Europe and Open Source

April 27, 2009


Following OSSI, these are the first ten open source software hotspots countries :

  1. France
  2. Spain
  3. Germany
  4. Australia
  5. Finland
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Norway
  8. Estonia
  9. United States of America
  10. Denmark

Gosh, eight countries on ten are European one. Definitively, the places to live ! 😉

BTW, Beligum is #17.

Not so bad after all and “Vive la France !”

Related documentation :

OSSI Index Rank

Open Source Map


The second edition of the “Journees de Linux” in Brussels is planned the 8th and 9th May 2009 from 9AM to 18:00PM, you are welcome to join us.

Maison des Cultures
Rue de Belgrade 120
1060 Saint-Gilles



Ok, the next one is planned this Thursday 16th April evening 6pm at the conference room – 5th floor – in Rue du Luxembourg, 3, B-1000 Bxl (wifi, electricity, projector…) no drinks only water available

In addition, if you could

The mission this Thursday: setup the latest Sugar-on-a-Stick (rawhide) image and run through a smoketest with it.

Keep you in touch about the definitive details as soon as I have it.

Probably tomorrow.

If you are also interested by Open Source, Linux, Fedora, Sugar, etc… Feel free to join us…

Well, you will be really welcome ! Children too ! 🙂


Here above pictures from our first Belgian OLPC Session with three Fedora fellows.
We were more than fifteen and we talk about OLPC of course but also about Kyoto protocol which was really interesting.
We had technical explanations and had the possibility to play with the laptop.
Thanks to Giulia, Martin and Sven.

The next session should be organized next Thursday evening. Everybody is welcome to join us.
BTW, it is free and you do not need to be a technical guru in order to participate. 🙂

Sorry but I do not have details yet.


Every parents want the best for their children !

So among other, Parents subscribe for an ADSL service to a provider in order to have Internet at home and let their children freely read, write, learn and play with this amazing tool thinking it is a good thing for them.

At first glance, they are right !

Nonetheless and unfortunately Internet does also contain indecent contents, scams and so on…
Obviously YOU as adult already knows that.

But does YOUR CHILDREN know ?

So you have three choices :

1] Surf the internet with your children.
2] Let’s you children access freely to the Internet and do not care about what she/he/they is/are reading/learning/watching/etc…
3] Set Internet web site ACL- Access control List -/Black List

For my part, I will opt the third option.
So If you are like me then Open Source is the answer !

DansGuardian and SquidGuard are respectively content-control software – software designed to control which websites users can access – and Black List oriented software .
In addition, DansGuardian also includes virus filtering and usage monitoring features. Witch could be useful.
For more details, I invite you to go their respective web site – see below for URL –

BTW, these software can also be used in other domains than Children’s Internet Protection. You see what I mean ? e.g. In business compagny, firm. 😉

Rem: Maybe your provider already offer you this service via your ADSL box.

Message for my Fedora packager Friends, it should be nice to have DansGuardian packaged in the Fedora distribution.
Ok, I could do it myself but do not have time currently. 😦
Thanks for your time.

External links’s_Internet_Protection_Act


User Mode Linux is another mean to run independent, safe and secure Virtual Linux distributions, versions and processes on your main Linux system.
Unfortunately, often unknown by System Administrators.

Ok, it use paravirtualized technique but if you are using Linux Virtual machines on Linux Physical Machine it is most of the time responding to your basic needs – e.g. web servers, and so on -.

You will be able to use it on Fedora 10 with the following package : uml_utilities.i386 0:20070815-5.fc10
Otherwise you can download it on the UML website

It contains uml_net, uml_mconsole, uml_switch, tunctl, and a number of other useful utilities in order to use the user-mode linux kernel.

You will find a great article at the following URL :

Obviously, It exists also other techniques, methods in order to run VM – virtual machines – on Linux and VmWare is probably one of the most known.- Marketing have done its job, you see what I mean 😉 –

However, it is not always the right answer to your needs and requirements.
Here is a list of Open source Virtualized project as well as their associated types and licences:

Emulation type :
Bochs – Licence -> LGPL –
QEMU – Licence -> LGPL/GPL –

Paravirtualization type :
UML – Licence -> GPL –

Paravirtualization and Full virtualization type – with v-processors (Intel, Amd) – :
Xen – Licence -> GPL – (own by Citrix now)

Operating system-level virtualization type :
Linux-VServer – Licence -> GPL –
OpenVZ – Licence -> GPL –

Full Virtualization
KVM – Licence -> GPL (supported by Red Hat)
Virtualbox – Licence -> GPL

Proprietary Solution & Full Virtualization :
VmWare – Licence -> Proprietary Solution –

Now, it is up to you to choose the application which best fit your strategy, your requirements, your budgets and your needs.

BTW, Thanks to Eddy to have shown me what I did not see. 😉


As already mentioned to almost all of you, Thursday – Thursday April 9 – upcoming we will start the first ” OLPC getting together”.

Location: Roxi Bar


  • address:Rue du Bailli 82, Bruxelles
  • telephone:+32 2 6461792

Time: from 6 pm

See you there.


Next week on Thursday evening – around 6pm -, we are going to organize  an OLPC – one laptop per child – session in Bruxelles/Belgium.




For more details about that event please leave a comment and your email address to this post and I will keep you in touch.

Thanks for your attention.