- 4 main conferences with an average of:
- 8 tracks
- 100 tech talks
- 40% international speakers (10% women)
- more than 7000 attendees across Europe
- more than 100 tech-communities
- more than 350 speakers
- a network of +30.000 developers
Not more than 2 weeks ago, I have been around @ CISCO Live event in Milan, the industry’s premier education and training workshop.
Lazy walking around, I had a very interesting coffee with Giuseppe Paternò (aka Gippa): he was there on the behalf of Canonical (he was in charge to talk about OpenStack), but really our chat turn immediately on security matter.
Security is probably one of the most important issue of these times, – among others, 2013 GNOME FoG campaign has been focused on security – and I think protection of (personal and corporate) data is “the” challenge of next ones.
As user, protection of my digital life is something I really worry about, but if I was a company… OH MY GOSH! Social networks, weak passwords, multiple devices, spyware, malware, negligence or simply oversight (geniuses are known to be differently focused… 🙂 ) how many doors would you like to open? How many temptations for a a blackhat?
What I really like in Giuseppe words has been the effort to make available for everyone his long lasting experience in FLOSS environment to provide a simple solution, called SecurePass.
SecurePass is a SaaS identity and access management backed by strong authentication and Single Sign On. Giuseppe explained me that the idea behind is that each web app and Linux system in the cloud has its own user base, therefore there is no central point of user management and no single way to enforce security policies. SecurePass targets Cloud apps and networks devices, and is currently using open protocols such as RADIUS, CAS, LDAP.
But Giuseppe wanted even more in the new release: he said he wanted it to be easy for developers to integrate it into their core framework, hence the implementation of new APIs and the group management.
Next release is codenamed Dreamliner, and that makes sense , because of Gippa’s great passion for flight: he has a private pilot licence… and he promised me a tour on a Diamond Aircraft DA40NG if I spread the word!!!
Just kidding of course, but this is my way to help the project – and, definitely, a friend.
The beta is there to help Giuseppe in driving SecurePass to something that is useful to both developers and users. New libraries are released as Open Source on GitHub and he’s looking for feedback and patches. Many heads are better then one, so please consider to join the free beta testing: for more info take a look at https://beta.secure-pass.net
My technical knowledge is too poor to allow me to assess a value, but if one of you will leave an opinion, I’ll be happy to read and share!
Curtains down on FOSSDEM and a new show is already ready to go!
After almost an year far from home, it has been a good opportunity to meet some old good friends, among others Paola “wonderpaolastra” Santoro, from GGD-Rome, to whom we talked about Women in tech.
Born from the experience of Javaday, Codemotion is the event open to all (open) languages and technologies. The Italian stage of international tour will be held in Rome, from 9 to 12 April… If you’ll be around it could be interesting come and say “Hello!”. I attended a couple of editions, and I had a talk about Ubuntu some times ago, but I think nowadays Mara Marzocchi and Chiara Russo, the founders couple, gave to the event a more business oriented perspective.
Networking, Gaming and Hackhaton for a conference sponsored by Google, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, with the participation of international speakers and a huge space for Communities.
C4P is still open till 9 Febrary, and I’m wondering to submit. And you?
Only some hours last before I take my flight to Prague to reach my first GUADEC and I’m very very excited!!!
My luggage is very far to be ready, my presentation is on its way (BTW, timetable has change, my talk about Outreaches will be on Thursday, August 1st, at 2:00 pm!!!) but meanwhile…
If you don’t know how spend your waiting time till Conference starts, and you didn’t already be aware of them, you can read what our great keynote speakers answered to my questions!!!
Thank you very much to all marketing team to help me delivering these interviews at my best!
It’s always very exciting have the opportunity to meet face to face people you’re used to deal with on IRC or via mail.
I knocked on GNOME’s door in autumn and I need to say that this choice changed my life: I met some very valuable persons which let me step-in GNOME circle of trust. And that’s great!
And now… GUADEC is coming, and I’ll attend for my very first time!
I do thanks Travel Committee to have accepted my request of sponsorship and GUADEC papers committee to have accepted my talk in which I’ll present my work about outreaches.
And, of course all the friends who supported me during last months!
But much stuff is cooking… Don’t miss incoming news!
Can’t wait to meet you all in Brno!
I’ve been very impressed during last days from the PRISM affair, but what really touched me, has been the totally mental reaction people had and newspaper spread about this fact.
Far to chime-in Mr Orwell, it is absolutely normal to me that when an authority has the tool and the power to control, it will do.
I was 12 when, for the very first time I realised that not everything of my life could be share on the public square. And internet is, definitely a public square. Social networking implies to be very careful about what could be share there and what has to be private. And private is unwired. There is a world out from internet, the perfect place to share emotions, passions and love.
