|| ||Robert Postill <robert-AT-grinning-cat.com>|
|| ||Nottingham LUG Linux Awareness Day|
|| ||Tue, 12 Oct 2004 11:50:57 +0100|
Nottingham Linux Users Group Bring Linux To Green's Mill Science Centre
Nottingham Linux Users Group in conjunction with Nottingham Museum Service
is offering the opportunity to try Linux for free at Green's Mill in
Sneinton on 5/11/2004.
In day-long events the Nottingham Linux Users Group (NottsLUG) will be
demonstrating Linux (also known as GNU/Linux). They are also offering the
opportunity for people to take home a copy of Linux on CD-ROM for their own
use. The events will be free and there will be a range of opportunities
(including games and web design software) highlighting some of the
strengths of Linux.
"I believe passionately in using the right tool for the job and for many
people Linux is just the tool for the job." Robert Postill a member of
NottsLUG and one of the organisers of the event.
What is Linux?
Linux is an alternative to Microsoft Windows that is open source and free
to use. Linux is the brainchild of a Finnish developer called Linus
Torvalds and is actively maintained by a group of programmers from all
corners of the globe. Linux's co-operative approach has been used by many
other projects and also includes a vast array of software now known as the
standard by which other computer programs are measured. Linux has taken
the IT world by storm, growing by 90% last year according to Gartner
Dataquest ( http://news.com.com/2100-1001-984010.html ).
What is Open Source?
Open Source is the way software developers refer to software that has the
original source code (the instructions that make the computer do what the
software developer tells it to) given away with the software. The source
code keeps the user in control of the computer programs that he or she uses
so that they can decide for themselves what is best for them. This
provision of the source code also has important security benefits in that
it is easier to make sure programs that are Open Source can withstand
attacks like viruses.
What is Green's Mill?
Green's Mill is a working mill and science centre in Sneinton. Green's
Mill is the former residence of the famous mathematician George Green.
Known to have been admired by Albert Einstein for his work on electricity
and magnetism. Green's Mill is part of the Nottingham Museum service and
hosts community events. Green's Mill is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am
to 4pm. Admission is free.
Links to relevant news stories:
Nottingham City Council use Linux:
Munich chooses Linux over Windows:
Robert Postill(NottsLUG member and organiser): +44 (0)7968 801326 or
Dr Martin Lomas(NottsLUG member and organiser): email@example.com
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