Harmonizing Cocoon

And so the great guys from Harmony managed run Cocoon on top of the fantastic software they’re writing. I wanted to blog about it a few days ago, then the usual amount of stuff hit the fan, and the news is no real news anymore, yet I thought I’d drop a line as it seems to me a major milestone.

The Gump guys used to say that Cocoon, with its HUGE dependency tree, was the ultimate testbed for their software. Maven had to learn the hard way what it means dealing with the amount of external, cross-referenced and tangled libraries we are using over here. Knowing that Harmony is now able to run Cocoon (together with Tomcat, Eclipse, JEdit and a bunch of other apps) means a lot to me, as it really shows that the project is going at a very fast pace and really nearing completion. If I was a mentor, I would have set it as a target to exit incubation (“runs Cocoon? Mission accomplished!”).

Looks like we’ll soon see a new Open Source Java VM straight from the ASF, properly packaged with friendly licensing terms and able to compete with the other guys in the block: interesting times ahead!

Random French thoughts

This is written from an hotel room in Paris, while enjoying our last night in the capital during our driving trip to France. While waiting for more thorough thoughts when I get some more time, here is a quick bullet list from our first few days:

  • having been in Macon, I can now subscribe to Sylvain‘s theory: Beaujolais pretty much sucks. I hope I will encounter much better wines during my trip even though,as an Italian bashing French wine is a duty and a pleasure.
  • French hotels rock, and you should really stay away from big chains to settle for the small stuff. We had a great time in a castle hotel near Macon and we have been able to find a great place in Paris with free Wi-Fi, excellent location and very nice owners. My wife is definitely a great travel agent.
  • my French is surprisingly not so bad as I expected. At a very least, much better than the average English waiters and hotel personnel seem to speak. Problem is I seem to be fluent enough to inspire confidence in whoever I’m addressing, who then starts to speak at lighting speed, which makes me kinda helpless as I start not getting a single word anymore.
  • Paris is (surprise!) great. Too bad we are spending just two days here, but we’ll be back, and that’s a promise. But please, turn those stupid Eiffel tower lights off: at random intervals, the thing starts blinking and sparkling as a gigantic Christmas tree. Would be nice in December, but doesn’t feel right in the middle of August.
  • The Louvre is completely spoiled by stupid Da Vinci Code stuff. They are now renting audioguides with special content devoted to paintings somewhat related to the book. Oh my.
  • We had a load of great dining out tips from Stéphane. Too bad I read my email just a few minutes ago, when we got back from our last night in Paris. But we’ll keep them on hold until next time: merci bien, mon ami!
  • My back hurts. Badly. It seems to be somewhat related to driving, as it takes just a few kilometers to have me moaning and acting like a puppet. Strangely enough, getting out of the car and walking a bit makes (most of) the pain go away. Still, given we’re on a driving trip, this sucks in so many ways.

Tomorrow is driving time again. We’re off to Caen-Le Havre then heading to Mont Saint Michel and Brest. On our way back it will be the turn for Nantes, Orleans, Dijon and Geneve (too bad Bertrand is away), before heading back to Milan. Lots of driving ahead, but also loads of fun!


Gianugo Rabellino
Via Grandi, 38

Desio, MI
Italy, 20033
+39 02 24 12 68 45 (office)


I’m interested in building next-generation architectures of participation built around ecosystems of technology, economics and sociology.

Education & Affiliations

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University of Genova
October 1988July 1997

Liceo Classico G.Chiabrera – Savona
September 1984July 1998

Member, Apache Software Foundation
June 2004

Professional Experience

Founder and CEO
Sourcesense S.r.l., Milan, Rome, Amsterdam, Norwich
January 2006Present
Founder and CEO of Sourcesense, a System Integrator acting on a European level on Open Source technologies. Responsible for the overall international business strategy, execution of the business plan, partner network build out and management of a team of 30+ people. During its first year of activity, Sourcesense acquired a number of blue chip customers and nearly tripled the initial business goals: the company is now growing at a fast pace both in business and in european coverage to achieve the goal of becoming the leading Open Source System Integrator in Europe.

Pro-netics S.r.l., Rome
January 2002December 2005
Leading a team of 50 people devoted to system integration for the enterprise market, with a peculiar focus on Open Source technologies. Notable results include founding of the Orixo consortium (http://www.orixo.com) and constant growth of business and awareness of the Pro-netics brand as a major player in the italian SI market, working with enterprise-class customers to build complex solutions.

Network & Security Director, Project Lead
KSolutions S.p.A., Pisa
December 2001December 2002
Leading the network and security groups of KSolutions S.p.a., a Kataweb group company. My responsibilities included oversight and QA of the whole delivery process other than specific duties in coordinating the network & security business unit for the whole Ksolutions group, leading a team of seven people and managing a complex multi-site and multi-company environment.

Bibop Research S.p.A., Milan
May 2000October 2001
Responsible for the software development and system/network administration groups. Duties included fostering the technical department of the company, which eventually grew up to 20 people handling complex projects with customers as Terra Netwoks, KataWeb, Mediaset, RAI, De Agostini and many more. Also responsible for synergies with major HW/SW vendors (Sun, IBM, Oracle, ISP, Apache Software Foundation).

Project Manager
I.net S.p.A., Milan
January 1998April 2000
Started as a second level technical support engineer, while being responsible for the company DNS and domain/network registrations. On January1999 assigned to the colo cation business unit, as a large account technical project manager. Involved in planning, deployment and production phases of the most important Internet portals in Italy, such as KataWeb, Jumpy, Spray and Freedomland, and of other large customers such as Unicredito, Costa Crociere and more.

Sales Manager
SIR S.r.l., Genoa
June 1996October 1997

Account Manager
Do it S.r.l., Genoa
February 1996June 1996

Freelance Consultant
Indipendent, Genoa
January 1993February 1996

What? A lawyer?

From time to time people discover that actually I am a lawyer and start wondering how is it so and how I found myself doing Open Source and tech stuff instead.

I got tired of telling the story every time, so now that I have this mini-site I can finally tell people “this information is on my weblog”. Beware: it’s quite a long read.
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