- Ouch. Here goes another “Linux desktops” article that misses a crucial point: “To capture more of the desktop market, Linux needs to target the average user. That article does get lots of things right, many more of most similar articles, starting with this sentence: “Don’t even mention the terminal window, commands, or open source. Why? The average user doesn’t care and is only turned off by those ideas.” which I suggest to compare with the “Where’s the trick?
Today, while cleaning up old backups, I found a text file named as this post, which I saved on November 17th, 2000, but never used. Cannot remember what I was planning to do with it, but here it goes. A bit naive, surely dated (just look at which Free Software companies I was suggesting to go for help…) but still interesting, considering how things stand today. Here it goes, unchanged:
(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, [![spesa software dei comuni italiani
Shortly after launching my proposal for a personal, p2p replacement of Facebook, Gmail and similar services I was contacted by the developers of Cozy Cloud. We had a very interesting discussion, which ended with their proposal to write a post for their blog, to explain what similarities, differences and possible synergies I see between the two projects. Here I am, looking forward to your feedback!
- (This is my summary of a story told me by Lucia Mazzoni. Paragraphs in bold and beginning with my name are my own comments, added later. The second part is here) In February 2012, I spent 15 days in Sierra Leone, to meet the people helped by a project launched 10 years ago. After the Civil War the people in greatest trouble were those who had suffered amputations: the project helps a group of amputeed (hands, arms, feet, legs …) hosted at the end of conflict in 2001, in a refugee camp in Aberdeen, a village near the capital Freetown (I also blogged about my trip here (italian).
In november 2010 I discovered the existence of Federica, the tridimensional virtual square” that should be the innovative web-learning system of the Federico II University in Naples. Out of curiosity, I decided to visit it and all I got was a black screen and some perplexities. Some of them, which I described in another page are on the very sense of a website like that, others are more specific. I got a black screen because I use Linux, while (quoting from the University website):