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CloudOpen 2014 – Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail
Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in
Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail
Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking
shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’t that easy but then
again not all clouds are the same and tastes may vary.
This talk will discuss how the varying open source technologies like
OpenStack, Docker, LXC and others can be mixed together to make something
that appeals to the needs of a wide variety of users.
There’s also no problem in abstaining from building your own cloud but
still benefiting from the open source tooling to maximize the benefits of the
Slide deck here
Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston
University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about
a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce
Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet
community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community
favorite Debian distribution.
I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my
own text. They are marked [thus].
The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is
that it’s ... (more)
U R G E N T A P P E A L
Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter,
are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community
are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal
challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open
Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source
community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be
applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the
ability to communicate freely ... (more)
I recently read an article in the "mainstream" media that gave me pause. The
author made an assertion that the current trend towards Open Source might
just be a passing fad. I thought about this and looked critically at the
software industry, thinking about whether there was merit in that statement.
After all, we have seen plenty of high flyers peter out in a software
industry riddled with buzzwords and acronyms-of-the-day. I just don't believe
that open source is one of them.
When I worked in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) business, we saw every
new consumer Internet fad f... (more)
With the U.S. economy and IT spending finally appearing to be making a
comeback and China and India adopting IT faster than you can say symmetric
multiprocessing, why am I predicting layoffs?
I'm not predicting layoffs so much as a shift from vendors and service
providers who don't support the integration of open source and commercial
systems. You see, I lead somewhat of a sheltered life - I usually speak with
people in the open source field, the IT professionals who drink the
proverbial Kool-Aid. They already have IT plans that encompass open source
operating systems, such as Li... (more)