(no, not really but…) In December 2014, italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi annunced soldipubblici.gov.it, a Web portal that provides official Open Data on public spending (“Soldi Pubblici”, that is) in Italy. Within a few hours, an italian Hacker, Continue reading Hacker proves with Open Data that Microsoft license costs don’t matter
Almost ten years ago, I wrote about Free Software’s surprising sympathy with Catholic doctrine, noting that, albeit certain statements sound “as if they could have been written by Richard M. Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), in fact, they come from the Vatican Report “Ethics in Internet” (EiI)”. Continue reading Catholics, Free Software and Free Knowledge, again
In December 2013 I came across something I still consider yet another proof of two things: first, much trust in the actual competence of many “digital savvy” Internet users is misplaced; second, many of the proposed alternatives to current social networks are trying to solve the wrong problem. Continue reading On people offended when asked not to use Facebook, and who will die first
(this is a reformatted/expandedq version of a comment I made in November 2013 on the Libre Office mailing list)
Twelve (TWELVE!!!) years ago I asked OpenOffice users “Are you advocating OO correctly”. Six years ago I said the same things in a different format. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a perfect proof that that kind of advocay IS right, but so far has been never practiced enough. Continue reading Shall we waste twelve more years promoting Free office suites instead of open office formats?
I just got an email by somebody asking how the Free Software alternative to corporate social networks that I call percloud would work. I answered that… Continue reading Here is how the percloud would work, in practice
Believe it or not, I only discovered arKos last Friday, through this Slashdot announcement: a project (apparently) very similar to the percloud, which is my own proposal for a Free Software alternative to Facebook, Gmail &C.
Have you seen that article titled “How Linux owns the Internet”? It is basically a list that is supposed to prove how good Linux is Continue reading “How Linux owns the Internet” is SO wrong. And bad. But luckily…
(this is something I wrote in 2007. Everywhere you read “OO.o” you can (and should) replace it with “Apache OpenOffice or Libre Office”. See the bottom of the page for the origin and history of the text)
Many people, schools and small businesses use OO.o only because Continue reading The correct way to use and advocate OO.o and the real reason to do it
(this is only the final part of something I wrote in 2007. Please do read the first part to understand where the text below comes from!)
A highly structured, metadata rich, application independent XML file format like OpenDocument can finally offer two huge advantages Continue reading The actual advantages of OpenDocument