Roberto Di Cosmo
Roberto Di Cosmo is an italian computer scientist and director of IRILL, the Innovation and research initiative for free software (French: Initiative pour la Recherche et l'Innovation sur le Logiciel Libre).
He graduated from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and obtained a PhD from the University of Pisa, before becoming tenured professor at the École normale supérieure in Paris, then professor at the Paris 7 University. Since 2010, he has been director of the IRILL.
He became famous after releasing a paper criticizing Microsoft in 1998, entitled Piège dans le cyberespace (Hijacking the world, the dark side of Microsoft). Co-written with the journalist Dominique Nora, this book is now available under the BY-NC-ND Creative Commons licence. His most famous contribution to Linux is the first "live" Linux distribution (2000 to 2002), demolinux, which made it possible to boot Linux from a CD-ROM without setting up the entire distribution.
- "The future of Microsoft", BBC, 2 May 1999, retrieved 2011-07-12
- "Reviewed Work: Hijacking the World: The Dark Side of Microsoft by Dominique Nora, Roberto Di Cosmo, Kirk McElhearn Review by: Jack Kessler The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct., 1999), pp. 531-533"
- "Free Software Thematic Group home page"
- "IMDEA Software Board of Trustees"