April’s personal update

  • We had our FIRST birthday!!! On the 6th of April my beautiful daughter turned 1! The best feeling anyone can feel…
  • GNOME 3.20 was just released downstream to my Antergos boxes. Minor visual changes, major speed upgrades… A bit annoyance on Void due to the Paper theme, but the new Adwaita (default) dark theme is excellent.
  • I read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother novel, a postcyberpunk book on government surveillance, repurposing technology, online & offline privacy. An excellent and thrilling read, I finished it in a day… plus there is an sequel, Homeland. And they are free, in fact all of Doctorow’s books are available online for free.

 

When two worlds collide

Yesterday saw the announcement, at Microsoft’s Build 2016 convention, that users will be able to run Ubuntu Bash Shell commands directly through Windows 10 – that means no need for Cygwin or other 3rd party layer technologies. This was made due to the collaboration between Canonical and Microsoft…

Does this consist as a betrayal from Canonical to the Open Source community?

Even though Canonical began with Ubuntu (an easy to install, easy to use, distribution), it has now evolved to a company that gains the most from software for servers, the cloud implementation, and is now entering the handheld market (Ubuntu‘s convergence is a great idea and from what i have seen it is solid). And Ubuntu is moving away (slowly but steadily) away from it sources – snappy will replace .deb packages plus the whole situation with the intellectual property claims.

Concluding, this partnership with the biggest OS will bring Ubuntu (a part of it) to many millions users, mostly system administrators and developers. With profit in mind, Canonical don’t forget is a company, it’s a good move.

From Microsoft’s perspective, the company has lost the wagon on Cloud and Big Data implementation, plus developers and coders mostly user OS X and Linux. Meaning that Windows are used, either by people who only use their PC for Facebook, or by PC gamers (and they now have other options). This partnership gives them access to a user base of people actively working on technology.

So.. another good move.

Personally, I don’t believe that Canonical is respecting the Open Source ethics nowadays. With that in mind the Open Source community will not be affected, on the contrary, maybe some Windows users will be converted to Linux –  probably Ubuntu at first, but when you go down the rabbit hole..there is a great new world waiting.

Athens Digital Revolution

Parts of the Athens Digital Revolution expo at the Onassis Cultural Centre, which ended on January 7th 2016.

Plus some videos of some of the interactive parts of the Expo:

 

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There is a ton of other material, including videos of interactive art, vintage computers, 3d printed artifacts and more. Maybe on another post…

Bits and Pieces of Fosscomm 2015

Yesterday I attended the second day of Fosscomm 2015 on the Technological Institution of Athens. First of all I would like to point out that the convention was excellently organised, my previous experiences on various technological – and non – conventional was traumatic. The campus of the Institution is beautiful and the convention’s workshops and classes was scattered mostly on the faculty of Technological Applications building.

I watched the PirateBox intro course, by hackerspace.gr. A very interesting course for off-grid file sharing, chatting, media streaming.

The Open Business course, which evolved to an interactive lab to create a viable business model based on open source thinking and technologies.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time, so the last course I watched was a Quadcopter design and introductory course.

The beauty of Open Source are it’s people, I had time to talk to some very interesting persons about OpenSuse, Fedora and Debian – I also met the Mate maintainer of Debian! – plus I got familiar with GreekLUG and Ellak.

Booths of the Bitcoin, OpenSuse, Fedora communities

Booths of the Bitcoin, OpenSuse, Fedora communities

All in all it was a great experience, next year though I hope we will be more organised and attend both days and more courses!

P.S : The best thing about conventions are the goodies!! Stickers, DVDs, bags and a cup was my loot from Fosscomm 2015!

Fosscomm Goodies!

Fosscomm Goodies!