ICO : La révolution de l”Initial Coin Offering” et des Organisations Autonomes Décentralisées

Qu'est-ce qu'une ICO ?
Qu’est-ce qu’une ICO ?

C’est la mode, la bulle du moment dans le milieu de la tech et de l’entreprenariat : l’ICO, pour “Initial Coin Offering”, ou “Offre de Monnaie Initiale” a permis à plusieurs projets de lever des millions de dollars, en quelques minutes parfois !

Principe : une entreprise, ou juste un projet, crée une cryptomonnaie (comme BitCoin), et met en vente cette cryptomonnaie contre des vrais € ou $.

L’intérêt pour les acheteurs ? ils pourront accéder aux services ou aux biens créés par le projet grâce à la cryptomonnaie qu’ils ont achetée. Par exemple, Storj offre une solution de stockage de données chiffrées et distribuées. Elle utilise sa propre cryptomonnaie “STORJ” pour permettre d’accéder au service.

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“UR” un nouveau navigateur qui garantit votre vie privée !

Je prends quelques minutes pour écrire un billet sur le nouveau navigateur web “UR”, qui est une initiative très intéressante visant à  proposer un navigateur web à la fois très performant, et qui n’envoie pas toutes vos données personnelles chez Google & co.

Car vous n’êtes pas sans savoir que les produits soi-disant “gratuits” de Google en particulier ne sont que des produits d’appel visant à piller au maximum toutes vos données personnelles et en faire “bon usage commercial” : les vendre, directement, ou indirectement via de la publicité ciblé, et pour vous surveiller, avec la bénédiction des lois américaines.

Si beaucoup font l’autruche à ce sujet, ou font directement allégeance aux big corps US, c’est à dire les GAFAM, nous sommes un certain nombre à ne pas accepter cette situation et à essayer de trouver de proposer des offres au niveau Européen, pour lutter contre cette situation totalement folle qui met en péril notre indépendance numérique, notre économie moderne et in fine, les emplois.

Et le navigateur web, c’est le nerf de la guerre…

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Quelques réponses…

Cher M. Roy,

je fais suite à notre échange e-épistolaire et Twitterien d’hier, dans lesquels vous avez apporté quelques critiques à mon article d’opinion publié récemment dans La Tribune, ainsi qu’à celui publié sur le site Presse-Citron.

Vous avez commencé notre échange en écrivant via votre compte Twitter :

“Le leitmotiv à la mode, mais des propositions faibles.

Lire la suite…

Nous devons conquérir notre souveraineté numérique

Dans cet article sur Medium, je décris la situation catastrophique de nos pays européens, totalement dominée par des acteurs privés et des technologies dont nous n’avons pas la maîtrise. Une prise de conscience majeure et des actions urgentes devraient être prises pour favoriser l’eclosion d’un écosystème de produits/services/sociétés, autour d’une chaîne numérique souveraine, passant évidemment par du logiciel libre.

A first look at Collabora/LibreOffice online (and a little bit of frustration)


Recently, I read a blog article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols about an initiative from Collabora, an “Open Source consulting” firm, OwnCloud, an Open Source Cloud solution and the well-known LibreOffice office suite (actually a fork of OpenOffice.org, which itself is a fork of StarOffice), to release an online version of LibreOffice. Finally!

Obviously, I was intrigued…

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Mandrake, Mandriva, Mageia, OpenMandriva… FOSS is FOSS!

Yesterday we learned that Mandriva, the company, was shutting down. I read a lot of sad comments on Twitter about it and realized that few of those guys seemed to be aware that actually Mandriva, the company, wasn’t doing a Linux distribution anymore for several years. The Mandriva Linux distribution, which earlier forked as PCLinuxOS, Mageia and others, is now OpenMandriva.

And as someone tweeted it, “FOSS is FOSS”. True!
That’s the power of FOSS that projects keep alive, and that’s the reason why I think that creating Mandrake Linux 17 years ago was not totally losing my time.

Now, we don’t have to be sad: we have pushed Linux to massive adoption and these have been awesome years! Now the Linux kernel is running millions smartphones worldwide, but the story is only starting! Let’s focus on today’s IT concerns: privacy and the Google hegemony. And a lot more fun stuff actually! Want to be part of it?

Gaël Duval – interested in Open Source, mobile operating systems and data privacy? Follow me on Twitter!

And the new software revolution is coming (faster than you think)

html5During the past week, I’ve read a number of small news related to HTML5/JS developments such as the “world’s first HTML5 SIP client“. I’ve also played with a few online HTML5/JS applications that I’ve found rather impressive. And I’ve learned that several software vendors, such as Adobe and Google, were abandonning Linux support for several desktop applications. Earlier, there’s been Google Chrome OS, and more recently a new project announcement: Boot to Gecko (in short: Linux kernel+a web browser as a desktop) has been started by the Mozilla Foundation. All these news may not sound very impressive if you consider them separately, but if you put them together, then you should see something like a big light bubble switching on to say “something is happening”.

And yes something is happening: HTML5/JS is becoming a real alternative to traditional desktop applications programming. Thanks to the recent and major improvements in the speed of JavaScript engines in web browsers (especially Chromium & Firefox), it’s opening the door to a new wave of applications that can, in my opinion, replace most existing legacy desktop applications, moving them to the web, adding the benefit of efficient online services, while offering the capability to be usable offline since most of the code will run client side. To top it all, HTML5/JS applications will naturally be cross-plateform so you get rid off the nightmare of MacOS/Linux/Windows/iOS/Android etc. development & maintenance.

Now, of course, my bet is that some desktop software developers will say that JavaScript is just crap, and that they’ll stick with the languages they have learned and learned to love all those years.
But, you’ll have a part of those developers who get the story and massively jump on the HTML5/JS bandwagon, moving the software world to tomorrow, and creating new software stars. Over the years, the small part will grow quickly, because the world is open, because access to IT resources is cheaper and cheaper, because there are 6 billions brains on this planet, and because the number of young people in the world has never been higher.

This is good news in my opinion for at least for two reasons:

  • regular software vendors are too big, too old, they are lacking flexibility, so they are going to miss the opportunity (which for them, is indeed more a nightmare than an opportunity). They will try to resist and/or try to port their existing software to HTML5/JS, but this takes time and is quite unlikely to happen massively. This will open the door to new software companies, that are going to start from scratch and write history
  • this can be the start of the end of all these iOS/Android applications as they exist today, which I see just like a remembrance of the past software world, that won’t last longer than a few years because it will be easier to write online applications that can run client side, while not maintaining it on too many plateforms, and not being forced to go through smartphone vendor’s facist processes such as the “AppStore nightmare”.

Finally, all the desktop part of operating system is going to move to a web/HTML5/JS component that can display and run applications. This component can run on any OS (that is very likely to be Linux because who wants to pay to maintain that part anymore?). Then you get rid of the traditionnal desktop environment as we know it: no more Windows, MacOS or Linux desktops, but a web-oriented desktop that rely on open standards.

Will HTML5/JS help the future of software to be better than what it used to be? Will it be Open Source?