Posts Tagged ‘Gouvernance’

Jour additionnel pour FLOSSCon v0 !!

2018/01/18

J’avais prévenu que ce serait juste côté planning, mais là ça l’est vraiment !! FLOSSITA a eu confirmation ce matin que le LOGre pouvait nous prêter une salle samedi 20 janvier pour la matinée, pour que nous puissions parler là aussi FLOSS (un grand remerciement à eux et Aimé Vareille qui a fait les démarches).

Sur cette session, nous souhaiterions couvrir les autres sujets liés au libre, que les utilisations professionnelles, donc l’éthique et la philosophie du libre, le matériel libre, l’art libre, les utilisations du libre pour le loisir…

Nous avons rouvert le CfP pour permettre à ceux qui en ont le courage de nous faire des propositions pour samedi 🙂

Il faut juste se dépécher 😁

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Le logiciel libre en marche ?

2017/06/09

En dehors de la musique ou de l’informatique, J’exprime ici de temps à autre une opinion liée à la politique. Et comme tout français, les élections m’intéressent. Alors je me suis renseigné avant la présidentielle sur le site En Marche, pour savoir leur position sur le logiciel libre, étant intéressé par le positionnement européen, un certain nombre des idées et le comportement du candidat lors des débats. Et bien qu’il y ait une pleine page consacrée au numérique, rien sur mon sujet favori 😦 J’ai envoyé un mail sur leur plate-forme mais n’ai pas reçu de réponse (je suppose que la demande était plus grande que la bande passante disponible pour répondre).

J’avais assisté en Mai à une très intéressante présentation d’Olivier Véran sur le programme, où j’avais été convaincu par les éléments (et notamment son raisonnement très clair sur le domaine de la santé qu’il connait visiblement très bien et les améliorations potentielles qu’on peut y faire), aussi bien que par le personnage, à l’image pour moi de celui qui n’était pas encore président. De plus, il a vraiment été actif à l’assemblée lors de son séjour comme suppléant de G. Fioraso.

Mais lorsque je lui avais de nouveau posé la question sur le positionnement d’En Marche sur le logiciel Libre, il n’avait pas pu me répondre (ce que j’avais trouvé plus honnête que de me mener en bateau !).

La campagne candidats.fr reprenant, j’ai regardé sur le site et constaté que comme souvent beaucoup de signataires étaient FI (60+), Verts, PC, Pirates, mais peu LREM (9 ce soir).

Donc, ce soir, je suis retourné à la réunion publique d’Olivier Véran qui se présente pour la première circonscription de l’Isère (réunion aussi intéressante que la précédente du reste au passage) et lui ai demandé s’il était prêt à signer le pacte du logiciel libre, après avoir resitué cette question.

Il m’a dit l’avoir vu passer dans ses mails, que son site en utilisait, que Mounir Mahjoubi, secrétaire d’État chargé du numérique en était un partisan également (mais tout le monde ne semble pas nécessairement d’accord avec cela) et qu’il était donc favorable au soutien. Il a immédiatement signé le pacte et j’ai envoyé une copie sur candidats.fr qui pourra ainsi mettre le site à jour. Qu’il en soit ici remercié !

Je pourrai donc maintenant le recontacter pour parler avec lui autour de certains aspects de l’économie du libre, des libertés numériques dans notre monde ou du droit d’auteur, ce qui fermera la boucle vers les arts et la musique, dont notre nouveau président semble être aussi amateur.

Espérons que cela représente les prémices d’une politique ambitieuse en matière d’adoption des logiciels libres, au moins au niveau de l’état et des collectivités locales, pour favoriser l’emploi peu délocalisable et les sociétés de services locales, ainsi que des économies substantielles au vue de la place de plus en plus grande occupées par le logiciel dans nos environnements. Ce n’est pas plus une utopie que les autres réformes qui semblent vouloir être menées. il y aura du bien et du moins réussi sans doute, mais je sens une volonté d’oeuvrer pour le bien public. Et quoi de plus en ligne avec cette approche que le logiciel libre ?

Bad times ahead for Net neutrality ?

