Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
My presentation at the Bay Area Open Source Meet-Up - OS in Big
Organizations: Failures, Success Stories & Best Practices on August 13, 2014.
Mark Hinkle runs the Citrix Open Source Business Office and has spent 20
years working with open source communities and delivering open source
software. Topics covered in this presentation will include the benefit of his
mistakes and successes both in evaluating open source ad an end-user and in
delivering enterprise solutions based on open source software.
Technorati Tags: Community, Open Source
I’ll be presenting an updated version of my Crash Course on Open Source
Cloud Computing presentation at OSCON 2014. I have some new material on
Docker and SDN along with the latest updates on cloud software. Here’s the
The open source mantra is to release early and release often. That means
software velocity can be difficult to keep up with. This discussion will
expand on the latest open source software used to deliver and manage cloud
computing infrastructure. Topics covered include virtualization (KVM, Xen
Project, LXC), orchestration (OpenStack, CloudStack, ... (more)
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)
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)
Here are my slides from today’s talk at LinuxCon on “Open Source
Toolchains for Cloud Computing“. The talk focused on what open source tools
could be used to create automation for managing cloud computing. I really
enjoyed giving the talk and the discussion afterward, it seems that the
reality among attendees was that they did very little to automate management
but all had a great interest in doing so. I also enjoyed hearing from a Big 4
systems management user who said clearly that their multi-million dollar
system didn’t appear to have the same capabilities as the free softwar... (more)