Herefordshire Open Source Day

We’re going to be mentioning this a fair bit over the next few weeks. OpenSure is happy to support the Herefordshire Linux User Group (HLUG) in the Herefordshire Open Source Day that they’re running on Saturday 26th March. This is their press release:

Herefordshire Open Source Day

Free Software Event supporting Open Document Standards
Saturday March 26, 2011
@ All Saints Church, High Street, Hereford HR4 9AA
10am – 4pm

Following  on from our successful Sept Event, Herefordshire Linux and Open Source Group (HLUG) is holding an Open Source day at All Saints Church, High Street, in the centre of Hereford on Saturday 26th of March  2011 from  10am – 4pm. The Event is being held on a drop-in basis and is free to attend.

We  will be focusing on Open Source Cross Platform Software – software that  can be run on Windows, Mac and Linux, demonstrating a number of Linux operating systems and giving away lots of free Open Source Software for  you to use.

Dr Mark Wright who is Bristol Council’s cabinet member responsible for ‘efficiency and value for money’ and an Open Source advocate will be speaking in the  afternoon about his experience of Open Source in Local Government.

The event is being held as a part of the global Document Freedom Day initiative to highlight the need for Open Document Standards and we will  be showcasing Open Source Office Suites which use open document  standards.

We are supporting Open Standards because we think we should all be able to:

* Choose any operating system or application and still be able to read and edit all our old documents.
* Collaborate with others regardless of which software they are using.
* Use any software of our choice to interact with our local and national government.

The  adoption of Open Standards will in the long term lead to more effective government IT solutions that avoid the cost of vendor lock-in.

Open  Source software  which is developed by the open source software  community worldwide, shared free of charge and fully disclosed (hence Open Source) allows anyone to adapt or improve it. This software is  legally protected by a special license which allows it to remain open to anyone willing to contribute but is also available for anyone to use free of charge and without legal limitations.

In  a period when  organisations & individuals are looking to cut costs the increased use of Open Source software without the need to pay for  licenses and updated versions can represent a considerable saving.

We have lots of Free Open Source Software CD’s and Linux discs to give away. So  if you are interested in finding out more about Open Source and  Open Standards, would like to see Linux operating Systems in action or would just like to save money by finding out about high quality Open Source Software – come along and meet our friendly volunteer team from  Herefordshire Linux User Group which includes business users, general  users & IT specialists who will be there to give free informal help  and advice.

We  will also be presenting HLUG’s new HOSS Awards (Herefordshire Open  Source Star awards) to businesses, organisations and individuals who  have done the most to promote and develop the use of FOSS (free open source software) in the county.
The  awards are open to everyone, from individuals who have helped introduce others to open source software, businesses, schools, local govt  and  organisations who have introduced open source software in the workplace  to FOSS community developers in Herefordshire. So if you, your  organisation or someone you know deserves a HOSS – let us know by  emailing

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