There is nothing unexpected in the fact NSA checks our lives through internet, but it is in people astonishing about this and shares contents they have shame of.
But this opens of course a huge issue: if internet, and cloud, are so vulnerably to the Big Brother’s eye, privacy becomes a very relevant matter.
I totally agree the effort Open source (and GNOME) are spending for privacy, but is it enough?
When a so massive menace is incumbent over our digital life, could be Open source an answer?
Recently a company I know has chosen as a new leader of one of his most important project a very arrogant person.
I had the opportunity to work with him some times ago, and all the people that met him agree with me about his arrogance.
This man has indubitably a great know-how, he’s brilliant and talented for his work (but maybe less than others) but he is very able to increase his self-branding.
He built in times an image of solid professional, built not on his 20 years experience but on his bad temperament, on his arrogance, his language often remarkable when not openly rude.
The question is: he’s been chosen because or despite his bad temperament?
Some times ago I read an interesting story: a leader of a great company asked to a marketing guru if the fact his company wasn’t as big as Apple depended on he was an humble leader.
The answer was that Apple was a big company in spite of Jobs’ bad temperament.
In the highly controversial Good to Great book, the author, James C. Collins examines the performance over 40 years of 11 companies that became great.
The first of seven characteristics of companies that went “from good to great” is to have an inspired but humble leader.
Although many companies and many project have a strong leader, in my mind the my way or the highway approach is located just a step away from Godfather’s style.
I believe that a leader ought to be flexible, to be a good listener and not only a screaming monkey, he should be ready to learn from his mistakes, he should be aware to be not perfect, but perfectible.
In a nutshell, a good leader is charismatic and inspiring but refuses to be bossy.
A good example of charismatic humble leader is without doubt Mr. Barack Obama, a bossy leader is – unfortunately – Mr Silvio Berlusconi.
To be driven to do what’s best for the company, to be enthusiastic and crowd enchanter is quite different from state own authority with arrogance: in my humble opinion, a bad temperament often could hide skills and talents or – worse – cover a lack of them.
In reverse, an overweening attitude, very often shows an inner weakness and a intimate need to be reassured that immediately ceases when that leader lost his/her power.
That said, if mostly researches demonstrate that good-to-great leaders, it turns out, are humble, why so many bully leader there around?
Be inspiring. Don’t be overwhelming. Be a leader.
I’m very excited to share with you all this great change in my life!
I’m moving to Edinburgh! Yes, sometime life knocks at our doors, and we need to open 🙂
Moving to UK was a buzz in my mind since a very long time, and finally I have had the opportunity to achieve it, and next Friday, April 19th, I’ll be there!!!
I’m very happy, of course, but it’s a huge challenge, which probably I would not have been able to face without my OPW experience: everyday job in English, that is not my native language, gave me the self-confidence I need to make this choice.
In Edinburgh I hope to find a stimulating environment for my life and my writing, some new friends, and, why not? A good job.
I’ve spent my OPW in GNOME Marketing team and I’ll be really delighted to exploring new employment opportunities, maybe (but not only, of course) in FOSS (if you know of any that might be a good fit, don’t be ashamed to contact me :P!!!)
And, last BUT not least, I hope (and I’m pretty sure) people from GNOME and Ubuntu living in Edinburgh which are reading this post, will be so welcoming as Ubuntu and GNOME communities have been with me.
See you in UK!
It seems hard to believe but this last OPW months flew like the wind.
My first thought is a HUGE THANKS to all the women which work behind this project, first of all Karen and Marina.
I have been lucky, and I have had the opportunity to work with Karen, who mentored me (and Sriram too, of course!) and this has been an excellent chance to prove myself in an very international environment with people of great competency, and everybody knows competency is the first quality of an outstanding ledership.
This round of OPW is closed, but another one is approaching: another opportunity for new lady rock stars to full try out their competences, in coding, marketing, design and so on
Next round will be held in june/september 2013 and submission deadline is on May 1st: complete details of next round are available here: OutreachProgramForWomen.
This program is an unique opportunity to work with awesome women in every part of the world… why don’t you take a look and have your try?
My only regret in these three months has been that I haven’t met any women coming from Ubuntu.
Participating organizations come from very different FOSS projects, from KDE and from GNOME, from Debian, Mozilla, Wikimedia, just to remember the more famous, but it’s very sad to me to realize that Ubuntu isn’t involved at all, as project and as people.
As a Ubuntu Women co-leader I really hope that my experience will serve. I found a great effort from everybody to make me feel comfortable albeit I’m not an English native speaker and I was really much more tied to Ubuntu than Fedora or GNOME communities.
