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  • Roberto Galoppini 5:33 pm on June 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Once more unto the breach: meet Business Follows 

    bflogotypeIt seems yesterday to me when I was writing about moving on, four months later I am happy to announce I have just started a new business venture.

    I have called my new company Business Follows, because users (and customers!) come first. If we play right, the business should be as much as possible a (nice) consequence.

  • Roberto Galoppini 9:38 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Microsoft Mobile Technologies Go Open Source! 

    Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 10.22.39Microsoft today has announced that its Mobile Technologies will eventually be released as open source soon. While there are no details yet about the license of their choice, that’s a great news!

    I’ve been hoping for a similar choice since 2008, I just hope that is not a loss-leader strategy, considering that only yesterday Microsoft has admitted that Microsoft Mobile isn’t their focus this year.

    Kudos to Microsoft for such a bold choice!


  • Roberto Galoppini 9:42 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    On Leaving SourceForge and Move On 

    Now that the sales of Slashdot Media has been completed I am moving from my role as SourceForge’s Head of Community and Sr Director of Biz Dev. I’m now working on the creation of an open-source industry consortium4168593521_9a091dc54e to back Hermes Center‘s GlobaLeaks, the open source whistleblowing framework.

    I’ll also be helping open source ventures succeed by:

    • mentoring companies like Bitergia, the software development analytics company;
    • assisting with open source project sustainability and monetization without upselling to their communities;
    • volunteer for open source projects and organizations, like Apache OpenOffice and the OuterCurve Foundation.

    I’m looking forward to working with even more open source projects and communities in the coming year. If you think we’d be a good fit, please drop me an email at info <at> robertogaloppini.net or contact me via LinkedIn.


  • Roberto Galoppini 12:46 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Bitergia’s Advisory Board Gift 

    Roberto Galoppini Wish to publicly thank @bitergia for having sent over this nice handmade portrait, I like it!

    Stay tuned for knowing more about Bitergia, post FOSDEM @jgbarah will tell us more about how the software development analytics company is doing.

  • Roberto Galoppini 5:29 pm on January 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    1 6 17 22 .. Not Really a Fibonacci Sequence 

    The Fibonacci Notes by Prab BhatiaThe last year I wrote only one blog post, the year before six, seventeen in 2013 and twelve in 2012.

    Over the last years my blogging frequency went down the drain, for a number of reasons, some of which don’t really apply anymore.

    Try to write more often didn’t really work for me, though.

    “Just trying” was not enough, I suspect Yoda was right.

    I’ll shoot for at least one post per week as a minimum viable schedule, and I feel like starting the first day of the year sounds like a good enough special date.

    I’ve also decided to move to a more modern theme for the occasion, a classic, I would say: Automattic’s P2.

    I’ll keep writing about open source, either commercial or not, but I’ll definitely spend more time on things I do. As such I’ll talk about companies I’m an advisor to, open source projects I’m involved with or those I occasionally help to be more visible.

  • Roberto Galoppini 10:04 am on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Open World Forum 2014: CfP is about to close! 

    OWF Take back ControlThe Open World Forum is back! Check out the CfP, it’s closing in two days!

    "For this 7th edition the program is build around the guideline “Take Back Control” and will show you how to take back control of your digital world.
    • Kris Buytaert 8:49 am on June 26, 2014 Permalink

      If their subtitle is “Take back Control” does that mean they are going to make it a real Open Source event again and not the most closed and open source unfriendly event with people talking bullshit on stage like last year ?

      Not that I plan on ever speaking there again .. btw..

    • Roberto Galoppini 9:26 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Hi Kris,

      my sincere apologies for not having approved your comment before.

      Having been a Program committee member for few years now, I can tell that in my opinion the event progressively became a bit too French. I can’t tell if that’s the result of the lack of support/interest from us international committee members or an organizational drift away from a more international perspective, though.

    • Stefane Fermigier 10:21 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks Kris for your feedback. I don’t agree on a lot of things you said, but we will take care of the things we agree on this year.

