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Product vs. Technology

October 10, 2022

Every so often, I have a conversation with someone, and we end up in a sub-conversation around the differences between products and technologies. This phenomenon frequently happens to me because I consider a product and a technology two completely different things. At the same time, many people use them interchangeably when discussing IT products and technologies. I think this distinction’s value is clearly distinguishing the solutions that are resilient to a single entity failure and those that are not.

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CentOS Linux 8 EOL

December 31, 2021

In December 2020, the CentOS Project announced a series of changes. The three most important are: the creation of CentOS Stream and the consequent rename of CentOS (the classic Linux distribution the project is known for) in CentOS Linux the anticipation to today (31/12/2021) of the End Of Life for CentOS Linux 8 the fact that CentOS Linux 8 is going to be the last and that from now on, only CentOS Stream will have new releases That announcement created a lot of different sentiments in the community and even more among the CentOS Linux users.

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MongoDB's SSPL

October 18, 2018

A couple of days ago, Eliot Horowitz, CTO & co-founder of MongoDB announced that MongoDB is moving from the AGPL to the SSPL license. The SSPL is a new license, just created by MongoDB. In the post, Eliot points out that they created the SSPL starting from the AGPL, and he affirms that the new license guarantees all the freedoms the AGPL does. I firmly believe that the SSPL is not a FLOSS license since it limits the possibility of the cloud providers to provide an “as a service” version of it.

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Elettronica Libera

March 21, 2015 - Settala, IT

Today ViGLug organized the “Elettronica Libera” (free, as-speech, electronics) event in Settala. In the morning, we had many sessions, and the focus was more on the general public and promoting those ideas with non-expert people. In the morning, many topics were covered, such as the various boards available, Linux, and the open-source software around them. In the afternoon, the focus moved to more advanced topics, such as GPIO, OpenWrt, the networking bits, as well as a hands-on session.

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Google's Android 1

September 28, 2008

Last week, Google unveiled Android 1.0. The first device that will feature this OS is going to be HTC Dream. The Android platform is Google’s reply to Apple’s iOS. Or, at least, this is my read on the matter and the meaning I’m giving it in this article. The main difference between Android and iOS is that Android will allow multiple companies to create competing Android devices. On the one hand, this will create more options for the consumers; on the other hand, it will create a less coherent experience.

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Introduction to KDE4

May 14, 2008 - Sebastopol, CA, US

I’ve already talked about the NBLUG in a previous blog post. Yesterday night I presented at NBLUG an Introduction to KDE4. In the talk, I’ve shown KDE4 features as well as look and feel. New features that will land in 4.1 also were discussed. After the talk, the people in the audience did ask some questions. I appreciated the interest of the present people in the new updates in the KDE and desktop space.

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September 12, 2007 - Sebastopol, CA, US

Yesterday evening I went to the NBLUG for the first time. Actually, this is the first time I have gone to a Linux User Group event at all. The evening started with a presentation by Kyle Rankin on how DNS works. The presentation was very interesting because we use DNS so frequently in our lives, but it “just works” for most people, and they have no idea how and why it works.

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Microsoft/Novell deal

November 4, 2006

On the 2nd of November, Microsoft and Novell announced an agreement to share some patents, cross-marketing, and collaborative development. The deal is very recent, and it is difficult to say what exactly it includes and what consequences (if any) it will have. From the information currently available, it seems there are multiple parts to the deal: Both companies will work on the compatibility between their OSes and the other company’s virtualization solution (Windows on Xen and SLE on Viridian).

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Fedora Bordeaux

April 23, 2006

About one year and a half ago, I tried Fedora Heidelberg (Fedora Core 3), but it did not last too much on my machine because I was eager to test Ubuntu Warty Warthog. Fedora Bordeaux (Fedora Core 5) got released about one month ago, and I immediately installed it. It has been a month now since I’ve installed it, and I like it. I feel that I’ll be using Fedora for a long time because I found an environment that feels right to me for the first time.

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