Oracle ‘donates’ OpenOffice.org to Apache foundation

Oracle has done what Sun should have done a long time ago: put OO.org code into the hand of an independent foundation. The good news is that now a wider participation from corporations and individuals is possible. Hell, even Microsoft can now participate into OO.org development. I hope that soon the fork can be reconciled,…

First action from Microsoft after buying Skype

Every time Microsoft has the chance to demonstrate it can play nice with free software/open source companies, they fail. After buying Skype, Microsoft has canceled the agreement with Digium for the Asterisk/Skype bridge. As Simon says: In one move, we have illustrated the risk of a hybrid open source model, the danger of dependency on…

Is Google Docs the weakest link in Chromebook?

Interesting thoughts on what Google should do to take over Windows with its Chromebook. I don’t agree with all of it, especially I don’t think that Google Docs should necessarily get all the features of MS Word (including the unnecessary ones) in order to succeed, but definitely worth reading. So when Google brags about the…

Looking for freedom respecting alternatives to Skype

Now that Microsoft has bought Skype many people I know are wondering what will happen to Skype’s GNU/Linux client. Will Microsoft keep it or will they drop support for it? I don’t know, nobody can predict what Microsoft will do at the moment. From a conversation I started on identi.ca I learned a few things…

Why I wish I could reject your email attachment

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched a campaign calling on all computer users to start politely rejecting email attachments sent in secret and proprietary formats: for freedom and the good of the web!Β  I believe that open standards are the best form to convey information and I think that attachments contribute to spread proprietary…

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…

The cost of monopoly in the cloud

Reading of the latest cyber attacks against South Korea and USA digital systems, I remembered a rather old post from Gen Kanai @Mozilla, the cost of a monoculture. It’s about monopoly, government decisions and security in the cloud. [South Korea] is also a unique monoculture where 99.9% of all the computer users are on Microsoft…

Google plans to own you. More.

Finally Google revealed its plans to enter the operating system market. The first thing that comes to mind are chairs flying in Microsoft offices πŸ™‚ The other thing comes from this statement: β€œAll Web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite Web technologies,” the company said. It means cloud…

I want my health data with me

The debate on health records data is starting also in US with the new federal government plan to spend $19 billion to spur the use of computerized patient records. In Milan, where I live, the regional health system requires me to carry around a digital ID card that allows for doctors and farmacists identify me.…

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…