Mercurial and patch queues for dummies

Lately I’ve started contributing to Mozilla Firefox with some patches (yay! It’s an awesome project… consider contributing 😉 ). It was a good excuse to practice with Mercurial, the distributed revision control software used by Mozilla. I’m mainly a Git user and I have to admit I was a little puzzled at first and had to adapt to the new workflow. In this article I will try to answer some of the questions I had during my learning phase....

February 9, 2014 · 1 min · Alessio Placitelli

Raspberry Pi: Windows Cygwin cross-compilation toolchain

I finally succeeded in compiling a working cross-compilation tool chain for my Raspberry Pi. It took me a while, but thanks to some valuable posts on the Raspberry Pi forum by Ian Linsdell and some luck I finally made it. The tool chain contains the Linaro versions of GCC (gcc-linaro-4.6-2012.07) and GDB (gdb-linaro-7.4-2012.06) compiled with the hardfp option. Simply unpack the archive in the /opt/cross/x-tools folder of your Cygwin installation (i....

August 8, 2012 · 1 min · Alessio Placitelli

MITO: software open source per medical imaging|MITO: open source medical imaging software

My internship at the ICAR institute (CNR) gave me the opportunity to work on some interesting projects, one of them being a software named MITO (Medical Imaging TOolkit). MITO, as stated by the project website, is an opensource software architecture for advanced Medical Imaging. I’m always proud of the projects I work on, even more if those projects are contributing to the opensource cause and managed by some public funded research institute!...

August 10, 2009 · 1 min · Alessio Placitelli

Roundcube 0.2 Stable, postfix and changing user password

The following hack allows users to change their own email password in roundcube 0.2-stable. Updated: Thanks to Lukather from a bug which wiped out email passwords has been fixed **Step 1. Modifying program\steps\settings\ Aproximately near line 28, there is a block where an array is declared. It starts with “$a_user_prefs = array(“. Just add the following line under the “‘prefer_html’ => isset($_POST[‘_prefer_html’]) ? TRUE : FALSE,” line // Password MOD 'password' => isset($_POST['_password']) ?...

February 11, 2009 · 2 min · Alessio Placitelli

o3 magazine

Sometimes even a search engine can pull a “rabbit” out of its hat. I was looking for something I can’t even remember about, and Google lead me to this very interesting Internet magazine about the open source world. Trust me, it is worth the click! o3 magazine website

April 22, 2008 · 1 min · Alessio Placitelli

Roundcube: allow users to change their own passwords

If you are running a mail server, I’m pretty sure you’ve invested some time in testing Squirrelmail or Horde in order to provide your users a web access to their emails. Both of them are rock solid, but the lack of a good looking out-of-the-box UI is starting to weight more and more in our web x.0 days. Roundcube is an alternative, not as mature as the aforementioned, open source software released under GPL license which comes with an awesome default skin....

March 16, 2008 · 3 min · Alessio Placitelli