Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
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, Eucalyptus), and other
Here’s the link to the slides on Slideshare.
Technorati Tags: cloud computing, cloudstack, Docker, Open Source, OpenStack,
Mark R. Hinkle: "Linux is ready for the desktop"
In my view, Linux on the desktop is a viable operating system.
It offers many features that are more innovative than commercial solutions.
Virtual consoles, secure remote access solutions, true multi-tasking, and the
ability to use robust journaling file systems all come to mind. Despite these
advanced features, I have also noticed some parallels between Linux and some
earlier versions of Windows. Let’s term these similarities as “growing
I do feel that there are many cases today where Linux is an inadequate
solution, speci... (more)
I started giving this presentation last year to try to cover the various
noteworthy open source cloud computing technologies. I have given it numerous
times and keep updating it as the landscape changes. Sometimes I throw in a
whole section on notable systems management tools to help manage the cloud
but that makes the content pretty tough to cover in a talk that lasts in
under an hour. Here’s the latest edition I gave last month for Networld
Technorati Tags: ceph, cloud computing, cloudstack, gluster, Hadoop, Open
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)
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)