Our May meet up is Open Source themed and we have Ruth Cheesley coming to speak.
The world needs Open Source
Open Source is a development model which promotes open access to software, products and systems through a range of different licensing models, allowing the free sharing of knowledge and information across boundaries. The concept of Open Source is perhaps most well known within the IT world, but it is spreading its wings into education, architecture, medicine and more.
In this talk we will explore the concepts behind Open Source and how it has helped to shape the world we live in, with some real-life examples from Ruth's experience working in this industry for the past eight years.
We'll also consider the commercial side of Open Source - yes, it is possible to make money by giving your work away! - and look at some case studies where Open Source has made a real change to peoples' lives around the world.
Ruth has always been a passionate supporter of free and open source software, cutting her teeth on data retrieval and virus removal for 'beer money' at University and going on to delve into the mysterious world of Joomla!. She is a Linux convert (currently using Kubuntu) and has a keen interest in promoting the use of Open Source technologies in education and industry.
Ruth runs Virya Technologies and Virya Software - which specialises in Open Source technologies, focusing on Joomla! website design; management and extension creation, and Linux server management. Ruth is also a member of the Joomla Leadership Team and regularly speaks at conferences around the world on a range of topics relating to web design, Open Source and the latest technology developments. She is a self-confessed data nerd who has a slight obsession with semantic markup, and can usually be found lurking on Google+ Twitter and LinkedIn.