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An ode to releasing software

There is one particular moment in every Free and Open Source Software project: it’s the time when the software is about to get released. The software has been totally frozen of course, QA tests have been made, all the lights are green; the website still needs to be updated with …

Calendar sharing in the XXIst century

This post is a bit of a rant, and I think it will resonate with people who have chosen to use online and shared calendars that are not provided by either Google or Microsoft. I will write it from the beginning: I still cannot believe we cannot achieve proper calendar …

Women & Free Software projects

I have never written about this rather sensitive topic before, but I recently realized that when we set up the concept of “Native-Language Communities” back in the old days of OpenOffice.org, the general idea was to allow everyone to participate to a Free Software project. Now, the stated ability -the …

What makes a great Open Source project?

Recently the Document Foundation has published its annual report for the year 2015. You can download it as a pdf by following this link, and you can now even purchase a paper copy of the report. This publication gives me the opportunity to talk a bit about what I think …

Eyes & Ears – Summer 2016 edition

Welcome to this edition of Eyes & Ears. It’s been a few months I had not published a new session. It was both a matter of time and mood, too many sad events all around. In happier news, yesterday (Friday the 5th of August), the Café del Mar released its …

Omar Khayyam, Orlando & Magnanville

We had a rough and sad week around the world. It started last weekend with the horrible Orlando shooting in a gay nightclub. It went on with the couple of French cops being slaughtered in front of their 3 year-old son by a Islamic terrorist in their own home during …

Musk, Epstein, Chesterton and the quest for intelligence

There’s a recurring theme in the press these days, and its latest incarnation is Elon Musk speaking on record about his suspicion on our world being a cunning virtual world simulation game powered by artificial intelligence. You can also read in many places that the robots are taking over as …

Eyes and Ears – May Session

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes and Ears. Today we’ll be talking about books from two special authors and we’ll be listening to chill-out tracks; perfect components for the rainy afternoon I’m working on this edition! Books A year ago I had listed a book by my friend Pieter …

Eyes & Ears – Early Spring Session

Welcome to this Early Spring edition of the Eyes & Ears sessions, after a full month of silence. Let’s start right away with some nice house music remix by Lane 8 , who’s been featured some time ago in our sessions. This one is a track by Icarus. Ibiza Sonica …

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