Old and new, big Italian engineering

[caption id="attachment_5429" align="alignnone" width="632"] Steam turbine being delivered from Firenze[/caption] My brother sent me this image of a steam turbine shipped from GE plant in Firenze (aka Nuovo Pignone) to a customer. It’s so cool to see massive, modern, mechanic equipment being shipped around the world with Brunelleschi’s masterpiece of Italian engineering in the background.

The quest to sustainable development of free software

A few articles on the topic of how to sustain development of free/libre software caught my attention lately: Sourceforge adjusted its DevShare program (kudos to them for listening to the comments of its user base and change the program) Mozilla to deliver ads in its Firefox browser (while Mozilla Foundation’s announcement gives it a different…

Tracking gender diversity in the OpenStack developer community

The OpenStack Foundation has always tried to increase genders diversity in our community: we joined the Outreach Program for Women, established clear policies for our summits and in general we’ve been actively promoting good behavior across the board. A few weeks ago I realized that we were lacking of a decent way to track our…