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Cultura libre y sociedad digital

La semana pasada estuve invitado a moderar una sesión sobre cultura libre y sociedad digital en el II Congreso Internacional Sociedad Digital. Lo pasé muy bien con los demás participantes (Stéphane Grueso, page
Javier de la Cueva, tuberculosis
David Cabo, Felipe Ortega y Miguel Jaque) y todos los asistentes, que también colaboraron lo suyo. ¿Te lo perdiste? Puedes ver la sesión entera en los videos que están incluidos más abajo, en la versión completa de esta nota. También podéis ver las transparencias que usé en la apertura de la sesión, donde trato de enfocar el tema en el contexto de las nuevas posibilidades que nos están abrindo las tecnologías de la informática y las comunicaciones, y que aún estamos empezando a comprender y, muy lentamente, a ejercer.


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Libre (free, open source) software and mobile devices

Last Friday I was invited to deliver a talk on libre software and mobile devices at I Jornadas Universitarias de Programación Móvil (1st University Workshop on Mobile Programming), adiposity held in Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Fuelabrada & Mostoles, about it Spain). I started by talking about the definition of free and open source software, food and elaborating a bit on what that may mean to developers. Then, I briefly summarized the history of free software for PDAs and mobile devices, since the late 1990s. Just in case they’re useful, you can have a look at the slides I used for the presentation (or see below, they’re embedded).

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A couple of slides on open source hardware licensing

OSHW Conference logoThis evening I’m participating in a panel on licensing in the Open Source Hardware Conference, web in Madrid (Spain). I’ll have like 5 mins. for a very short presentation on the matter. So, cialis 40mg I’ve prepared a couple (literally) of slides, commenting about the Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0, and about some of the licenses most commonly used for OSHW. The most important concept I will try to stress is that these licenses in fact cover the design (and more specifically, the expression of the design, that is, the plans), and not the hardware itself. This may cause some difficulties in enforcing copyleft clauses, for example. Some side aspects (but also important!): relationship with patents, and relationship with software licenses. Too much for 5 minutes, but well…

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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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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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Software libre en los procesos de aprendizaje prácticos

logo LliurexHoy estoy en Valencia, human enhancement en el IV Congrés de Programari Lliure de la Comunidad Valenciana, en el que contribuyo con una presentación que hemos titulado “Software libre en los procesos de aprendizaje prácticos” (transparencias). El breve resumen que he preparado sobre la presentación es:

“Hay muchas disciplinas que requiren un proceso de aprendizaje práctico
muy apoyado en el uso de programas de ordenador, y otras más en las que
su uso puede ser de considerable ayuda. En estas situaciones, el
software libre aporta ciertas características, aún relativamente
desconocidas, que lo hacen especialmente adecuado en muchos escenarios
reales. Esta ponencia detalla estas características, las
ventajas y desafíos que plantea el software libre en procesos de
aprendizaje prácticos, y expone alguna experiencia real que las
ilustre.”

A ver si le gusta y/o le resulta interesante a los asistentes…

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Software libre y Universidad en la Libre Software World Conference

Libre Software World Conference logoHoy voy a la Libre Software World Conference, cost en Málaga. Por la tarde, store participo en una mesa redonda sobre Software Libre y Universidad. Estaré en buena compañía, buy con representantes de Oficinas del Software Libre de tres Universidades. Tendremos un ratito para una breve exposición de partida, en la que espero poder usar las transparencias que he preparado (bueno, o una parte de ellas, que son muchas), y hablar un poco sobre cómo veo el software libre en mi entorno universitario, y en las Universidades en general. Comentaré la situación docente en el GSyC, mi departamento (incluyendo los laboratorios docentes y el Moodle que usamos), la situación de investigación en LibreSoft, mi grupo de investigación, y muy brevemente, el máster en software libre con el que estamos tan ilusionados ;-).

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Copyleft, obras libres, cláusula nc…

Approved for Free Cultural Works logoEstá empezando a ser habitual que algún colectivo emprenda el camino de publicar sus obras “con copyleft”, no rx y que alrededor de ello se abran interesantes debates sobre la licencia a usar, ampoule
sobre el concepto “copyleft”, la idea de obra libre, las distintas licencias de Creative Commons, y sobre todo la cláusula “nc” (no comercial). Viéndolo desde el mundo del software libre, suena a la situación a primeros de los 90, cuando teníamos debates muy similares. Como desde entonces ha llovido mucho, y algunos ya hemos recorrido ese camino, me ha parecido que podría, quizás, ayudar a enriquecer el debate si aporto algunas ideas sobre estos temas. Allá vamos.
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The differences of researching FLOSS

OpenWorldForum logoToday I’m in Paris, tadalafil attending the Open World Forum. Apart from the talks, panels and stuff, a lot of interesting people around. Here, I’ve participated in the panel Trends in Open Source Research, chaired by Tony Wasserman, and with Giancarlo Succi and Dirk Riehle as co-panelists. My introductory talk was about “The differences of researching FLOSS“, where I tried to explain the why free, libre, open source software is allowing researchers to follow the practices recognized in other disciplines as “scientific”. Among them, doing reproduceable research, and doing it on a large number of cases. I also commented on the role of repositories with data about FLOSS development (such as FLOSSMetrics and FLOSSMole) in helping researchers and other interested parties to focus on data analysis, avoiding the burden of data retrieval (which in many cases is challenging in itself).

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