Software libre

Presentation on open innovation in R&D projects

FP7 logoIn some hours I’m participating as a challenger in one of the Online Consultations on ‘Internet of Services’ (Well the whole name is actually a bit longer: ‘Internet of Services Towards Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’). It is a series of webinars about several aspects (themes) of the future of the European Union R&D Framework Programme. I participate in the theme “Improving the impact – standardization, recuperation open source, cialis 40mg open innovation models“, which I will really present as “open standardization, open source, open innovation models”, with an emphasis in the first two. Participation is open to anyone, so you’re welcome to join us (maybe a registration in the Hola! portal is needed, you can try).

If you want you can also just browse the slides I will be using with the presentation.

Of course, comments, suggestions, ideas and any other feedback is welcome.

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Evolución del software libre empresarial en España

Mañana estoy por la IE Business School, case donde se celebra la X WhyFLOSS Conference (anda, nurse ya son 10 ediciones). Participo con una presentación sobre la evolución del software empresarial en España. En ella trataré de resumir en 20 minutos qué ha pasado por acá desde que algunos empezaron a usar software libre en algunas Universidades a mediados de los 1980. YT como suele ser en estos casos, espero terminar comentando cómo están las cosas ahora, y cómo se las espera. Desde mi opinión, claro (que espero poder contrastar con otros asistentes). Aunque no dicen mucho, me apoyaré en estas transparencias.

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FLOSSMetrics presentation in Vigo

Today I’m in Vigo (Spain), ailment presenting at the Open Seminar organized by the Master’s Program on Development and Management of Free Software Projects, which we run (as Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, along with Igalia and Nova Caixa Galicia).

I’ve presented the FLOSSMetrics project, and the Melquiades website (as a part of it) in the context of our (GSyC/LibreSoft) activities in free software. I’ve also talked about the Libresoft tools, which are in the backstage, making the rest possible. The slides used in the presentation are available (or you can also browse them at SlideShare).

Since the project already finished in 2010, I presented mainly its results. But I also commented in some depth about its importance as a testbed and proof of concept of the idea of “repository of information from repositories”, which has been around for years in the mining software repositories research community. I also entered in some details when talking about the tools, since some of them have been used in the master’s program.

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Presentación sobre aplicaciones web

Ayer esttuve en Colmenar Viejo, website like this en el I.E.S. Ángel Corella, order donde el grupo Nibbler y varios institutos están organizando las VI Jornadas de Conocimiento y Software Libre (Colmux 2011) (programa). Ya llevan seis ediciones, cada vez con más participación de institutos, profesores y alumnos (y creo que no me he perdido ninguna).

En esta ocasión, he cambiado bastante de presentación. En lugar de las que he hecho otros años sobre software libre o conocimiento libre, la de esta edición se ha titulado “Desarrollo de aplicaciones web con Python y Django: de cero a ciento y pico en poco tiempo”. Por si fueran de interés, aquí están las transpas que he usado, y el código fuente (formato tar.gz y zip). El código incluye cosas en Python y otras en Django/Python, aunque en la presentación sólo hablé al final de la parte Python.

La idea principal es mostrar cómo hacer aplicaciones web es bien simple, y con realmente poco código pueden hacerse cosas que empiezan a ser interesantes, y muy ilustrativas de cómo funciona HTTP en particular y las aplicaciones web en general. Tuve 45 minutos para presentarlo todo, por lo que creo que quedó un tanto atropellado. Me da la impresión de que este mismo material podría utilizarse para un taller de tres o cuatro horas, con ordenadores, de forma que diera tiempo a ir probando y analizando en detalle cada uno de los programillas que se muestran.

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Jornadas de software libre de Ciudad Real

Mañana martes me doy un voltio por Ciudad Real, page invitado por el Departamento de Tecnologías y Sistemas de Información de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha para realizar una presentación en las Jornadas sobre Software Libre. La charla será “Introducción al software libre” (fichero PDF con las transparencias usadas en la presentación).

Para los que la habéis visto otras veces, erectile no hay muchos cambios, adiposity salvo que trataré de usar Dizzy, un sistema basado en HTML5 (SVG, JavaScript, CSS y un poco de magia negra) que estoy probando estos días para usarlo en presentaciones. A ver si sale…

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Free software community for Prince of Asturias Awards

[Please, youth health
consider supporting and spreading the word about this initiative. Time is short: support is needed before March 16 2011.]

