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OSSG HMG Desktop Event 04/04/12

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: OSSG HMG Desktop Event 04/04/12 Reply with quote

Looking into the Future of HMG Desktop/Client side computing – London 04/04/12

The BCS Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) will be holding a detailed event around the future of HM Government Desktop/Client side computing at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA ( on Wednesday 4th April 2012, from 1000 to 1700 hours.

Rationale for this event

With HM Government looking with renewed vigour at its computer systems and in particular what benefits open source may bring, this event intends to take a detailed look at what HMG Desktop/Client side computing may consist of in the near future. For example should it be based primarily around web services where accessible would not be platform dependent so that for instance Civil Servants can load whatever operating system they like on to an HMG funded laptop. Alternatively could the future follow more closely the success ( of the City of Munich using the Limux operating system based around Ubuntu Linux 10.10 or perhaps should some form of rigidly controlled thin client system running off of blade servers be used.

Another possible way forward is through the use of what has been termed the ‘Jigsaw approach’ where business applications are all fully vendor independent of each other and can be swapped from one product to another with relative ease. For instance one Office Suite or Browser product might be used for say 6 months and therefore form part of the HMG desktop for that period of time, but can easily be changed for another product after that period of time.

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments. To book a place to attend please email Mark Elkins at

Speaker List (Confirmed as of 10/02/12)

Paul Adams, Strategy for migrating from Windows to the Free Desktop

Gerry Gavigan, Chair, Open Source Consortium (OSC),

Chris Kenyon, Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Services, Canonical

Steve Lamb, Microsoft UK


Darian Lyons, Elefire, Ltd. London

Tariq Rashid, Lead Architect HOIT Technology Solutions & Assurance, Home Office, HM Government, explaining the “jigsaw” model and its suggested benefits.

Further details to follow…
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