I’ll be enlightened if this could encourage the build of bridges between Ubuntu Women and OPW, and, why not, be the first step to consider GNOME people as a counterpart again.
I believe every woman in FOSS really rocks, and I really hope all women will find a way to walk together again 🙂
During the first part of my OPW, I spent much of my time in investigating the issues newcomers could encounter in approaching FOSS. Results of my work, are available here.
Starting form these results, I’ve spent some time in second part of my internship in studying how to apply what I’ve discovered in the GNOME environment.
I’ve tried to provide some answers to the questions I met: I share with you the result of my work.
Classification of newcomers.
I’ve try out that newcomers could be generally set in three type:
Type A: Enthusiastic
An Enthusiastic newcomer is a great passionate of GNOME, is a GNOME user and generally decides to use some of his time to give a hand.
He has not a well established idea about what he can do, but he wants to contribute.
Probably he’ll start to follow as much ML as he can, join IRC channel, proposing himself for every task.
What he really needs is a guide not only a Mentor, but someone who can address him to the right team, supply some indication about guidelines and more important, give him some task to do, that could help him to perfectly feel himself as a part of community.
Risks and potentialities: An Enthusiastic newcomer is proud to serve the project he chose, is very participative, but his outburst risks to burn away and fall very quickly, if he doesn’t find the right way to take part of community.
Type B: Passionate
A Passionate newcomer is a volunteer provided of some experience in GNOME world.
He could be a GNOME user, and very often he came from other FOSS projects.
He desires offer his capabilities and some amount of his time in developing some specific part of project.
What he really needs is to find well defined task to do and some people who could steer him in early days.
Risks and potentialities: A Passionate newcomer is usually a professional who has little time to spend, but can offer a significant know-how. Generally his contribute is not daily, but often very relevant and long-lasting.
Type C: Technician
A Technician newcomer approach a community bringing a great experience.
Usually he has a technical background and is a first class citizen in FOSS world.
Coder or not coder, he has a great familiarity with community tools.
What he really needs is to find well written documentation and guidelines, and some project in which he cans easily take part.
Risks and potentialities: whatever be the know-how brought by a Technichian newcomer, it will be valuable; the main risks involve only the capability of newcomer to integrate his knowledge to work-flow.
A very relevant issue we should take in consideration, is how a newcomer joins GNOME.
My personal opinion is through IRC Channels.
A direct contact is always the best, IMHO, but IRC Channels can’t be enough to provide detailed info.
This should be the role of gnome.org/ gnome.org/get-involved/ pages.
I’ve been really pleased to notice that design renewal of the site occurred for GNOME 3.8 released highlights Discover GNOME3, FoG Campaign and Get Involved project.
But Get involved page is maybe a little confusing.
So, what do you want to do?
This question perfectly fits needs of Type B and Type C newcomers, but type A?
Very often a Type A newcomer doesn’t know what he wants to do, maybe he barely is aware of what he is able to do.
“Hi, I’m a FOSS passionate, I’m not able to code, I’ve a good command with writing and I speak a good English. What can I do?”
I’m sure every translation team leader is smiling 🙂
I’ve a long searched a graphical way to immediately depict if skills and team requests match via comparison tables or similar tools, but I didn’t find a good solution.
GNOME has a great initiative, GNOME love, but how can I find some info about GNOME love in Get involved page? At the very bottom of this page.
I’ve browsed through many FOSS pages and their “Get involved” pages are very similar to each other.
I believe we should give more relevance to all the GNOME love initiative: GNOME love logo should be put in evidence on the upper part of “Get involved page” (I’ve tried to draw some mock up but it wasn’t really remarkable) and immediately has to catch newcomers focus.
“Are you just arrive? Take a look to our GNOME Love program for newcomers!”
GNOME Love pages, in my opinion, should be a very easy page, with a large use of Icons referring to each team, the name, mail and or nick of some referents for each project, a IRC channel (if present) and some quick info about most common used programs, technologies and tools.
I’m not pretty sure of which solution works as a charm to encourage newcomers outreach in GNOME Community; I can’t be sure that my proposals will be realized or perfectly match with GNOME lacks, I hope nevertheless they could be useful, in some ways.
I believe that every newcomer who becomes a volunteer and maybe a Member is a great achieve of whole community, GNOME Community, and FOSS Community.
Sometimes it’s hard, because newcomers are often very demanding and mentors are always too busy, but I believe it’s worth trying.
This is my last post as GNOME OPW intern, and if this internship has been so exciting, I have to say thanks to my mentors, Karen and Sriram, but to all the people I’ve met during last three months.
My OPW internship is over, but my work in GNOME is going ahead.