Tips to improve organizations contributing to OpenStack

The slides of my presentation at OpenStack Summit in Paris 2014 (download ODP source, 9M). [slideshare id=HlPbjgEp1l7esC&w=476&h=400&fb=0&mw=0&mh=0&style=border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;&sc=no] How Big Companies Contribute to OpenStack from Stefano Maffulli And the sessions’ recording: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXuadpEhk8]

The quest for strategies to monetize free software

I’ve discussed recently with a friend of mine photographer, illustrator and animator about the status of GIMP, Inkscape and Blender. The good news is that professionals increasingly know about these free software tools, which is already a great step forward compared to the past years. Pierpaolo acknowledged how powerful all of them are but also…

Why is Asus selling bad customer experience?

When I read that Asus announced to ship three new models of its Eee PC with Ubuntu I was excited. Then I went on to read the full announcement and I found out ath NETBOOK INNOVATOR Asustek has announced that it will ship three models of its Eee PC with Ubuntu 10.10 preinstalled. It will…

Orrido olezzo emana dall’Italia

Troppo facile fare giochi di parole sulla vicenda Profumo, ma davvero è il caso di dire che qui qualcosa puzza. E si sente fino a qui!  Ma come, Profumo ha tirat su una delle più importanti banche del mondo, un colosso che può aiutare tutta la grande industria italiana rimasta ad internazionalizzarsi e che mi…

Perché fatico a decidere chi votare

Negli ultimi 15 anni ho sempre sentito parlare di tutela del lavoro ma intorno a me vedevo solo 50enni col ‘posto fisso’ e 30enni sempre in cerca. Con gli stipendi dei miei coetanei ridotti a livelli infimi e le prospettive di ricchezzapraticamente annullate, ho maturato un sentimento avverso alle posizioni antiche dei sindacati e di…

Perché ristabilire il senso di comunità porta al successo

Ho tenuto oggi una lezione di tre ore al Social Media Lab dello IULM dal titolo Etica della società digitale, ovvero perché ristabilire il senso di comunità porta al successo. Oggi ho avuto la conferma che il software libero ormai non è un concetto astratto. Praticamente tutti gli studenti (delle facoltà di Lingue, Turismo, Marketing…

Cross-platform and interoperability is the key

When it comes to connecting people, the first thing you need to do is use the same language.’  That doesn’t mean force everybody to use your language, because that’s what dictators do (and dictators are wiped out by history). To connect people you have to adapt to people’s language, eventually learning many of them. This…

Wengo stopped developing wengophone

Some disappointing news today: Wengo stopped developing Wengophone, the VoIP SIP and XMPP/Jabber multiplatform client.’ ’  They announced it in the developer’s mailing list. Update: the’ development of OpenWengo software has been taken over’ by an experienced Wengo programmer. I wonder why Google isn’t contributing its gtalk code to free software projects like Kopete, Gaim or Adium: they…

Bruce Schneier on Wired: ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’

I couldn’t agree less with Schneier’s post on Wired: lock-in is bad for users.’  I liked this sentence that explains well how I’m feeling now after having used a Mac for 2 weeks (I promise, I’ll write a long post about this experience in the next days): With enough lock-in, a company can protect its…

Nokia goes for Trolltech

Now, this is surprising: Nokia acquired Trolltech, makers of toolkit QT, GTK’s competitor. What surprises me is that Nokia is using GTK on its tablet products (the 770, N800 and N810). So now Nokia has a stake in many platforms: its own flavour of Symbian for its cell phones, GTK/Gnome on the internet tablets and…