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  • 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 8:36 pm on January 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Open Source Never Dies 

    6360570507_8242f1eb25_mRecently a number of people from open source communities I work with or that I’m just aware of, happened to die. I’m thinking of Ian Lynch, of the Ingot fame, Ian Murdock Debian founder and John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead.

    It has been sudden and sad, and my thoughts go to their families out there.


    Whatever they have been doing – either if it was an assessment model, a Linux distro entirely composed of free software or marketing the first and most used open source office suite – the results of what they did are here to stay.

    Thank you guys for all you have done, it will never die.

  • Roberto Galoppini 9:08 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    About Contributing to Apache OpenOffice 

    Over the last 4 years I’ve been lucky enough to be paid for volunteering for Apache OpenOffice, and I wish to take a moment to thank SlashdotMedia and Geeknet, to allow me to turn my passion in my daily job. It has been a long journey getting to this point and I have learnt so much. Understanding and eventually embracing ‘the Apache Way’ was key to engage with the Apache OpenOffice community, and not only for that.

    Now, getting back to the original topic, let me share with you some news about Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites.

    aooe_homeThe new Extensions home has a strong focus on the search box, a brand new logo and overall a redesigned look and feel where all menu items have icons for better readability.





    aoot_homeThe new Templates home. Similarly to Apache OpenOffice Extensions site we have redesigned the look and feel of Apache OpenOffice Templates site. Different colors are used to highlight to which application a given template might be applied.





    aooe_creationThe new administrative interface. We have been thinking of Extensions’ authors too, and we added a bar at the top that links to the most common actions. We also improved the GUI, making it more intuitive for uploading extensions.





    aooe_searchThe search has been completely redesigned too. It worth to mention that there are other changes here and there, including an alert for outdated extensions that provides an easy way to contact the original author.



  • Roberto Galoppini 2:50 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Estonia Doubles e-Residency Fee 

    e-estonia, Digital ID CardBeing part of the Estonia e-Residency community – a community that counts over 8,000 members from around the world interested in administering a location-independent business online – I’ve just received their newsletter that tells that from February 1, 2016 the application fee for e-Residency will rise from 50€ to 100€.

    Big kudos to the Estonia government for the initiative. I remember me reading Balaji S. Srinivasan‘s tweet about Estonia’s citizenship-as-a-service, and since then I kept a close eye on that was advancing. A reading I would definitely recommend to people interested in this matter is “The Ultimate Guide to Estonian E-residency, Banking and Taxes.

    I don’t know yet if I’ll ever use my Estonian e-Residency, but I’m sure Estonia did the right thing, it’s something other countries should consider too.

    About e-Residency: e-Residency does not confer citizenship, tax residency, residence or right of entry to Estonia or to the European Union. 



  • 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 5:18 pm on April 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Radical Digital Frontiers Event, Rome 4/12 

    See you on Sunday to talk about privacy, censorship and whistleblowingSiamo tutti Servi della Gleba (digitale). Learn more about the event at the Official site.
    Update: see full videos at Radio Radicale website.

  • Roberto Galoppini 6:18 pm on December 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SOS Open Source Tools and Methodology are Open Source! 

    Open Source LogoI am so happy to say that finally SOS Open Source methodology and tools are now open source!

    The EU-funded initiative PROSE re-engineerined and enhanced my original tools, making them now available as open source.

    If you need to run an open source software procurement process give it a try. Read more at SOS Open Source.

  • Roberto Galoppini 11:55 am on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airbnb, bitcoin, blockchain, share economy, , uber   

    The Share Economy is Dead, Long Live to the Share Economy! 

    Airbnb, Uber and many other centralized sharing approaches are collecting big money from investors and opening every day new markets. The problem with ‘Sharing Central‘ is that there are business reasons to hide negative feedback, put strong ID system in place, push people to write comments using quid pro quo strategies and more.

    Sharing Central is not evil per sé, but its main focus isn’t to provide end-users with full access to knowledge and reduce asymmetry of information. Goal is to maximize returns. And this happens also in other social media, as seen with Twitter’s recent “mistakes” for example.

    Ad-free social media like Ello are hitting the news, but how long they’ll stay ad-free?

    The so-called “shared economy” is just replacing the existing and often inefficient and/or ineffective intermediaries, with a new set of powerful intermediaries. While the companies backing all the share-central initiatives are somehow failing to see their true social potential, they introduced many people to the collaborative economy.

    Will these new intermediaries harder to disrupt? Maybe, or maybe not.

    The Bitcoin revolution and its role in the Share Economy.

    The Blockchain‘s biggest promise is still yet to be fulfilled, but it will soon allow us to share knowledge in a trust-less network removing or replacing the middle-man and his desire for control.

    Let’s discuss briefly some possibilities:

    1) P2P Purchasing Groups. People interested in a product or service category might collectively buy something. There are actually few ways to get this done:

    2) P2P Direct Selling. The blockchain would make easier for potential buyers to check out sellers’ honesty and products’ pros and cons. Sales’ traceability would make possible to implement either single or multi-level marketing approaches in a error-prone fashion.

    3) P2P Word of Mouth. Manufacturers and Service providers could engage with their customers and get them to talk about their products by incentivizing advocacy with gift cards, discounts and prize. Basically doing that Puma has been doing with its employee.

    I’ll be covering this topic more and more consistently, bringing examples of how Bitcoin (the protocol) can change the digital world in unexpected and unpredictable ways.

  • 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.

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