The next Main Monthly Meeting
will be held on Tuesday 1st March 2005 commencing at 7:30 pm in
the Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 3, Australian National
University, Acton. View the ANU
map showing the location of the Manning Clark Centre (facility
26A), Lecture Theatre 3.
The monthly meetings are free. Members, friends and the public
are invited to attend. Don’t rush home after the meeting!
Stay for coffee, tea, biscuits and good company. It’s all
free! Renew acquaintances, meet new people and ask those questions
you didn’t get a chance to ask at the meeting! Membership
inquiries are welcomed too! Email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 02-6253-4911.
MARCH 2005 – “WHY IS LINUX AND OPEN SOURCE
SOFTWARE RAPIDLY GAINING A HUGE FOLLOWING IN PERSONAL COMPUTING?”
Did you know that over 80% of web servers in the world operate
under Open Source Software? Why you say? It’s simply a matter
of economics! The cost of Open Source Software is a fraction of
that available from the world’s leading software producers.
Closer to home, PCUG’s own Internet Service Provider, TIP
(The Internet Project), is also operated with Open Source Software
for that very reason.
New PC buyers are facing a dilemma when considering whether to
invest in popular operating system software that includes licence
fees and penalty components or move to “free” Open Source
Software that is (arguably) perceived to be less capable.
The question to be considered is, “What is in the future?”
The innovators know. They are the type of people who are always
at the forefront of new innovations. They are usually right. They
are using Open Source Software now!
The three presenters for the March meeting will look at Open Source
Software from a user’s perspective rather than a software
developer’s viewpoint. Mr Anthony Glenn will discuss the advantages
and disadvantages of changing to Open Source Software, including
the popular Linux operating system.
Mr Rod Peters, convener of the PCUG’s Linux Special Interest
Group, will present examples of Open Source Software that work well
with the Windows Operating System. The free Mozilla Firefox browser,
free Mozilla Thunderbird mail client and other free software will
Dr Algis Kabaila, the coordinator and promoter of PCUG’s
Open Source Software activities will discuss the infinite opportunities
of a free online encyclopedia called Wikipedia. You too can make
a contribution to this fascinating work! Dr Kabaila will also demonstrate
the PCUG wiki. This is a special facility set up within PCUG for
you to “play” with and learn the infinite opportunities
of Open Source Software!