Federico Biancuzzi

Federico Biancuzzi is a freelance interviewer. His interviews appeared on publications such as ONLamp.com, LinuxDevCenter.com, SecurityFocus.com, NewsForge.com, Linux.com, TheRegister.co.uk, ArsTechnica.com, the Polish print magazine BSD Magazine, and the Italian print magazine Linux&C.

He is co-author of "Masterminds of Programming - Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages", a book published by O'Reilly.

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March 2009
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Standard Wishes

May 18 2010

After blog posts, open letters, and many comments on the "Apple vs Adobe Flash" affair, here is an extract from an interview with Adobe founders made in November 2008. But still very actual. read more

PuffyTron recommends OpenBSD 4.5

June 15 2009

OpenBSD 4.5 was release on May 1st. I had the privilege to collect some q&a with multiple developers about new features and improvements included in this release. read more


May 18 2009

WAPBL stands for "Write Ahead Physical Block Logging". WAPBL provides metadata journaling for file systems. In particular, it is used with the fast file system (FFS) to provide rapid file system recovery after a system outage. It also provides better general-use performance over regular FFS through less on-disk metadata updates… read more

Stallman discusses Free Software and GPLv3

April 13 2009

On June 29, 2007 the Free Software Foundation released the GNU General Public License, version 3. What happened since then? I had the opportunity to discuss many subjects with FSF's founder and president Richard Stallman. First of all, could... read more

Source Wars - Return of the Puffy: What's New in OpenBSD 4.4

November 03 2008

Jedi apprentice Federico Biancuzzi contacted the Council and interviewed 27 Master Developers to talk about how they liberated OpenBSD 4.4 from the Empire. Details on the operation are not completely disclosed yet, but you can already see a picture of the Uniform, of the team Team, and of the elite PuffySet read more

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"Generally speaking, the book is well written and thought provoking. It puts some arguments to rest, sometimes after decades. It creates new arguments to be had within the programming community. It gives amazing insight into the creation of programming languages as well as programming itself. "
--Taran Rampersad, KnowProSE.com

"Any serious programmer should find these interviews mesmerizing. "
--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Along with Donald Knuth's Art of Computer Programming, this book will be a key part of my Computer Science book collection...This book captures the major technical decisions and frames of mind which led to the development of prominent historical and contemporary languages, and gives the motivations and historical framework within which it became necessary to introduce a new language and/or style of programming. "
--Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com

"The book is an essential read for whosoever is the active participant in the IT industry. Many parts of this book are strongly relevant for encouraging the spirit of continuing innovation and research by upcoming information technology specialists. At the very least the programmer for the respective language can grasp some of the creator(s)'s philosophy driving its key concepts."
--Ganadeva Bandyopadhyay, Desicritics.org