2017/01/23

Maybe if what is announced as a new Trump initiative happens 😦
Read http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2017/01/ajit-pai-fcc-chairman-233905 and http://thehill.com/policy/technology/315314-trump-to-name-republican-ajit-pai-as-next-fcc-chairman and get this wonderful quote:

“AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few”

Well who has now too much concentration of power in his hands ? Hopefully the US institutions will prove they can adapt and mitigate this type of behaviour, and leave a neutral Internet.

We, the Open Source community, want and need it ! Time to support organizations like la Quadrature du Net again.

Représentation HP à une table ronde du congrès Curie

2015/06/09

J’ai été invité à parler à la table ronde du congrès CURIE modérée par Eric Horlait

Son thème est: “CLA, un mode de coopération original pour animer une communauté du logiciel propriétaire” (sic). J’y aborderai pour ma part la manière dont HP gère son engagement auprès de communautés du logiciel libre et le gestion des contributions.

Je ne suis pas encore bien sûr de comment cela va s’articuler, mais si vous êtes curieux comme moi, rendez-vous demain à Pau pour le savoir !

Lettre ouverte aux représentants de la nation

2015/04/21

Cette lettre se veut un lancement d’alerte auprès de nos représentants démocratiquement élus de tout bord concernant l’examen en cours par le parlement de la “loi sur le renseignement”

Je réagis en tant qu’amateur du logiciel libre et de données ouvertes à titre privé, membre de l’AFUL, comme de l’APRIL, aussi bien que comme professionnel, en tant que citoyen que l’on va priver d’un de ses droits fondamentaux, en tant qu’électeur qui refuse de se reconnaître dans le premier vote effectué et demande instamment à tous nos représentants de se documenter avant de voter juste comme on leur a dit de voter.

Un certain nombre d’articles décrivent très bien les dérives vers lesquelles vont nous entraîner un vote en l’état de cette loi. Celui de Laurent Chemla sur Mediapart par exemple, ou celui de la Quadrature du Net vont donneront assez de matière pour réfléchir, et comprendre l’appauvrissement numérique qui gagne la France avec tous ces services associatifs et professionnels qui vont quitter le pays.

De plus, qui peut vraiment souhaiter vouloir qu’une boite noire en dehors de tout contrôle juridique amasse la plus grande collection de données possible pour la traiter selon le bon vouloir du gouvernement du moment. Comme nous ne savons pas lequel sortira des urnes en 2017, c’est donner un blanc-seing potentiellement à des partis dont on ne souhaite pas qu’ils aient une vue complète sur tout ce que vous échangez.

Va-t-il falloir tout crypter (chiffrer pour les puristes), du simple message de coucou, à ceux échangés autour de la musique renaissance (qui permet de faire des concerts sans droits d’auteur mais cela déplaira à la Sacem qui demandera à un ami un accès aux boites noires pour voir ce que je complote, ce que personne ne pourra contrôler du reste), ceux échangés au sein des conseils d’administration auxquels je contribue (le gouvernement saura ainsi que j’ai voté oui pour que l’AFUL se positionne contre cette loi), ceux que j’envoie à ma banque pour faire une opération, les sites que je consulte et ceux que je ne consulte pas, … On n’a pas besoin d’être terroriste pour vouloir faire respecter un niveau de confidentialité de son activité numérique.

A-t-on envisagé l’impact sur les sociétés ayant des sièges à l’étranger sur leur volonté de communiquer avec leur filiales potentiellement espionnées en France ? A-t-on mesuré l’impact sur les ONG et le travail qu’elles font partout dans le monde, quand elles réaliseront que tout ce qu’elle font (et elles dépendent complètement de l’Internet aujourd’hui pour fonctionner comme les précédentes et les suivantes) est potentiellement espionable ? Et les associations loi de 1901 ? Et les partis politiques, les syndicats, les juges, les avocats, les journalistes ? La CFTC Metallurgie 91 par exemple est hébergée chez Free par exemple. La confidentialité d’adhésion va du coup est sérieusement mise à mal non ? Et ce n’est qu’un des nombreux aspects où la surveillance de masse (puisque faite en coeur de réseau chez les opérateurs de l’Internet systématiquement, elle est donc de masse) aveugle pose problème.

