Who needs conferences? Not open source communities

conference with people

I love a good conference. In 2019, we probably ran into each other at the hallway track of Open Source Summit Europe, LF Member Summit or FOSS4G-NA. I’ve also been a speaker, knocked back unwise amounts of Red Bull for long days on booth duty and haven’t missed an after-hours party. That said, every time…

New release for Neubot, the Net Neutrality monitor

Neubot is a “software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet” in order to quantify network neutrality. The software is aresearch project on network neutrality of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino. The project is based on a lightweight open-source program that interested users can download and install on…

Choose a good license and manage well the community

Some of the things that Mike Tienman said in this interview with InternetNews.com I could have said myself. I have come to believe that a license alone is neither a secret to success nor an absolution of sin. Exactly: choosing a free license is a moral choice but that alone won’t secure neither commercial success…

Funambol asks EU to approve the Oracle+Sun deal

I was very concerned when DG Competition announced that they needed to take more time to investigate the merger of Oracle and Sun because of MySQL. The deal for me seemed not only natural for business reasons, but also naturally neutral towards consumers.  MySQL is safe also in Oracle’s hands because the project, with so…

How To Mix Agile And Software Developed By A Community

Back from Italian Agile Day where Stefano Fornari of Funambol with Marco Abis of Sourcesense animated a debate about mixing Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) and Agile development methods. I used to think that there was no issue because, after all, free software is a way to release software and it’s not a development method…

How To Evaluate Free Software Business

There are many companies making money with Free/Open Source Software and it’s still not easy to identify a free software company.  I’ve always advocated to put respect of customers’ needs and ethics in digital society as one of the crucial elements to identify a free software business. Simon Phipps has put together a scorecard, a…

Don’t call it Scrum

Gianugo Rabellino has given me more food for thoughts about my research on Free/Libre Open Source software development and Agile/Scrum methods. His latest post contains a sentence that summarizes my key finding so far: At the end of the day, this means that the customer is there – it just happens to coincide with the…

SCRUM and volunteer developers

[caption id="attachment_838" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="SCRUM development process"][/caption] Funambol engineering team uses the SCRUM methodology to develop software. It’s a very interesting method that seems highly compatible with free/libre open source software development habits. It mandates fast release cycles (like the release early/release often mantra), teams that can self-organize. SCRUM also mandates fixed time (2 to…

Cost saving is the wrong argument, but it may work

Scott Mc Nealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, has been asked by the new Obama administration to prepare a paper about ‘open source’. From what I read on the BBC report, though, he is using a tired losing proposition: The secret to a more secure and cost effective government is through open source technologies and products.…