lots.ch got kidnapped and misused to advertise a Company

Seems like the lots.ch domain got kidnapped. LOTS, that was a nice Open Source event in Switzerland, now its domain points to a Swiss company that does not even provide Open Source software. Poor LOTS got misused!

What happened? Well, LOTS does not exist anymore, the organisation behind the event ceased to exist. I don’t understand why they did not keep the Website as an archive? So many other sites link there, like mine, because I did presentations at both events in 2005 and 2004.

Chregu’s asking, whether the company tries to get some link-love? Andreas mentions that there were some problems between the LOTS organisers.

Anyway, I urge the company to make the lots.ch Web site available again or let the domain point to nowhere – but not to the company Web site – this is very bad style! And it harms the good intentions that LOTS had …

A Good Day at LOTS

LOTS is over. This very first event on Open Source in Switzerland was interesting, well organised, and the atmosphere simmilar to Linuxtag.

I was most impressed by the talk of Wolfgang Maass on the potentials of Open Source for the enterprise market. He presented some conclusions from a research analysing the oppinions of several CIOs. Most astonishing, he said that licensing is not really an cost issue for CIOs, they are rather concerned with being independent from a unique vendor. I am looking forward to find his slides on the LOTS Website.

Some pictures are available online in the LOTS 2004 Album. On the LOTS Website, there are some more pictures. Chregu also has a brief report on LOTS.

Session at LOTS, the 'Swiss LinuxTag'

ZZ/OSS CEO Sandro Zic will present a session about Free Software in the Knowledge Society at the first LOTS event, a kind of Swiss LinuxTag.

Come to Bern at February 18th and hear about the following:

This talk will concentrate on an often neglected aspect that the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community introduced to society: A new organizational form of knowledge work in networks of excellence. Due to the fact that FOSS developers and projects act in distributed and heterogenous knowledge networks and furthermore collaborate in self-organised groups, they serve as the prototype elements of the emerging Knowledge Society.

Sandro has presented this talk at LinuxTag 2003 – but don’t expect it to be the same, because the presentation style is interactive, with Sandro discussing most of the aspects with the audience. Thus, the session itself is a show case of impulsive knowledge work inspired by the spirit of the FOSS community.