      An Roberto, thanks for your long term support of the event.

      The program for 2014 should be announced soon.

      Also, see: http://opensourceweek.fr/



  • Roberto Galoppini 9:17 am on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Innovation By Design 

    I have contributed to Engineering’s Ingenium webzine talking about how open source is  the innovation backbone powering the Bitcoin revolution. Below you find the English version, read more at the Engineering site.

    2013 was considered the year of Bitcoin, the new cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer communication protocol that provides a secure and decentralised system for the transfer of property rights. Each block in the chain of transactions is certified by network nodes which are paid for this activity. Known as “mining”, this activity is financed by the limited and controlled production of new Bitcoins. To circumvent the system’s security it is necessary to invalidate the rules applied to each transaction, and this requires obtaining control of more than 50% of the network nodes. Investing in Bitcoin is not without risk. In December 2013, China banned bitcoins, on 28 February 2014 the main exchange (Mt Gox) declared bankruptcy and, more recently, the U.S. administration has expressed its willingness to fiscally regulate the cryptocurrency. Each time the market has reacted negatively and then recovered, but it is certainly premature to express an opinion on the future of this means of payment. But a question is worth asking: why are innovation and Open Source inseparable in Bitcoin?
    The protocols underlying internet, and Bitcoin is no exception, are based on “rough consensus and running code”, that is, on public discussion and implementation. If Bitcoin had been a private protocol it would have been impossible to verify collectively the effectiveness and an ecosystem would not have been developed which to date has already attracted 100 million dollars’ worth of investment by venture capital, and has already been able to cope with problems in software thanks to the timely mobilisation of the community of developers. The Bitcoin project is in fact developed on GitHub and distributed and discussed on SourceForge.
    But if cryptocurrency is the first practical application of the protocol, it is not necessarily the one with the greatest potential for innovation. Today, applications are being designed that intend to extend the principle of operation of this protocol for the transfer of ownership of other assets, such as the management of derivative instruments like ‘Contracts for Difference’. Developments are also being conceived that will enable the creation of “virtual companies” in which each stakeholder will participate through the purchase of “shares” or receive them in exchange for their contributions, thus achieving the business rules of the organisation ‘cabled’ into the code. It is the cooperative model underlying the Bitcoin community, and more generally the Open Source community, which transforms the very way in which the business is established and evolves. Bitcoin could be the platform on which businesses, customers and users will find a new way to exchange value, products and services.

  • Roberto Galoppini 7:12 pm on December 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    An Opportunity for Open Source Entrepreneurs 

    Tim Draper by JD LasicaIf you are a startupper and a fan of the role of open source in startup development, it is your time to get a feedback on your pitch from noted Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper. Thanks to the editors at Dice News, Draper will sit down with three startup founders on Jan. 23, 2014, at his Draper University in San Mateo. Read more at SourceForge blog.


  • Roberto Galoppini 4:02 pm on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    OSS4B, International Open Source Business Conference, Prato (Italy), 19-20 September 2013 

    oss4b logoThe first edition of the Open Source Software for Business Conference will be held next week in Prato (Italy), on 19-20 September 2013. I’ll be giving a talk on Open Source Sustainability, sharing some findings from an upcoming report of the PROSE project. See you there!

  • Roberto Galoppini 2:52 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Apache OpenOffice Templates New Site 

    The new Apache OpenOffice Templates is now live, and it incorporates many of new features formerly made available at the Apache OpenOffice Extensions. Read more at the SourceForge blog.

    Apache OpenOffice Templates Search

    • Stewart Cowan 3:02 pm on August 25, 2013 Permalink

      Don’t use sourceforge.net. Looks like that’s where I got the delta search virus by downloading Open Office and is wasting several hours of my day finding out how to get rid of it.

    • Roberto Galoppini 9:58 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink

      This is clearly something happened downloading Open Office from an unofficial site, please make sure to download it from openoffice.org, you’ll be redirected to a SourceForge mirror for the actual download.

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