Pourquoi ne pas simplement déjà appliquer la loi telle qu’elle est ? Elle a permis de mettre sur écoute les personnes qui allaient plus tard commettre des attentats (malheureusement pour les victimes, la surveillance légale et contrôlée a été arrêtée trop tôt) sans que cela soit une atteinte à la liberté des 65 autres millions de français ? Les lois actuelles, même si elles ne sont pas parfaites, ont permis à notre société de grandir et croître jusqu’ici. Il suffit de continuer à demander l’autorisation d’un juge pour mettre une personne sur écoute Internet. Au moins, il y aura des traces des raisons pour lesquelles cela est fait.

Messieurs et Mesdames les députés et sénateurs, cette frénésie pour légiférer n’est pas une preuve d’action. Par le simple fait qu’un ministre dise dans l’assemblée que la vie privée n’est pas une liberté vous devriez sérieusement prendre du temps pour examiner le projet, reconsidérer les amendements proposés et agir non en suivant la consigne de groupe, mais votre propre choix car sur un tel texte, on n’est pas de droite ou de gauche, on est pour la liberté individuelle et la vie privée (comme dans la constitution européenne) ou contre. Nous, citoyens, aurons le nom de tous ceux qui n’auront pas eu le courage de voter en leur âme et conscience pour léguer un Internet ouvert et respectueux des libertés de chacun à nos enfants.

En attendant, je vais leur apprendre les principes de bases des clés publiques et privées, et faire quelques essais sur le cryptage (aka chiffrement) systématique de nos communications. Cela contribuera au réchauffement climatique car nos ordinateurs, comme ceux qui tentent d’analyser les contenus, auront beaucoup plus de travail à faire (donc plus de consommation d’énergie pour y arriver).

Et n’oubliez pas que vous êtes des citoyens comme les autres de ce point de vue, et que donc vos informations bancaires, d’impots, d’opinions, … seront elles aussi stockées dans ces merveilleuses boites noires d’où l’on pourra extraire ce que l’on voudra. Finalement, on y gagnera sur l’automatisation de la déclaration de votre patrimoine en ligne qui sera grandement simplifiée, … et nécessairement juste. Mais ce ne sera qu’un petit pas pour la démocratie finalement non ?

Dans l’attente de consulter vos votes prochains sur ce projet de loi, et en espérant que vous éviterez à la France d’être à l’avenir comparée à la Corée du Nord, je vous souhaite une bonne lecture des références mentionnées plus haut pour vous forger une opinion par vous-même.

Open World Forum: improvements needed as well as for the french FLOSS ecosystem

2014/10/30

Maybe it could be strange to speak about improvements whereas the event has not yet started, but there are already clearly areas where improvement will be needed if the event wants to continue being a reference one at least in France, and more over at european level.

For such an event, the Web site is key. This is the external face to the world. This year, up to last week it was a complete mess, without valid information. When I announced my various activities during OWF 2014, I gave some links to that Web site in order for people to be able to read more info. As of now, none of these links work anymore 😦

I’ve seen many times requests to update some content with what we were provideing without effect. Looking at the current agenda, I don’t see one of my sessions anymore, timing have changed also in between, … The change of location compared to last year is also a regression from an exhibitor point of view: The Eurosite site has no real structure to allow booth to be managed in a correct way and attendees to encounter sponsors on their booth in a nice way. I can ensure you that it’s very different compared to most events I’m attending such as LinuxCon e.g. where I was this month.

While different, the Solution Linux Event never exhibited such issues. Of course, the program and its role are different. I heard that the idea of uniting forces around a single event was considered. It could be beneficial wrt sponsors, reinforce the impact of the event and attract more audience, more contributions, enlarging the scope by uniting programs which do not overlap too much, proposing a real exhibition area, including communities as well as professionals. Also it could help having a larger group working on the overall program (I’m part of the Linux Solutions conference board, but even if I proposed many times to help, was never really included in the OWF’s one) so each could focus more on its area, and also have a larger set of permanent staff to help with the overall organization and communication.

