July 12, 2007

LUGRadio Live 2007

Ron Wellsted writes "Over the weekend of 7th & 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 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. 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

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.

The main event started on the Saturday morning at 10:00 with a busy
schedule of talks and discussions across 3 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.

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.

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.

LUGRadio is a fortnightly podcast about Linux and Open Source Software
for Linux users by Linux users.

Web links:
LUGRadio: http://www.lugradio.org/
Open Rights Group: http://www.openrightsgroup.org/
One Laptop Per Child: http://www.laptop.org/
Light House Media Centre: http://www.light-house.co.uk/

Event Sponsors:
Google: http://www.goggle.com/
Sun: http://www.sun.com/
Bytemark: http://www.bytemark.co.uk/
O'Reilly: http://www.oreilly.com/"


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