in this country in terms of mainstream
recognition and interest.
"Things began with Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free
Software Foundaion Europe, giving a nice, gentle intro to all the
basic concepts. There then followed a number of sessions, all of
which had names that will be familiar to readers of this
"For example, one on "Implementation and the costs of open
source and free software" had fellow blogger Andrew Katz, as well
as Alan Lord, Director of the Open Learning Centre"