26 and 27 of June, Free Software Conference in Ivrea, confsl.org

We went to the conference … many interesting news and many illustrious guests.

After the opening of the day (with G. Pentenero, G.Montanari, etc) space for technical parts.

Part Prof. A.R. Meo of Politecnico di Torino, with Free Software and Italian Digital Agenda, a summary of the troubled history of free SW in Italy with many good intentions but few concrete acts. Even so much money spent unfortunately for proprietary licenses, Miur agreements with Microsoft, in short, a difficult stab.

Then there was one of Arduino’s founders, Dr. Martino, who spoke about the internal division of Arduino, on the one hand, who wants to continue with the project as it had been created to its origins, and on the other that made the agreement with Microsoft … will it be peace?

Then comes Mr. Davoli to talk about Hw and Sw Libero and Makers. Part with a very focused discussion on free software but unfortunately does not handle the times well and leaves little time to the projects developed with Raspberry in Bologna, sin ..

Another interesting intervention by I. Vignoli about the growth of LibreOffice, https://it.libreoffice.org/ and its cresscy that has been up to 1000 developers (on average 300 per year) and how the Open Office project has been abandoned due to Oracle’s acquisition of Sun.
The work they are doing is commendable, from version 4 forward is stable. The first week of August will release the new version of Libre Office, compatible with Windows 10
The quality of the code, evaluated with Quality Scan, is top quality, qualitatively better than proprietary software.
Libre Office users have grown remarkably, 80 million worldwide users.
In the advisory board we find many leading companies, foreign companies (Munich City, French public administration, etc.), companies that develop for Libre Office.
Migration protocols have been created to ensure success, obviously a good decalogue is needed to communicate to users, etc.

Penultimate is presenting Prof. D. Trinchero of Politecnico di Torino who runs the IXEM project. The topic is Digital Divide and how to help municipalities overcome this division. Departing from the Verrua Savoia Municipality in 2005, installing on a old PC with a Linux version installed above, two radio, a radio deck, recycled antennas, gave 2 MB in the commune, in a month 70 registered users.
The second experience is on Monte Rosa in 2007, with mini-PCs and Linux distributions with a lot of will, some “safety exception” and with the result that was the videoconference between Monte Rosa and Monte Cimone 300 km away, with 30 MB … WOWWW …
Another installation in the Amazon rainforest, from Puerto Francisco de Orellana to the capital. Also, an important aspect was to involve the locals so they could learn.
In 2010, Verrua Savoia adds other antennas and produces 5 stations. People just had to mount a receiver for home connectivity, in August 2014, 260 families with 10 megabits
We are at the 2012 Comoros Islands in Africa, a heterogeneous team to send the signal on all the islands where the previous situation was a coin-operated phone (but no one had the tokens) up to the spot installed on palm trees and c.
Another recent project is to reduce the number of pesticides in the screws by improving the low-cost weather sensors and small, low-impact camera cameras
How’s the story over? They have formed an association of citizens (an associative provider) to operate as an internet service provider, a wireless and borderless partnership where people pay for a service they deliver to themselves.