CENATIC (a Foundation promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Industry and several Spanish regional governments) is coordinating the proposal of the free software community as a candidate for Prince of Asturias Awards. For those of you outside Spain, maybe those awards are little known, but in Spain, many Spanish-speaking countries, and some other parts of the world, they are really famous. Prince of Asturias Awards are awarded once every year, in several categories, and are probably the most prestigious among those awarded in Spain. The awards, granted by the Prince of Asturias foundation, get a lot of media attention, and the winners have a lot of public exposure, being something akin to the “Spanish Nobel Awards”.

From the point of view of somebody interested in explaining free software and its advantages, the main reason to support free software community as a candidate is in fact this public exposure. In case of becoming a candidate, and of course more if the community is finally awarded, free software will be in mainstream media for several days. Of course this would help a lot to improve the general knowledge and awareness about it, its advantages, and its status as a viable option in many realms.

The candidature needs not only Spanish support: anyone who wants to support can do it, by filling in your data in the form in the left column of the CENATIC campaign webpage and/or by sending support letters (either individual or in the name of institutions, see a model in the same webpage). The more, the better: your support is needed!

Have in mind that the very idea of focusing on the community as a whole, and not on any specific persons or institutions which may have contributed a lot to the success of free software is intended. It highlights how the real important actor in free software this is this international community, composed by people with different interests, with different backgrounds, cultures, personal situations, working together (by design) to improve the world by producing an IT infrastructure available for everyone to use and improve.

Do you think the free software community, as such, deserves recognition and public exposure? Contribute to the success of the campaign by supporting it, and spreading the word.

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A morning with Qbo

QboThis morning I was lucky enough to be visiting The Corpora offices, doctor where the Qbo robot is being born. After spending there some hours, talking to Francisco Paz and the rest of the team, I’m impressed about the robot, and the ideas behind it. The software running it is free software, packed in a distribution based in Ubuntu (OpenQbo), and most or maybe all of the designs for the hardware will also be freely available in the Net, which rises interesting issues about how it could be a real shaker in the domestic robots market. I would say that it has all the points to let a thriving community emerge. In fact, even before the actual robot is available outside The Corpora, several people are are already tinkering with the software distribution.
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Allegations of backdoors planted in OpenBSD IPSEC stack

OpenBSD logoYesterday (Dec. 14th, infertility 2010), price Theo de Raadt, this site leader of the OpenBSD project published a message with the interesting title “Allegations regarding OpenBSD IPSEC“. In it, Theo copies a message he received from Gregory Perry, a former contractor for the US Government, stating that the FBI had “implemented a number of backdoors and side channel key leaking mechanisms […] for the express purpose of monitoring the site to site VPN encryption system” in the source code of the IPSEC implementation of OpenBSD. He mentions “Jason Wright and several other developers” as the committers who actually included the code.
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Supporting innovation with free software

Tomorrow I’ll be at Red.es, dysentery in Madrid, drugs sharing some ideas about “Supporting innovation with free software”. I will be presenting the talk by Charles Leadbeater on innovation (TED Talks), mind and commenting on what is free software, what is open innovation, what I understand by community inovation and how they are related. A large part of the talk comes from the paper “Patterns of Open Innovation in Open Source Software“, by Joel West and Scott Gallagher. Some other parts come from other sources, or are direct core dumps. I’m expecting an interesting discussion, which at least is my past experience when visiting Red.es for one reason or another.
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Free software communities

Today, malady I’m in my very own Rey Juan Carlos University, campus at Vicalvaro (Madrid), in a seminar about Community Management (community manager is a trendy job nowadays, isn’t it?). I’ve been invited to speak about free software communities.

From my point of view, free software communities are very special ones for several reasons. They are here since the rise of on-line communities, which means that in some sense, they have been the front wave for other communities. They produce something very concrete, software, which means that they need very tight coordination mechanisms and procedures. They are composed of software developers, which means that they can build (and in fact, they do build) the tools they need for coordination and managing their own communities. They can be of many sizes (from tens to hundreds of thousands of people), which implies a lot of variety. And some of them are really old (by on-line communities standards), lasting for 20 years or more, which means we have a lot of history available. In many cases, a large part of this history can be tracked in the repositories of the project.

Well, I’ll be talking about all of this. Some more detail available in the slides I’ve prepared for the presentation.

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