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LinuxDay2006 and my talk about GPLv3

Yesterday there’s been the italian LinuxDay 2006, the LUG in my hometown organized one.

There I gave my talk about the GPLv3. Overall my talk was better than I expected. I’m not an expert on giving talks, and talks about GPL either (last year my talk was about the history of the Free Software movement+philosophy, but that’s all), anyway I’m quite satisfied about how i outlined the issue of revisiting the GPLv3. There is lot of room forimprovements, but still…definetely better than I expected.

My talk was targeted to people with nearly no-knowledge about GPL and Free Software licensing issues, moreover being Pesaro a little town and therefore the LUG has the same proportions, the event is more in the spirit of ‘linux-is-cool’+’opensource’+’free as in beer’. So even if i’ve tried to keep the talk really simple i don’t know whether it really reached anybody, i felt a little bit out of the context with my talk, anyway at the end of the talk a coupl of guys from the LUG asked me some clarification about DRM

A side note about the LinuxDay 2006 in Pesaro: unfortunately, this year, the event has not been planned as good as the last year and definitely, not as good as it could have been. No audio recording infrastructure 🙁 , not a good projector and not a good timeplan schedule, which lead to have the room almost empty during my talk about the GPLv3 🙁 (due to some delays and relatively late beginning time lot of people were already left for going to have lunch)

Anyway I feel satisfied about the event in general, and about my talk

RFID and dogs evolution

RFID technology is moving forward by giants steps!
Indeed, now it is possible to start a car even if your dog have eaten the control chip: just put the dog on the driving seat and turn the key, it will work! But remember this is just to start the car engine: you have to drive, not the dog.

Of course if you are not satisfied with this new technology, you can simply wait ~24 hours and get back the chip from the dog.

Steal this film!

Not kidding, steal this film

"In 2006, a group of friends decided to make a film about filesharing that *we* would recognise. There have been a few documentaries by ‘old media’ crews who don’t understand the net and see peer-to-peer organisation as a threat to their livelihoods. They have no reason to represent the filesharing movement positively, and no capacity to represent it lucidly. We wanted to make a film that would explore this huge popular movement in a way that excited us, engaged us, and most importantly, focussed on what we know to be the positive and optimistic vision many filesharers and artists (they are often one) have for the future of creativity. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the first part of Steal this Film (‘stockholm, summer 2006’). It achieves some, but by no means all, of our goals. To continue we need your help. this film is free for you to share, watch on your dvd player or on your ipod, or show in cinemas. But if you like the work we’ve done and want us to carry on, use our donate link to send us a couple of dollars or euros. We will start making the second part straight away, and release it on this site and on major bittorrent trackers, when it’s done. Each part, we estimate, will take about 2 months to complete. the plan for the second part is on our wiki. Feel free to add suggestions. The league of noble peers. august 2006 – à nous la liberté!"

Didn’t see it yet….i’m still in the middle of the robbery 😉

Encyclopaedia Britannica & open source software

Even if this terminology does not belong to the Free Software movement/culture…no wonder that a lot of people end up having some confusion and misunderstanding about these difficult issues:

Follows the abstract of the entry for the term open source:
computer software whose source code is put into the public domain, subject to the restriction that any improvements or derived software also include the source code and be put into the public domain. Open source refers to both a model of software development and an ideology of intellectual property. The word open indicates that the program’s source code—the normally…

These are just 75 out of 816 words that you can read about this entry, without an account…will the rest improve or will follow on the same thread?

You might think "this does not involve the Free software terminology/movement, so let OSI to solve his own problems!", but is not that easy, in fact Encyclopaedia Britannica did even more.

Indeed, typing in any of the following words: GNU project, Free Software, Free Software Foundation, Stallman, GNU/linux or any of the combination you can obtain mixing them up, the only result barely close to them…guess which one is?

 BTW…i’ve tried to find some contact details where to address a warning about it, so that they could realize that this entry has some inaccuracies…but i didn’t find it, perhaps i need to register an account

U.S. Army wants TCP

According to SecurityFocus, the U.S. Army is going to purchase only computers that satisfy the Trusted Computing Platform (TCP) version 1.2 requirements.

Here some guidelines and a small FAQ for a first quality purchase.

EU Parliament calls for code of conduct about censorship

The European Parliament has recently asked to the EU members to draft a code of conduct to state that European Union is and will always be for the freedom of speech, opinion and information. These freedoms should always be granted to any citizen even within the internet.

It condemns the behaviour of companies such Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft which offered ‘on demand’  services to some governments to ease their bad habit of controlling and censoring citizen’s freedom.

 Here the statement released by the Parliament on the issue.

Skype protocol ‘reverse-enginereed’

It seems that the Skype proprietary protocol has been cracked throug reverse engineering.

Here Charlie Paglee’s blog, where he resumes how he and his company (the chinese Vozin Comunications) realized that they effectively managed to ‘crack’ the protocol.

As somebody pointed out, even if the protocol is encrypted, is not patented, therefore is not illegal to ‘reverse engineer’ it.

Will this influence Skype business model?

Discovering new markets

It is no mistery that working on IT markets has always been highly challenging. Therefore is normal that everybody tries to reserve his own product a privileged niche.

But what i didn’t know is that the Linux kernel mantainers are scouting above suspicion markets, something not even mr. Ballmer could have thought about.

Unfortunately some customers are already showing their dissatisfaction triggered by an incredible bug….code name "muck"


OpenWengo code camp contest

The OpenWengo community launched a code camp contest to add new features and speed up the developing process of the Wengophone NG (Next Generation). Right now the version 2.0 beta 3 is available.

The contest has different subjects where students and hackers can submit their code to.

Antitrust fines updated by the European Commission

The European Commission revises its guidelines for setting the fines in antitrust cases, as stated on the press release

This the signal they want to give to the companies: "Don’t break the anti-trust rules; if you do, stop it as quickly as possible, and once you’ve stopped, don’t do it again."