links for 2007-06-12

Free Software Business meetings and other events in Rome

To confirm that June is a busy month I add some more important meetings to the list I wrote. They are all happening in Rome, during the Festival dell’Innovazione.

Roberto Galoppini, Nicola Mattina and others setup an informal session for Bruce Perens to meet the Italian blogosphere.

Tonight, starting at 8pm Arturo di Corinto will moderate a debate about Free Software between Ethics and Business, open issues and success stories asdf

On Saturday (tomorrow) Galoppini will be moderating a session on Commercial Open Source Software at the Auditorium Ara Pacis

Rome is upside down with all these meetings. There is even George W. Bush arriving today. I can only guess how happy romans are 🙂

June is a busy month

What a month! This June is full of important dates, at least in Italy the Free Software enthusiasts have all weeks full.  Tomorrow Richard Stallman will speak in Rome at Università  La Sapienza in Roma. He and Bruce Perens will also be heard later by the President of the Italian Chamber. Many Fellows will be there with FSFE merchandising: look for the "plussy" 🙂

Next Sunday, June 10th there will be the Pluto Meeting in Padova: special guest Richard Stallman that will receive the official paper attesting that Internation UNESCO  Clubs (FMACU) inserted the GNU Project into the list of World Treasures.

On June 12th in Milano I will participate to a panel promoted by AICT about Free Software trends where I have been asked to speak about DRM.

But first I will have to give a lesson to the Executive MBA in ICT students of Politecnico Business School, MIP on June 9th.  I’m preparing the slides now and I’ll publish them later.


And this is only the first half of the month 🙂 For the second half I think all FSFE will be super-busy preparing the yearly General Assembly in Bruxelles.


links for 2007-06-05

The LGPL is good for you

I love the GNU Lesser GPL (LGPL).  Actually, I love the fact that FSF has offered the choice of two licenses: GPL and LGPL.

They are both full free software licenses, with the difference being the strength of its copyleft protection.  Business-wise the LGPL offers a tactical weapon to companies like Engineering, developer of the business intelligence suite SpagoBI (LGPL-ed) to compete on the market. 

To understand the tactical value of the LGPL I quote Richard Stallman’s words:

Using the ordinary GPL is not advantageous for every [circumstance]. There
are reasons that can make it better to use the Lesser GPL in certain
cases. […][When] the library cannot give free software any
particular advantage, […] it is better to use the Lesser GPL for that

And it’s always worth remembering that FSF has adopted the LGPL with a tactical move itself:

This is why we used the Lesser GPL for the GNU C library. After all,
there are plenty of other C libraries.

Does it make sense to use LGPL for Business Intelligence suites like SpagoBI? I think so, and mostly it depends on the business model that the company is using.  I think that the important discriminator for a real Free Software Business is not the license it choses or its business model, but its ethical stance for freedom in the digital society.