5 Mar 2002
(updated 5 Mar 2002 at 20:57 UTC) »
John Tucker, Department head of Computer Science at Swansea.
John Jones, BT Ignite Web Services
Alan Cox, Redhat Linux Developer
Dick Porter, Ximian Developer
Tucker: Delighted to see people. Discussions of milestones
in computing such as Fortran, Visicalc. There is an
invisible part to the world of software development. Many
transformations over the past 50 years.
Charles Symmoney (creator of Microsoft Word, Excel). The
founder of Adobe. Creator of visicalc which was later
surpassed by Lotus. Jeff Raskin. Only well known by those
who have been forced to study the arcane history of software.
John then went to to talk about how the two speakers did
lots of work at university(?) and that the Swansea
Univeristy Computer Society was a nuturing ground for
John Jones: Ignite is part of the reformation of BT. Talked
about how an Internet based business should no longer have
location as a barrier. Ignite was started in 2000. Many web
hosting companies are suffering because they are running out
of power and only offered one hotel like service. BT Ignite
offers end to end services.
£100,000 investment in building in Cardiff Bay. Awareness of
what is on our doorstep. Delighted to sponsor this and many
TUcker: Big place is increasingly weired up. Alan Cox
graduated from Swansea in 1991 and Dick in 1992. Brief plug
for itwalesonline newsletter.
Alan Cox: Doing Things Differently Linux, Past, Present and
When I was at university peole told me that you needed to
work hard and have a plan. However, the reason why I started
working on Linux was because I was trying to improve a game
I was writing.
People used to throw software in with hardware but this
changed wwith Bill Gates when he started to threaten
hobbiests who were sharing his BASIC interpreter.
Unix was started by AT&T (and was originally designed to
play the game Space
War, proving that all good software is originally designed
to run games). Originally it was readily available because
AT&T were to open their work because they were overcharging
and running a monopoly.
Many operating systems courses are often 20 years out of
date. Unix licences
were expensive so it was not possible to show students the
currently in use
Talked about the development of Uzi and Steve Hosgood's OMU.