GHOP Grand Prize Winners @google

July 26, 2008

Two weeks ago I was at Google headquarters to represent the ASF for the GHOP Awards Ceremony.

Visiting the Googleplex was very interesting as an example of a modern working environment, free of most or all corporate annoyances that used to be present in too many companies.

The legends about the great free food are not exaggerated, Cafe MOMA and Charlie’s Cafe lived more than lived up to my expectations. To me the Googleplex looks like a environment that would appeal very much to young engineers, as you can more or less live on site, with food, laundry, massage, swimming pool, Friday afternoon music, TGIF and other perks. If you have a family, on the other hand, you might need some discipline to escape the campus at the appropriate time…

In the afternoon of the awards ceremony day, we were treated to great jetlag-proof presentations on AppEngine (by Guido Van Rossum, Mr.Python himself), Android by Romain Guy (nice to see a young French guy make his way there), GFS/BigTable by Jeff Dean (employee #20) and testing by Bharat Mediratta and Mike Bland (readers know how passionate I am about testing, and these guys seem to have a similar vision than mine, so /me happy).

Great stuff, and all this for ten students, their parents and mentors! Big thanks to Leslie Hawthorn, Chris DiBona and team for setting this up so nicely.

Here’s the (shortish) interview with the ASF’s Grand Prize winner, Spencer Davis. For me, meeting these bright young folks has been the highlight of all this, and the motivation to continue contributing to these student programs. Seems like there is hope for humanity after all ;-)

Sandy Armstrong, mentor for GNOME, and Peter Cawley, winner for Drupal, have more details on the awards ceremony day. The “exotic” ASF presentation that I mentioned happened in Kathmandu, Nepal, as mentioned in a previous post.


Hey, El Reg – Microsoft is *not* becoming an ASF member!

July 26, 2008

Contrary to what The Register reports, Microsoft is not paying $100,000 annual membership to the Apache Software Foundation.

ASF membership cannot be bought: people earn their individual membership by merit, and there’s no such thing as ASF member companies.

As with any other sponsor of the ASF, Microsoft’s sponsorship only means that they’re giving money to the ASF, money that the ASF can use freely, as the ASF does not accept directed donations.

I am very pleased to see this happening. It won’t make me love Microsoft’s current products much more (although, as my son notes, the XBox is a nifty piece of kit), but it is great to see more and more people inside Microsoft understand the importance of open source in today’s IT landscape.

Update: as I write this, the Google Number for +apache +microsoft +sponsor* is 682,000

Update: it’s been at least 24 hours since I posted a comment to the Register article linked above, indicating their error. Surprisingly, that comment hasn’t been moderated in yet…


Oxford is a beautiful city

July 4, 2008

I’ve been too lazy to take pictures of my trip to Oxford earlier this week, but Steve has them – lovely.


Swiss open source awards 2008

June 10, 2008

ossaward2008.pngThe nominations are open on the www.ossaward.ch site, in the following categories: swissness (a project), business (a company), pioneer (a person or institution), advocacy (a person) and youth (a young person).

With my grumpy-french-speaking-minority hat on, I cannot help notice that that site is only available in german…but if I tell them I’m sure they’ll suggest that I volunteer for translating ;-)


Summer of Code 2008 is on!

April 22, 2008

The list of accepted students was published yesterday, for Sling we’re happy to welcome Janandith who’s tasked with making Scala usable in Sling.


Google Summer of Code: accepting student applications now

March 25, 2008

See the timeline, now is the time for students to talk to us (mentors) and to prepare and submit applications.

See the ASF’s list of ideas (where you can find three ideas about Sling) or the list of participating organizations for more info.


Google Summer of Code 2008!

February 25, 2008

Searching for info about past GSoC programs I stumbled on http://code.google.com/soc/2008/ – looks like the 2008 edition is starting already!


Martin Odersky on Scala, next Monday in Lausanne

February 8, 2008

I hope to make it to Martin Odersky’s The Scala Experience talk, next Monday at EPFL Lausanne.

Update: very interesting as expected, we got a quick but extensive tour of Scala’s main features. The slides at lamp.eplf.ch are the same that he used for the talk, as far as I can tell, but the offline version won’t be as good as listening to Mr.Scala himself, obviously.


The ASF live in Kathmandu, Nepal

January 14, 2008

ujjwol-lamichhane.jpegAs part of the GHOP program, Ujjwol Lamichhane presented the Apache Software Foundation to his schoolmates in his uncle’s store in Kathmandu, Nepal!

Read the (fascinating, if you ask me) story on his blog.


New Open Source Marketing Consultancy by Sandro Groganz

January 7, 2008

I know Sandro back from the LOTS days, and few people combine such a dedication to Open Source with field-proven marketing skills.

So, if you’re in the market for such services, I’d suggest taking a look at Sandro’s new Open Source Marketing Consultancy services.