I look forward to such an evolution and would be very supportive of it. I’m then ready to convince HP as well to continue to sponsor such a central event in France, whereas under its current format, I doubt it could be the case next year of OWF alone.

I’m also thinking it could help the french FLOSS ecosystem to speak with a stronger voice and be listened more by enterprises and the government and the various administration bodies. Today no serious infrastructure solution can be deployed without FLOSS components: Web based technologies, Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined Enterprise, Security, Virtualization (including NFV), SDN, … So it’s really time in France to stop the useless battles between FLOSS companies and unite all of them behind whatever structure that will be representative (such as the CNLL e.g.) to have a stronger voice and develop jobs, companies and business in our country at least. While supporting the OWF 2014, I don’t see the Open Source group of the Syntec Numérique able to play this role. It used to when the right people were involved, it’s not anymore (I know a bit attending the meeting through a conf call system), and hasn’t produced anything useful to the ecostystem since this guide IMO.

The french community of companies delivering FLOSS services/integration/software (the FLOSS providers, term advocated by Laurent Seguin which I like or the incubators I proposed earlier) shouldn’t stay quite: their customers need that they speak with a strong and united voice to defend their ideas and show the advantages of their solutions.

If you want to talk of that or anything else related to Open Source, feel free to come to one of the sessions I’m involved in… if the agenda is indeed correct (and timing respected as everything is very dense) you should find me speaking of FLOSS governance in Namur room at 9:00AM, collaboration in OpenStack at 11:15AM in room Luxembourg or OpenStack community in room Amsterdam at 12:10AM.

Or if you’re still there next week, during the OpenStack Summit, I’ll be at the HP Expert Bar session and around till Friday morning.

Speaking at Open World Forum 2014

2014/09/29

So I’ve again been retained as a speaker for the upcoming Open World Forum 2014, which is back in Paris. I was expecting it, as Martin Michlmayr confirmed my proposal on “Open Source Governance: what’s hot?” in the Legal and licensing aspects of open source track. This will be Friday the 31st of October between 1:30 and 3:30PM.

But I’ll also be a panelist in the “Control Your Cloud” track lead by Jean-Pierre Laisné, in a round table dedicated to OpenStack and the coopetition ecosystem around it. I’m right now building the panel with Jean-Pierre, so will announce the list soon. This will be Friday the 31st of October between 4:10PM and 6:10PM.

And finally I was really surprised looking at my info to see that I also had another talk accepted in the DevOps / ALM track lead by Jonathan Clarke ! I’ll talk about “Continuous Packaging with docker and Project-Builder.org”. Well, my demo, which is due for LinuxCon EMEA, should then be ready and fully working as well as my slideset and content which I still need to develop ! This will be Friday the 31st of October between 9:00 and 12:20AM.

So a busy Friday as it seems. But I’ll also be there on Thursday, and hopefully as well for the OpenStack Summit the week after, but I don’t have a seat for now, so let’s see…

As usual, you can catch me at the end of the talks (even if this time, I won’t have as much time as in other events) and discuss about what you’re interested in that is also of interest to me !

Speaking at LinuxCon EMEA 2014

2014/08/30

I received confirmation and support for my travel at LinuxCon EMEA 2014 which will be in Düsseldorf, Germany from the 13th to the 15th of October. I’m pretty proud to have up to now presented in all the european LinuxCon events since 2011.

I’ll again animate a round table on FLOSS Governance. I’m now contacting potential panelists for this one and should announce them soon.

But I’ll also have a technical session in parallel on a subject I’m working on at the moment, and should get interest as it is docker related: Multi-OS Continuous Packaging with Docker and Project-Builder.org.

Ok, so now I need to go back to my source code to make it work and publish it before the conf don’t you think so ? 🙂

First day at LinuxCon NA 2014

2014/08/22

Porec

Interesting to pass from vacation with family in Croatia to France after 10 hours of drive and then the day after being in a plane, flying to Chicago to attend my 3rd LinuxCon, held this time in the mythic Chicago city.

Chicago

While I arrived Monday evening, I had time to catch up some mail, make some conf calls on Tuesday before attending the first part of the event, which was the VIP dinner. An opportunity to talk to HP colleagues I met for the first time physically, even if we already interacted electronically previously.

