What is an OpenStack Powered Compute?

The OpenStack Technical Committee voted a resolution suggesting to the OpenStack Board to modify the definition of “OpenStack Powered Compute” to include statements such as An `OpenStack Powered Compute`_ Cloud MUST be able to boot a Linux Guest This is quite a change in OpenStack DefCore efforts, since as Rob says The fundamental premise of…

Skype open source. Not!

Skype open source? Reading the full announcement on Skype blog: […]Having an open source UI will help us […] So, it’s not Skype being open sourced, but it’s only the UI. The full sentence should be: Having an open source UI will help us further our [Skype’s] plans to monopolize the Voice Over IP market…

How to avoid frustrations with BlackBerry and Mac

Just don’t buy that combo: Mac and BlackBerry are two very closed environments, they don’t want to be interoperable, they hate each other and their customers. Not that I would make such mistake, never. But I have friends that do this kind of stuff and then I’m enough of a friend to share with them…

Why I agree with RMS concerning Mono

I’ve been listening to the conversations about Mono since this summer. I was waiting for the dust to settle before I started re-reading the various comments but the dust is not settling and the protagonists of the summer name-calling-fest are still busy pointing fingers at Richard Stallman for stating his opinion. Stallman’s position is pretty…

Liberating the cloud one block at the time

The issue is how to bring the values of free software community to the cloud. According to reports from Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), Bradley Kuhn’s speech has addressed the issue.’  I hope he will include it in the next episodes of the Software Freedom Law Show, the interesting podcasts he runs with SFLC counsel…

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…

Ozzie talks about FLOSS and FLOSS advocates talk back

Lots of talking about Microsoft lately.’  As I expected, Ray Ozzie’s public appearances are increasing with declarations of love for the magic word interoperability and with a new, more open, attitude.’  I believe it’s true that “Microsoft fundamentally, as a whole, has changed dramatically as a result of open source,” as Ozzie said. Roberto wrote…

The power of interoperability (and geo-information)

I love geo-information.’  I still work on GIS, every now and then (I’ve just finished a project to map damages in Venetian buildings together with Politecnico di Milano and others) and it’s so much fun.’ ’  It’s great when you can integrate data from different sources and make sense of different phenomenons. The Venice application maps…

Il Comune di Milano regala Microsoft

Come funziona sta cosa? Il Comune di Milano “regala” a tutti i suoi cittadini residenti i prodotti non interoperabili di un monopolista? Il servizio è sperimentale, gratuito e ti permetterà  di utilizzare tutti i servizi di Windows Live tra cui: account di posta, messaggistica istantanea, avvisi, calendario ed eventi, spazio di condivisione e collaborazione… Mi…

W3C under siege: developers want free hands

Standards can be a Royal PITA and every developer and hacker knows that. But for users they’re the only way not to go crazy. Web standards give users the possibility to connect to the Internet from any device and blog, check email, get and make information. The debate is heating up on top of the…