The Onion Routing project is a simple representation how the www should be. Born in the late 1995, the Onion project became popular thanks to a group of engineers of Naval Research Lab. The idea was quite simple, and quite complex to realize: create a net, under the common net, protected by “layers” (that's the reason behind the Onion metaphor). Basically a decentralized network. Under a group of socked connections, able to let you jump from one anonymous layer to another, the idea was to make difficult to trace you.
I was young and, at that time, I didn't know anything about IT. One of my friend introduced me into one of the first Linux group in Emilia Romagna. Composed by several crazy guys capable, for me, to do the magic with the keyboard, I started to be aware of this weird “so called” world of open source. And during a Linux meeting, I met Renzo Davoli, associate professor of “open source technologies” in Bologna. After a couple of beers, some salted peanuts, another couple of beers, and another bunch of salted peanuts, I learned one important lesson.
So, now, imagine this idea to be translated in the software world. Do you prefer a world in which you can read and modify the source code, or one in which you can use, but you cannot modify for your own purpose your software?
That's the simple idea of open source.
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When the World Wide Web was a bunch of pages not-well organized by a couple of search engines (Yahoo and Altavista), one project appeared on the net: the Dmoz, the well-known as the “Open Directory Project”. That project was maintained (like Linux) by a group of volunteers, editors, and it was a static list of links organized in categories, topics, languages and schemes, to allow users an easy research of sources on the internet.
Later, a small giant appeared on the net.
Google, the “don't be evil” kind of thing, proposed a new search engine, based on the Page Rank algorithm to the extent of bring order on the web. The idea was simple: the higher was your backlink, the higher was your accuracy. And then, adopting the ODP as its first database, Google became the big giant as we know today.
Google, from the beginning, adopted Linux as its primary operating system, and the open source as its primary idea to develop its project. That seemed a good purpose, and a good point to start a revolutionary project to organize the net.
I am kind of passionate about Linux since I was 19.
I started with a RedHat 6.1 found in a CD annexed to Linux Journal. I used to live in Italy at that time, and my first reaction was something like “finally I can understand what my computer is actually doing on a daily basis”. Top, probably, was the first cli command I tried when my graphic card didn't allow me to have a proper gui. And then I started to explore the file system with cd, tree, and a new universe appeared in front of my eyes.
I needed a manual... A proper one
The Linux Documentation Project, for example, was a good start. And its “Introduction to Linux” was a good reference.
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Through the time, I remained strings attached to rpm based distributions (basically because of Scisoft and Planet Ccrma), first with Redhat, then Fedora and now, after some years, with Centos. For some reason, Debian, and its popular fork, Ubuntu, were not the right distributions for me.
Long time ago, in BBS far far away, a “guru” user put a disclaimer on a science chatroom
please do not share your personal detailsprivacy matters
Roughly 10 years later, another “guru” user put another disclaimer on another science chatroom
please briefly introduce yourselfgood manners are required
Who was right? Who was wrong?
Both of them. But through the time, the idea of privacy changed a bit, and that modification had an impact on the idea of keeping your data for yourself. No, it's not a Facebook fault. All happened because of us. If you open the door, it's quite easy to understand that you allow anyone to cross your borders.
Here starts is my journey of being the owner of my metadata.
Linux, Tor and the Fediverse will be part of this analysis.
And maybe more...