VIP dinner

A view on the VIP Dinner

Wednesday the 20th was the first day of the event which started as usual with Jim Zemlin’s Keynote. This time he chose to talk about what the Linux Foundation rules disallow: The Linux Foundation itself ! And more largely about the roles of foundations to support open source development, their key cleaning facility role.

Jim Zemlin

Jim had a quite funny slide exaplining how everybody is seeing him, while what he is really doing is cleaning stuff so Linus, Greg and thouands of others could code and manage Linux.

He also announced the new LF certification program (Certified sysadmin and Engineers). While I understand the need of having more recognized Open Source ad Linux Professionals, unlinked to a company (such as the RHCE one) I wonder whether we were needing a new certification wile we do have LPI. I hope the 2 will cooperate to avoid again proliferation. Not that proliferation is bad per se. But why dedicate multiple times efforts to create training supports, manage registrations, … when someone already works on that, maybe in a different way, but maybe patchable to be adopted by the LF. Hopefully this will be solved somehow.

LF certifications

After that we had the also traditional Linux Kernel panel moderated by Greg Kroah-Hartmann with Andy, S, Andrew Morton and Linus Torvalds of course. Nothing really new came out. Anyway, it’s always refreshing to see our heros on stage full of confidence and hope for what they do.

Kernel Round Table

Linus insisted once more on the fact he wants Linux to be more dominant on the desktop market. As a 21 years linux desktop user myself, I can only be in agreement with that. Where is however the docker of the desktop, that will make everybody want to change and move to it ? When people see my Mageia distro they’re always surprised how many stuff you can do out of the box with a Linux Desktop. Phones have helped people go away from the monopoly interface but Macs do not help bringing back people to Linux. If at least all people attending LinuxCon and developing FLOSS would run Linux, that would be great !

Linus Torvalds

Then it was time for elective sessions. I chose first to know more about devstack.
Sean Dague from HP presented OpenStack in 10 Minutes with devstack
devstack pulls everything from git. As it heavily modifies your system so do rather that in a VM/Container. devstack launches tempest (the OpenStack test suite) at the end for the install. Sean insisted on the flow of requests generated inside OpenStack and demonstrated how you can easily modify the devstack environment and re-run it to test easily your modification.

devstack provides an easy way to support modifications through a conf file. Example given if you add
API_RATE_LIMIT=False
you’ll avoid waiting for an answers from the server in case of devstack exceeding the standard rate of queries.
You can also use localrc.conf to pass specific variables up to the right component.

In order to use it, you’d need 4GB RAM (recommended). It can run in a VM (cirros will work nested). Sean warned that it does not reclone git trees by default and clean.sh should put everything back in order (but cleans stuff !)

Sean Dague

Good presentation, easy to follow and having a quick demo part which confirms that devstack is easy to use 🙂

Then I attended Joe Brockmeier’s (Red Hat) presentation around Solving the package issue

Joe explained the notion of SW collections (living under /opt). It’s Available for RHEL, CentOS and Fedora. It brings a new scl command. If you type for example
scl enable php54 “app –option”
that app uses now php 5.4 while the rest of the system ignores it.
For that you’ll need new packages: scl-utils and scl-utils-build
There is a tool spec2scl to convert spec files to generate scl compatible packages.
For more info you can look at http://softwarecollections.org

A remark I made to myself and which was later explicitely said during the presentation is that scl is useful for RHEL to provide newer versions of SW onto the enterprise distributions, while it can also help provide older versions of SW into Fedora (which is moving so fast that not all SW can adapt !).
It’s a sort of Debian backports for RHEL.
Joe also presented rpm-ostree (derived from ostree, git-like for system binaries providing an immutable tree). Under development for now, so not completely usable and probably the least interesting solution.
He moved on with docker, but was pretty generic (on purpose) and seeing it as complementary to package management, whether I think docker is another way of deploying software, which is not caring of packages by providing a layered deployment approach. While I have packaged docker for Mageia, I’m not yet familiar eough with it to be sure of that, and I’m currently working on combining it with project-builder.org. So will comment later on on that.

Joe Brockmeier

Then it was time to animate the FLOSS Governance roundtable for which I was attending LinuxCon. I had what I think is probably the best panel to cover the vast topic with Eileen Evans from HP, Tom Callaway from Red Hat, Gary O’Neall from Source Auditor Inc., Bradley Kuhn from Software Freedom Conservancy (and of course 45 minutes wasn’t sufficient to talk about all the subjects part of this), but I think the interactions were very interesting and lively and hope the audience enjoyed them and learned new aspects of this capital topic for our ecosystem. Of course we talked about licenses, SPDX and its future new 2.0 version, but also of foundations (echoing Jim Zemlin’s keynote), contribution agreements or tax usage (Thanks Bradley !).

FLOSS Governance Roundtable

And this is just the first of a series of such round tables I’ll lead in future events, but more on that later on.

After that, I discussed with Bradley Kuhn and Jilayne Lovejoy about licenses, AGPL, and various related topics, and their feedback were as usual very rich.

Was then time to go back to the latest keynote sessions. The first one I followed was from a new company (for me) CEO, Jay Rogers from Local Motors who tries to make open hardware in the automotive sector.Worth looking at and following whether they will be successful.

Jay Rogers

Then, our own Eileen Evans was on stage to explain her view on the new FLOSS Professional. And I think at her place I’d have been even more impressed as she had a full room so probably some pressure to talk to all these devs and devops. And I think her voice showed that at the begining. But when she entered in the details of the presentation, she did as usual a great job and was particularly convincing. She showed how the FLOSS professional was more than others issued from diverse backgrounds, as she illustrated with her own one. She also showed the variety of activities that each of these people have to cope with everyday, again with an illustration of one of her day of work passing from a contract management or OSRB meeting to an OpenStack foundation board conf call.

Eileen Evans keynote

And that approach of the new FLOSS professional was a convincing echo to Jim Zemlin’s call for more professionals and the focus on people that many speakers have underlined. The FLOSS ecosystem indeed needs so many various competencies in addition to developers and FLOSS is so ubiquituous that the lack of resources is delaying some projects. And Eileen explained why this notion of FLOSS Professional is arising now. Which is in short because FLOSS usage has moved from hobbist developing for themselves to professional developing during work hours. And she also covered the impact on companies where the work in network/communities, between peers is the rule compared to the siloed classical approach. And so companies need people understanding this way of working to evolve.

Eileen Evans

It was then time to catch a bus and enjoy discussing with peers at the Museum of Science and Industry during the evening event where we could also explore the museum.

Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago

Open Source Governance Roundtable at LinuxCon North America 2014 in Chicago

2014/07/18

I wasn’t expected to be there this year, but finally one of my proposal which was on waiting list was accepted, so I’m able to be back again this year !

I’ll animate a round table on Open Source Governance during the upcoming LinuxCon in Chicago ! I really need to thank the HP Open Source Program Office and the HP EG Presales management which are funding my travel there ! Without their support, it would not have occured.

The goal of this round table is to share the latest news in the area of Open Source Governance.
Topics covered will include:

  • Status on SPDX, LSB, FHS
  • licenses (e.g: analysis, new comers, usage example),
  • tools (e.g: license analysis, software evaluation, reference web sites),
  • best governance practices (e.g: return of experience, distribution adoption of tags, portability)

I think I’ve one of the best panel that could be gathered in the US around this topic:

  • Eileen Evans, VP & Deputy General Counsel of Cloud Computing and Open Source, HP
  • Bradley M. Kuhn, President & Distinguished Technologist of Software Freedom Conservancy
  • Gary O’Neall, Responsible for product development and technology for Source Auditor Inc
  • Tom Callaway, University Outreach & Fedora Special Projects, Red Hat

So don’t hesitate to come and attend this session, which will be, I’m sure, enlightening and informative on the latest hot topics in the area of Open Source compliance, governance and licenses.
And if you want to talk with me on anything MondoRescue, Project-Builder.org, UEFI, HP and Linux or early music, I’ll be around during the full event. See you there.